Meet our Activities Coordinator, Briony Archer
Hi. My name is Briony and I am an Activities Coordinator at Ashby House.
I ensure that residents have opportunities to socialise, learn, craft, stay active and have fun. With the support of my activities colleagues, we plan a range of daily activities here at Ashby House as well as outings and lunches out when we are able to. We also like to bring the outside in and welcome visitors to entertain us or bring in animals for us to meet. We try to offer a range of activities that enrich residents’ lives, prevent feelings of isolation and look after the mind, body and soul. We are always happy for family members to join in our activities with their loved ones.
At the moment, due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, some of our external activities are not able to take place but we still have indoor activities planned every day and we use the gardens when the weather is good. There are two of us in the Activities Team and between us we plan activities for seven days a week.
I enjoy spending time with residents and hearing their stories or just having a chat and a cuppa with them.
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
Happy Friendship Day
Ashby House residents celebrated International Day of Friendship by reminiscing about friends old and new. Everyone really enjoyed telling us all about the the important friendships in their lives and recalling fond memories. We made some Friendship Rainbows and coloured in some pictures. Chef made us some lovely cookies to go with our afternoon cup of tea while we chatted about what made our friends so special to us. And at the end of the day, we received a lovely surprise from another Barchester care home, Collingtree Park in Northampton. They sent us a big box of assorted doughnuts, which went down a treat!
Scouts Pen Pals
During the past few months members of a local Scouts group have written to our residents. Some of the children’s letters spoke of their experience during COVID-19, including not being able to go to the park or school, and having to do school work at home. Others spoke about positive things, such as learning to ride a bike and helping their parents around the house.
Ashby House residents loved to hear and read the letters which lifted their spirits. This month we returned the favour by replying in writing and colour. John and Jim wrote about their pets back home and the relatives who are looking after them. Other residents spoke of our garden visits and their happiness at seeing their relatives again. Others described what they did before they retired and asked what the children would like to do when they leave school.
Jean particularly enjoyed decorating some cards, and Rose liked reading the cards and replying to the Scouts (both are pictured). Ashby House residents enjoyed this activity and we will try to continue a pen pal relationship. We eagerly await the Scouts' replies.
Dove Lane is a winning name at Ashby House
Ashby House general manager, Wojciech Kuczkowski, is delighted to announce that the new residential community at Ashby House is to be named Dove Lane.
This fitting name for a lovely part of our home represents peace, hope love and unity, and was suggested by Intisar, a year 9 pupil at The Hazeley Academy, in a competition we ran for children at local schools. We look forward to Intisar coming to see us later in the year when we are able to have visitors again.
Residents at Ashby House, including Jean and Christopher (pictured), took part in selecting the winning name from all the entries submitted by local children.
Congratulations, Intisar, and thank you to everyone who suggested a name - we had lots to choose from and it was a tricky decision.
Our first reunion visits
At Ashby House we had the first reunion visits between residents and their families this week - the first of many visits. Joyce was so happy to be visited by Michelle and Martin, and vice versa. Residents have been looking forward to seeing their loved ones for three months now and some were overwhelmed with happiness when the time came - tears of joy were shed. Everyone was pleased to catch up on news and see that their loved ones are well and happy. Relatives marked the occasion with gifts such as flowers, chocolates, magazines and lots of snacks for later. The weather was kind too and gave us the hottest day of the year so far. We’d like to thank everyone for cooperating with our hygiene and social distancing guidelines which helped to make it a very successful day. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Competition for school children
Ashby House is holding a competition for school children to choose a name for our newly refurbished residential community which we are now welcoming new residents to. Full details of the competition are in the image. Please encourage any young people you know to enter and tell their friends about it.
Happy Father's Day to all our Dads
Our gentlemen residents had a lovely day enjoying treats provided by Ashby House and lots of cards, sweets and other gifts delivered by families throughout the day. There were many happy faces and our kitchen team prepared some homemade cookies and lovely cakes to enjoy at tea time.
Many of our gentlemen chatted about how much they loved their children and grandchildren, and how proud they are of them. Calls from families were being received all day by many happy Dads and the day was rounded off with a game of bingo - a favourite here. All in all it was a lovely, happy, relaxing day at Ashby House!
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
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.