Meet our Activities Coordinator, Karen Colvin

I’ve worked at Archview from August 1997. I am married and have 3 children and 2 granddaughters. My ambition in life is to enjoy every day and make people smile.

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 Archview Lodge Care Home

Home Administration Champion

James Steedman was crowned as the national winner in the Home Administration Champion category at the 2020 Barchester Care Awards, held virtually on 8th October.

The awards celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile for the benefit of residents and patients living in Barchester care homes and independent hospitals. 

More than 2,800 nominations were received from homes, residents, staff and relatives across the UK this year, which is nearly 1000 more than was received last year. Nominations were sent in by Barchester staff, but many more were also from residents and their families who have praised the fantastic care provided to their loved ones.

All entries have been of a very high standard, and James is thrilled to have been declared as the national winner!

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Birthday celebrations

One of the residents at Archview Lodge care home, celebrated a very special birthday this month - 90-years young and staff presented the birthday girl Jean with cards and gifts before everyone joined together in singing the birthday girl a rousing rendition of happy birthday.

Jean was delighted to be surrounded with cake, cards and presents from loved ones and staff pampered Jean throughout the day with fun and laughter to ensure that the birthday girl had a wonderful day.

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Local Boots brings community spirit

Residents and colleagues at Archview Lodge were delighted to answer the door to accept a special delivery from their local Boots store who were kindly donating a bag of wonderful toiletries and gifts to the homes Residents and staff,   On behalf of Archview Lodge, Residents and colleagues would like to pass on their gratitude for being considered at this time of uncertainty and hope everyone stays safe and well.

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National Winner for Home Administrator

The Barchester Care Awards this year were a little different and were held virtually due to the global pandemic allowing all homes to join the ceremony from the comfort of their own homes as individuals were recognised for their contribution.  Residents and colleagues at Archview Lodge were delighted with the North Divisional Winner for the prestigious award - Home administrator of the Year was named overall National Winner.  Well done James the home is immensely proud!

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Knit and natter for Residents

Archview have started their own Knit and natter project within the home.  Taking place every week residents get a chance to have fun knitting and talking to other residents within the home. The residents enjoy home baking and a hot drink of their choice. For one resident, Margaret she took her knitting outside to enjoy the last of the late summer sun.

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Eyes down for a game of bingo

Residents at Archview recently enjoyed a game of socially distanced bingo in the homes dining area, it was great for Residents to be involved in an activity that included everyone in the room as a lot of residents have been doing is one to one and small groups.  One Resident said: "It's so nice to have everyone join in playing the same game, it was a really enjoyable afternoon".

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Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.