Our activities team provide a full and varied activities programme for our residents, which are typically organised between 10am and 4pm each day. The activities team use care plans and individual residents’ histories and hobbies to plan respectful activities that enhance lives, encourage socialisation and stimulate memories. This is an important part of our person-centered care.
We respect our residents’ right to make choices and are happy to organise activities they tell us they would enjoy. And for those who are less able, we provide 1:1 activities. Residents are free to choose where and how they spend their time. This includes socialising as much (or as little) as they wish to.
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We are delighted and extremely proud to receive the award of “Top 20 Small Care Home Group 2022” from carehome.co.uk and be recognised as one of the top 20 Groups in the UK! Mark Vickery, Director at Forest Care comments: “It is testament to the continuous hard work and dedication of all our management and staff who work tirelessly and selflessly in striving to deliver the highest standards of care to our residents, and it is all the more satisfying to see that reflected and appreciated by our residents and their families who very kindly take the time to submit their reviews. A big “thank you” to everyone across our Group of homes for all they do.”
We are delighted to announce that Oak Lodge has been selected as finalists in 2 categories at the 2021 Caring UK national awards:
Care Home of the Year – South & Best Outdoor Environment!
Congratulations to Jacqui, our very hard working Home Administrator at Oak Lodge, for being selected as a finalist at the 2021 National Care Awards in the Care Champion category. You’re already a winner in our eyes!
Our staff celebrated the Nepalese cultural day at Oak Lodge, immersing the residents and wider team of staff into a special cultural experience encompassing many Nepalese traditions.
We don’t need much persuasion to host a coffee morning with cake for our residents, but it’s even nicer when it’s to raise money for a worthy cause.
Our very own Acorn’s Gardening Club finished their homemade scarecrow and it got the seal of approval from Alec!
Residents recently enjoyed a flower arranging show. We are delighted to announce that outside entertainers are now warmly welcomed back into our homes to entertain our residents.
From photo shoots, to afternoon tea and presents for all, we celebrated Father’s Day for all our lovely lads at Oak Lodge.
Resident’s are encouraged to choose how and where they spend their time. For Janet, this means painting!
For Valentine’s Day, residents enjoyed a morning of arts and crafts followed by a delicious love themed afternoon tea.
Friends, family and even furry friends are continuing to visit residents at Oak Lodge for Covid-safe visits.
Our interactive activity table is continuing to be popular amongst our residents. Essentially a giant iPad, the interactive table is a versatile piece of entertainment.
The team got a big “Thumbs Up” from Charlie, resident at Oak Lodge, for all the wonderful, festive decorations that they have put on display.
We were delighted to have come third in this years Forest Care Christmas Competition. For 2020, residents were asked to make handmade Christmas Decorations and our Christmas Corks were a hit amongst voters.
Enjoying the last bit of warm weather for the year, our residents enjoyed their very own Luau in the garden complete with delicious food, indulgent cocktails and lovely entertainment.
There is no better therapy than music and paying musical instruments has proven to decrease stress, spread happiness and can even be used during exercise classes.
Our Knit and Natter Club is growing in popularity… we think we do more ‘Natter’ than ‘Knit’… but that’s ok by us!
2020 has certainly been a year of firsts… including teaching our residents how to video call and join the Zoom boom!
This years Forest Care Flower Arranging Competition had a bit of twist, all the flowers used had to be handmade… we are very proud of our residents’ creation and how it was imaginatively displayed.
At Oak Lodge we’re very lucky to be located within 350 acres of Hampshire countryside, this means our residents have lots of outdoor areas to explore and enjoy… which always bring a smile.
Thank you to everyone who’s been sending in positive words, pieces of artwork and handmade cards. Our residents love reading everything sent in.
We joined the nation in celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE day with bunting, flags, fizz and food. Although it wasn’t the garden party with friends and family that we were planning, it was a fun day of commemoration across the home.
Lockdown restrictions have changed many events and special occasions hosted by our care home throughout 2020, however the team are working hard to make sure celebrations still go ahead… although slightly adapted.
The sunshine came early in the build up to Easter for our virtual Easter Bonnet competition between all the Forest Care homes. Residents and staff enjoyed a themed afternoon tea party where they modelled their bonnet creations.
The benefit of living on a 315 acre countryside estate is being able to walk the grounds under the sun when you’re social-distancing. Many residents have been enjoying a walk up to enjoy the flowers gardens for a bit of fresh air and fun.
Residents have been exploring the world using our interactive activities table. Using Google Earth, they have been visiting their home town or enjoying their favourite holiday destinations together sharing memories.
Our Arts and Crafts club has been keeping busy making artwork to display in our gallery walkway and also drawing pictures to send to our community.
For Mother’s Day we enjoyed a photo shoot, afternoon tea and Skype calls to loved ones.
The care home was elated to recently discover that they have maintained their “Outstanding” CQC rating from their most recent inspection in December 2019. Staff were joined by four of the homes’ centennial residents; Hilda Devey (100), Frances Smith (101), Edith Warburton (102), and Hilda Ramsden (104), for a team photo to celebrate Oak Lodge’s success.
To celebrate 25 years of caring, Oak Lodge hosted a day of entertainment, which included a photo slideshow of memories made at Oak Lodge with fizz and canapes, speeches from the Mayor of Basingstoke along with the Director and Owner of Forest Care,
David Pawson and his son Richard brought their newly restored Daimler to Oak Lodge for residents to enjoy. Richard kindly took residents and staff for a drive around the Oak Lodge grounds. We’d like to thank both Richard and David for sharing the experience with everyone. It was an honour to view a car with an incredible British history.
We are regularly joined by Otto the therapy dog who makes everyone smile. He even shakes paws and hands with new residents.
We enjoyed a Valentine’s Day photo shoot at Oak Lodge with a fun back drop and set props.
Our catering team did a fantastic job putting on a delicious spread for our residents, guests and staff to enjoy.
We are delighted to announce that Grace, our Care Home Manager, won the Care Home Manager of the Year award at the prestigious National Care Award 2019! The team was also selected as finalists for the Care Home of the Year category.
Residents have been enjoying a variety of different games on the interactive activity table during one-to-one sessions. It’s a great asset for the home! Essentially a giant iPad, our residents can play games, Skype, watch movies or even stroll down memory lane with Google earth or family photos.