By assisting all its lead activity coordinators to achieve their National Activities Providers Association level 2 certification, Barchester Healthcare is helping residents to engage socially.
The aim of the scheme is to improve activities provision by encouraging all staff to get involved and use their skills.
Lesley Gregg, general manager at Harton Grange Care Home and a knitting enthusiast, started a group called Silver Threads, which has proven to be very popular. The group, encourages creativity and social engagement among the residents and allows them to continue with an activity they may have loved when they were younger.
Garments made by the residents are collected in a shopping cart and sold to locals in the area. The proceeds then go towards the residents’ fund.
Silver Threads has done well to include staff and all residents with some taking the time to mend garments or simply flip through pattern books and have a chat. The meeting takes place every Wednesday night from 5pm till 6:30pm. It becomes a social gathering with surprise singing sessions and residents reminiscing over days past when the hobby used to churn out garments for family members. Residents are encouraged to join by staff members who take the time to go shopping buying ribbons, bows and wool with keen members.
One particular resident now crotchets dolls’ clothes and blankets on a daily basis after a little encouragement from staff.
Ms Gregg said: “This group is not just about producing wonderful garments it’s about people interacting together. It shows how people of varying ages and abilities all get together and they become one. The group has been really successful and enjoyed by residents, their families and staff alike. Long may it continue.”