Meet our Activities Coordinator, Joe Maddox
My name is Joe and I am an Activities Coordinator here at Arbour Court.
I started my career as a chef in various hotels in Torquay before moving to Manchester. After working in various other jobs, I became a chef at a different home. Working as a chef for many years, I decided on a career change and came to Arbour Court to be the Activities Coordinator.
I love spending time with the residents and getting to know them on a personal level. We go on outings, play games and find out residents’ likes and dislikes.
My interests include football, travelling and going to the races. After spending the day interacting with the residents, I love to relax and wind down with some peace and quiet.
Activities at Arbour Court
Our specialist activities staff are committed to organising a variety of activities and events for all residents and the local community to get involved in, including trips out to local places of interest in our minibus, visits from entertainers and musicians and small group and individual activities in quiet yet stimulating environments. It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect resident individual interests as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join with activities and events as often as they can.
Life at Arbour Court Care Home
Knitted with love
The staff at Arbour Court were delighted to receive a wonderful personalised gift from Katheryn from Knitted with Love who had created and send in knitted mini figures of the homes staff team.
On behalf of Arbour Court, colleagues would like to pass on their gratitude for being considered at this time of uncertainty and hope everyone stays safe and well. Such a nice gesture thinking of us care homes and everyone joining forces to keep the community spirit together!
Musical bingo with the 'King'
As residents begin to enjoy small social distance group activities, laughter could be heard throughout the home as they enjoyed a game of ‘musical’ bingo and everyone was a winner!
Residents had great fun playing musical bingo, listening and singing along to many old time favourites by ‘the King’ and finding the matching song name on the card. Everyone had such a laugh and they lost their way at times as they were singing too much.
Residents at Arbour Court have been hard at work creating postcards to send to their loved ones as a surprise. A small knitted heart and poem were sent with each of the postcards. The idea behind the touching gift home is each resident has their own hear and their loved one has a matching one with them.
Residents have also been making use of skype and facetime so that they can video call their relatives – although some weren’t too sure about the new technology! Activities Coordinator, Clare Booth said “It is vitally important that we ensure that our residents can remain in contact with their family and friends during this time. This is a really sweet idea and thank you to ‘knitted with love’ for all our hearts”
Residents really enjoyed our Easter arts & crafts session on Easter Sunday.
Writing to the Queen
One of our residents took it upon herself to hand-write a letter to the Queen to express her thoughts on Arbour Court and the staff during these trying times. We have sent it off to Buckingham Palace for her.
Keeping in Touch
Our residents have loved spending time with their loved ones over FaceTime. It has allowed them to reassure each other and catch up over a cuppa as usual.