Meet our Activities Coordinator, Penny Allen
Hello, my name is Penny and I am the lead activities co-ordinator here at Alice Grange. I have been working in the care industry for over 7 years now. I started as a support worker but have specialised in activities over 4 years ago. I am very passionate about activities because I love seeing the joy it brings on resident’s faces. My goal is to help the residents in our home live life to the full. In order to be able to do this, it is so important for me to build relationships with both the residents and the families and learn more about those living in our home.
We have a range of activities on offer at Alice Grange, but if you ever have any questions or suggestions then please come and see me!
Activities at our home
Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.
Life at Alice Grange Care Home
National Carers Week
To mark National Carers Week at Alice Grange thank you cards were presented by our General Manager Andrea on behalf of our CEO Dr Pete Calverley and Director of Nursing Julia Atherton. All of our team also received a box of delicious Lindt Chocolates too which went down a storm as you can imagine!
Andrea says, "We are so proud of our wonderful care team for the outstanding care that they provide every single day to our residents at Alice Grange - thank you so much for everything that you do and happy National Carers week!"
National Beer Day
Yesterday was National Beer Day and the residents at Alice Grange enjoyed a delicious beer tasting party in the garden. We have also been brushing up on our beer knowledge.
Did you know that National Beer Day has been an annual tradition since 2015? The date was chosen because 15 June is also the date that the Magna Carta was sealed in 1215 and ale is mentioned in clause 35 of Magna Carta, which states:
"Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely 'the London quarter'."
We were fortunate to have been donated a wide range of beers from our friends at The Farmhouse Pub, Kesgrave.
As we are Suffolk proud, it has to be Adnams!
Afternoon Tea With A VIP
We were honoured with a visit by the Chairman of the East Suffolk Council, Councillor Keith Robinson who joined us for a tour of the home and a wonderful Afternoon Tea.
The Councillor was impressed with all the activity taking place at Alice Grange with entertainers, the hairdresser and the various resident clubs.
We have opened our new Rainbow Remembrance Garden after weeks of planning, designing and hard work.
At the request of our residents we have created a new beautiful, quiet garden to act as a space for residents, staff and visitors to use to reflect on the those who are no longer with us.
Our residents had a heavy hand in the design of the garden and the features reflect their ideas. From the dedicated rose garden, to the raised flower beds, to the sensory herbs and plants, the whole area has been created to be as peaceful as possible. We are very proud of our beautiful creation and we know that it will be enjoyed by everyone at Alice Grange.
Fun In The Sun
Tea, cake and a garden concert in the sunshine!
We had a fantastic weekend with one of our favourite entertainers performing in the garden whilst residents made the most of the sunshine.
Elvis Pays A Visit
Another wonderful garden concert by our favourite Elvis performer had the residents singing and dancing along.
Supported by the wonderful weather, the residents were able to get into the garden and onto the balcony to rock along with The King.
Music, movement and reliving great memories are some of the bedrocks of our Activities Team's brilliant work.