Weymouth Care home has a Bugfest!

Residents at Weymouth Care Home opened its doors to a selection of creepy crawlies this month when Bugfest dropped in with a variety of creatures. From the small exotic bugs to an impressively large snake, the residents were able to get up close and learn all about the amazing animals. Bugfest, who are based in Dorset, provide educational visits for schools and care homes.

Paula Hartley, Manager at Weymouth Care Home said,

‘Our residents were very excited about our visitors, and I have to say, much braver than I was! Although they seemed a little nervous at first, they were soon put at ease by the handlers and it made a change seeing something that we all normally shy away from’.

Weymouth Care Home is owned by Altogether Care, a Dorset based care provider that encourages their residents to live life to the full.

Snake photo Bug in hand eel photo

The importance of care home activities

If you’re choosing a care home for yourself or a loved one, your top priority will probably be finding somewhere which provides high-quality care.

But it’s also important to consider the activities that homes offer.

The physical benefits of staying active are obvious. But as you get older, being able to take part in activities and maintain interests can also help you retain independence, mental well-being and self-esteem.

Care home activities

An activity is anything that helps stimulate your body or mind. And as we’ve mentioned, many have a physical aspect, like ball games, walking or exercise classes.

But clearly, certain physical activities will not suit everyone. As we get older, eye sight and hearing can diminish, while conditions such as arthritis can also limit your movement.

If that’s the case, it’s important to choose somewhere which offers other ways to stay active – in the broader sense of the word. This might include sensory activities or mental stimulation, like a daily crossword, music, aromatherapy, arts, crafts, puzzles or even listening to a regular radio programmes.

It also makes sense to find out if a home organises trips and excursions because having a regular change of scenery provides variety and breaks up routine.

The benefits of activities

Staying physically active helps you feel more energetic and so provides a greater sense of well-being.

It helps strengthen bones and muscles – reducing the risk of falls & fractures and helps to maintain a healthy weight. Being active is also effective in managing high blood pressure and stimulating a poor appetite.

But it goes beyond physical fitness.

Being able to maintain activity helps boost your self-esteem and confidence as well as making you feel happier and more satisfied in your life.

Moving into a care home can be a frightening and intimidating experience – and it can be easy to become withdrawn. But by choosing somewhere which provides a broad range of activities you’ll be able to make new friends, as well as maintain the interests and hobbies you’ve enjoyed throughout your life.

And even though you’re moving into a residential home, it doesn’t mean you should be wholly reliant on others. Taking part in events and activities you enjoy means you have more choice in how your days are structured and maintain control of your life.

So when considering and looking around at your options of care homes, make sure to check out the activities that are available. If you’d like to find out more on the activities that we provide in our care homes please get in touch: altogethercare.co.uk & 01305 300 161.

Boccia fun at Sherborne House

Residents at Sherborne House care home in Yeovil are enjoying participating in friendly games of Boccia.

The game has a similar principle to boules with the aim of throwing coloured leather balls as close as possible to a white target ball, called a Jack. The game made its Paralympic debut in 1984 and is now practiced in over fifty countries worldwide. Boccia can be played by individuals, pairs or teams.

Sherborne House currently has 27 residents and is located in Sherborne, Yeovil.

Caroline Sharp, Manager at Sherborne House said, ‘Our residents enjoy a wide range of activities and Boccia is very popular and requires a great deal of concentration and patience. It also creates lots of laughter’.

Sherborne House is part of Altogether Care, a Dorset based family owned care provider offering a wide range of care services including dementia care, residential, respite, care at home and nursing care.


Care Homes join in the Zumba fun!

Residents at Weymouth Care took part in a lively Zumba class this month to help improve their fitness and wellbeing. Everyone in the home was encouraged to get involved, enjoy the upbeat music and appropriate exercises, which included moving beautifully coloured ribbons around in their chairs.

Paula Hartley, from Weymouth Care Home said, ‘Our residents enjoyed ‘Chair Zumba’ which is a more realistic version for older people. It’s still energetic and lots of fun so it creates lots of laughter which can
be a health tonic in itself.  Any kind of fitness is a good thing and they all had a great time’.

Weymouth Care Home currently has 30 residents and is part of Altogether Care, a Dorset and Somerset care provider.

Some recent day to day activities