Meet our Activities Coordinator, Deborah Thomas
I am an experienced Activities Coordinator. I have been in this role for the last four years and have worked in residential, nursing and EMI settings, in both care homes and the community.
I feel it is important for care homes to promote independence and allow residents to continue with previous hobbies and interests, as well as encouraging new experiences.
My particular interest is in arts and crafts.
Activities at Caldy Manor
Our Activities Coordinators work together to provide daily activities suited to the tastes of residents. We encourage those we support to continue with any hobbies whilst they stay at home. We also hold group activities, such as exercise to music, sing-alongs, craft sessions and visits to local places of interest. There are also evening events, including cheese & wine evenings and race nights. We keep families up-to-date through our newsletter and notices that can be found across the home. Family and friends are always welcome to join in!
Life at Caldy Manor Care Home
Residents put on their 'blue suede shoes'
Caldy Manor care home in Caldy was transformed into ‘Graceland’ to mark what would have been Elvis Presley’s 85th birthday on 8 January.
It is estimated that Elvis has sold over one billion records worldwide so to honour the undisputed King of rock & roll, the staff and residents enjoyed a fantastic day of music, fun and dancing.
General Manager, Hannah Roberts, said: “Lots of our residents are big Elvis fans and love his music. We’ve had a fantastic day listening to all his hits, finding out about his early life and what influenced him and watching old Elvis movies, he was such an incredible talent. This afternoon we had an Elvis quiz, it is amazing how many songs he recorded. We all surprised ourselves by how many we remembered!”
Every resident at Caldy Manor has their decorated Christmas stocking hanging on the fireplace ready for Santa. We spent a lovely afternoon together decorating our stockings. Our fireplace looks very festive!
Residents enjoyed playing games at the Christmas party. Edna was very pleased with her prize. Everyone came together for a lovely afternoon of food and drinks. We are really looking forward to Christmas!
Residents enjoyed a day of Christmas shopping. There were beautiful hand-made items to buy for family and loved ones. We enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine and everyone was feeling very festive.
New visitor pod keeps residents connected
Residents are overjoyed at Caldy Manor care home in Caldy, as Barchester Healthcare has implemented a visiting suite for residents to continue to spend time with their loved ones for the autumn and winter seasons in addition to the outdoor visiting that has been on offer for those able for many months.
Balancing resident wellbeing and safety is at the forefront of Barchester Healthcare’s thinking and they understand how important it is for residents and their family and friends to be able to spend time together in the safest way possible.
There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment by Barchester Healthcare, who run Caldy Manor care home. It was welcome news for their residents and family and friends as we enter the colder season meaning catch-ups can continue to take place, instead of, or in addition to, outdoor visiting already offered for those able.
Staff amongst first to receive vaccine
Staff at Barchester’s Caldy Manor Residential care home, in Caldy were delighted to be invited to have the vaccination at Clatterbridge hospital which has lifted everyone’s spirits after what has been a very challenging year for everyone.
General Manager, Hannah Roberts said: “We’ve had a year like no other and the vaccine feels like the light at the end of the tunnel. Our teams have been magnificent in how they have risen to every challenge during this pandemic and we are proud to play our part in this next phase to ensure the most vulnerable are protected.”
“I am so pleased to be given the vaccine alongside my colleagues. It will help to keep our residents safe, and is the first step in getting things back to normal and having a buzz of visitors in the home once again.”