Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sian Crimes

I have worked in both the care sector and education sector over the two decades whilst raising 4 children.

I have been at Bod Hyfryd since 2017, starting as care assistant, and I am very excited to now be the Activities Coordinator.

My aim is to ensure that all residents have the opportunity to take part in person-centred activities and to establish good links and work closely with a variety of local groups within our community to expand our activities programme.

Activities at Bod Hyfryd

The mental, physical and emotional welfare of our residents is of paramount importance to our staff at Bod Hyfryd. Every resident is seen, if possible, daily and we try to include as many residents as possible in our activities from bowls to baking, craft to exercise and chatting, to hand or foot massage. Everyone has a daily activities plan, a weekly plan and a monthly one. These are created specifically for that person, often from their life history and by talking to the family and resident. We have entertainers in at least once a month and if possible more often. We also have various trips out on the mini bus including trips to Chester Zoo, Lady Diana boat trip down the River, garden centre visits or even to Art Galleries and beaches. We understand that not all residents are outgoing, so for the quieter people, we respect their wishes but often find when they see what we are doing the come and join in. People achieve things they think they will never do again and to see the smile on their faces makes each day very special.

Life at Bod Hyfryd Care Home

Divisional Learner of the Year

Congratulations to Sophie Pynenburg, who has been named as a Divisional Winner in the 2020 Barchester Care Awards. Sophie is a finalist in the Learner of the Year category and has been invited to attend an awards ceremony on 8th October, where she will find out if she has won overall.

Garden reunions

For some residents at Bod Hyfryd care home in Flint, the long awaited reunion with family and friends became a reality recently, as garden visits have now been allowed to commence at the home.  There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment behind the scenes at Barchester Healthcare, who run Bod Hyfryd care home. Social distancing was still in place, and homes that are able to take part must have a large accessible garden.

Sarah Butler, General Manager at the home, said: “This has been a much welcomed development in what have been very strange times. The visits are safe and organised, and it was wonderful to see how happy it made the residents. We will of course endeavour to keep up the high standards of care, and continue with our ever evolving life enrichment programme, to keep residents engaged. But this was a lovely day.”

Brenda, Resident at Bod Hyfryd said: “The staff here have been so wonderful and generous with their time, keeping us busy and entertained, especially showing us how to use video calls, but nothing beats seeing my daughter in real life. This was a special moment, and I was over the moon.”

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Royal Ascot at home

Residents and staff at Bod Hyfryd care home 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 the home 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 having afternoon tea and dressing up in Royal Ascot fashion with their hat making arts and crafts showing casing their creativity.

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Home design cake fit for a Queen

On Saturday June 13th, the Queen celebrated her second, and official birthday. This year there was an extra incentive to join in the festivities at Bod Hyfryd care home as residents were asked to design a birthday cake in honour of Her Majesty’s birthday as part of a Barchester Healthcare competition.

The chosen cake design was then whipped into reality by the homes’ chef, Laura and enjoyed by residents and staff on the Queen’s special day.    Residents also talked about the Royal family and how fabulous her Majesty looks along with their favourite cake with the traditional Victoria sponge coming out top!  

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Music & Movement

Here at Bod Hyfryd, one of our favourite regular activities is music and movement. We like to get the musical instruments out and play a wide range of music on the speaker to get us dancing in our seats.

Everyone ends up smiling and laughing as we try to keep in time with our maracas and tambourines. We try to have a music and movement session once a week to keep us all active; the residents who get too tired from all the exercise like to carry on the session by singing along to the music.

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A Kind Donation

The staff at Bod Hyfryd have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community. Over the past few weeks, they have received gift bags from the local Avon representative, uniform wash bags from a group set up on Facebook called Laundry Bags & Button Bands – NHS Wales Keyworkers; delicious cakes, pizzas from the local kebab shop and from a pub landlady who treated staff on her birthday; and handmade natural soap from Omeda Crafts.

The staff are all so grateful and would like to thank the wonderful people of Flint and the surrounding areas.

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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.

Coffee & Quiz Afternoon

Coffee & Quiz Afternoon

Come along to our friendly and informal group, enjoy a chat over a hot drink and home-made cakes and join in our Friday quiz.