Meet our Activities Coordinator, Luisa Painemilla

My work is very rewarding and it is a pleasure planning events & activities each month. I enjoy interacting with residents and learning about people’s interests, preferences and experiences.

I have worked with the elderly over five years and also for fifteen years in the social field as an Activities Coordinator for different social groups in three countries. I have a Degree in Social Integration, a Certificate in Theatrical Psychology & a Music Therapy certificate. In the past I have worked for local authorities and in a cerebral palsy home.

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 Beeston View Memory Lane Community

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Bonfire night festivities

Iddenshall Hall and Beeston View Residents celebrated bonfire night on 5th November. In celebration, the home created a very special indoor firework and bonfire display.  The residents enjoyed traditional bonfire night treats, including toffee apples, treacle toffee and parkin beautifully prepared by the homes chefs.

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Residents honour the fallen

Iddenshall Hall & Beeston View commemorated Remembrance Sunday on 08th November, where they joined the rest of the United Kingdom in holding a two-minute silence at 11am.

As well as marking Remembrance Day by wearing poppies and watching the televised service, some residents started their remembrance by painting poppies and making crafts which were used for decoration of the home. This helped stimulate memories and them to share stories and talk about the importance of Remembrance.

One of the Residents said it made her feel proud to make things to remember those who had fought for their country. After watching the service staff and Residents joined together for photographs with their banner and poppies.

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A wish is granted

Iddenshall Hall and Beeston View through the life enrichment programme are looking at new ways to keep residents socially and mentally stimulated, As part of their person centered activities ‘making a Wish’  initiative, residents are given the opportunity to tell staff about something they would like to do in their wildest dreams. This could include virtually visiting a magical place or enjoying a special activity, with staff then doing their upmost to make that dream become a reality in some form.

For one resident, it was simply to handle her typewriter, so she can write stories and her thoughts to remember so she can talk about it. The homes activities team are delighted as they watch her daily practise!

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Gingerbread decorating

Residents from Iddenshall Hall and Beeston View enjoyed an afternoon of gingerbread decorating as part of their baking club, which took them back to their younger years.  Baking sessions are a popular activity for the home and the activity had taste buds tingling.

The homes activities coordinator, said: “The residents enjoyed getting creative with their decorations as it not only brings back memories of their childhood, but also times when they’ve baked with their own children and grandchildren. Once all the biscuits were decorated, we all enjoyed sitting down with a cup of tea and a home-made cake.”

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Bewitching tricks and treats for Halloween

Barchester’s Iddenshall Hall and Beeston View was a den of ghoulish activity as the home’s spooky Halloween party got in to full swing.

Staff and residents got in to the spirit of things with games, fancy dress and much more!  It was a spooktacular fun filled day filled with laughter!  Residents also enjoyed delicious home-made cakes prepared by the homes hospitality team over a cup of tea.

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A splash of colour

Residents from Iddenshall Hall and Beeston View often get together to enjoy their regular art and craft sessions which supports their creative ideas and encourages different methods of Art. Residents have been busy showing their own style of colourful designs.

This class is particularly popular with all and everyone thoroughly enjoys a get together with a cuppa and a slice of delicious cake.   Residents enjoy the colouring and crafting as find it very calming and therapeutic. It enhances mindfulness and promotes a positive mental well-being.  

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Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.

Musical Moments

Musical Moments

Join us for our Musical Moments classes with Mel.

Coffee Afternoons

Coffee Afternoons

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

Tea and a Tour

Tea and a Tour

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

Baking Demonstrations

Baking Demonstrations

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

Volunteer Days

Volunteer Days

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

Monthly Mocktails

Monthly Mocktails

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

Dementia Support Group

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…