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
Here at Ashfield, we have created rummage, memory and sensory boxes filled with everyday objects to assist our residents living with dementia. This encourages intereaction, communicaton and reminiscence. These activities can also be a soothing form of distraction. The boxes are created to cater for individual needs of each resident.
Creating a Cat House
Residents have been busy building a cat house for Head Mousehunter, Daphne—and she loved it!
When the world seems full of sad stories, it is good to highlight the positives happening in our local care homes, where residents are still living lovely lives and learning new technology and ways of speaking to families and their communities on the outside using Skype and FaceTime.
The home has also been inundated with gifts, cards and letters to keep spirits high among residents and staff. We have had many treats from local businesses, showing their support to us for National Carers Week.
Kindness from the Community
Our lovely village has kindly hand written letters, cards, posted pictures and inspirational quotes for our residents and staff at Ashfields care home.
The bright coloured pictures and reading such lovely words bring us such happiness. Thank you!
Norwich City Football Club kindly donated us a signed t shirt and a cake provided by Delia with a kind card saying "As the virus continues in its reach, everyone at Norwich City Football Club would like you to know that we will never take for granted you dedication and selflessness.This gift comes with our love and deep gratitude from the players, staff and supporters with love and thanks. Delia and Michael.''
Having one of our residents being a professional football player for Norwich city Football Club in the 1960's, this benefited our home massively. Thank you!
Beside the Seaside
At our weekly resident meeting, we talked about things that we miss doing; a few residents brought up that they miss the seaside, so we decided to bring the seaside to them.
We turned our cinema lounge into the beach and sang the good ol' fashioned 'Beside the Seaside' song. Residents had a lovely afternoon with ice creams and mocktails!
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
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.