This month our residents enjoyed Musical Bingo, Moving and Grooving, Armchair Yoga, Request a tune, Active Communities ball games and bingo evenings. These are just a handful of our everyday activities we have each week which are popular.
As it is bake off time again we held our own ‘Towell House Bake off’. Our residents have enjoyed making and mostly eating Pizza, Bruschetta, Crispie Squares and white chocolate Nutella squares. We have a number of residents who enjoy getting stuck in and help to make these delights, other residents turn up to be food critics. This is a relaxed an enjoyable afternoon.
Rachael’s Crosswords and Cuppa morning activity is popular with those residents who enjoy getting the grey matter going. It is an interactive crossword which is on the computer. This allows the residents all to see it together and work as a team to come up with the answers. Those residents that take part express how much they enjoy it. This is a prime example of how our computers can be used in a group setting.
Hot topic on a Wednesday evening can get a bit heated with the topic of Brexit being the main feature along with the political stand still here in Northern Ireland. Our residents love to express their feelings and thoughts and many feel they could do a better job!
World Events Reminiscence seen the residents recapped some of the events that has happened in past decades. They talked about where they were when these events happened and what they could remember. Some of the events they discussed where the fall of the berlin wall, Moon Landing, queen’s coronation and the death of Princess Diana. It was great to see how much information they could recall and by watching short clips on the computer about the events it helped them to remember more information that even they thought they had forgot.
It was Roald Dahl Day this month and to celebrate the residents watched he film Matilda. Lauren and Rachael where not sure how the residents would take to the film but it turned out they absolutely loved it. There were lots and laughter and smiles as they watched the film and they said they thoroughly enjoyed it.
Francie Cunningham and Bertie Crutchley and friends entertained our residents this month. They both have very different styles of music with Francie being more of your Hi Ho and away we go, get up and do a jig music and Bertie and his friends sing hymns and gospel songs which our residents really enjoy. Both these gentlemen have been regulars at Towel House for many years now and they have gotten to know our residents well.
We have also had a table quiz this month which saw two teams of residents go head to head with each other. It became very competitive and when it came to scoring the quiz sheets each team was very tough on the other but thankfully it came to a draw this time as some peoples competitiveness was getting slightly extreme and it was best to say everyone’s a winner today.
We celebrated all the September Babies birthdays this month. We had quite a few to celebrate as well. They all gathered in the pink lounge after receiving their invitations where they played some party games, ate party food and of course birthday cake. With having so many residents we find this is the best way to celebrate their birthdays each month.
The residents enjoyed watching to documentaries this month. We had 9/11 and Bing Crosby – going my way. We have quite a select few residents who enjoy the documentaries and these are normally on in the evening time. The week before Lauren will research a number of documentaries and make a list and ask those residents to decide what they would like to watch and on occasion they will give Lauren a subject or person that they are interest in and Lauren will look for a documentary about it.
Our residents are still enjoying ‘The crown’ Netflix series every Friday afternoon as a wind down activity to the week. They are really enjoying the series and you often hear them talking about it during the week.
To update our activities boards from the summer we help a short project about ‘where in the world were you’. The residents were asked to name all the places they have been near and far. We then got a world map that they had to scratch off the countries they had been. It was amazing to see so many countries being covered and some of our residents are very well travelled. They then created a display on the board beside the staff room for everyone to see.
We have had poetry and tea afternoons, pamper and hand massage afternoons along with music mix and a chocolate fondue evening where chocolate, marshmallows, strawberries and pretzels were enjoyed just because we could and sometimes it’s nice just to do thing because you can.