Meet our Activities Coordinator, Rebecca Shoebottom
I am very excited to be joining the Activities Team at Beaufort Grange. I have been lucky enough to work and travel abroad for 16 months and recently finished a year working in Australia. I am keen to develop new and diverse activities to spark resident’s interest. I enjoy martial arts, rock climbing and arts and crafts.
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 Beaufort Grange Care Home
Our first activity after the Christmas festivities was painting. Using many colours they could express feelings conjured by Christmas which, of course, had been very colourful in its own right. It was as though, subconsciously, they wished to continue with colourful thoughts to counteract the dullness of winter!
To Be 100!
It is difficult perhaps, for most of us to imagine how we would feel on our 100th birthday.
Joyce has recently become a centenarian at Beaufort Grange. She has a wealth of memories and, when asked to recall any particularly wonderful ones, she was happy to share with us all.
It is a beautiful thing when people are able to keep friendships close within their hearts throughout a lifetime, and to remember those friendships as some of the most beautiful things in their lives.
Needless to say, for Joyce’s 100th birthday celebration, we were inspired to decorate the lounge in a manner worthy of such a special day for her and her family, who were allowed to join her, given suitable social distancing. Our Head Chef turned out sandwiches, small cakes, crisp, fruits, tea, coffee and, of course, a beautiful birthday cake.
There was much happiness and for Raji Sunil, General Manager, and other staff. The biggest reward was to hear Joyce say that she had had a wonderful day, and to know that we had managed to lay the foundation for a very happy celebration.
Beaufort Grange welcomed Oktoberfest with open arms. Our residents were delighted to have a taster session of different German beers, and the Erdinger beer quickly became a favourite.
We had a little history lesson on the origins of beer, a quiz and we also displayed footage of the 'Wiesn' from the '50s and '60s to fully immerse our residents into the spirit of this famous Bavarian celebration.
Our residents stepped into the Diwali spirit at Beaufort Grange. One of our lovely carers had cooked delicious Indian food for the day and Beaufort’s residents were delighted.
We gave a short presentation on what Diwali is about and had so much fun dancing with our residents whilst listening to Punjab folk music. Residents who wanted were lucky enough to try on some traditional Indian clothing.
We have been adapting to the challenges lockdown has faced; this includes weekly virtual physiotherapy sessions to keep up our fitness and movement.
We have spent the last week rolling, moulding and painting to create a Harvest spread fit for the Queen! We used salt dough to create a lot of our creations, and they came out so well; it was hard to believe they weren’t edible. Everybody in the home got involved with ideas, and this is the outcome of all our hard work.