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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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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.

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Animal Therapy

The fantastic team at Zoolab visited everyone at Ashfields and residents really enjoyed interacting with them.

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Norfolk Broads

Resident, Paul, has recently just moved to Ashfields from Sheffield and told us that he has never been on the Norfolk Boards, so we decided to take him. Residents really enjoyed having a cup of tea and biscuits whilst cruising down the river in Waveney.

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Celebrating Success

We were recently awarded a 'Good' rating in our latest CQC inspection. To celebrate, we hosted a garden party with a BBQ and live entertainment from Splash Duo. 

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Movie Magic

We now have a cinema room within the home, where we will not only play films and music in. We can't wait to have our first film night!

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Enjoying the Spring Sun

Paul and Joe chose to sit out in the sun with a newspaper and a beer and George thought it was the perfect day to start a veg patch.

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