We believe that everyone has the right to daily occupation with meaningful activities. Our activity provision is therefore a central component of our care for people with dementia to have the best possible quality of life. 7 days a week, 365 days a year there is a full, inclusive activity programme available.
We listen to what our residents want to do and support people to join in no matter what their care needs. We also utilise the latest evidence based research into how best to support people with dementia to engage in meaningful activity.
Scheduling one-to-one activity time is an important part of our overal activity provision. Most people benefit from focused support and for some people this is essential for meaningful engagement.
Of course if people prefer to simply relax, there is always the choice between sitting and relaxing in the TV lounge, listening to some music in the quiet lounge or simply enjoying the views in the sun lounge.
Living in a care home should not mean that people no longer enjoy getting out and about. We feel passionatley that opporuntities for outings and excusions are an important part of quality of life. We have outings every week. All residents and day care clients have the opportunity to join us, no matter what their care needs.
Weekly outings always include a trip to the local pub. Every forntight we attend the Alzehimers Society Singing for the Brain group. Every month there is a trip to Shall We Dance community tea dances. We also have other weekly outings such as shopping trips in town, visits to local garden centres and museums, theatre and cinema trips as well as regular excusions further afield such as Knowsley Safari Park, Harrogate, Halifax Piece Hall, Blackpool.
Please note that the coronavirus pandemic has meant that all outings and excusions are temporarily suspended [See Covid-19 statement]. We hope to reintroduce them soon.
In addition to our own in-house activity staff, we hire external entertainers once a week. This adds something special for our residents and day care clients to enjoy. We have singers, musicians, reminiscence therapy, performances and visiting animals.
Please note that the coronavirus pandemic has meant that all external etertainment has been temporarily suspended [See Covid-19 statement]. We hope to reintroduce it soon.
For people with advanced dementia, it is no longer possible to engage in many of the normal activity sessions organised in the Home. This can easily lead to isolation and loneliness. Namaste Care provides an opportunity for such residents to still experience human closeness, comfort and stimulation, in a loving and comforting environment, for a large proportion of their waking hours.
Namaste Care is a structured programme developed by Joyce Simard in the USA which provides compassionate, individualised care activities for people with advanced dementia in the last year of life. Sessions run for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon, 7 days a week. There are spaces for up to 4 residents in each session.
The purpose is to give comfort and pleasure to people with advanced dementia through sensory stimulation, especially the use of touch. Activities such as gentle massage, music and scents are utilised, and the carer running the session is able to spend dedicated focused time with residents in the programme.
For people who are unable to leave their bed, the Namaste Care Programme can be brought to their bedside. We schedule time twice a day to provide this care and attention to people who are in the later stages of end of life.
Please note that the coronavirus pandemic has meant that our Namaste Care Programme has been temporarily suspended [See Covid-19 statement]. We hope to reintroduce it soon.
Our in-house activity programme runs 7 days a week and is continuing as normal through the pandemic. We have a full range of activity sessions to meet a variety of needs.
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy is an evidence based group activity programme that follows set prescribed activities and themes and has been shown to improve cognition for people with mild to moderate dementia.
Ping pong is an ideal activitiy for older people with dementia. Some studies have shown it has been able to slow or reverse cognitive decline. It is a fun activity and we have some talented players.
Music, singing and dancing have many benefits for wellbeing. We host our own tea dances, karaoke sessions, play requests through spotify, play our own instruments, and support everyone to express themselves through movement.
Every morning we hold a gentle chair exercise session to music. All movements are designed by physiotherapists for the benefit of older people. A fun way to start the day
From bingo and quizzes, to darts, basketball and skttles. We deliver a whole range of group games to entertain our residents and day care clients.
Circle dancing has developed from traditional folk dancing and the moves simplified to be suitable for people with dementia. As well as benefiting from music and movement, this activity provides a sense of connection with other people.
Once a week we enjoy a movie night with fresh popcorn and hot chocolate. From old classics such as Casablanca to new releases and family favourites.
Painting, drawing, card making and basic crafts. Many people can feel anxious about engaging in this creative pursuit but with the right support it is a fun and sociable activity which can also provide a sense of relaxation.
Many people enjoy connecting with this familiar pastime: from buns and biscuits, to cakes and trifles. People can do as much or as little as they wish. Tasting the products is always popular.
Reminiscence sessions encourage participants to access long term memories as well as find meaning in the items/memories being discussed. It has been shown to help give people a sense of identity and belonging by reflecting on each person's own life experiences.
We have a whole range of dementia friendly jigsaws at Crimson Manor. These have been specifically designed by Active Minds for the needs of older people with dementia.
The jigsaws promote independence, cognitive stimulation and reminiscence. We have a range of levels of difficulty from 12 piece to 36 piece puzzles.
Therapy dolls can have many benefits for people with dementia. They can provide a great deal of comfort and enjoyment. They can give people a renewed sense of purpose and even imorove communication. We beleive they provide a valuable contrbution to the lives of people with dementia and have several available for our residents.
Crimson Manor is a pet friendly home. There is a growing body of research showing the therapeutic benefits of animals including reducing blood pressure and improving physical and emotional wellbeing. For people with dementia, pets can provide the opportunity for connection with another being, without the mental stress of language and communication difficulties. In our experience, even people who showed no interest in pets prior to their dementia, can gain much enjoyment from them at this later time in life.
Our animals have been chosen so that they will not hassle people who do not wish to be involved with them. We keep a friendly and affectionate cat called Brian, egg laying chickens, tropical fish, and a regularly visiting greyhound called Scooby.
We also understand the emotional attament many older people have for their own pets. Whereever possible we will support residents entering long term care to continue to keep their pets with them.
Brian is our three-legged cat. He lost is leg as a kitten after falling out of a window in his last home. Brian is friendly and affectionate, and is popular with many residents.
Scooby is a retired racing greyhoud. His racing career was cut short following an injury. Retired greyhounds are known to make excellent pets for the elderly due to their calm and placid nature. Scooby rarely barks and doesn't jump up. Unlike most dogs, greyhounds don't produce much oil on their skin making them have much less odour and more hygienic as pets.
Scooby has achieved the Gold Award from the Kennell Club's Good Citizen obedience training scheme.
Our tropical fish tank provides a surprisingly interesting and relaxing pastime for residents to enjoy.
It has been known for many years that fish tanks are relaxing to watch. However, research from Plymouth and Exeter University has, "for the first time, provided robust evidence that 'doses' of exposure to underwater settings could actually have a positive impact on people's wellbeing."
In 2016 we used the educational service Incredible Eggs to incubate and hatch our own eggs in the home. Residents got to wach our eggs turn into chickens that we now collect eggs from for our kitchen.
Keeping hens was a popular activity in the lives of many older people. The charity group Henpower have demonstrated through a 12 month study how henkeeping in care homes can significantly improve wellbeing.