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 our home
Residents Visit Local Playgroup
Residents of Brookfield have recently visited local playgroup, Warrington Day Nursery to enjoy a morning of arts & crafts, music, games and activities with the children.
General Manager, Sarah Nolan said “We were invited to the nursery and our residents at the home had a lot of fun on the day, and loved meeting the young children and we have extended an invite to return the visit and come along to see us over the festive period. If anyone ever wants to stop in for a lovely afternoon with your young ones, or just for a cuppa and a break, we’d love to have you join us as our residents love the social interaction it brings as great grandparents themselves.”
Resident Honours the Fallen
Brookfield's resident, Raymond Oakes along with residents commemorated Remembrance Day on Sunday 10th November, where they joined the rest of the United Kingdom in holding a two-minute silence at 11am.
As well as marking Remembrance Day by wearing poppies and watching the televised service, some residents were taken to the local cenotaph to commemorate the members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty. In the days leading up to Remembrance Sunday residents participated in Remembrance arts and crafts.
Raymond also marked the occasion to with a visit to the local cenotaph and service to remember his former comrades. Ray has also written a book titled ‘The three wise monkeys’ about his 20 year career in the National service.
Residents of Brookfield enjoyed an afternoon of fun and mess as their creative skills were showcased. Our Brookfield pumpkin carvers are certainly a creative lot!
And residents enjoyed getting into the Halloween spirit with some spooktacular pumpkin carving triumphs for display throughout the home.
Their spooky creations are now displayed proudly in the home’s foyer for all guests to see and admire. Sarah Nolan, General Manager said “This was such a lovely way to spend the afternoon.”
Residents Embrace Music for Health
Residents, Colleagues and visitors at Brookfield enjoyed a fantastic music therapy session provided by Music For Health. There was singing, music quiz questions and noise making with tambourines and other noisy equipment.
The Residents definitely liked the noise making parts of the session and let rip with the tambourines and maracas! The sound of laughter reverberated around the home during this popular monthly group activity.
Sarah Nolan, General Manager said “Our residents love the monthly visit from Music for Health and its wonderful their interaction with Helen, they enjoy listening to the old tunes and some love to get up and have a little dance.”
90 Years Young
Brookfield resident, Beryl recently celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by friends, family, fellow residents and members of the care team at the home. On her special day, Beryl was surrounded by loved ones wishing her a happy birthday.
The home was decorated with balloons and banners before Sarah Nolan, General Manager surprised Beryl with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a card signed by everyone at the home.
Beryl commented “What a lovely surprise, I have had the best birthday ever!” and the General Manager added “It was a pleasure to be part of Beryl’s special day, on behalf of everyone at Brookfield I would like to wish Beryl a very happy birthday.''
Latte Fun at Macmillan Coffee Morning
Residents and colleagues at Brookfield recently held a charity coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Rita, resident at the home thoroughly enjoyed the tasting of the delicious homemade cakes, from lemon drizzle, Victoria sponge, coffee and walnut and not forgetting the traditional scone with cream and jam!
Everyone enjoyed taking part in guessing how many pieces of fruit were in a pie and raising an impressive £87.00 for the charity. Most importantly, everyone had a lot of fun doing it!