Residential Care Home

Overall rating for this service: Good

Is the service safe? Good
Is the service effective? Good
Is the service caring? Outstanding
Is the service responsive? Good
Is the service well-led? Good


To many people, the word 'Activity' conjures up an instant picture of 'bingo, games and entertainment', to name but a few. Yes, all the above come under the 'activity umbrella', so to speak, but there is so much more to it than that. Activity is about meaningful, engaging everyday living, 24/7, literally speaking, 'every minute of every day'. Our activity provision is 'person centred' (tailored to each individual) and promotes well-being and self esteem. It gives personal choices for our residents in all aspects of their care and it involves every member of staff in one way or another.

Here at The Old Rectory and Horseshoe Lodge we employ a full time activity co-ordinator who offers a wide range of daily activities within the Home, ensuring all residents are given every opportunity to enjoy a rewarding and fulfilled life.
We encourage residents to continue with any hobbies and interests they may have and if there is something not already in place, we will endeavour to get it.
We have an activity room for stimulation which is used for small group or one-to-one sessions. We appreciate that group activities are not for everyone.
Large group activities take place in the main lounge and adjoining dining room.

Regular activities at present taking place:-
  • One to one sessions
  • Reminiscing
  • Craft
  • Rainbow knitting club
  • Team quizzes
  • Musical activities - Sing-a-longs, using song sheets, percussion instruments, keyboard, quizzes
  • Home baking
  • Ceramic painting on tiles and pottery
  • Acrylic painting
  • Playing card games, dominoes, cribbage
  • Board games, crosswords, word search, jigsaws
  • Word games, countdown, scrabble, alphabet
  • Bingo, numbers, musical and playing card
  • Film shows
  • Soft ball throwing and catching for co-ordination
  • Pampered hands, nail polish
  • Monthly Home magazine
  • Qualified staff trained in SONAS (a programme designed especially for people with dementia
  • Seasonal table displays
  • Gardening projects (indoor and outdoor)
  • Folding laundry
  • Setting tables
  • Folding serviettes
  • A look at the papers
  • Discussion groups
  • Skittles
  • Sitting out in the garden
  • Pets as therapy (fortnightly)
  • Armchair aerobics (weekly)
  • Hairdresser (weekly)
  • Chiropodist (every 8 weeks)
  • Holy communion service and Barbs service (1st and 3rd Monday in each month respectively)
  • Natural healing, massage (monthly)
  • Entertainment (3 week cycle)
  • Armchair poetry group (monthly)
  • Trips out around the Forest of Dean for residents to enjoy the changing seasons, the bluebells and the autumn leaves, followed by afternoon tea at places like The Speech House Hotel
  • Visits to the local bakery and garden centres
  • Twice a year we are invited to the local primary school for dress rehearsal of their end of term play/panto
  • Pre-Christmas lunch at a local venue
Throughout the year we also recognise and celebrate all of the dates on the calendar and special events as they occur, often in a real party fashion. Families and friends are always welcome to join us too.

We also have others who come to us at certain times of the year:-
  • Gerald, Ray and Val, accordions and singing
  • Drybrook and District ladies choir
  • Ukulele band at our Harvest supper
  • Winberry clog dancers and musicians
  • Pastor Tim Cracknell and friends for annual Remembrance Sunday Service
  • Carols with Hopebrook school children at Christmas
  • Pampered faces with Julie
Residential Care Home. Activities
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