In Hamilton Park, we believe that activity should be at the centre of the care we provide.
We recognise that our residents need something more than the traditional model of an activities co-ordinator who simply organises quizzes and entertainment, fun though these activities are. Activity is part of daily life. Many residents need to feel usefully and actively engaged in tasks, and welcome the chance to help out in the garden, bake, or even chat to the maintenance man about the best way to put up a shelf!
Our approach to activities all comes back to person-centred care and listening to each resident’s life story, as individual tastes and interests vary greatly. Some people’s activity requirements will be to simply listen to their favourite radio show or TV programme every day; some will want to pop out to a weekly coffee morning at the church hall they’ve been going to for years; some people will want to run the gardening club.
It’s our job to enable everyone to carry on an active life with as much independence as they are able, or want, to have. We believe that no-one should have to give up a much-loved hobby or interest when they move into a care home.
For residents experiencing a form of dementia, certain activities can stimulate and engage them and be very beneficial. Our trained team are skilled in caring for residents with dementia.
Hamilton Park has an activities therapist who is responsible for a weekly schedule of activities residents can choose to get involved in. Almost every week, there’s a party or celebration of some kind, and we often stage fund-raising events for charities such as Flora Woman’s mini marathon, MS Ireland, Guide Dog’s Ireland, Autism Ireland or the Marie Keating Foundation. Hamilton Park has strong links with their local communities, and you’ll often see a local school choir popping in to sing for residents.
A sample of our amazing activities: