Just as there is no typical Kingsley home, there is no typical day in a Kingsley home. We actively encourage all our residents to take part in daily activities to keep life fun and interesting; but there are opportunities to do as much or as little as people wish. Our care is focused around each person’s individual needs and we value and respect how each person chooses to spend their day.
Residents can start their day whenever they like and have a choice between hot and cold breakfasts served in bed or in the communal, friendly dining room. Staff also eat with the residents and don’t wear uniforms or badges, which adds to the relaxed, homely feel of meal times.
Breakfast is followed by an optional programme of activities, individually tailored to each resident, based on their likes and dislikes. These may include regular visits from the hairdresser, chiropodist, therapists, entertainment, local church and Pat Dog; activities such as movement and music, exercise and dance, tending to the vegetable patch, flower arranging, skittles, card making, jigsaw puzzles and board games; spending time with the pet cat or budgie and many others. There are organised and impromptu trips throughout the year including evenings out, sing-alongs, summer BBQs, themed events, as well as all the usual annual celebrations such as birthdays, Christmas and Easter. The garden and vegetable patch, where we grow our own fruit and veg, is one of the most popular pastimes at the house.
Alternatively residents can spend time with family, relax in one of the spacious communal areas or in their room, watch TV, read a newspaper in the garden, play games, have one-to-one time with staff or chat with other residents – the choice is always theirs. Families and friends are welcomed at all times of day and residents are encouraged to maintain social contacts prior to life at Colne House. The passionate, caring staff are always on hand to be with residents if needed, at any time throughout the day and are compassionate about helping individuals to do what they enjoy.
Hot drinks, tea, coffee and snacks are served throughout the day.
For lunch there is a choice of mains and desserts, and we invite the residents to help set the tables. All food is cooked on the premises and is made both with health and taste in mind. Menus are available on request. Meal times are a sociable time and staff try to engage even the quietest residents in activities and conversations.
Many residents enjoy helping out around the home with dusting and other chores and have the opportunity to be involved with decisions made within the home, such as potential staff and new pets. We are hoping to get more pets in the future. Staff are encouraged to be impulsive, to swap stories, to laugh and cry with the residents, whilst residents are encouraged to follow their own interests and make their own decisions. They may want to listen to their favourite music, have some ‘me time’ or share their experiences with others. We want them to relax and feel at home, without conforming to routines.
At suppertime there is a choice of hot or cold food, with at least two choices of main and dessert.
After the evening meal, residents can opt to go to bed early, or stay up until later relaxing in one of the communal areas or in their rooms. There are hot and cold drinks, alcohol available to those that want it, and no set bedtime, as this is their home.