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
We enjoyed a virtual session with Sophie, the Community Champion at Asda. The residents had a great time winning prizes that were donated by Asda.
Camellia House held a day of celebrations to thank care staff at the home, who make a real difference to the lives of those in their care.
Staff were treated to goody bags and a finger buffet, and fabulous cake was provided by Dan, one of our catering team members.
Residents also gave thanks by making thank you cards and making pottery gifts for their carers. Staff also sent thank you cards to friends of Camellia House who have been unable to visit due to lockdown, but who gave so much support to residents and carers in the home.
Resident Jean read a poem to the carers thanking them for their kindness and support and how they make a difference to each day.
Residents really enjoyed a wonderful flower arranging experience here at Camellia House.
Residents at Camellia House have been enjoying a museum in a box, supplied by the Royal Mint Museum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Decimal Day.
We enjoy providing a variety of different activities for our residents and this box has been a sensory delight for our residents, from the feel of the old coins to hearing stories on the electronic box. It has brought about many memories and sparked lots of lovely conversations.
International Nurses' Day
Coinciding with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, International Nurses' Day, held on Wednesday 12th May, is a day to celebrate nurses and care staff around the world.
Residents and staff at Camellia House were happy to get involved by hosting a day filled with activities on a nursing theme, including a ceremony to thank our nurses and a trip to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow to drop off goody bags to the Nurses working in the Accident and Emergency Department.
A Royal Celebration
We had a wonderful afternoon tea and a visit from Her Royal Highness.