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.
Activities and Events Partnerships
As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies
Life at Brampton View Care Home
Pride in our diversity
Brampton View care home joined with other Barchester homes in Northamptonshire to support Northampton Pride Festival last weekend. We had a stall promoting Barchester’s person-centred approach to meeting the diverse support needs of people in later life. It was a fun day on the Market Square with food, games, music and lots of colour.
Baking club's delicious sausage rolls
David enjoys the delicious, hot, crispy sausage rolls made by fellow residents at Brampton View in the regular Baking Club session. Simple activities are often the most popular and bring back happy memories of home baking, favourite recipes and family life.
Lemon Drizzle Cakes
Ladies in our Memory Lane community made lovely lemon drizzle cupcakes today. The smell of fresh lemons and home baking wafted deliciously around Brampton View as residents talked about favourite recipes they used to make when their children were young. Afterwards they enjoyed the still-warm cakes with their afternoon tea.
A fun baking session
Residents from the Brampton View dementia community loved their baking session with Di today. They made sausage, cheese and onion pinwheels and enjoyed spreading the filling and rolling the pastry. We talked about our favourite party food and the things we used to bake with our children and grandchildren. The end results were delicious!
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.