Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kim Pimbley
Hi, my name is Kim and I’m the Activities Coordinator at Appletree Grange, previous to being an Activities Coordinator I was a Carer her for over 7 years. I enjoy my role and I have some great ideas for events, entertainers and daily activities within the home to help stimulate all the residents.
Myself and the residents have regular sit downs to discuss new challenges we would like to take on and to get everyone’s ideas on what they would like to do to make sure there is something for everyone and to tailor my activities to each individuals interests.
Activities at Appletree Grange
Our Activities Coordinator is constantly arranging new activities to stimulate and catch the imagination of our residents. From visiting entertainers to a regular craft table to outings on the minibus, there is always something for our residents to keep them entertained. Our Activities Coordinator also takes the time to sit with each resident and go through a life history so they get to know what the likes and dislikes of each individual are and can tailor the activities to suit them. A monthly residents meeting is held to get the views of the residents and to get suggestions from them and their families about what they would like to do and everything that can be done to accommodate their requests is done.
Life at our home
Residents Enjoy Visit to Sister Home
We recently enjoyed a visit to our sister home, Harton Grange for an afternoon of friendship and conversation. We had a lovely time sewing and chatting with friends at the home and are hoping to become pen-pals to keep in touch. Conversations flowed, refreshments served and we even met with their chickens. We brought back our sown creative animals and look forward to the next visits.
The Appletree Olympics
The Appletree olympic team were in full force recently, putting their skills to the test with hook-a-duck, bowling and plenty of other fun games. All residents who participated were presented with their medals and the overall winner received a trophy.
Kayley Cares came to Appletree on 2nd April; she was fantastic and all the residents enjoyed singing and dancing along to her music.
The ponies visited Appletree for a bit of pet therapy on Friday 29th March. Residents made a fuss of them and everyone agreed that they can't wait to have them back!
Another 5 Stars
Head Chef, Michael Brooks, has recently been awarded a 5 star rating by Environmental Health, for the 14th year running!
Michael takes great pride in cooking fresh, tasty and wholesome food for the residents. He ensures all the catering team are trained to a high standard and conducts regular training with the team.
Michael is pictured above being presented with champagne and is delighted that he will also be receiving a gift from Irene Lewis and the Hospitality Team.
Residents from Appletree Grange recently performed at the Sage in Gateshead over Easter as part of the Gateshead Choir, which is made up of care home residents and carers throughout the district. The singers have been preparing for the big performance since October last year, and it was a huge success.