Meet our Activities Coordinator, Karen Warriner
Karen has been at Castle Park for over 3 decades. She was a carer who joined the activities team in 2017, and this role is simply made for her. Karen is an approachable, caring and knowledgeable about all residents, their loved ones and will always go out of her way to make people feel contented and valued.
Activities at our home
Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.
Activities and Events Partnerships
As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies
Life at Castle Care Village - Castle Park
Halloween is our favourite event here at Castle Park. It gives everyone the chance to make a lot of noise, dress up and residents love scaring the staff. Quite a few jokes are played on everyone. The major change this year was that family could not attend, however, everyone still had a lot of fun!
Keeping in Touch
Contact with loved ones is so much more important during these changing times. We assist our residents to make cards and drawings that we can post with that extra special loving touch.
Our Divisional Winners
Congratulations to Julie Gardiner, who has been named as a Divisional Winner in the 2020 Barchester Care Awards. Julie is a finalist in the Registered Nurse of the Year category and has been invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony on 8th October, where she will find out if she has won overall.
Also, well done to Louise Murtagh, who was named as the Divisional Winner in the Home Administration Champion category, and to Sonia Richardson, who was named as a winner in the Care Practitioner of the Year category. They will both also be attending the awards ceremony in October.
During May, we spent a lot of time in the garden brightening the area up and also making a farm yard with picket fencing, which were all painted by our lovely residents. Animals were donated by some staff members and the local garden centre. We also spent a lot of time replanting the planters and hanging baskets.
Normally at Easter, we have a big celebration and invite families and friends to join us for our annual 'eggstravaganza' egg hunt, which is always a great day. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, we were unable to do this, however, we did have a visit from the Easter bunny, who put the biggest smiles on the residents' faces.
Patricia Burnett, Hospitality Manager at Castle Park, was recently crowned the national winner in the Hospitality Champion of the Year category at the 2019 Barchester Care Awards on 3rd October.
Irene Lewis, Hospitality Operations Manager at Barchester and a judge for the category, said of Patricia that “Trish has worked as the Hospitality Manager at Castle Park 10 years and could not be more sincere, kind and caring. Her own mum told her she was born kind. She works hard to keep the home spotlessly clean in her own words, said she wants to give the clients a good standard of living. She knows her clients likes and dislikes and treats them all like friends, going above and beyond for them in her spare time. Trish deserves the award because even off duty Trish is always helping people, even saving someone’s life with CPR with her Barchester training. When questioned about this act of heroism from the local newspaper, Trish humbly said she was glad she could help and didn’t want any fuss, only pleased that the mother of 5 survived. To present this award to Trish is nothing short of an honour.”
Trish said of her win that, “I am very shocked and proud to be receiving this award. We work hard here at Barchester with a focus on the people we care for, and not for accolades, but it really is very special to be recognised in this way.”