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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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Sandringham House

We enjoyed wearing our hats on a ladies trip to Sandringham House. Unfortunately, the Queen wasn’t in, but we did get a lovely tour around her home.

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Cheese & Wine Evening

Our recent cheese and wine evening went down really well; all residents enjoyed the event and we were joined by some family members too.

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NCS Volunteers at Ashfields

We had a group of 18 sixteen year olds volunteer with us from the National Citizen Service.

Their aim was to gain knowledge and help spread awareness about Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

The team worked really well with some of the residents to re-paint, re-plant and tidy up a bit of our garden the results were superb and the residents loved it!

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Gentleman's Day Out

Ashfields' gentlemen recently enjoyed a day out to the local aviation museum, where they got a chance to look at all the old war planes. The men had a really good time, especially John, who used to fly planes similar to the ones on display.

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Sheringham Park Picnic

We decided to enjoy the sunshine by having a picnic at Sheringham Park National Trust Nature Reserve. Everyone had a really nice day out!

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On the Seafront

As the weather has been so nice, we decided to make the most of it with a trip to Great Yarmouth Seaside. We all enjoyed fish & chips on the sea front, followed by a delicious ice cream and the 2p machines.

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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