We want our residents to experience a full and meaningful social life while they are with us. To this end we have an Activities Co-Ordinator who runs a variety of 1 to 1 sessions and activities with small groups, with the emphasis on quality and involvement.
Regular visitors to Sydenham House are a hairdresser and chiropodist with exercise classes taking place every Friday. There are also visits from entertainers, art groups and acting groups, as well as impromptu singalongs. A GP from the local practice visits the home every week to review people's needs.
We encourage involvement with the local community and are especially proud of our intergenerational project with primary school children.
Our residents are encouraged to make trips out and this include picnics, visits to the local shops, walks and drives in the nearby Forest of Dean, trips to the seaside, garden centres and coffee shops. There are also seasonal events such as carol singing at Christmas and a Summer Fete in the garden which has proved very popular with the local community of Blakeney.
My Life books:
We encourage our residents to produce a personalised life history in a My Life book with details of their memories of childhood, education and work, important relationships and places with special meaning for them. This helps us plan the care we provide to cater for an individual’s specific emotional, intellectual and social needs.
“…one person had formerly been a 'bell-ringer'; we heard the activities coordinator speaking to them about a new local bell-ringing group that they hoped to visit."
Extract from CQC Inspection Report, July 2018.