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.
Life at Chacombe Park Care Home
Live Garden Entertainent
We have welcomed back live entertainment into the garden and had a wonderful afternoon with Bill James. Residents enjoyed the music from the garden, balconies or from indoors with a refreshing ice cream and cups of tea whilst listening to the sounds of familiar songs being played. Residents soon got back into the swing of things, dancing the afternoon away.
Back on the Road
Residents were overjoyed to be able to get back on the road. Our first minibus trip was a marvellous afternoon at Burton Dasset Hills, admiring the spectacular countryside views whilst eating a delicious picnic with a glass of fizz to celebrate.
Projects & Planning
We ensure that all the residents are involved with decisions, projects and planning around the home. This month, residents have been busy helping to get the mobile bar ready for plenty of outdoor events throughout the summer, deciding what colour it should be painted and then giving it a fresh lick of paint.
We have also been making sure that the minibus is in tip top condition for our minibus trips, getting the buckets and sponges out and giving it a clean.
Nature Walking Club
Our nature walking club combines residents' love of nature whilst learning something new. Each week we go out in to the garden to explore the wildlife and nature and learn about the various species of flowers, trees and wildlife that live in the garden.
We are lucky to have some birthing ewes within the grounds and whilst out on our nature walk, we learnt about the lamb's life, its feeding regime and how the farmer identifies each lamb to its mother.
Residents were able to cuddle and feel the softness of the lambs wool and help feed the lamb. For one resident, this was particularly meaningful, having lived on a farm nearly all her life and being able to be a part of that experience again was just wonderful.
Be Free Young Carers
Residents and team members have been cycling alongside their sister home, Southerndown, to support a cyclethon challenge, raising money for Be Free Young Carers.
During the course of the challenge, the home will be cycling 124 miles. Residents have had great fun cycling on the YouBike and following a virtual countryside video, which really gives them motivation to cycle those few extra miles.
Later in the week, we had a Hawaiian-themed party to celebrate the arrival of Southerndown on their first leg of the journey, enjoying delicious fruit smoothies, fruit cocktails and refreshing with fresh fruit skewers.
Residents spent the morning reminiscing about Mother’s Day and how times have changed through the years, all whilst enjoying a sherry before lunch.
Throughout the morning, the home gifted several afternoon tea boxes filled with sandwiches, fresh scones, brownies, fruit tarts, chocolate and sweets to our community.
The residents enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea and music and were delighted to have received a chocolate bouquet from Bealey’s Bouquets as a special gift.