Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kerry Murrell
Hi, my name is Kerry and I am the activities coordinator here at Brookfield. We all know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and we work together to give residents the best possible experience. We are here to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active.
It is important that when planning the homes life enrichment programme that our Residents are given choice and variety to keep the stimulated and happy so that each activity is a positive experience.
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 create rock garden
Residents of Brookfield have been busy painting rocks to form a rockery at the bottom of their garden to add a splash of colour, taking inspiration from the Lymm Rocks gift during lock-down.
A splash of colour
Residents from Brookfield often get together to enjoy their regular art sessions which supports their creative ideas and encourages different methods of Art. Following the delivery of ‘Lymm Rocks’ to the home, resident Raymond is busy creating his own style of colourful rocks to display in the garden.
This class is particularly popular with all and everyone thoroughly enjoys a get together with a cuppa and a slice of delicious cake. Residents enjoy the colouring as find it very calming and therapeutic. It enhances mindfulness and promotes a positive mental well-being.
The good life!
Residents of Brookfield have been busy growing their own vegetables as part of the homes gardening club and life enrichment programme. The homes gardener, Dave has been supporting with harvesting of their bump crop. Looks like a tasty home-cooked dish with fresh potatoes is on the menu!
A spot of dominoes
Residents enjoyed a friendly game of an old favourite...dominoes! We held the in house matches in the home's sunny lounge. A number of residents had a great time playing the matches in teams! We squeezed in a quick natter and refreshments over a cuppa in between games.
A breath of fresh air
Residents of Brookfield took advantage of the recent good weather to enjoy the homes beautiful gardens and Ray, resident at the home relaxed in the Japanese garden. Everyone commented on how much better they felt for grabbing a breath of fresh air, feeling the sun on their faces and checking on the progress of the plants, including the colourful flowers around them. The residents even enjoyed a refreshing drink afterwards.
Long awaited reunions, at last!
For some residents at Brookfield care home in Lymm, the long awaited reunion with family and friends became a reality recently, as garden visits have now been allowed to commence at the home.
There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment behind the scenes at Barchester Healthcare, who run Brookfield care home. Social distancing was still in place, and homes that are able to take part must have a large accessible garden. It was welcome news to so many residents, family, and friends, who were kept apart for so long following strict government guidance. Residents and their loved ones got together in the home garden and the garden was fully of joy and chatter.
Violet resident at Brookfield said: “The staff here have been so wonderful and generous with their time, keeping us busy and entertained, especially showing us how to use video calls, but nothing beats seeing my family in real life. This was a special moment, and I was over the moon.”