Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lynne Loughlin

I started my career with Barchester as a carer, with 5 years experience in the care sector previously. I have also achieved an NVQ in Hospitality and, in April of 2014, I assumed the role of senior activities coordinator at this home.

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

My aim is to make sure there is something for everyone here; I create a monthly schedule that is packed with many different types of activities, from musical entertainment to sensory stimulation and much more.

I am focused on building up our volunteer base, including family members and students 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 into our home as well.

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, in addition to other organisations.

I am proud to work for Barchester and to be a part 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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The Magic Table

We’ve installed a wonderful new piece of equipment at Beeston View recently: the Magic Table, which has been set up in our upstairs unit.

This is a new interactive light game for residents with mid-to-late stage dementia. It is already having a significant impact on the daily lives of our residents. It’s nice to see engagement and eyes lighting up.

The table was developed in the Netherlands and has taken the region by storm. Launched only in March 2015, there are already 500 Magic Tables installed in care homes in the Benelux countries. It got its name from someone with dementia who announced when trying it that. “this is a magic table”.

The Magic Table now consists of a portable white box hung from a hook in the ceiling projecting interactive images on to any surface below. 

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Cupcake Day

Residents of Beeston View celebrated National Cupcake Day by baking their own cupcakes. The talented chefs spent the morning in the dinning room, icing, chopping up cherries, apricots and marshmallows to put on top of their delicious treats. Residents had the chance to be creative and to decorate the cupcakes by themselves. The end results were wonderful, everybody was able to sample the cupcakes during their afternoon tea.

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Fundraising Car Wash

We held a fundraising car wash this month to raise money for our residents' fund. Staff and volunteers all spent the day washing cars for visitors, staff and guests. The weather was perfect for it and we raised a total of £210. Thanks to all the volunteers who joined us on the day!

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International Nurses Day

We have been saying thank you to our nurses as a way of showing our appreciation for all the hard work they do. We are very grateful for their commitment and dedication.

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Easter Pamper Day

We had an Easter Pamper Day this week to prepare residents for trips out and visits home. We gave manicures, massages and foot spas to relax and spoil everyone.

Upcoming events

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Karaoke

We will be holding Karaoke every Wednesday here at Beeston View.

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Kiddleydivey

On the last Thursday of every month will be joined by Kiddleydivey who provide therapy through music, singing and dancing.

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Events & Activities in July

There's lots of fun activities planned throughout July here at Beeston View.

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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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Events & Activities in August

Plenty of fun activities have been arranged throughout August here at Beeston View.

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Events & Activities in September

There's plenty of fun activities lined up throughout September here at Beeston View.

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Coffee Afternoons

Join us and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and a selection of delicious cakes and biscuits. 

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Monthly Mocktails

Join us and try your hand at mocktail making with demonstrations and lessons from our hospitality team!

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Baking Demonstrations

Join us for a cake baking demonstration with one of our talented chefs.

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Tea and a Tour

Our General Manager and team would like to welcome you for tea and a tour of our home.

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Volunteer Days

Come along and play games, chat or just enjoy an activity with our volunteers.

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Musical Moments

Join us for our Musical Moments classes with Mel.

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