Dearne Valley College Level 1 Health and Social Care students visited Sandygate Residential and Dementia Care Home.
Planning a range of activities to meet the needs and interests of residents, the learners made sure there were festivities for everyone to get involved in. Activities included making holly wreaths, 3D Christmas trees, presents, stars, colouring in Christmas pictures and completing Christmas word searches and crosswords.
Level 1 Health and Social Care students Aleisha Harrop and Ellie Foster both visited the care home on the 6th and 13th December.
Aleisha said: “We really enjoyed talking to the residents and listening to their stories. They showed interest in us too by asking what we were doing.”
Ellie added: “We carried out different craft activities with them and offered supporting if there was something they were struggling to do.”
With the visiting learners completing a unit on communication, an assessment was adapted so the students could use this experience to demonstrate how they can tailor communication for adults with different needs.
Aleisha and Ellie added: “These activities helped us to build our own confidence when speaking to new people and showed us that we have to adapt to individual’s needs depending on how they communicate – for example some residents had sight and hearing loss as well as dementia.”
Irene Jarvis, Programme Lead for Health and Social Care, supervised the learners during their visits to the care home.
She said: “We had a very warm welcome by the residents and staff of the care home. It was a really valuable experience for the learners as it gave them a first-hand look of caring roles as well as being able to demonstrate and develop their own skills within communication and employability.”
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