Residents at Oakview Lodge Care Home in Welwyn Garden City have enjoyed a month of ‘Back to school’ themed activities throughout September. Care and Nursing Homes across the Country Court group were encouraged to use resident’s ideas and memories of school days to create fun and engaging activities.
The ‘back to school’ activities had a different weekly theme throughout the month, with prizes for the most engaging activity each week. In week one, the challenge was to learn a language, week two was poetry week and week three was science week. For the final week, the care homes held a school theme day, staff dressed up and residents enjoyed fun lessons and activities. Residents enjoyed school dinner themed menus for lunch with sponge pudding and custard for dessert to make it fully authentic.
At Oakview Lodge residents enjoyed learning about volcanoes as part of science week. Wellbeing Coordinator Rachel Davies explained, “We started the week learning about volcanoes which reminded people of their lessons at school, and we enjoyed reminiscing about our school days. We made a paper-mâché volcano, which the residents painted. They loved making our volcano erupt with baking powder and white vinegar. The care team were keen to join in too, especially when the residents explored different textures and made slime. It was great to see everyone coming together to have fun with different mixtures, it got quite messy! It just goes to show, you really are never too old to learn”.
Photos and videos of the activities at Oakview Lodge can be seen on the home’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/oakviewlodgecarehome. For more information about life at Oakview Lodge Care Home, contact Home Manager Teresa Torres on 01707 375345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org