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 and we use the gardens when the weather is good. There are three of us in the Activities Team and between us we plan activities for seven days a week.
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
Meet Marion, our new Manager
Brampton View is delighted to welcome a new General Manager. Marion Southwood joined the Brampton View team in September 2020 bringing considerable expertise in nursing and care management. She is enjoying getting to know residents and staff, and also looks forward to hearing from anyone looking into care options for themselves of their loved ones. We are very pleased that Marion has joined the Brampton View team.
Baking cakes to share
Pat enjoyed taking part in the Brampton View baking activity today, making carrot cake muffins to share with fellow residents for afternoon tea.
Notting Hill Carnival
On Friday 28th August we held our own Notting Hill Carnival. We listened to carnival music, danced, and watched clips of previous carnivals on the TV. We enjoyed some party mocktails, and Mandy and Elizabeth had fun trying on carnival costumes.
We had fun trying some balloon modelling to see whether we could make anything recognisable. We had a some strange looking animals, a few loud pops and a couple of balloons that whizzed off around the room. Our most successful creations were the hats, modelled by Elizabeth and Pat. It's not as easy at it looks, you know!
Baking at Brampton
Winn, Margaret and Neville enjoyed making shortbread for everyone to share at afternoon tea time in the garden. Baking is a favourite activity and leads to lots of discussion about people's favourite foods and memories of baking with their families.
Making pictures and cards
Pat and friends have been enjoying craft sessions with Di, Activities Coordinator, making pictures and greetings cards of 3-d hot air balloons to send to family and friends.