Engaging activities are a big part of life at St Vincent’s House.
All of our activities are based around residents’ interests and we work hard to support them to take part in the day-to-day life of the home in any way they want to. We call this Activity Based Care, and for one resident it might mean baking or decorating cakes for everyone to enjoy, while for another it may mean helping in the garden or assisting the maintenance team with odd jobs around the home.
Activities for everyone
We believe in keeping activities fresh and interesting, so, as well as regular activities like sensory sessions, arts and crafts and gentle exercise classes, we might do some choir singing, reminiscence, or flower arranging. We’re close to the local cinema too, so if there’s a movie that residents want to see, we’ll have an outing there. Our puzzle afternoons and coffee mornings are always well attended too. Of course, with COVID, some of the activities may look a little different and all are socially distanced, but we’ve been able to work to run favourite things to do, and even think up some new ones.
Enjoying good food
All mealtimes are sociable occasions at St Vincent’s House and from time to time we all get together for afternoon teas and cheese and wine evenings. We also organise after-dinner entertainment for special occasions.
Services and support
A GP visits twice a week, and a consultant specialising in the care of older people comes to the home every week. We also have regular visits from occupational therapists, psychiatrists, opticians, dieticians and other healthcare professionals. A hairdresser is at the home once a week and the mobile library stops by every three weeks to bring books, CDs and DVDs.
The local Catholic church offers a service at the home every Tuesday and there’s also a monthly Church of England service. Representatives of these churches and other local places of worship – including an Anglican church and a Jewish synagogue – are always happy to visit residents on an individual basis too.
A part of the community
St Vincent’s House has strong links with the local community. During COVID, we’ve been able to continue these relationships as well as build new ones, using technology such as tablets as well as traditional methods to keep in touch with loved ones. We’ve even made some new friends in our wonderful community who have supported us during this time.