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
She's off to Uni!
Chloe has been with us for nearly 8 years now, she started as a volunteer, became a carer and is leaving as an Activity Coordinator and she embarks on her next adventure at Uni. Residents and colleagues wish her all the best for the future!
The good life!
Residents of Arbour Court have been busy growing their own plants as part of the homes gardening club and life enrichment programme. Resident, Bob didn’t let the recent damp weather as he took to the garden to enjoy a rare warmer day. Keen gardener, Bob is at his happiest in the garden and his family have provided a number of gardening activities to keep him active and busy.
Whilst shielding at the height of the pandemic, staff night nurse Christine Morton kept herself busy creating wonderful gifts for the children of her colleagues, whose children she affectionately refers to as ‘mini heroes’.
Upon her return laden with the gifts it was of way of recognising the children who have had to adapt to many changes including long periods from their school friends and seeing their parents support Residents in long tiring shifts. The beautiful handmade dolls clothes and blankets were left for her colleagues to choose from to take home to their little ones. The doll kindly donated was won by nurse, Gill Dyson after her name was drawn from the hat. Everyone would like to say a massive thank you to Christine for her kindness and generous gifts
Residents enjoy Community links
The residents of Arbour Court have been very lucky to receive lots of lovely mail from member of their local community. Children have taken great care in drawing pictures and writing letters in order to bring some cheer to the residents and neighbours sharing their activities which have kept them busy during lockdown. The home invited members of the community to share their activities via the local Facebook page and were delighted with the response. Residents chose their favourite ones and a prize has been sent to each winner.
Arbour hold virtual dog show
At Arbour Court we love our dogs and we hosted our very own virtual dog show for residents, family, and friends to shared their furry friends with us all too. Dogs have fun loveable quirks, tricks and general gorgeousness. So, over the last few weeks we held our first ever virtual dog show at Arbour Court where we’ve got a whole host of fun categories.
The home was overwhelmed with the response and had to close the entries after only a few hours of the competition going live. The entrants were judged by our dog-loving residents and after much deliberation, the winners were declared - 1st Place: Coco the Rescue Spaniel who is 8 Years old, 2nd Place: Otis the Blue Staffie who is 4 Years old, 3rd Place: Buddy the Guide Dog who is 7 Years old. Certificates and Doggy prizes will be sent out to the winning dogs.
Kelly Tatton, General Manager at the home, said: “We’re loved receiving all the photos of the lovely dogs, and have some big dog fans at Barchester and were delighted with the response. We are continually adapting, and finding new ways to make sure every effort is focused on creating an enjoyable environment for all of our residents”
Divisional Carer of the Year
Congratulations to Ludi Caballero, who has been named as a Divisional Winner in the 2020 Barchester Care Awards. Ludi is a finalist in the Carer of the Year category and has been invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony on 8th October, where she will find out if she has won overall.