The activities that are carried out are designed to fulfill all of the residents needs from emotional, social, sensory, spiritual and intellectual. The weekly planner is created to cover activities that meet the physical, creative, social, relaxation, recreation and sensory needs of our residents.
Feedback is gathered from new and existing residents to try and accommodate and cater for all interests.
With Dementia, Music has been shown to often have a dramatic effect. Whether it’s 60s soul, operatic arias or songs from the shows, music can soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories. We are constantly developing and improving our activities to enrich the lives of our residents to create new memories.
Contact: Lucy Cummings Activities Coordinator
Mobility is of upmost importance with stretches and gentle all over body exercises carried out on a weekly basis across all of the units.
SHARED READING GROUP
Short stories and poems are read which prompts lots of discussions on whether the residents have heard it before, who is the author, and what they think the poem is about allowing residents to self –reflect and tell narratives that were important to them. It also encourages residents to disclose their own stories.
GAMES / CARDS / BINGO
A variety of board games, cards, bingo, indoor skittles, hoopla are available and a structured games session is carried out on a weekly basis with the residents.
Our local indoor bowling centre has a café where we have a cup of tea and cake and watch live bowls with all of the local teams playing the game. We also have a lane reserved and the residents can partake if they wish.
IN HOUSE MEMORY SESSIONS – COFIO
We deliver our own sessions across all departments with a focus on a theme to promote cognitive development with songs, chair exercises, proverbs, anagrams and a quiz with visual and audio support from the projector and screen and powerpoint presentation.
TRIPS FOR COFFEE & CAKE
We visit local cafes and restaurants for a cake and coffee, fresh air and a chat, which are so important for wellbeing.
We attend a group each week called Ty Golau (House of Light) who work with people who have memory problems/dementia type illness and offer a safe environment where they can engage in mentally stimulating activities, which have been shown to slow down the ageing process.
A variety of performers from saxophone players, singers, drummers, classical pianists, harpist, war time music to rock n roll to come in and perform for our residents.
We have our very own cinema room with lots of dvd’s to choose from including comedy with Dads Army and Norman Wisdom to romance, musicals and thrillers.
VISIT FROM CHURCH
We have regular visits from the local parishes including St Peters Church, Ferryside & Peniel where services are carried out at Towy Castle
Along with hymns, sermons, music (guitar and piano) and holy communion everyone enjoys the opportunity to participate in this activity.
SINGING FOR THE BRAIN
The Singing for the Brain sessions use singing to bring people with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating activity. singing can improve your brain activity, wellbeing and mood, you don’t need to be a good singer to benefit.
We have links with Glenholme Nursery and Cywion Bach who each come in every month to carry out various activities with the residents such as painting plant pots and planting seeds, making and colouring in cards and bookmarks, making salt dough, songs and musical instruments and the parachute.
Many studies have now been made and conclude the same thing: intergenerational care is good.
Every two weeks we take 2 vehicles out for lunch or a trip with lunch. Places we have been include The Mansion House, LLansteffan, fish and chips at The Ferry Cabin, The Caraway, Parc Y Bocs and The Ivy Bush.
We have been to the Theatre for afternoon tea to watch and take part in the Tea Dance with ballroom dancing, afternoon tea on the Abergwili Steam Train and are planning trips on the local Ferry to go across for food.
CHAIR YOGA INSTRUCTOR
A qualified Chair Yoga Instructor comes to Towy Castle to deliver two sessions per month promoting well being and has a very calming and relaxing impact with plenty of stretching and movement.
SUPERMARKET SHOPPING TRIP
We head out to our local supermarket with a list of items required, and then shop, scan and enjoy a well deserved coffee and cake. This activity encompasses so many important skills such as cognitive development, thinking of items required, writing the list and then walking around selecting items and the exercise element of up and down the isles.
Every month a residents meeting is held to provide the residents with an opportunity to raise any thoughts they have on activities they would like to participate in and also to address any concerns.
TOWY CASTLE CHOIR
A pianist comes in to play for us every three weeks and lead us in our choir rehearsals. Lots of smiles, laughs and songs and reminiscing involved and open to everyone to join in or just listen.
Every three weeks we host an in house afternoon tea with cups, saucers, cream cakes and social interaction with a group quiz.
When the weather permits, we venture out into the lovely local country paths for a walk and fresh air.
Every month the Theatre host live musicians with coffee and cake at the Lyric and Ffwnress which is dementia friendly. We have already listen to The Seren Winds perform.
Other trips have included out to the theatre to watch the opera, musicals, ballroom tea dances and musicians perform, Afternoon Tea on the Steam Train, Boat trips, Cinema visits. We also have 5 annual membership passes for the Botanical Gardens of Wales and have been there several times already.
LINKS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY
Male voice choirs come to perform for our residents, we have had The Wildlife Trust here to speak and a ballroom dancing company come in to perform and deliver lessons to the residents. Ican Amateur Dramatic Company have been in to perform for our residents and we have links with a local School and the choir perform and we have been to visit them for Senior Citizens Day and have future projects planned. The Beavers have also come in to carry out several activities with the residents.
Every month we spend a week with a theme around a different Country. We have already celebrated Italy with pizza making, a pianist playing Italian Arias, a cheese and wine evening and out for Americanos. With France we have watched Les Miserables and Andre Rieu with a French platter and Chardonnay for afternoon tea and Crepes
and Croissants and colouring in French Artwork.
We recently hosted a cupcake day on National Alzheimer’s Day to raise money for the society. We celebrated Dementia Awareness Week which included inviting family and friends into Towy Castle where a Dementia friend provided more information.
With a varied selection of fiction and non books, crosswords, puzzles, games, cards and magazines, writing sets, craft materials, tv, radio and films there are plenty of things to do
We attend a workshop at Pets At Home which provides an opportunity to handle the rabbits and guinea pigs and find out more about them all.
We are registered for Pet Therapy for local dogs to come in, but Bella the Pomeranian currently enjoys visiting the residents on a regular basis.
We have visited Coombe Stables in Peniel where the residents have had an opportunity to get up close to the horses and then watch them partake in horse training. We look forward to visiting again.
IN HOUSE SPA
The Beautician Mel, comes in to provide a pamper experience for a group of residents including manicures, facials, massage and a glass of bubbly and afternoon tea.
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