Activities at Knellwood
Knellwood is fortunate to have two excellent, full-time, dedicated Activities Co-ordinators, who, along with the staff, ensure that our residents feel supported and valued as members of our ‘family’.
We have a range of activities, including baking, knitting, sewing, painting, drawing, gardening, keep fit and many more. Residents are encouraged to share with us the activities they prefer, so we can cater for their individual needs. Each week an ‘Activities’ leaflet is available for residents so they can plan the week ahead.
In 2019, Knellwood purchased a ‘Magic Table’, which has proved very popular with both residents and their families. This is a specialist piece of technology with an interactive light projector, creating various colourful games on the table which respond to hand and arm movements. It has a positive effect upon well-being by improving mood, reducing apathy, and increasing engagement and interaction between residents.
Knellwood proudly celebrated winning the ‘Rushmoor in Bloom’ competition in 2019 as a result of a lot of work by residents, families and friends, volunteers and staff.
Visiting entertainers give keep fit classes, or sing and play for us, and we have even had a puppet show and some massage therapy. Family members are encouraged to join in the activities. This can help new residents to settle in and make friends, and also allow families to meet other relatives, staff and residents.
Every resident’s birthday is celebrated with a present and a treat of their choice, such as a pub lunch or a trip to the cinema or a garden centre.
We have a monthly Newsletter, detailing events at Knellwood with stories and photos, which is available for residents and relatives to keep and enjoy. The residents’ notice board displays lots of pictures showing life at Knellwood. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take photos to keep.
Each month, a residents’ meeting is held. This encourages anyone to express their wishes, worries or concerns in a supportive environment. It is also a great way to get together with tea, cake and sherry!
Activities are very important, but our role also encompasses support for residents through the highs and lows that we all experience in life. This includes the inevitable worries and sadness that some residents feel when they first move into a care home. We appreciate how difficult this can be, not only for residents, but also for families, and we are always available to offer support and guidance.