At Tall Trees care home, every day is different. We like to have fun with planned activities and spontaneous outings.
Our passionate teams continue to go above and beyond to ensure residents’ lives remain as normal and busy as possible. Small, socially distanced groups of residents are encouraged to mix within the home, where they are welcome to unwind with a cup of tea, enjoy a stroll in the garden or take part in an activity together.
When a person is living with dementia, it’s more important than ever that they enjoy familiar and rewarding tasks and activities. That’s why our talented lifestyle team puts together a weekly programme of varied activities, ranging from reminiscence and pamper sessions, to coffee mornings, film afternoons, gardening, baking, fundraising and entertainment.
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Some residents enjoy keeping busy and maintaining their independence doing tasks around the home, whether it’s helping to make tea, washing up or doing some gardening. Around the home are themed occupation areas, including an indoor garden area, which residents can access independently to enjoy doing meaningful activity.
Seeing the person behind the dementia
Each afternoon every Tall Trees colleague ‘downs tools’ to have a cup of tea with residents. It’s a great way to build bonds and learn new things about the people we care for, so that we can make their time with us the best it can be. When we learnt that a gentleman used to enjoy sailing and boats, we made sure we arranged trips for him to Felixstowe and Mersea Island.
We’re also very lucky to have a ‘Tovertafel’ or magic table, which uses the latest technology to enable residents to play fun interactive games. It has some wonderful benefits for residents who are living with dementia, helping to decrease anxiety while improving communication, concentration and mobility.
Great food – the secret to health and wellbeing
Dementia can alter a person’s appetite and their tastebuds and even create challenges with swallowing – putting them at risk of malnutrition and dehydration. We tailor menu and drink choices – and our whole approach to dining – to reflect each resident’s needs and preferences.
Mealtimes are a relaxed affair, with colleagues sitting and chatting to residents to encourage them to eat. Residents are welcome to enjoy their meals in the communal dining areas, however enhanced in-room dining options are available for those who prefer, or need, additional distancing. A variety of drinks and menu choices are available to cater for different tastes and nutritional needs, and we provide tempting modified meals for residents who need a soft diet. Residents who walk with purpose have snack boxes filled with enticing finger foods that they can eat as they walk.
Our head chef enjoys running a regular ‘farmers market’ when she takes a trolley around the home with fresh vegetables, meat and fruit. She chats to residents about what they'd like for dinner, which generates lively conversations while stimulating appetites.