Meet our Activities Coordinator, Di Ellis
Hi. I am Di, the Activities Coordinator at Brampton View. I worked as a Health Care Assistant for 14 years before my current role and have completed training in wellness and activity for older people. I joined Brampton View in 2009 as a Senior Health Care Assistant and became Activities Coordinator a year later.
I ensure that residents have opportunities to socialise, learn, craft, stay active and have fun. With the support of my activities colleagues, we plan a range of daily activities here at Brampton View as well as outings and lunches out when we are able to. We also like to bring the outside in and welcome visitors to entertain us or bring in animals for us to meet. We try to offer a range of activities that enrich residents’ lives, prevent feelings of isolation and look after the mind, body and soul. We are always happy for family members to join in our activities with their loved ones.
At the moment, due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, some of our external activities are not able to take place but we still have indoor activities planned every day of the week and we use the gardens when the weather is good.
I enjoy spending time with residents and hearing their stories. Outside of work I have always enjoyed crafts, cooking and word games, and it is a pleasure to be able to do these simple but meaningful activities with residents too, or just have a chat and a cuppa with them.
Activities are the cornerstone of a wholesome home experience, and our Activities Coordinators are always putting their creative minds to the test by organising new and exciting social events for residents to partake in. Of course, we take into account the likes and dislikes of those we support, so if someone doesn’t feel like trying something new, there will always be something on offer to reflect their personal interests. For the people who may just prefer some peace and quiet instead, we also offer one-to-one time that can be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or just a simple chat – whatever they desire.
Life at Brampton View Care Home
Amanda celebrates ten years at Brampton View
Thank you to Amanda, one of the fantastic Senior Care Assistants at Brampton View. Amanda has just completed 10 years’ service at our home was presented with a large bouquet of flowers and her gold Barchester service pin as a show of our appreciation. Amanda works mainly with residents in Brampton View’s dementia community where she has wonderful rapport with residents and their families. She is always smiling and positive, and we all enjoy working with her.
Gifts galore this Christmas
Every resident at Brampton View received a specially chosen present from under our beautiful Christmas tree.
A pre-Christmas hairdo
Joy enjoyed a wash and trim with hairdresser when Sarah returned to Brampton View for a couple of weeks just in time for Christmas. Residents were delighted to see Sarah again and felt refreshed with their new looks.
Christmas greetings from local young people
Brampton View has received kind and beautiful greetings from young members of the local community. Pat has enjoyed looking through the hand-crafted Christmas cards from 34th Kingsthorpe Cubs. She has also been admiring little booklets of heart-shaped drawings and inspiring words from pupils at Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School, which we have now turned into seasonal bunting. Thank you for thinking of us - you have made our home look even more festive. Happy Christmas everyone!
Christmas jumper day
Staff and residents at Brampton View dressed in their Christmas jumpers, dresses and tshirts to raise money for Save the Children. Charlie and Regina, two of the home's dining hosts, love serving residents in the beautifully decorated dining room at this special time. This morning residents enjoyed festive music for their daily exercises.
Wear it Pink Day
At Brampton View we like to support community events, especially for charities that are close to our hearts. On 23rd October we took part in Wear it Pink Day and had a pink raffle to raise funds for the charity Breast Cancer Now. Staff members Sam, Jenny and many others were pleased to take part, and Linda won the raffle. Residents were involved too by taking part in our pink quiz and enjoying pink cupcakes for afternoon tea.