Category: St Columbas

St Columbas – Care Inspectorate Initiative

St Columba’s have recently committed to the Care Inspectorate initiative- CAPA( Care about physical activity) and have implemented this in the home.   The aim is to improve residents physical and mental well-being through promoting independence and enabling them to increase their level of physical activity.   The residents have been taking small steps towards a healthier, fitter lifestyle by being able to make their own tea, setting tables, washing, doing dishes, dusting and  swimming, participating in gentle  exercise classes and walking. Residents are enjoying being more involved  and are participating in more day to day tasks to keep them active too.

St Columbas Art Classes

St Columba’s welcomed a new art group recently into the home, Creative Mojo engaged residents in an art session where they created a mural and also enjoyed some individual artwork.  Their creations are now displayed proudly around the home for all to see as they all worked hard and enjoyed it very much.


Christmas Fun at St Columbas


Staff, relatives and residents had a ball at their xmas parties in the home. Some opted for pajama theme for their parties which they enjoyed.    All entertained by Bob the music man who got everyone up dancing as ever!

A guid yarn

St Columba’s was chosen to be part of the Dundee Rep programme for residents in care home called “A guid yarn”. This involved a group of older adults from Dundee Rep called “The beautiful people” coming in each week to spend time with the residents. During these visits they worked together reminiscing and participating in small drama sessions, which the residents really enjoyed. The residents felt they had made new friends and at the end of the programme were invited to a complimentary show at the Rep, an Agatha Christie production which they enjoyed.

Residents, staff and families all enjoyed a Hawaiian themed party in the garden at St Columba’s to enjoy the great summer weather. Entertainment was provided by Bob the Music man who got everyone up singing and dancing. Everyone took part and dressed up in grass skirts and garlands and enjoyed a couple of cocktails along the way. A fun day was had by all.

Shetland Pony Visit

Residents, families and staff enjoyed a full day visit from the Shetland ponies from Therapy Ponies Scotland.

Ponies Edwardo and Wilson spent the day with the residents, who loved every minute. The ponies are specifically trained to visit the care home environment and offer therapeutic time for the residents, which was evident from their faces at the time and testimonies afterwards.

The ponies were even able to visit our palliative care residents in their rooms which offered great comfort at the time.

Going for Gold

A team of residents and staff represented St Columba’s at the Going for Gold Olympics, the Care Inspectorate care about physical activity initiative, organised by Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership.

This was a themed event where residents from care homes across Dundee competed in various physical activities such as bowling. Our team chose an armed forces theme therefore dressed up in full army dress to compete. Throughout the day our residents enjoyed competing in all events and also was a great opportunity for them to socialise with residents from other homes. The resident’s stated that they had really enjoyed the day and had fun.

To top off the day, St Columba’s won an award for the most enthusiastic team, which is proudly displayed for all to see in the home, to mark their achievement.