Just as there is no typical Kingsley home, there is no typical day in a Kingsley home. We actively encourage people to take part in the daily and extra activities which help 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 wishes and we value and respect how each person chooses to spend their day.
Residents can rise whenever they like at the home and have a choice between hot and cold breakfasts. They can even have breakfast in bed if they like, but most enjoy the communal, friendly dining room. Staff eat with the residents and don’t wear uniforms or badges, which adds to the relaxed, homely feel of mealtimes.
Breakfast is followed by an optional programme of activities, individually tailored to each resident, based on their likes and dislikes. These include regular visits from hairdresser, chiropodist and therapists; health and well-being sessions; movement and music; exercise and dance; flower arranging, skittles, jigsaw puzzles, books and many others. There are organised and impromptu trips throughout the year including cinema nights, theatre, concerts, sing-alongs, summer BBQs, themed events, as well as all the usual annual celebrations such as birthdays, Christmas and Easter.
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 indeed, theirs. Families and friends are welcomed at all times of day and residents are encouraged to maintain social contacts prior to life at Lilac Lodge and Lavender Cottage. The committed, caring staff are always on hand to be with residents if needed, at any time throughout the day.
Staff are encouraged to be proactive, 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.
After supper, 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 bed time, as this is their home.