Our activities co-ordinator Katie ensures there is always plenty to do at the Áras!! There is live music every Wednesday, as well as bingo, card tournaments, knitting circle, concerts, pet therapy and many other activities every week.
Other events include the summer Barbecue, regular shows and parties, residents outings and the Spiddal St. Patrick's Day Parade. Last year we won the funniest float trophy!!! You can get more information on these by clicking on the pictures below or by playing the activities video to the right.
A study by Professor Ricca Edmondson from NUIG in 2015 praised the Áras as a Centre of Excellence for social care. Similarly, Professor Nicole Muller praised the Irish-language ethos of the Home after spending six months in 2014/15 conducting research on a Fulbright scholarship. An activities audit by experts in dementia care Sonas APC in 2015 notes that the Home shows many examples of excellent practise.
"Katie is a competent, committed activity co-ordinator... there is a broad range of scheduled activities... the atmosphere is warm and welcoming" - Sonas activities audit 2015
"a centre of excellence"... "where not only are people happy to be, but where very high expressions of well-being can be found." Professor Ricca Edmondson, NUIG
"Áras Chois Fharraige is... a happy place with content residents, very mannerly and helpful staff and I find that the relatives are very positive about their loved ones care in this home."
- Independent Chairman of Residents' Committee
"staff change seamlessly from Irish to English...a unique benefit of receiving care in the residents’ first language that would not be available to these residents elsewhere"
- Sonas activities audit 2015
Quality of life
Katie and Graine Seoige at the 2015 Care Awards