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
Therapy at Arbour Court
Residents enjoy doll therapy at Arbour Court and have been spending some quality time with their therapy dolls who resemble newborn babies. This time allows our residents to nurture the babies and is such a meaningful interactive activity. They care for the dolls, nursing them, changing them, they put them to bed for naps and feed them. It is a beautiful time for them.
Kelly Tatton, General Manager said: “The dolls are greatly loves by all of the residents and give a nice sense of belonging and peacefulness in the home and it is great so see our residents interacting with them”
Home receives Magic Table 360
Arbour Court Care Home in Stockport has recently brought a bit of magic to residents by providing a new ‘Magic Table 360 and the Happiness Programme’ as a way to improve residents’ quality of life.
Designed and manufactured in the UK, the Magic Table 360 uses interactive games to connect residents with staff and with each other, and research shows it improves the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Using interactive light projections, the Magic Table 360, which can be played independently or in a group, stimulates movement by inviting participants to take part in all sorts of different fun activities such as popping bubbles, playing the piano, colouring in pictures, sweeping leaves or interacting playfully with fish. Games are rich in colour, movement and detail, and allow people of all ages to play in a safe and comfortable environment.
The Magic Table 360 is portable so it can be used wherever residents feel most comfortable, it can be projected onto the floor, ceiling, walls, a whiteboard or even the bed. The Happiness Programme allows for a range of games that change seasonally and have country-specific versions covering 14 different categories, so there will always be something new for residents to try.
International Flower Day
Residents at Arbour Court celebrated International Flower Day with several flower themes throughout the day, from arts and crafts and colouring flowers which we then used to decorate the home. We enjoyed conversations about our favourite flowers, colours and what they meant to us throughout the years. Some firm favourites were ‘Sweet Williams’ to ‘Roses’ before sitting back to enjoy refreshments and floral poetry extracts including William Wordsworth’s famous ‘Daffodils’.
A trip down Memory Lane thanks to local school
Reminiscence sessions are important to our residents here at Arbour Court and we were delighted to receive some large photo grids sent in my our community friends, New Mills School. The home enjoy intergenerational links and are pleased to have been able to keep in touch with the school during the pandemic.
Residents sat back and enjoyed a cup of tea as they looked back through the different periods and there was lots of good conversations formed from the lovely photos, sharing stories and memories of times gone by. One resident remarked on “how they don’t make cars like they did anymore and about his favourite, Morris Minor!”
Here at Arbour Court we love to celebrate our residents birthdays, on each occasion we start the day off with birthday wishes and a good cup of tea as the birthday girl or boy open their presents received from their loved ones. There is a lot of excitement in the air as they open their gifts to see what surprise they have received. Birthday celebrations continue throughout the day when everyone gives a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ whilst they are presented with a home-made cake, courtesy of the homes hospitality team.
Home donate to local dogs home
Arbour Court recently donated a hamper filled with toys, treats and blankets kindly donated by staff, residents and friends of the home to Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home, a local charity close to the home. The home thought it would be nice to help too, as like them the dogs home has not been able to have any visitors due to the current global pandemic, so they sent a little festive cheer which they dropped off at the charities door. Manchester Dogs home was founded in 1893 and cares for over 7,000 dogs a year.