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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Hayley Helsdown, Lucy Perkins & Alex Perkins

I am Hayley. I have worked in the Lifestyle Team at Chalfont Lodge for 6 years.  I predominately support our Sunningdale community, offering group sessions in the Main Lounge in the morning and spend quality time with individuals of an afternoon.  I have a flair for creating items out of wool and felting personalised accessories for people to wear. 
I find my job extremely rewarding and see such a difference in the individuals I support by engaging them in meaningful, personalised activities. 

Hello, I’m Lucy, I have been at Chalfont Lodge for two years and there is a lovely community here with all the staff teams, residents and relatives working closely together supporting each other.  My main focus is working with people living in our Memory Lane Community who are living with dementia and I cannot imagine a more rewarding job. I spend my days supporting people, ensuring they are occupied and creating a home away from home.

Hi, my name is Alex and I work in the Lifestyle Team here at Chalfont Lodge. I originally started as a volunteer, but liked it so much I didn't want to leave, so I became a permanent member of the team. My favourite part of the job is getting to know the specific interests of the individual residents living in here and helping them continue it at Chalfont Lodge. I get to learn something new, and the resident gets to continue doing something they really love. It's a really great feeling to know you can make such a difference to someone's day.

Activities at Chalfont Lodge

Chalfont Lodge is a large care home and we have a diverse range of groups and events to ensure that everyone feels welcome and included. In the Lifestyle team we work hard to create a sense of community and ensure there is always someone to talk to and something to do. 

Our residents help us to plan the monthly lifestyle programme, making sure that everyone has something they like, enabling people to keep up with life long hobbies or pick up new ones. We have long term projects like our summer parties, car shows, BBQs, craft fairs, Christmas shows to mention a few and residents can be as involved as they would like in all stages of the planning or just come along and enjoy on the day.

We love going out on trips, to lunch, shopping or to socialise with other local groups, we also have many people who come into visit us with church services, music, talks and support for our bigger events.

We have a fantastic team of staff and every department is involved in making sure our residents get the most out of living here. We have a brilliant music therapist who works her magic 3 days a week, running group and individual sessions. Our Physiotherapy team keep everyone fit and active, working with us to make sure everyone has access to sports and team games.

We have a full programme groups, events and clubs but none of it would be possible without our residents and their families, we all work together to make this a home from home and to keep laughter and friendship at the heart of what we do.

Life at our home

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Morning Service

We had a lovely morning serviceby Reverand Wendy from St Peters Church. Wendy took the time to explain the embroidery on her vestments, talking about the flowers and leading our thoughts to Easter and the spring. We are very grateful to Wendy, who takes the time each month to come and give a service here, which many residents enjoy.

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Open Day

On Saturday 27th January, to enhance our open day, Birds of Prey brought in a selection of owls and falcons for us to behold. We all learnt a lot and residents and visitors alike were entranced by the amazing creatures.

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Employee of the Month - December

Louise Hamer was our Employee of the Month for December. She was nominated for her creative music therapy sessions at Chalfont, along with her fantastic arrangement of the Cinderella panto.

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Festive Family Fun Day

Santa came to visit all the children who came to our Festive Family Fun Day. We had a Cinderella panto and a magician to entertain both residents and children, but Santa was the star of the show.

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Phyl Turns 100

Resident, Phyllis, turned 100 in December, so, in addition to us throwing a surprise party for her, where she was joined by some of her closest friends and family members, she also received visits from two local school.

On the day before her birthday, around 10 girls from Beaconsfield High School arrived with a bag full of Christmas goodies and presents. They had an extra special bag full of around 30 cards, some of which were handmade, to congratulate Phyl on turning 100. Phyl was delighted and a little bit blown away by the generosity and kindness of the girls.

On Phyl’s 100th birthday, we received a visit from around 20 children from Chalfont St Peters Church of England Academy, who performed a mixture of songs from their Christmas performance, but were keen to sing a very special song for a very special lady, and finished their performance by singing 'Happy Birthday' to Phyl.

Many of the children were keen to know what the secret is to live to 100 and were asking questions about Phyl's secret.

Overall, Phyl was in awe of all the gifts, cards and well-wishes she received from the children, and all those at Chalfont Lodge as well.  

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Congratulations, Rita!

Rita has was named the Best Ancillary Worker in the South East in the Great British Care Awards!

Everyone at Chalfont Lodge is so proud. Rita has dedicated over 18 years to Barchester and we can’t think of anyone more deserving. She will be going forward to the finals of the Awards in spring 2018 and we wish her every success. 

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Upcoming events

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Don't Dine Alone

We know that meal times can be a lonely time for some older people.

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Meet the Manager

We would like to invite you into our home to meet our General Manager, Amy Iddon and her team. There’ll be some delicious refreshments available, including sandwiches and scones with jam and cream.

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Community Singing

We would love you to come and join our fun and informal community choir.

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Time for a cuppa

Enjoy a selection of delicious cakes along with a refreshing cup of tea or coffee. Try your luck at our charity raffle to be in with a chance of winning a luxury teatime hamper.

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