Meet our Activities Coordinator, Hayley Gurklis
Hello, my name is Hayley and I am the Activities Coordinator here at Ashfields Care Home. My job is to physically and mentally stimulate our 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.
Making sure that our residents have things to do that they really enjoy doing is something that I hold very close to my heart. It is so important to make sure that they are happy and enjoy all of the activities and events that we host for them.
A lot of our residents also enjoy our special trips out on our Minibus as we create new, special memories together here at Ashfields.
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
Our staff at Ashfields spread the festive cheer by dressing up as Elves to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Christmas Elves supported our residents to make their very own Elf Hats during our Arts and Crafts session followed by a nice warm Hot Chocolate - with Cream and Marshmallows of course!
Festive Fun Trip
This afternoon we took a trip out on our home Minibus to our local Wyvale Garden Centre for a festive shop.
The festive lights really put us in the Christmas spirit and encouraged us to sing Christmas carols on the ride back home!
Come on England!
Who’s ready for the world cup 2022? We are here at Ashfields!
Local Stables Minibus Trip
Earlier this week we took a short drive on our home Minibus to our local Stables to help take care and groom two Ponies - Rockey and Charlie.
Tasks included brushing them down and removing dirt and debris from the inside of the Ponies hoofs.
We than sat with some Tea and Biscuits of course whilst watching the Ponies perform cantering and jumps too!
Exotic Animal Petting Session
This morning we held an Animal Petting session in our main lounge here at Ashfields. We were visited by a variety of Animals/Reptiles including a Hedgehog, Ferret, Bearded Dragon and a Corn Snake too! We learnt all about their characteristics and habitats and our residents cannot wait to meet some different ones next time!
Ashfields Comes Alive for 'Day of the Dead'
The Day of the Dead is a holiday traditionally celebrated on November 1st and 2nd in Mexico. Here at Ashfields, we decided to have our own Mexican celebrations.
Staff and residents joined together to dance and celebrate this Mexican tradition and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone involved.