Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lisa Quarmby
Hi, my name is Lisa and I have worked within the home since July 2018, starting out as a carer before moving into the activities role at the beginning of 2019. I am very outgoing and full of fun. I have many hobbies, with arts & crafts being one of my favourites, and this can be seen in the activities I arrange for our residents.
Outside of work I have a passion for running and have successfully completed the London Marathon raising funds for charity of which I am immensely proud of.
Lisa’s enthusiasm when planning the homes calendar of activities is to ensure that residents are happy and have loads of fun. Lisa is very keen to involve the residents in the decision making within the home to enhance their experience. Activities take part in the residents' meetings, catering forums to ensure that the events run smoothly.
Activities at Brookfield
Our Activities coordinator dedicates her time on getting feedback from our residents of what they like to do. We have introduced paper mornings which involves group discussions and an active mind, and we also have a variety of entertainers that come in on a weekly basis. We hold a residents quiz once a week as it is one of our more popular activities, we now call it the Big Quiz due to its popularity.
It is important that we involve the community and family in many of our activities. We have the local rugby club heritage centre coming in once a week to do Bocci (indoor bowls) and seated exercise. We also hold cheese and wine evenings for family and residents which are very popular. Here at Brookfield we pride ourselves on the fabulous bond our activity coordinator has with all our residents as they are as happy to see her each morning as she is to see her friends.
Life at Brookfield Care Home
Residents & colleagues at Brookfield were recently delighted to open a box delivered to the home's doorstep from Lymm Rocks, which was filled with an array of beautiful, colourful decorated rocks and messages of kindness, letting residents know they were painted specially for them to bring hope and comfort to them during lockdown.
This random act of kindness has brought a smile to them, all knowing whilst they may not be able to see their loved ones currently, the message behind the rocks were to remind them that they will meet again. The rocks are all various sizes and of different themes in the hope that when each resident chooses their rock that it means something to them.
Residents Enjoy High Tea
As part of the homes 75th VE Day celebrations. Residents enjoyed a ‘high tea’ served throughout the home as they sat in their favourite spots, with current restrictions in place it did not deter our residents from enjoying a Vintage Afternoon High Tea in the home as part of the 75th celebrations.
A friend of the home kindly provided the traditional fare of sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, and a selection of home-made cakes, all served on vintage China—delicious!
Brookfield would like to thank Ann for her generosity and thought during this current period.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Residents of Brookfield have been busy making, which they have displayed along the home's conservatory window. The idea is that members of community display rainbows in their windows so that children can go ‘rainbow spotting’ when out for their exercise with family. The colourful displays are brightening up everyone’s day!
This activity took place before the coronavirus lockdown.
The residents at Brookfield recently welcomed neighbour, Ziggy,who often pops into the home to visit residents. Ziggy visits the home regularly and spends a few hours meeting all the residents. Pet therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also increase self-esteem and improve social skills, so everyone was absolutely delighted to have them along. Ziggy is very beneficial to those who spend time in their rooms and find her a great comfort.
90th Birthday Celebrations
Elizabeth was joined by staff, and other residents for a champagne reception at Brookfield. Guests enjoyed a special birthday that was sent from Luxembourg by Elizabeth's daughter.
Elizabeth, who is originally from Grappenhall, was married to Fred for many years and has 3 children. She now lives here at Brookfield, where she is enjoying a new chapter of her life.
The birthday girl said she is to be spoilt all day and is looking forward to lots of chocolates and birthday cake. Elizabeth enjoyed watching videos of her grandchildren, singing Happy Birthday to her, as relatives and friends were not able to join her due to the current situation across the country.
50 Shades of Earl Grey
Tea Lovers at Brookfield have taken part in a fundraising event to raise awareness for Dementia UK. The home organised a ‘Time for a Cuppa’ day and held a tea party to show support for Dementia UK and the Admiral Nurses who work closely with those experience a dementia raising funds for this great cause.
We wanted to pay special tribute to the people living with dementia, but also those who dedicate their lives to caring for people with dementia. Carers make a huge difference to the lives of the individuals they look after, and we wanted to make sure we acknowledged their hard work.
We have raised £23.00 for Dementia UK and toasted the occasion with a pot of the finest Darjeeling, Earl Grey for everyone to enjoy.