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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lynne Loughlin

I started my career with Barchester as a carer with in the memory lane community with 5 years experience in the care industry previous also achieving an NVQ in Hospitality and in April of 2014 I resumed the role of Senior Activities Co-ordinator.

We all know that keeping active is important and me and my team are here to ensure that residents experience an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. The home has its own mini bus for our numerous trips out to various local places of interest.

My aim is to make sure there is something for everyone here at Iddenshall Hall, I try to create a monthly schedule that is packed with many different types of activities from musical entertainment to sensory stimulation, animal visits, exercises, pampering, memory games, art and crafts, food based activities and more...

I am focused on building up our Volunteer base, including family members and sixth formers from the local school. Each volunteer will receive a warm welcome to our Barchester family. We are building relationships with our local communities and integrating them in to our home too, we are trying to educate people about Dementia by raising awareness within the community. We already have relationships with the local Beaver Scout Group and Primary Schools as well as other organisations.

I am proud to work for Barchester and to be apart of a very important service.

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 our home

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Valentine's Show

We had a special Valentine’s show performed by John Hughes at Beeston View on Valentine’s Day. John sang a wide selection of songs based around romance. All the staff on duty got involved and we had a dance with some of the residents. Everyone was happy to sing along. John played a version of the Birdy Song too, which the staff performed for everyone.

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Our Newest Guest

This is the newest addition to our cat family here at Beeston View. She is a lovely tabby kitten and was too beautiful to not take a picture of. Unfortunately, she is very shy with people, so the photo had to be taken through the window.

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Forget Me Not

We have spent the past couple of weeks creating 'forget me not' memories in the form of photo albums. These are a collation of all the photos from 2017, showing all the fun and interesting things we have done together. Residents were able to help us create the books by cutting out photographs and also sticking them on to brightly coloured paper to put in the albums. It was a lovely way to reminisce about last year and will provide lasting memories for us all.

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We recently had another visit from Zoolab at Beeston View. These are always a hit with residents, as not only do they get to learn all about the different animals, but they also get to touch, hold and interact with them too.

During their most recent visit they brought in a tarantula, a corn snake named Coco, a fancy rat called Milo, a giant snail, a millipede and a lizard. All the animals were calm and trained well and they always behaved themselves.

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Water Painting

We have been creating water paintings at our Art Club recently. These are paintings that the residents can do over and over again, as once the paint is dry, the colour fades and they can be reused. Residents were fascinated by these and one even commented that painting left him with a huge sense of achievement. It has enabled residents to focus on something and for them to see the results instantly.

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Christmas Cakes

We had two fantastic cakes donated to us this year for Christmas. We are very grateful when we are thought about over the festive season and the donations are received with huge thanks.

Upcoming events

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Dementia Support Group

We are hosting a dementia support group for loved ones and carers of those living with dementia. Our first meeting will be held on 15th May between 2:30 and 4:30pm.

It will be a chance for loved ones of Beeston View residents to get together and offer each other advice or coping mechanisms and to share stories, if they so wish. Staff will be available to attend if needed.

We are also encouraging people from local communities who are taking care of someone living with dementia to come along and join us too. The sessions are free and will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month.

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