Life at Cove House provides a home from home, allowing people who might not be able to stay in their own homes to enjoy a high quality of life in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
When residents join us at Cove House they are moving into their new home so we encourage them to bring their own furniture, pictures and personal items with them. The house is carefully designed to be accessible, safe and warm for residents with lifts (and stair lifts) so that those who need mobility aids can move around as easily as possible.
Cove House is very homely and we strive to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that alleviates loneliness and allows our residents to take part in our community as much or as little as they wish. Our staff regard Cove House as the resident's homes, not a workplace.
We have regular meetings with our residents to hear their views and get their feedback and we conduct an annual survey of our residents, their families and friends so that we can ensure that we are providing the best care possible.
Our communal sitting room is large and provides residents both an area where they can watch television and also a quiet area. We always encourage residents to eat their main meal of the day together in our communal dining room, where all our food is cooked from scratch by our house chef each day. We try to make sure that our menu is varied and reflects the taste of our residents so we provide both classic dishes, such as roasts, cottage pies and fish and chips, and food from further afield including curries, Italian food and Asian food.
Trips and Activities
We encourage all our residents to stay active and we organise regular trips such as shopping in Lancaster or Kendal, and in Summer, we organise trips to the sea front at Morecambe.
Grounds and Gardens
Residents are free to use the gardens and when the weather is good there are plenty of outdoor activities to take part in. With ten acres of gardens to enjoy, there are large lawned areas with seating with sea views straight out to Morecambe Bay.
Visitors are free to come and go at any time other than at meal times which are restricted to residents only. Visitors are always welcomed from early morning until late evening and we like to extend a warm welcome to all friends and family members.
Holidays and Celebrations
On high days and holidays such as Christmas we provide appropriate entertainment and celebration for our residents so that every resident can feel part of life at Cove House. We have Christmas themed activities, and a pantomime is performed at Cove House for our residents which is always very popular, as well as carol singing by local school children who regularly visit us. Some of our residents have no family so we always ensure that everyone at Cove House is included and cared for on special days.
Activities for Residents
All kinds of activities are offered year-round and these are structured around the preferences of our residents. Our Activities and Wellbeing Co-ordinator is dedicated to ensuring that residents can do a range of things that interest them. Typically Cove House offers live music, bingo, armchair exercise, indoor and outdoor bowls, singing, films and dominoes. Other activities include meditation, yoga, flower arranging, games, puzzles, quizzes and crosswords.
A hairdresser comes to us once per week and a chiropodist visits regularly. We also have a knitting circle. One of our very active residents recently did a skydive, becoming the oldest skydiver in the UK!