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
Residents recently celebrated Oktoberfest with German wine and beer tasting, German chocolates and tasty treats and hearing about life in Germany. It is always good to have a celebration and our residents enjoy cultural events from around the world.
Healthy Eating Week
Residents at Camellia House recently celebrated 'Healthy Eating Week' with a food quiz, gentle exercises every day, as well as making healthy cakes. We have also been eating the vegetables we have grown organically in our garden and looking at the tablet to source healthy recipes.
Good nutrition is a vital element in looking after anyone in a care home. Our residents have enjoyed learning about healthier options and incorporating them into their diets.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Residents at Camellia House recently enjoyed a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Support Support from the local community, joining others in the community virtually. Residents at the home enjoyed a selection of beverages, cakes and biscuits, as well as playing games.
Art in the Care Home Day
Residents recently celebrated Art in the Care Home Day with a morning of still life painting. They then exhibited the work they have done over the past few months.This included card making and a large mural of Ware town centre.
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Residents at Camellia House recently celebrated 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' with pirate-themed activities.
We enjoy providing a variety of different activities for our residents and this event brought lots of laughter, as well as evoking many memories of times by the sea.
In these unprecedented times, ensuring residents feel engaged and connected within our local community is more important than ever. We provide a wide range of physical, mental and spiritual activities at Camellia House as part of the life enrichment programme for residents, and this one was very popular! We have also adapted ways to keep residents active, whilst ensuring that the group activities are smaller, adhering to social distancing advice.
Afternoon at the Proms
We had a lovely afternoon sipping champers and singing very loudly to all the classic songs like 'Land of Hope and Glory'. Head Chef, Trudie, made Victoria sponge and tea bread, as well as doughnuts for a splendid afternoon tea.