We know that social interaction is an integral part of life in our care home; and vitally important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of our residents.
As well as welcoming safe visits, our Tilford care home team has been keeping the busy social life going, as we know just how important both are to our communities. Our care teams love to get involved and every home has an activities co-ordinator whose job it is to make sure activities are enjoyable for all. At Tilford, our activities co-ordinator Gemma is never short of an idea (or ten!) to get everyone involved.
Activities do vary at every care home, but we aim to make sure that residents have plenty of choice and freedom; so as well as organised events there’s plenty of opportunity to join in with quieter pastimes. Celebrations are a big deal at our homes too, whether it’s birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Easter and Christmas fun-filled festivities, or special occasions like the recent Olympics and the upcoming Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Keeping the Olympic spirit alive and well at Tilford Care and Nursing Home
Inspired by success of the men’s and women’s Team GB Curling teams at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, our residents and care home team took to the floor to stage their very own version of the event.
Tilford Care and Nursing Home Activities Co-ordinator Gemma Trussler said:
Our residents at Tilford really enjoyed Our Winter Olympic games. Nothing beats a little healthy competition against the care team, obviously they lost as the residents became very focused on the curling. As well as being engaged and focused on the Olympics it was also so much fun with lots of laughter and smiles all around. We are now looking forward to the next competition!
Our celebrations and activities based around the games also saw Tilford residents conjuring up their very own mottos to capture the Olympic spirit including:
We all have dreams
The most important part of the Olympics is the taking part
Never quit, never give up, try your best
The hard days are the best because champions are made
Trips out are a way of life at Tilford Care and Nursing Home
With the outlook on Covid appearing brighter and Government restrictions easing, we’ve been only too delighted to safely welcome visits in and trips out. These are set to increase as spring approaches and our homes become increasingly part and parcel of the community once more.
Tilford residents recently wrapped up warm to take a trip out to a nearby garden centre. After having a good look around they headed off to the centre’s café for a well-deserved cuppa and slice of cake.
We warmly welcome visits at Tilford Care and Nursing Home
Visits mean that family and friends can maintain contact and nourish life-long relationships with their loved ones. Our care home teams treasure visits too, and we’ve embraced safe visits wherever possible during Covid times.
In fact, when many other care home groups were closing their doors last December, we welcomed a record-breaking 1114 visitors across our Agincare care homes during Christmas week (20-26 December). This followed strongly on from 1004 visitors in the previous week, as families came together to spend special time over the festive season.
Agincare Homes Chief Operating Officer Tim Buckley said:
We know just how important social interaction is to the well-being of our residents.
That’s why throughout the pandemic we’ve embraced visits to our care homes wherever possible, and are committed to carrying on doing just that.
Please don’t hesitate to speak to the care home manager about making a visit work for you.
Our care home managers welcome visits in line with latest guidance, and do so in a flexible, risk-managed way. As always, we fully support flexible visiting in end of life care. Residents are also supported to undertake visits out of the care home. Please don’t hesitate to contact the care home manager about making visits or trips out of the home work for you.
Should a Covid outbreak occur, we will continue to accommodate visits wherever possible on a risk assessed basis, depending on circumstances at the individual care home and current local guidance at the time. Please contact the care home manager in the first instance to discuss current visiting arrangements in the event of a Covid outbreak.
Essential care givers
We value and encourage Essential Carers Givers. Their ongoing and frequent visits of support remains such an important part of life in our care homes. Every care home resident is supported to have an identified Essential Care Giver. They visit to offer companionship and/ or help with care needs. They should also be able to visit the care home during periods of Covid outbreak.
Agincare remains aware of the critical importance of visiting for resident well-being, and we fully support the spirit of John’s Campaign, a team we closely work with, and for whom our Chief Executive Raina Summerson is an Ambassador. Please contact the care home manager if you would like to find out more about becoming an Essential Care Giver.