Hayley Gurklis

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.

Life at Ashfields Care Home

Christmas Care Package

Ashfields sent a care package to a staff member who is a granddaughter of a residents and her colleagues on Cringleford Ward at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. This was to show are support in these unprecedented times. We shortly received this lovely photo in response!


A Kind Donation

Morrison’s very kindly donated pumpkins to us for Halloween. We have used these pumpkins to create our very own pumpkin patch in the garden.

Over the Halloween period, the residents will be able to do their very own pumpkin picking in the comfort of their home.

Pumpkin Donation

Residents at Ashfields decided to donate some of their pumpkins to the local school.

The children from the local school will be taking these pumpkins home to carve and, when completed, they will line their pumpkins on the wall of the exterior of the home for the residents to judge.  

When the decision has been made, we will contact the school for the winner to receive their prize!

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Getting Crafty

Residents at Ashfields got crafty, as earlier this month it was mentioned in the residents' meeting that they would like to decorate the garden for Halloween. Who knew it could look this spooktacular?

Residents used the old trick with apier-mâché to create this spooky looking spider and knitting wool for his web.

This was a fun day had by all!

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Century Celebrations

A resident at Ashfields was joined by staff and other residents, as she received a telegram from the Queen in recognition of her landmark birthday. A champagne reception was held at the home and guests enjoyed a special birthday mousse made by the home’s Head Chef, Tom Waters.

We’re delighted to be celebrating a truly remarkable woman as she reaches this amazing milestone. This lady is such a popular resident who always has an interesting tale to tell, and we look forward to hearing many more as she breaks into her next century.

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Vintage Tea Party

Ashfields brewed up a storm for a vintage tea party. We enjoyed a selection of homemade cakes with a fes-tea-val of herbal and classic teas.

Residents at the home enjoyed a selection of sweet and savoury treats, including fresh cream and strawberry sponges. Lockdown has allowed residents to use their creativi-tea to become tech savvy, and, as such, family and friends were able to join the par-tea via video call.

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Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.

Calling All Emergency Services

Calling All Emergency Services

Come and take a break with us!

Dementia Café

Dementia Café

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