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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 Tuesday and Wednesday, we are joined by Hazel, 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.

Life at our home

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Christmas Decorations

Residents have had fun decorating our Christmas tree. It brought back lots of memories of days gone by for them.

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Zumba Fun

Residents are always excited to participate in our Thursday Zumba class!

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Manicure Session

These are the results of our festive manicure session with the ladies. Everyone had a blast!

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Christmas Baking

We have been making some mince pies for Christmas. It was a great activity and everyone lived eating them afterwards.

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Boat Trip

Residents enjoyed a relaxing cruise with a nice cup of tea whilst watching the world go by.

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Children in Need

Residents made sweet sponge cakes and decorated them to look like Pudsey to support Children in Need.

Upcoming events

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Dementia Café

Come along and meet with friends over light refreshments, and enjoy the variety of activities or entertainment our home has on offer.

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