Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lauren Mueller
I am the Activity Coordinator at Austen House and I have been working for Barchester Since September 2019.
I studied in Canada and have a degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Gerontology. I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people I come in contact with. I love being able to plan outings, events and activities that make a positive difference to people.
Activities at Austen House
Here at Austen House, we like to get to know those we support, and from the day of moving in, our activities team will spend time on an individual basis learning about interests, likes and dislikes, life history and favourite hobbies.
We provide a wide range of activities, from one-to-one time, manicures and board games, through to live entertainment, prize bingo and our ever-popular cheese & wine events. Our activities team will also tailor individual activities to ensure residents can have as much or as little involvement as they choose.
In the summer months, greater focus is given to outdoor activities, such as barbecues and garden parties. In conjunction with our Chef, themed events are planned throughout the year, bringing activities and food together.
In their yellow polo shirt, our activities team are easily identifiable and embrace ideas and suggestions from residents and their relatives to ensure that the activities provided keep those we support engaged, stimulated and entertained.
Life at Austen House Care Home
We understand the importance of being pampered. Even though the hairdresser has not be able to come into the home's in house salon at the moment. That hasn't stopped the care team from stepping up and treating the residents to a lovely blow dry and some beauty treatments.
Long awaited & much needed garden visits with loved ones.
This week Austen House opened up their garden for long awaited and much needed garden visits. Loved ones are able to contact the home and make a time to visit our beautiful gardens. Every precaution ans procedure is being followed to continue to make sure our residents and staff remain safe at all times. It has been beautiful to watch fanilies reconnecting with each other and long may it continue.
Queens Birthday Party
Residents helped make and decorate this lovely cake for the Queen's official birthday. Everyone had lots of fun, The home have entered a competition for the best one. We think it turned out pretty well.
Celebrating Carers week
The wonderful staff at Austen House were treated to a week of celebrations. There were cupcakes, sweet treats and a present of personalised water bottles to make sure they all stay hydrated through their shifts looking after all the residents in the home.
Messages to loved ones.
Lauren the Activity Coordinator at Austen House, always makes sure that the residents are well connected with family and friends. Everyone has lots of Skype calls with loved ones & if that is not possible then notes are made to send home to keep everyone feeling special and loved at this time.
Interactive Magic Table fun
Residents really enjoy the interactive magic table that has been installed at the home. Its a great way to get involved, have some fun and keep sensory movement going.
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Carer Support Group
At Austen House, we know the importance of supporting our local community and hold weekly groups, specifically for those caring for a loved one.
Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and homemade cakes in our stunning new dining room.
Don't Dine Alone
At Austen House, we know meal times can be a lonely time for some older people.