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 our home
Spooktacular day for everyone at Ashfields care home as we celebrated Halloween. the residents here at Ashfield’s were joined by wild encounters who brought owls to visit the home. The residents were able to hold and stroke these owls and have them fly onto their hands from the other side of the room. This was a great day had by all we learnt so many interesting facts.
The residents here at Ashfields visited Poppy Lands tea room, where everything was 1940s war-themed.
Everyone really enjoyed this day, as it brought back so many memories. We went to the gift shop and bought lots of memorabilia for us to create a 1940s reminiscence box.
Cheese & Cracker Tasting
Say 'cheese' to our cheese and cracker tasting session, which the residents loved. They tried different types of cheeses and picked up their favourite one - Stilton.
The Royal Bank of Scotland as part of NatWest joined us at Ashfields home to help us with our garden project. The volunteers gave up one office day to help out in the community. They painted our fences in bright colours to promote wellbeing.
We took a trip on the Waveney Stardust and cruised down river. We also had lunch and a nice cold glass of white wine by the river at The Ferry Inn.
At Ashfields, we have our own vegetable plot. Once a week, we host a gardening club to maintain it. We groups lots of different things in our plot, and residents are always excited at the results.
Tea and a Tour
On the last Friday of every month you will be able come and have a tea and a tour of our home from our General Manager.
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Come and take a break with us!
Come along and meet with friends over light refreshments, and enjoy the variety of activities or entertainment our home has on offer.