Meet our Activities Coordinator, Jill Wright
Hi, my name is Jill. I have recently joined Bedewell Grange as activities coordinator and bring a wealth of experience to the role.
I have worked abroad teaching young children English and I am passionate about activities for seniors based upon my own personal experiences of supporting a loved one in care. I love my role I will organising events throughout the year.
I am dedicated to the role that we do enhancing the life’s of our Residents on a day-to-day basis. We have good links with our community to help support our residents and these links are important for our Residents as many have lived locally all their lives.
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 Bedewell Grange Care Home
Smiles all around at Bedewell Grange
Bedewell Grange had a blast celebrating Friendship Day on 30th July by creating arts and crafts together and reminisincing about childhood friends and what we value in our friendships and new friends in the home especially during this uncertain times. There were smiles all round as staff also shared the importance of friends and how they can enrich your life.
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
Residents show creative side
Residents of Bedewell love to show their creative side during the homes popular weekly art group. At a recent session they explored the different eras of fashion, style and reminiscing about the clothes they loved to wear when they were younger. It was a lively session and allowed them to share their designs through silhouette art.
As part of the group activity, they created a colourful ‘walk through fashion’ gallery using colourful beads, gems and feathers to achieve their silhouette art wall. Everyone had a lovely morning and all felt like fashion designers!
And they're off!
Residents and staff at Bedewell Grange dressed to impress, donned their best hats, and had their bets at the ready for Royal Ascot, which ran from 16th – 20th June. This year however, due to the current situation, there was a change to proceedings. For the first time in the event’s 250+ year history, in light of the current lockdown and in-line with government advice, Royal Ascot 2020 will take place behind closed doors.
But racing fans at Bedewell weren’t phased by this, as they had the opportunity to enjoy the event from the comfort of their own armchair. Residents and staff got together to watch the races, and also celebrated in a very Royal Ascot fashion by dressing up in Royal Ascot fashion, hat making arts and crafts as part of their race day activities.
Mental Health Awareness Week at Bedewell Grange
We always care about our staff and residents’ mental health here at Bedewell Grange. We decided to do different activities to coincide with mental health awareness week. One activity we all decided to do was to write nice comments and compliments on a post during the course of mental health awareness week and place them in the baskets of smiles which were dotted around the home.
On Friday we let residents and staff alike to choose a post from our baskets of smiles and read them - it was so lovely to see lots of smiles around the home. It costs nothing to be kind.
We have been taking advantage of the gorgeous weather to commence our Gardening Club! We have been busy creating a miniature garden by planting wild flowers and herbs into tea cups. We can’t wait to see the results!
VE Day Celebrations at Bedewell
We had so much fun preparing for VE day. The week leading to this all of our sessions have been geared towards VE day. We made VE day mood boards, painted a tribute group painting to our fallen heroes and war veterans. We reminisced about VE day 1945 and made carrot and raisin scones!
On the day all staff and residents got dressed up as land girls not forgetting our gentlemen residents who had a bowler hat. We started the day with two minutes silence and toasted to our fallen heroes and war veterans.
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch of spam fritters and chips and beef casserole. We had a good old fashioned knees up and played pin the cigar on Churchill and enjoyed our indoor street party! An amazing day had by all!