Meet our Activities Coordinator, Fiona Woodley
Hello. I'm Fiona and I have worked at Ashby House since 2017, first as a Healthcare Assistant and then switching in November 2019 to the role of Activities Coordinator. I have a passion for working in the care sector and have gained experience of working in an activities role with a previous employer. I have always enjoyed being creative. The best thing about my work is that I can put a smile on people's faces and help them enjoy a variety of interests, old and new. When I’m not at work I love to read, listen to music, and do anything to do with history, especially visiting places of interest. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and healthy eating.
Activities at Ashby House
Our Activities Coordinators are constantly striving to enrich peoples lives here at Ashby House. We stimulate people both physically and mentally by organising fun filled, group and individual activities to promote the well-being of those we support.
There are regular outings in our very own minibus and visits from PAT dog therapists, church services, musicians, dancers, and local school children. We also have our very own 'Good Life' gardening club, where we grow our own produce, which we then use in our cooking club. We also host weekly bingo sessions which are proving very popular and are growing in numbers.
Life at Ashby House Care Home
Treat packs for new residents
Morrison's has kindly donated some 'settling in' treat packs for new residents at Ashby House. We always make sure people receive special attention when they first arrive, so they get to know the care team, enjoy some activities, and speak to the Chef about their food preferences. These goodies are a lovely extra treat to enjoy in those first few days.
Keeping active while having fun
We like to stay active at Ashby House and have a weekly fitness session every Thursday afternoon. This includes gentle stretches and games to keep us moving, such as quoits, bowls and throwing and catching games. David, Glennis and Rose loved the session this week.
Happy New Year from Ashby House!
Ashby House welcomed in 2021 with a New Year’s Eve party where everyone enjoyed games, music, a party buffet including freshly made mini quiches, sausage rolls, cakes and a choice of festive drinks. We smashed a Piñata full of sweets, sang along to some disco music and played games including quoits and skittles. It was a lovely way to round off Ashby House’s year of activities - residents and staff had a great time together.
On January 1st we celebrated the start of the New Year with a treat trolley full of cheese, crackers, grapes, a fancy box of chocolates and a selection of sparkling drinks.
Happy New Year everyone!
Merry Christmas from everyone at Ashby House! We hope you are enjoying your Christmas as much as you can this year. We are having a great day with a delicious, freshly cooked Christmas dinner, thanks to our in-house Chef and catering team. And we are enjoying lots of treats including mulled wine and mince pies. This morning residents have opened their presents from Ashby House and from their families. After dinner we'll be watching some Christmas movies. Have a lovely day!
A comfortable new visiting suite
Residents are overjoyed at Ashby House thanks to the new Covid-safe indoor visiting suite which means residents can spend time with their loved ones in warmth and comfort over Christmas and throughout the winter. We continue to offer socially distanced garden visits, too. The new visiting suite has been designed to use an existing room which is accessed from inside the home by residents and via the patio door by relatives. Ashby House has added furnishings to make it welcoming and an intercom system so that residents and families can hear each other through the large window in the floor to ceiling partition wall. Visitors are asked to use hand sanitiser at the start of their visit, and infection control cleaning of the visiting suite takes place after each visit. It is wonderful to see how the new comfortable visits are making Ashby House’s residents and their relatives really happy.
Christmas messages from Loughton Scouts
Ashby House received some lovely handmade Christmas card from MK Loughton Scouts, including cards made by children aged 5 upwards, from Beavers, Scouts and Brownies. It is so kind of the children to think of us - support from the community is much appreciated by staff and residents at Ashby House. The cards were bright and festive. Residents absolutely loved looking at them and reading the Christmas messages from all the children. They are now on display in one of our lounges for everyone to enjoy.
Ashby's Exercise Class
Enjoy our light exercise classes, designed to stimulate muscle strength and combat osteoporosis weakness and arthritis management.
Monthly Lunch Club
Come along and enjoy a nutritious and delicious lunch prepared by our talented chef and served in our cosy dining room.