Meet our Activities Coordinator, Rita Green
As a Lifestyle Activities Coordinator, I will be spending time with each resident and their loved ones to build a detailed picture of each individual, so that each person’s stay with us is as meaningful as possible.
Although I have been working within this field for many years, thanks to the uniqueness of each resident, I am always enjoying new experiences in my role. My goal is to create an activities programme that caters to the capabilities of residents, including, but not limited to, individual and group activity.
I've spent the past few years forging strong relationships within the community and developing a pool of talented individuals that can supplement our in-house team to bring out the best in those we support.
As we never stop growing and changing, it is important that we maintain an up-to-date Getting to Know Me booklet. With your help, the activities scheduled for your loved ones will be as relevant and enjoyable as possible.
I’m very much looking forward to working with all of you.
Activities at our home
Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.
Life at Ashlar House Care Home
Musical bingo is a fun-filled and fast paced take on traditional bingo! Residents are given a bingo card, where traditional bingo numbers have been replaced with song names, music titles or both.
We celebrated Easter Monday in a new and engaging way: our Easter piñata was stuffed with Easter goodies and presented to our residents.
This physically and mentally engaging activity resulted in lots of smiles, as many of our residents attempted to free said goodies from the piñata, some even experimenting with sensory-focused exercises by wearing blind folds.
We may have underestimated the resilience of the humble piñata and have elected to recruit our carers to liberate its tightly guarded chocolate innards.
It was a fun a physically entertaining time for all!
On 9th January 2020, we opened our doors to Mayor of Epping to help celebrate the 100th Birthday of Gladys
It was a celebration to look back on fondly, however no one could have predicted at that time that a global pandemic was lurking around the corner that would change our lives so dramatically.
More than a year later and restrictions have lifted to the point that we can cautiously open our doors again and welcome loved ones back to visit.
6th April was the first visit for Gladys since the latest restrictions were introduced, outside of picture sharing, FaceTime and using the visiting suite. It was a truly heartfelt and emotional moment when family members filled the room with joy.
The staff at Ashlar House looked on with pride and emotion and this momentous time.
Parachutes are Versatile
They can be used for exercising, playing games, and building social teamwork. Adjustments are made whilst sitting in a chair or wheelchair to ensure our residents are comfortable before we begin. This session really got our residents laughing and having so much fun!
We paid homage to our mothers in recognition of Mother’s Day! The home is bursting at the seams with gifts waiting for our special mums.
The constant flow of deliveries from local florists has led to an explosion of colours and aromas as we prepare the visiting suite for loved ones ahead of a busy 2 days of socialising.
A huge thank you to Bridget Cake Art Essex, who has prepared a special selection of cakes and cookies with a focus on dietary needs.
We have also received special sensory cards for residents with limited sight. Ahead of the face-to-face visits, we have had many FaceTime sessions with eager family members booked in for visits.
World Radio Day
Each year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrates World Radio Day by planning activities with broadcasters, organisations and communities around the world.
In recognition of the day, Ashlar House organised fun-filled activities and a virtual workshop for the residents to enjoy, led by Catherine, Heritage Education and Outreach Officer at Epping Forest District Museum.
Throughout the virtual workshop, Catherine shared some photos and videos of historic radios with the residents and engaged them with the collections at the museum. Many residents have grown up listening to the radio, so it was a lovely reminiscing session too.
The residents also had a chance to work hands-on with some of the historical radios, as they were kindly brought into the home by the Epping Forest District Museum.
It was a lovely day, enjoyed by all.