Studies show that staying physically and mentally active can help to slow aspects of the ageing process. At Holmesview, we certainly find that quality and enjoyment of life increases for our residents if they take part in our activity programme. Even a little gentle, regular physical exercise can improve muscle strength leading to that all-important sense of wellbeing.
We are very proud of the work that our activity staff do and we’ve got a wide and varied calendar of activities on offer at Holmesview, with something for every resident whether they like knitting, gardening, or dancing!
Our Activity Programme
We offer person-centred care here at Holmesview, with a holistic approach towards treatment. That includes our activity programmes, and we encourage all residents to get involved to improve their mental and physical health. Our activity coordinators try to create a balanced programme that suits the needs of all of our residents, and they’re always happy to take suggestions for activities. So, if there’s a day trip they’d love to take, a new sport they want to try, or a life-long hobby they’re keen to continue, we’ll do our best to add it to the programme.
Below is a sample activity schedule for Holmesview. Please note, activities vary from home to home and time of year.
Trips Outside Holmesview
We have access to our own mini bus here at Holmesview, so we can take regular advantage of getting out of Holmesview and exploring everything Broxburn and the surrounding area has to offer. We have often taken residents to local cafes for a spot of lunch or a slab of chocolate cake, or to the pub for an evening of socialising with friends and mingling with the local community.
Recent trips further afield have included a sightseeing trip to Edinburgh, as well as trips to the countryside and the beach. We’re always open to hearing where our residents would like to go next, and our activity coordinators love creating itineraries to spark joy among our residents.
Activities at Holmesview
As well as getting out and about, we also have a great choice of activities on offer within the home. One of our most popular activities is pet therapy, where residents can interact with trained therapy pets. Proven to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, as well as providing companionship and improving both physical and mental wellbeing, pet therapy has myriad benefits. It can also be beneficial for residents with dementia, particularly if it brings back joyful memories of a pet they once had.
Our residents at Holmesview also enjoy a social event, and we recently had a very popular Wild West themed party. With fancy dress, games, food and drinks, lots of fun was had by all!
We know how important contact with family and friends is to the physical and mental wellbeing of our residents. At this time, residents are allowed as many visits from all the people they would wish. Please check with Holmesview regarding any additional arrangements that are in place.
Some residents benefit from visiting pets and they are also welcome as long as they are kept under control and do not disturb other residents.
I have been very impressed with the standard of care my father received. I know he was content, happy and genuinely well cared for. I realise that dementia is a difficult illness to deal with, but all the staff treated my father with respect and kindness and looked beyond the disease to the person, which is so important.
I was always given a warm welcome on arrival by your receptionist and found all the staff to be professional and friendly. The entertainment and outings have been varied and stimulating for my father and I know he particularly liked the personal gestures of letting him hold a kitten, and a visit to the Transport Museum; two of his favourite things.
My father never questioned why he was not in his own home. I feel that it was because of the warm atmosphere; a home from home. He really enjoyed the company and the wonderful food!
Most of all I have been impressed and grateful for the way my father was looked after during his last days, allowing him to die with dignity and in peace.
Rosemarie, Daughter of Resident, Holmesview
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the care and attention shown to my mum.
I witnessed a level of care which I believe went way beyond the role of each person involved. I saw people coming in just to say hello or if going off, would say goodbye. It was lovely witnessing day and night staff coming in to see my mum on unscheduled visits. I believe this to be way beyond and above the normal call of nurse duty. I would like you to know that the family are grateful for all you did and should take great pride knowing my mum received the 110% care she deserved as all mums should get.
Kenneth, Son of Resident, Holmesview
Dad participates in many activities which I feel he enjoys and this stimulates him. Before entering the care home he did not do very much at all.
Craig, Son of Resident, Holmesview
My mum was one of the first residents to move into the home in Broxburn. While it was being built, we regularly took her down to see the building gradually taking shape and eventually became the modern, homely, well run establishment it is today.
Within a short period of time, my mum started to enjoy life again. I believe that Holmesview provided a holistic approach to her care.
As a family we will always be thankful to the staff at Holmesview for the fantastic care given to my mum, helping to eradicate previous memories relating to her care. I’m sure that at times my mum would have conveyed these same thoughts to the staff. Having worked within the care industry myself for 20 years, I believe that Holmesview have an excellent approach to care for the residents and their families.
Christine, Daughter of Resident, Holmesview
The home is maintained to an exceptionally clean and fresh environment.
Alastair, Husband of Resident, Holmesview
I have been a resident here for 10 months and I feel very much at home and one of the family. I am very well cared for and nothing is too much trouble. I especially enjoy the different activities provided, bus trips etc. Life is never dull or boring.
Margaret, Resident at Holmesview