We believe that a key element to better health, happiness and fulfilment in later life is to be meaningfully engaged in a kind and loving environment. Therefore, we love to encourage our residents to take part in activities that they enjoy. This helps to promote positive well-being and creates meaningful loving relationships between residents, the team and their families and friends, who we ask to join in as much as possible. We hold Residents and Relatives Group Meetings to discuss upcoming activities and to ensure that they will be cherished by our residents.
We have a Southern Healthcare minibus, which our homes use to take day trips with our residents and we have visited many fantastic places throughout Devon.
Within the homes, we love to have some fun! Examples of encouraging this have been to invite companies and individuals from the local community to perform, including magic shows, all types of music (including our very own jazz quintet) and engagement as well as singing and pantomimes that the Homes perform. These are all fun, light-hearted activities that our residents and the team enjoy working together to make happen. We also love to have animals visit us and we hold ‘Pets as Therapy’ afternoons where residents get to spend time with some lovely animals including guinea pigs, bearded dragons, dogs and even birds of prey!
Each Home holds festivals, with food, drink and entertainment at various times throughout the year, where we often raise money for fantastic charities. We invite families and friends of our residents to all of our festivals and shows, making them really special events.
When we are not holding events or having visitors we have lots of relaxing downtime including film afternoons with snacks and drinks, we play games, make arts and crafts and have food tasting sessions, contributing to making our homes feel like home for residents. The ‘knot and natter’ group at Parkwood have produced some beautiful blankets for the baby care unit which they delivered in person. These sessions have been very empowering and extremely popular with our residents.
Music plays an important role in life at our homes: Research has shown that listening to music is particularly beneficial to people suffering with dementia, as it produces a calming effect while aiding cognitive function.
Our multi-talented Managing Director, Geoffrey Cox, has formed the Southern Healthcare Quintet, in which he plays the drums.
In normal times, the musicians would tour our homes to entertain residents, but as that is not possible now, they have recorded a selection of jazz numbers and classics from the Great American Songbook.