“People were helped to maintain their independence through ’meaningful occupation’ where they could build on their existing skills and interests and try new activities.”
We provide opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and clubs and to take regular trips out to local places of interest
We help to support people to live their lives as fully as possible. We believe it is the strong relationships we build with residents and their families, in understanding people’s backgrounds and interests that allow us to provide true support and companionship.
Whilst we have plenty of scheduled activities, we understand that spontaneity is also important and therefore there are often different activities taking place, such as dominoes, cards or ball games.
Music plays a big part in life at Mallands
Whether it’s through outside singers and musicians performing for the residents or creating individual playlists for residents of their favourite or meaningful songs. These are our “Playlists for Life” and are a great way of reminiscing about special occasions and periods of people’s lives.
We have singers visiting the home most weeks, singing a variety of genres, and of course its everyone’s choice whether they choose to join in or simply enjoy listening.
We have our a piano for anyone wishing to play or indeed learning to play!
We recognise the benefits that animals bring
We have a small dog called “Pip”, and a budgie called “Billy” that lives at the home. Having these animals not only provide companionship, and a sense of joy and wellbeing but can also help give the residents a sense of purpose.
As well as our own pets, we have had visits/talks from the local Bird of Prey centre, through a local farm raised chicks from the egg using an incubator.
As part of regular activities we have visits from Simon and his animals of “Animal Activities”. All residents who choose to have the opportunity to handle a range of animals from rabbits and guinea pigs to chinchillas and for the brave hearted snakes and spiders! We’ve also had visits from new born lambs & miniature ponies from local farms.
Mealtimes are an important part of the day
Mealtimes provide social opportunities as well as nutritional benefits. We have used research and guidance to improve the mealtime experience through increasing social interaction, promoting choice and encouraging independence.
For residents that may need some assistance we set up a Social dining area in the lounge which simply through sitting at the table and having carers stimulate conversation encourages people to eat and drink more than when they are alone.
The meals we provide are varied and designed to meet the residents’ dietary needs and individual preferences. For people at risk of malnutrition we will create high energy dishes that are fortified, high in protein and high in calories.
We provide a variety of areas in which to spend your time
We have recently created a café bar and cinema room in which residents can socialise or watch films and television programmes as they wish.
We recognise the importance of being able to go outside and therefore have developed our outdoor space into different areas including a sensory garden and different seating areas. This includes covered walkways that allow people to get outside even when the weather isn’t so good.
We have many quiet spaces here at Mallands
For those residents that prefer to spend their time more quietly we have spaces where it’s quieter and of course you can choose to spend time in your room, which comes fully furnished, with its own bathroom, television points and access to Wifi.
Each room also has a call bell with a handset that can be moved with the individual so that they feel secure knowing that assistance is only a button push away.
We monitor bell calls to ensure that we are being suitably responsive and to identify any patterns that indicate a change in care needs.