Life at Oakdene
Oakdene Care Home offers a wide range of activities designed to encourage the resident to keep mobile, and most importantly encourage their enthusiasm for life. The dedicated activities co-ordinator organises weekly social and leisure activities, which take into account the clients' interests, skills, experiences, personalities and medical condition. Activities range from playing board games to quizzes, minibus outings to walks. We try to accommodate each resident's interests and hobbies.
A hairdresser visits the home twice a week. We also organise podiatry services, reflexology and a manicurist.
The local community has links with the Home through volunteers and local schools. We have volunteers that have had DBS checks that come in to take residents out for walks once a week. Work experience pupils from the local schools and colleges come throughout the school year. We have a monthly ecumenical service for those residents who would like to attend. Any resident who is already involved with groups in the local community, we do everything we can to enable this to continue.
Smoking and Alcohol
The Home is now non-smoking. There is an outdoor facility for residents to use. Residents can keep alcohol in their own rooms if they wish and we also have a drinks cabinet in the conservatory.
Monitoring and Quality
Within the Home there are various systems which ensure that close monitoring is maintained on all the home's services and procedures. Attention to the smallest detail is pivotal to everything we do.
Every resident is encouraged to play a part in the running of the home and we hold quarterly resident and relative meetings in order to gain effective opinions. However, residents are encouraged to express their views at any time. Residents' questionnaires can be viewed by prospective residents upon request.
Contact With Friends and Family
We offer a 24-hour visiting policy where relatives, friends and representatives are welcome to visit their respective residents whenever they wish, unless the resident expresses a wish to the contrary. For security and fire safety reasons, visitors must sign the visitors' book on each occasion. There is a telephone available for any resident or their carer to use to contact the resident's relatives, friends or representatives.
Friends of Oakdene
We have set up this group to help with fundraising activities and to assist with keeping residents involved. Relatives and volunteers have joined and are involved in this along with the activities co-ordinator and manager.