Residents at Kingsland House, in Kingsland Close, were thrilled to visit South Down Nurseries in Hassocks, a long-awaited trip that included a nice walk around, a visit to the South Downs Heritage Centre to look at some of the old machinery and a sit down with a piece of homemade cake and a cup of tea.
Karen Williams, general manager, said: “It is absolutely wonderful to be able to take our residents out for trips again. We have all been waiting for this day and we are so thankful it is finally here. Our residents have enjoyed all sorts of different entertainment during lockdown but nothing beats some fresh air and a change of scenery to blow away the cobwebs.”
The varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active and provides a daily choice of engaging activities, tailored to residents’ interests and abilities. Recent events have included World Environment Day, Italian National Day, Canada Day, a visit from East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton, World Chocolate Day, National Carers’ Week and making bird feeders for schoolchildren.
Staff at Kingsland House were rewarded with chocolates to celebrate National Carers’ Week in June. Family and friends were able to visit the home to join residents in thanking the team for their hard work and dedication.
Residents at Kingsland House created their own golf course so they could play their own open championship in the sunshine. Val said: "I haven’t picked up golf club for a while now and this activity was a great idea. It was great for others to learn and new skill and exercise at the same time."
Kingsland House residents celebrated Canada Day on July 1 with a Canadian quiz, topping pancakes with their favourite fruit and cream, and an afternoon of singing from Tania, which everyone really enjoyed.
Roger, a residents at Kingsland House, making bird feeders for Herons Dale Primary School in Shoreham. Residents make these feeders every week, as the wildlife seem to love them, and wanted to share them with their friends at the school. The home is also saving empty crisp packets and old felt tip pens for the school's fundraising scheme.