Birtley House has a dedicated team of Activities Coordinators who play a vital role in the care of our Residents. Members of the team are available seven days a week and each morning serve coffee to Residents individually, thus providing the opportunity to discuss any personal problems or requirements.
The varied activities programme is changed each month with the aim to attract as many Residents as possible to join in with the structured activities and outings. Activities range from talks by guest speakers, musical afternoons, arts and crafts, cookery, word-games and quizes, T'ai Chi and the celebration of anniversaries and dates of special interest and significance. Occasionally, Residents have given talks or demonstrations themselves, if they have had a particular interest or hobby which they wished to share with others.
In addition to the formal daily programme, there are regular monthly activities including film shows, book club, visits from the Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog and cat and clubs which have been formed by some of the Residents including Bridge, Knitting, Rummicub and Scrabble.
Additional ad-hoc activities are organised by the Care Assistants at any time throughout the 24hr day, to suit the requirements of the Resident. By their very nature, such activities do not follow a regular timetable and range widely in content e.g.
People come to our day club for a variety of different reasons:
* A change of scenery and companionship
* A chance for a regular carer to have a day off
* To enjoy a home-cooked lunch with new friends
* To sample life at Birtley
Whatever the reason, this popular facility also offers a chance for some physiotherapy or a massage, perhaps a visit to the hairdresser or to have assistance with a long hot bath. 'Regulars' often time their visits to fit in with Activities they wish to participate in - we can send out our Monthly Activities programme on request.
The day starts with Morning Coffee, Lunch is enjoyed in the Orangery, while afternoon activities are followed by tea. The cost per day is just £30 (from 1st January 2017). Before attending the club, a simple pre-visit assessment is carried out to ensure that we can meet the needs of the individual while they are here.