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Creative ways to keep up routines!

Our care homes and community support teams are coming up with creative and fun ways to maintain routines for the people we support

During an age of social distancing, everyone’s routines have changed significantly. For people in our services, this can be a difficult thing to understand. Our teams have risen to the challenge of keeping routines similar, to help reduce stress and anxieties.

Here are a few of our favourites!

Red House puts a twist on their weekly shop

Red House in Derbyshire have been finding ways to maintain a Saturday shopping trip in their routine. Staff and the people we support created their own “Red House Tuck Shop” featuring all the treats they would usually get on a Saturday. Staff brought in supplies, from sweets to magazines!

Tonia Marston, Operations Manager, is really pleased with the staff for going above and beyond with their creativity. “I feel privileged to manage this team, who are not going to let this little blip in life affect the guys’ happiness”.

Everyone living at the service helped to create signs, banners and rainbows to put up to decorate the tuck shop, which was created in the garden shed.

A trip to the coffee shop

The people we support at Peel House aren’t letting the lockdown stop them from having their coffee shop trips! They’ve created their very own coffee shop in the care home called Café Peel! The staff team have taken the roles of the baristas and people we support can buy their treats using Monopoly money.

Burgers on a Saturday

For a resident at Twyford House, an autism specialist care home in Dover, a trip to McDonalds on a Saturday was a weekly tradition. The home contacted the local McDonalds, who were able to donate 20 hamburgers. Thanks to the donation, the staff can cook burgers for the young man, ensuring his routine isn’t affected too much.

Enjoying a pub lunch

The people we support at Orchard Leigh were really missing their regular pub nights, so the service have created the Orchard Arms in their garden, complete with pub atmosphere! The homemade pub has all their favourite drinks and pub grub to them to enjoy. Even the bottles of pop and juice have special Orchard Arms stickers on them.

Along with the yummy food and themed drinks named after the residents, there’s also fun garden games to play like croquet and cricket!

Stay tuned to our website and social media to see what other creative things our services are doing during this time!

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