Meet our Activities Coordinators, Lauren & Charlie
Lauren and Charlie are at the centre of all the activities here at Austen House. They provide a wide range of meaningful and therapeutic activities for the residents.
They are passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people they support. They 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
Men in Sheds
The gentleman in the home always enjoy getting together. Whether its for a game of pool, a chat and a beer in the garden or making sure the spring pots are planted. We always make sure there is activities for them to enjoy.
St Patrick's Day Celebrations
Residents and Staff had a great time celebrating everything Irish. They embraced, traditions, food and of course enjoyed a little drop of Guinness too.
Family reunions as visiting is back
For residents at Austen House, the long awaited reunion with one family member has become a reality. As one visitor is now allowed to visit in their bedroom.
Natsayi General Manager said " This is the first cautious step towards having a buzz in the home again. It is wonderful to see how happy it made the residents and their families.
Visit from the Mayor
The Mayor of Reading made a surprise visit to Austen House. He came with flowers and a card as a Thank you to everyone for their hard work and dedication. It was a lovely visit and Frasier the springer spaniel loved the fuss too.
Becoming a Dementia friend
We always try to make wishes come true and this lovely lady Jo is no exception. She really wanted to learn more and understand about dementia and how she could help. We set up a Zoom course for her to attend so she could gain more knowledge and awareness.
Some days just call for a cocktail and a natter with friends.
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.