Meet our Activities Coordinator, Linda Wilkie
I have worked in this home for nearly 30 years, so it is very much part of my life. I started as a part-time Domestic when my children were small and, as time has gone by, I have become a Senior Carer and the Activities Coordinator.
I have NAPA and OOMPH qualifications, as well as an NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care.
I am very passionate about my role, as it is very important to us as a team that every individual is able to live the life they wish, feeling fulfilled in their mind, body and soul, maintaining past hobbies, yet have the opportunity to try new experiences.
I have built up a very good rapport with our team, our residents, family and friends, and I have built many links with the local community, which all help the residents get the most out of life at Camellia House.
I enjoy every day; the smiles on the faces I see are reward for doing a job I love.
We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.
Life at Camellia House Care Home
Camellia House was filled with flowers, cards and speciality cakes in celebration of St Valentine’s Day. Staff and residents celebrated the day of love with incredible woven hearts and messages made by the year 4 students of nearby Simon Balle Schoolearts, who have been writing to our residents throughout the Pandemic.
Big Garden Bird Watch
Staff and residents got up close and personal with some feathered friends in recognition of the Big Garden Birdwatch on 31st January.
This is an annual nationwide event, run by the RSPB, raising awareness of the number and species of garden birds. The aim of the event is to inspire people to take action for wildlife. The cold winter months are especially tough for birds, as temperatures drop and food becomes scarce, birds such as robins and sparrows need a little extra help.
Residents had a brilliant time, starting earlier in the month, drawing and painting a variety of birds, making fat balls to feed the wild birds; having a bird-themed quiz and deciding to buy suction bird feeder to go on residents' windows, which are proving to be really popular, especially with our less mobile residents.
International Flower Day
Residents at Camellia House celebrated International Flower Day, which took place recently.
International Flower Day promotes the psychological boost that flowers can give to people. From growing and nurturing plants and flowers to gifting flowers to show love and appreciation, and sometimes just the simple act of admiring their beauty – flowers have the power to make someone’s day.
Residents took part in flower-based activities throughout the day, including a flower and foliage arranging competition, reminiscing about their gardens/flowers in the home’s garden and a flower quiz which everyone really enjoyed. Their collective knowledge about flowers gained from years of gardening experience was very impressive.
Our garden is a much loved space. Residents really enjoy looking after the plants and flowers and watching them grow and change through the seasons. We don’t have many flowers at the moment, so our residents are very much enjoying the reminiscence of their own gardens and creating some beautiful arrangements.
90th Birthday Celebrations
Residents at Camellia House had a brilliant day on Saturday 16th January as they marked the 90th birthday of resident, Jean.
Head Chef, Trudy Presland, prepared a fabulous afternoon tea of cucumber sandwiches, mini vol-au-vents, scones, cakes and chocolate treats.
Birthdays are very special events at Camellia House, especially milestones such as Jean’s 90th. It was especially important at this time to make the day really special for Jean, so that she could spend it with her friends, and it was lovely that her family paid her a window visit to sing 'Happy Birthday' to her and deliver gifts. Everyone had a fantastic time!
Jabs Arrive at Camellia House
Staff were delighted to be invited to have the vaccination by New River Health, which has lifted everyone’s spirits after what has been a very challenging year for everyone.
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.
Links with the Community
We have had lots of interactions with the local community through donations of knitted squares to make our knitted tree; and our hands of friendship tree, where families have sent in their hand prints so they can 'hold hands' with their loved ones. Local schools have made advent presents and sent in presents cards and letters for our ladies and gentlemen.