Meet our Activities Coordinator, Hannah Boscott
I have worked here at Chacombe Park Care Home since 2013; I started at Chacombe as a care assistant followed by becoming a senior carer before taking on the role as Activities Co-coordinator. I love being part of the fun and entertainment that we have here at Chacombe. I strive to ensure all residents we support are involved with everyday life at Chacombe one way or another by organising group and individual activities.
We have a varied activity programme that is never fixed and if residents are wishing to do an alternative activity this is never an issue. There are regular entertainers, PAT dog, themed events/days such as beach days, cultural days as well as celebrating the big calendar events such as Guy Fawkes. We also have regular trips out on the Mini Bus, which include visiting places of interest, lunch trips/afternoon tea. Relatives, friends and family are encouraged to join the activities that we have going on around the home as often as they can.
Activities at our home
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.
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 Chacombe Park Care Home
World Photo Day
Residents were treated to a fantastic talk from top photographer, Damien Bailey, who guided the residents through his top tips on taking a photo, and the history of the photo. After the talk, we were all feeling very inspired to get our cameras out and snap a few shots ourselves. Residents chose to use the nostalgic disposable camera to snap their photos with and will later create a scrapbook of all the wonderful shots they have taken, using the tips and techniques Damien taught us.
Residents have been busy working alongside our gardener, Stefan, planting out our winter vegetables into the raised beds, watering the plants, keeping the garden tidy, pruning the plants and weeds and picking the ripe tomatoes from the green house to be enjoyed in salads and sandwiches, as well as all the handy work to keep the garden looking fabulous.
We have a regular nature walking club here at Chacombe, encouraging residents to get out in to the fresh air to explore and learn about their surroundings and the wonderful nature that we have around us.
During walking club, we have been busy fulfilling old traditions of going blackberry picking, bringing back fond memories for the residents of days gone by, making their own blackberry jams and puddings and enjoying the fresh blackberries picked straight from the bush.
We have had great live performances in the garden from saxophonist, Alan Hook and Liz and Devinder from In2Culture. The residents love having entertainers come to the home, music being a fantastic way to support emotional needs, hearing the wonderful sounds of the saxophone echoed around the garden playing familiar tunes, and learning new music from different cultures around Africa. Residents got involved clapping along, learning the songs and different traditions together.
An Honourary Team Member
Resident, Sue, loves to help out with various tasks around the home and with running activities, so we made sure that she was recognised for this by honouring her with a pink polo top to match the activities team and a box of chocolates to thank her for all her help which she was overjoyed about.
We headed to The Falcon at Warmington and dined in their garden on a glorious summers day. The residents had a marvelous afternoon, reminiscing about their favourite restaurants and cuisines to enjoy and enjoying the atmosphere of dining at a restaurant, enjoying simply delicious food. The restaurant has wonderful views over the countryside which we admired whilst tucking into our food.