An interesting, fun and engaging programme of activities is essential to the wellbeing of our residents. Our creative Activities Co-ordinator along with other key members of staff organise an extensive daily programme. This includes, art and crafts, beetle drives, play your cards right, bingo, pampering and wellbeing sessions, giant word grid and ‘Our Music in Me’ – Anderson’s Album.
Music is a very important element of the programme as it brings so many memories back to our residents. Visits from choirs, music groups and entertainers are a strong feature. Anderson’s participates in the Playlist for Life programme and particular special songs are highlighted and documented in individual resident’s care plans.
Community engagement is a vital part of our philosophy and there are frequent visits from local nursery children, both primary and secondary school pupils as well as visits from the local RAF base, businesses and other agencies.
Special events include Burn’s lunch, Christmas dinner, Halloween party and visits to parks and countryside venues are a regular feature of the summer programme along with our annual garden party.
We are always trying out new activities at Anderson’s which allow our residents to give us feedback so we can add to our monthly programme.Church Services Church services, led by clergy from St Giles and St Columbus South have recommenced in a group setting within the main hall at Anderson’s or, if the weather is good, outside in the Heritage Garden. The services currently take place fortnightly and are led alternatively by Sonia Palmer and Dion Oelofse. Bus Runs Sarah, our activities Co-ordinator, was thrilled to be able to schedule bus runs for residents once more as part of Anderson’s activities schedule. These currently take place twice a week. The service is provided by The Laich Moray Trust. Our residents love a trip out on the coach. Recent trips have been to Califer View Point with views looking right across to Nigg/ Invergordon, a drive round the Moray coast, with a stop in Lossiemouth for an ice cream. A recent visit to Grant Park, Forres was another success. There is an enchanted garden right beside it where some of the residents enjoyed a walk round viewing the beautiful array of flowers in bloom. Residents also had a lovely drive out to the ruins of Duffus Castle.
Trishaw – ‘Cycling Without Age’
Anderson’s is the first home in the area to purchase a TRISHAW and is an affiliate of ‘Cycling Without Age’.
A group of enthusiastic volunteers have been trained to act as Pilots and “nothing beats witnessing the joy of our residents, pilots and personnel interacting on and around the trishaw and seeing the smiles of passengers coming back from their first ride with wind in their hair, rosy cheeks and full of stories”.
You can find out more about the scheme by visiting: https://cyclingwithoutage.org/