The Hermitage employs an activities organiser 5 days a week including therapeutic activities.
The aim and purpose of therapeutic activities is to improve and develop client’s personal skills, maintain previous and existing interests and hobbies, and to facilitate social interaction, competitiveness and moderate mental stimulation. We are proud to work alongside pets as therapy with the pat-a-dog service coming to the home each week.
All clients living within the Hermitage Care Home are encouraged to participate in activities, which are held daily.In planning development programmes or activities for the clients, consideration is given to how the activity is related to the client’s needs, and the outcomes that are expected. All clients’ personal beliefs, preferences and values are at all times respected.
There are regular client meetings to discuss menus, care, outings and general activities. Relatives are welcome to attend if they wish to do so. On occasions specific activities need to be tailored to meet individual needs, this in return enriches individual lives, allowing the delegated time to be used purposefully and with greater enthusiasm. All activities are advertised on the residents’ board.
At the end of every session an evaluation takes place to identify the positive and negative elements, and to share the great feelings of self worth.
Types of group activity:
Reminiscence – to enhance elderly ‘person’ sense of worth and identity
Discussion – to facilitate social interaction
Word games – for mental stimulation
Sing-a-long – to stimulate memory and communication
Handicrafts – to maintain and improve manual skills, dexterity and feelings of self worth
Board games – to encourage social interaction and competitiveness
Cookery – to re-establish and maintain activities of daily living
Gardening/flower arranging – to permit individuals to be creative and to maintain and improve manual skills in the enclosed garden area.
Music and movement – for physical exercise and co-ordination, also to release the feel good endorphins
Crosswords and quiz – to stimulate memory and encourage social interaction between group members
Local trips to garden centres and shops
Working with people who have a sensory handicap:
Touch – collecting items and objects from the past – encourages clients to reminisce and communicate by story telling.
Smell – design a smell kit bag by using lavender, vick, ginger, mustard, mint, herbs and spices, onions, peppermint, polish and soaps.
Smell can be one of the most provocative of all our senses and recaptures moments leading back to childhood in addition to recent years.
Sound – old records – name that tune, sing a long – follow on discussion with musical theatres, famous stars residents have seen, what memories certain songs evoke.