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
Joy receives a celebration visit
Joy was delighted to have a visit from her daughter and granddaughter on her 90th birthday. The comfortable, Covid-safe visiting suite at Brampton View is used several times a day and we love a special celebration visit.
A Magic Table at Brampton VIew
Brampton View is delighted to have bought a Magic Table to enhance our activities programme. A Magic Table is a projector that can be used on a table, floor, walls or any plain, flat surface. It comes with lots of interactive games for people of all cognitive ability. Everyone can use it but it is particularly beneficial for people with dementia as it raises feelings of happiness and reduces levels of anxiety. Residents are having fun getting to know how it works and staff are enjoying it too, including playing snakes and ladders.
Pancake Day was flippin' fun
This year Residents at Brampton View enjoyed mini-pancakes with toppings including fruit, chocolate and traditional lemon and sugar. Len and other residents tried flipping some with Head Chef Ian and Kitchen Assistant Steve.
A happy 90th birthday for Joy
We couldn’t give Joy a big party this year but we still made her day special. She had a hair and nails makeover first thing, then we all sang ‘Happy Birthday’. She enjoyed a Skype call with her daughter, Janet, and later a visit from her daughter, Jill, and her granddaughter. Joy received two birthday cakes - one from her family and one from Brampton View. It was a lovely day – Happy Birthday Joy!
Marjorie enjoyed her weekly pamper session at Brampton View thanks to the skills of our Carers and Activities Coordinators who like to make residents feel special. Marjorie’s hair and nails look beautiful.
Indoor ball games
Marjorie, Pam and Len enjoyed indoor ball games at Brampton View, winning points and having fun with friends.