Springing into action throughout March

6 April 2022

Male service user gardening with health care assistants in the sun

Empowering people to engage and get involved in stimulating activities that are meaningful to them, brings a range of benefits for those living in care homes.

At Exemplar Health Care, life is all about choice.

We engage with our residents in a variety of meaningful ways, to ensure that each individual is at the centre of decisions about their care, and how they’d like to engage in activities, both mentally and physically, and stay socially active.

Our first value is fun, and fun is certainly what we’ve had during March.

During March, we’ve seen sunshine, snow and everything in between. It’s been a busy month with World Book Day, International Women’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Red Nose Day, World Poetry Day and Mother’s Day.

Fun in the sun

With the early spring heatwave, many of our residents enjoyed having fun in the sun. 

Our Neville Court care home in Barnsley decided to make the most of the beautiful weather by creating an impromptu beer garden and hosting a pool tournament.

We’ve also had some refreshing walks in the park, had outdoor gym workouts and trips to the beach.

Board games and dancing

Activities within our homes can range from quiet engagements, such as playing board games like the picture below at our St Andrew’s Court care home in Hull, to themed parties and dancing like the pictures from our Sheffield care home, Longley Park View’s St. Patricks Day party.

Animal therapy with special visits from furry friends

Interacting with animals can release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can bring lots of physical and mental benefits, especially for those living in care homes.  

In our specialist care homes, we welcome furry friends to visit our residents on a regular basis so that they can engage and play with therapy dogs and other interactive animals.

Our Greenside Court care home in Rotherham had a visit from Poppy the bunny rabbit, who loved the attention she received from Ricky.

Our Otterburn care home in Birmingham had a visit from some very special guests, the alpacas certainly provided a lot of excitement and smiles throughout the day.

Community engagement

At Exemplar Health Care, we encourage and support people to remain and/or become a valued and active member of their local community.

It helps people to develop a sense of being part of the wider community as well as introducing them to new people and new experiences.

During March, our Fairburn Mews care home in Castleford took on an 18 cafes in 18 days challenge to reintroduce residents back into the community after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Copperfields care home in Cross Green, Leeds also took a bus ride to Leeds City Market, where they enjoyed a spot of shopping and lunch at a local café.

Person-centred care with Exemplar Health Care

We encourage the people we support to continue to do the things they enjoy. We enable them to learn, volunteer and develop new hobbies if they wish.

Our high staffing levels of Registered Nurses and trained Health Care Assistants are determined by each person’s individual needs.

This enables us to build trust and work at the pace of the individual, which leads to improved person-centred and longer-term outcomes.

Healthcare jobs with Exemplar Health Care

We’re looking for people who match our values to join our growing team.

If you think that you have what it takes to make every day better for the residents living in our care homes, then take a look at our current healthcare job vacancies.

We’re recruiting for a range of roles including Health Care Assistants, Registered Nurses, Activities Coordinators, Maintenance Technicians, Cooks and Housekeepers. So whatever your skills and experience, there’s a role at Exemplar Health Care for you.