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Archive for January, 2009

Music Session

Posted by Lisa09 on January 31, 2009
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The best activity in our home (Avonpark, Strathaven) is the Music session. this is where i grab the box of instruments that we have and get the residents to make as much noise as they possibly can. At the minute i have the residents helping me write a song. they seem to enjoy this activity as they can suggest anything for the song and help with the music for it. it gets the brain going and makes for a fun & noisey afternoon


Lisa, Activities coordinator, Avonpark care home, Strathaven.

Bus Trips-Transport

Posted by admin on January 31, 2009
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Last year Brockburn Very Sheltered contacted  South West Community Transport (Tel 0141 881 9998) Margaret Urie who arrange many trips on a monthly basis.  This group arrange many outings to Ayr, Saltcoats, Helensburgh, Balloch, Largs etc, each trip costs £6.00 and the mini bus comes direct to the complex.  Our tenants have raved about the trips, one tenant said it has given her a new lease of life, its like having a wee holiday each week.

Catherine Lafferty, Brockburn Very Sheltered Housing, Glasgow

Odeon Cinema Special

Posted by admin on January 31, 2009
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On a Tuesday The Odeon Cinema (Glasgow Quay) offer the opportunity for senior citizens to see a film at 11.00 am cost is £3.00 and includes Tea & Biscuits, Doors open at 10.30 a.m

Catherine Lafferty, Brockburn Very Sheltered Housing, Glasgow


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Bingo with a Difference

Posted by admin on January 31, 2009
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Our best activities in our complex is Bingo. We play bingo in our complex 3 times per week and we find it attracts the most Tenants. We don’t play for cash prizes but things like shower gel, house cleaning products, sweets, ornaments and sometimes we include a lottery ticket which always goes down well. It means tenants that don’t get out that often have the chance of winning something that they maybe find very useful. If they don’t need the prize they have won they will then swap it with another tenant who has something more exciting.


When the tenants come down to the hall they pay £1 for a book of six games and so it does not drag on we only do a single line and the last house is a full house with a slightly better prize. We then play 3 games and stop for tea/coffee and cakes and have a break of 15 minutes to allow the tenants to have a wee blether and mix with any other tenants in the hall. This is always a good time to introduce any new tenants and make them feel welcome. The bingo all in take about 1 hour and after that some tenants sit on in the lounge and have a blether. On a Sunday we play hoy and its bingo played with playing cards instead of numbers .The cards that are shouted out and we have special hoy cards made up and once all your card are out you shout “Hoy” instead of bingo and if you shout bingo you don’t get the prize. This can be fun to watch and gets the brain going. 

Hope this helps!



Ann Sloan, Assistant Housing Support Officer, Smithycroft Very Sheltered Housing, Glasgow 





Halloween at Claremont, Ayr

Posted by admin on January 29, 2009
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Here is a picture sent of Peter (the Indian) and staff from Claremont Care Home in Ayr at a Halloween show. 

A good time was had by all.

5 Tips for a Successful Sing-a-Long

Posted by admin on January 29, 2009
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This article was written by Peter Chalmers. In the last 10 years I have performed well over 5000 shows in care homes. The majority of places that I have been to have been great and follow the common sense tips given, but for anyone new hopefully these can help. 

1. Try and have everyone in and ready on time for your entertainer starting at the agreed time. If your entertainer is any good he/she will likely have another show to go to after yours and won’t be able to run over the agreed time.


2. If you are giving out drinks and nibbles the best thing to do is to try and give them out before the entertainment starts so they can enjoy them throughout the show. It can easily distract the residents from the show when there is a lot of fuss going on around them. (Try and think of it as if it were you watching your favourite TV show or at a concert and someone was asking you and all the people around you what you want to eat or drink.) If you are having a buffet, again the best thing to do is to have it after the show and then everyone can talk about how the show went.


3. If you have staff on shift with an “outgoing personality” that will dance and interact with the residents try and have them work with you while the entertainment is on. It makes a major positive difference to the whole audience when they see people up dancing and enjoying themselves. Any good entertainer will be delighted to get involved and also dance with the residents but will need to see them up before they know that they are able. Unfortunately there are a minority of places where they see an entertainer coming as an excuse to leave the entertainer on their own with the residents while they go for a break or to do something else. This is obviously not what it is all about and there is only so much that an entertainer can do on there own.


4. This is more from an entertainers point of view, but It is a great help to the entertainer if you are paying them on the day to have the payment ready for them. This will mean it doesn’t hold them up and make them late for the next show where their residents are waiting on a show.



5. Entertainment costs money and therefore normally doesn’t happen all the time so try and make it a special time for the residents, and get the best value for your money.


Please note these tips are not meant as a rant from an entertainer, but we all know how hard it is for getting funds for entertainment. We also understand the challenges from the “homes” point of view trying to organise everything. We all want what’s best for the residents, and if these small points can be followed it will make a huge difference to their enjoyment.

Hope this helps!