Activities & Day Club...
Our dedicated activities team play a vital role in the care of our residents. Members of the Birtley team are available seven days a week and each morning they serve coffee to residents individually, therefore presenting the opportunity to get to know one another before joining them for the daily activity. It’s also a nice reminder for residents of what is going on in the house that day, and helps to encourage engagement.
Please note: Due to Coronavirus, we are currently stopping all-day club visitors, and have cancelled various things in our activities programme, of which our residents have been notified. Where we can, we continue the activities but on a one-to-one or small group basis where safe. We have left the March programme link below so you can see what type of activities usually take place at Birtley House.
Whilst the effects of Covid-19 have gone on much longer than anyone expected, we are heading into 2021 with these same restrictions. However, with a vaccine soon to be available to Care Home Residents we are hopeful that more of our usual offerings can resume in the Spring of 2021.
Daily Birtley Activities
No day is the same at Birtley House for our much-loved residents. The varied programme is changed on a monthly basis with the aim to attract as many residents as possible to join in with the structured activities and outings. Activities range from talks by guest speakers, musical afternoons, arts and crafts, arm-chair yoga, cookery, word-games and quizzes to the celebration of anniversaries and dates of special interest and significance.
Occasionally, residents have given talks or demonstrations themselves, if they have had a particular interest or hobby which they wished to share with others.
Monthly Activities Programme
In addition to the daily programme, there are regular monthly activities including film shows, book club and visits from our P.A.T (Pets as Therapy) dog Ambrose.
Residents will from time to time also form their own clubs which have in the past included Bridge, Knitting, Rummicub and Scrabble.
Additional regular monthly activities
Additional ad-hoc activities are organised by the Care Assistants at any time throughout the 24hr day, to suit the requirements of the Resident. By their very nature, such activities do not follow a regular timetable and range widely in content e.g.
- Watch a match on the TV with a fellow rugby enthusiast
- Eat Fish & Chips at the local chippy
- Go on an outing to watch a local show, theatre production or pantomime
- Sit and chat in the grounds with a cup of tea or iced speciality on a warm summers day
- Enjoy a trip to the seaside
Activities tailored to the individual
We’re always eager to make Resident’s dreams come true wherever possible, so much so that we implemented our ‘Wish Tree’ to encourage more fulfilled life experiences. Once a wish has been granted, we mark the occasion by hanging a decoration on a designated tree outside.
Birtley House Day Club
Our Day Club service provides the opportunity for someone to sample a day at Birtley House Nursing Home, and helps to break down the barriers of what to expect. This popular facility brings a change of social scene for many, and also offers the chance for some physiotherapy, a massage or perhaps a visit to the hairdresser.
Regular ‘Day-Clubbers’ often time their visits to fit in with Activities they wish to participate in which can be found in the monthly programme.