Meet our Activities Coordinator, Hayley Gurklis
My name is Hayley and my role at Ashfields is to physically and mentally stimulate residents by offering a range of activities for them to enjoy. I want to get everyone involved and make our home community and atmosphere as positive and welcoming as possible. I want to focus on our care home being very much a home away from home. I am going to be getting to know every one of the lovely people who lives here personally, finding out their likes and dislikes, and making sure that there is always something for them to be doing.
Activities at Ashfields
At Ashfields, we strive to make our care and services as person-centred as we possibly can, and this includes our provision of activities. We will give prospective residents a 'Getting to Know Me' booklet to fill out with their loved ones before their arrival, which includes a little life history and a tick sheet for a vast amount of activities. This enables us to offer bespoke activities and helps us to learn valuable information about residents and what might stimulate them in conversations and trips.
Our specialist activities and lifestyle staff make sure there are always meaningful activities to take part in, such as gardening, baking and trips out to various locations nearby, including local cathedrals, cafés, garden centres and much more.
Residents are encouraged to take part and we try to get every person out at least once a month to places they might be interested in visiting, but it is always their choice, ultimately. We believe that having choice is very integral in helping residents feel that they still have control of their lives.
There are activities on offer every day and night in the form of word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, arts and crafts, singing, keyboard playing and board games, to name a few. We have guest entertainers throughout the month, including people from Music for Health, Zoolab, the local clergy and numerous schools.
Every Monday and Wednesday, we are joined by Jill, our very own hairdresser. We also have a wonderful Zumba instructor who comes every week on a Thursday morning, and an amazing therapy dog that visits every Thursday afternoon.
Activities are provided by everyone in our home, from Carers and specialised activities staff, right through to the admin team.
We are a registered member of the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), which means that we are always working to make the quality of life of all residents as high as possible by offering person-centred activities that aim to stimulate both mentally and physically.
Activities and Events Partnerships
As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies
Life at Ashfields Care Home
Flower arranging stimulates creative desire, so here at Ashfields, we hold a weekly flower arranging club, placing the residents in the role of an expert.
This activity provides a great sense of achievement, as the end result is displayed around the home.
Cheese & Wine Tasting
Ashfields enjoyed cheese and wine tasting experience,; whether port, wine or beer, we explore and discover the different cheese pairing from the comfort of our home.
Our selection of continental, Yorkshire and British cheeses, from mild to strong, enabled us to try something new.
This was accompanied by smooth jazz music stimulation a calming effect on the mind, body and soul.
Brave local man, Mel, from Rackheath in Norwich, completed a birthday skydive today in aid of Ashfields. Mel decided to celebrate his 81st birthday by tackling a skydive to raise funds for us. Thank you, Mel!
All Things England
We celebrated all things England in preparation of the semi-finals. Residents and staff took part in various activities throughout the day. Flags were at the ready, as we will be watching England vs Denmark in the semi-finals on the big screen in our cinema lounge with a selection of beverages and snacks.
A Trip to Norfolk
As soon as the sun peer through the clouds this morning we thought we would take full advantage of Ashfields' very own minibus and pop to the local broads for a spot of fish and chips. Residents really enjoyed sitting beside the river feeding the baby ducklings.
A couple of our residents here at Ashfields went out in the garden to tidy up some of our plants before the weekends wet weather.
It looks as if our cauliflower and cabbage had been eaten and our onions were ready to come out! We took a stroll round the garden to look at all the beautiful flowers out in bloom.