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 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.
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.
On Sunday December 1st we hosted our Christmas Fayre. From Tombola to face painting, there were activities for everyone. And we can’t forget the delicious minced pies and mulled wine, which were available for everyone 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.
8 June, 2020
For Carers Week we will be showing our appreciations to our hard working and dedicated care teams across the home.
21 June, 2020
We will be celebrating Father’s Day at Oak Lodge with gifts, a themed lunch and afternoon of activities chosen by residents.
26 June, 2020
For our Care Home Open Day we will be fund raising for the National Ark day. Everyone is welcome to enjoy afternoon tea, entertainment and more.