Meet our Activities Coordinator, Michelle Martin
I’m a fun, loud and outgoing individual who loves organising fun activities for residents at Ashcombe House (and staff, if possible). I’m very creative and keep the residents very active, both mentally and physically In my spare time, I love doing a lot of fundraising, which usually ends up with me sliding in mud.
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 Ashcombe House Care Home
We were lucky to have two kittens that were only 2 weeks old come for a visit: Izzy & Kenny. The kittens made room visits, which was really enjoyed by all and left everyone smiling.
The kittens are being hand reared after their mother fell poorly. Everyone is excited about their next visit to see how much they have grown. Pets bring great therapeutic qualities to residents and can help with mood and self-esteem.
Resident, Ernest, celebrated his 100th Birthday with us. Invites were sent to all residents to come and enjoy the celebrations.
The ‘Queen’ arrived to wish Ernest a happy birthday and to deliver a special card from HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Ernest family were able to come and visit and see the celebrations, but from a safe distance due to restrictions, but Ernest was over the moon that they could still come on this very special day.
A circus-themed day was enjoyed in the home's garden with balloon modelling in the morning making sausage dogs and novelty hats to wear. The fun continued with circus music whilst clowns served up a bbq lunch and in the afternoon circus-themed bingo ended the day.
The sun was shining, the garden was decorated and residents enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon. The Pimm's was chilled and the BBQ was lit and we all tucked into pork loins, garlic chicken, burgers and a variety of salads, finishing with a fresh fruit platter and ice cream all round. Residents really got into the spirit of things with flowers and bright coloured clothing. We even had a prize raffle to end the day.
National Picnic Week
Although we are unable to currently visits parks, residents didn’t let this stop them enjoying a feast of a picnic to celebrate National Picnic Week. A selection of sandwiches, sausage rolls, mini sausages and fresh fruit were served in the garden. Many residents enjoyed a little tipple and reminisced about past picnics with family and friends.
Residents joined in to thank carers for all the friendship, help and support they give each to them every day. The team were treated to takeaway pizzas to say thank you for all their hard work before fun & games commenced. Hosted by General Manager, Louise Lambert, the afternoon was filled with laughter as the team all learnt something new about their colleagues! Residents made a display for the carers and gave out certificates of thanks and wristbands to show their appreciation for the care they receive.