During our personalised induction programme for new residents, our care team spends time getting to know the individual as they are eased into their new surroundings. We create a ‘getting to know you’ book so that all our team members will know and understand your loved ones passions and interests and the details that are important to their everyday life.
We also invite residents to learn new crafts and skills including painting, dance and to take part in challenges such as our ‘Great Bake Off’.
Residents have plenty of choice when it comes to entertainment and socialising such as Bingo, quizzes and sing-a-longs run in smaller groups on individual floors.
During the 2020 lockdown, we even hosted ‘The Great Beneavin Bake Off’ and the Firstcare Olympics! All participants and spectators had a wonderful time and there was plenty of fun and laughter.
Our carers spend a lot of time interacting, having chats and fun, so residents are surrounded by familiar and friendly faces and feel comfortable and at ease. Residents enjoy music through a variety of zoom calls from our musicians who very kindly put together live music sessions for them. We also had a weekly live zoom session from the lovely Aishling Ennis ( National Concert hall ) and her Harp o’Clock concerts where she engaged with residents and their families playing their requests for each other on camera.
We are continuing to organise these live events virtually to keep everyone safe and hopefully it won’t be too long before we can have musicians perform in person again.