Our Activity Programme
Our endlessly creative and energetic activities team ensure a full range of activities to suit every individual and their needs. Engaging in meaningful activity can greatly benefit wellbeing by improving self-esteem, encouraging social interaction, and keeping the mind active.
We understand that maintaining a sense of self whilst living in care is important to wellbeing and we prioritise assisting residents in maintaining their existing hobbies. The team take the time to get to know each resident, tailoring activities to suit individual needs and interests.
Both indoor and outdoor activities are incorporated into the daily activities programme. Indoor’s residents can enjoy group or one-to-one activities, including card games, ball games, and art-therapy. Outdoors, residents can enjoy planting flowers and raising chicks in our beautiful and accessible garden. Whilst we encourage engagement in group activities or one-to-one socialisation, residents are free to remain in their rooms if desired.
Living in care can be difficult at times, and excursions to local restaurants, pubs, parks, and shopping centres, can make a huge difference to our residents’ wellbeing. For excursions, we use Ring and Ride services, which all adds to the adventure!
The activities team are always coming up with new ideas, such as arranging penpals for residents to communicate with, which has been especially wonderful during the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Meet Our Activities Team
“I have been working at Highbury Nursing Home for almost 4 years. My background is in beauty therapy and cabin crew for an international airline and after gaining my degree in psychology I was drawn to this role working with older adults as I feel passionate about enhancing their life experience. Residents at Highbury get up each day for either the whole or part of the day, which I love as it is important to be around others. The activities team make everything an event whether is the dentist or chiropodist visiting.
I ensure that we have a full range of activities to suit every individual and their needs. Many residents will be at a different stage in their journey with dementia, people have good and bad days and I believe that it is essential to adapt to those needs by providing Person Centred activities for all.
We also like to get out and about in the community, visiting a local pub or restaurant, having fish and chip suppers, visiting local parks or shopping. We utilise Ring and Ride Services as well for the residents which all adds to the adventure. Living in care is hard work and it is a different life to living in the community, so it is essential to provide a reason to get up each day and to make each day special, whether it is a resident having a spa treatment and nails done, having a residents’ meeting or engaging in the plethora of activities that are provided.”
“I have been working at Highbury also for 4 years. My background is in teaching and community care work. I joined the team as I was keen to work with older adults and I love resourcing activities. I particularly enjoy playing bingo (number and picture), art and craftwork, arranging pen-pals, celebrating festivals and cooking.
Our residents find singing therapeutic and if I have any residents who are agitated or distressed, they benefit from being sung to. I am part of a community choir who love to come and perform and find that Highbury has a very welcoming atmosphere and a homely environment.”
Daily Activities at Highbury
We offer a variety of daily activities that can be tailored to individual need.