Meet our Lifestyle Enrichment Coordinators, Lucy Perkins & Alex Perkins
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
Celebrating finalist in the Great British Care Awards
Chalfont Lodge Care Centre is celebrating with Razvan Nica who is through to the regional stages of the Great British Care Awards in the ‘Good Nurse’ category.
Razvan, Clinical Lead at Chalfont Lodge, has been recognised for his achievement in providing the best quality of care for his residents and supporting the team at the home
The London Regional Awards are part of the Great British Care Awards, a series of 9 regional awards celebrating excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards is to promote best practice within both the home care and care home sectors, and pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.
Raj Boodhoo, General Manager for Chalfont Lodge Care Centre said 'we are so proud of Razvan for doing so well reaching this stage of the competition and we hope he goes all the way!'
The awards will be held at the Hilton Hotel on Saturday 16th November 2019
Bewitching Tricks and Spooky Treats at Chalfont Lodge
Chalfont Lodge Care Centre was a den of ghoulish activity as the home’s spooky Halloween party got in to full swing.
Staff, residents and guests got in to the spirit of things with the in house Physiotherapy team promoting morning exercise for all physical abilities, proving rehabilitation can be fun when everyone gets into character!
General Manager, Raj Boodhoo cackled: “Our residents and staff love an opportunity to dress up and what better time of the year to do this than Halloween? We’ve had a whole range of tricks and treats for the people that live here and their guests today and we have all really enjoyed every moment of it!”
George, resident at Chalfont Lodge Care Centre said: “It has been a fun day. It was wonderful to see everyone go to so much effort to get in spirit. I really enjoyed seeing Maryia, one of the physio team dressed up as a witch and looked very realistic! ”
Wheat Sheaves for Harvest
This month we decided to make our own Wheat Sheaves for our Autumn Flower Festival. We are very proud of the designs, they turned out beautifully. We can’t wait for you to see our final creations in October!
Autumn Flower Festival
This month we held our second ever flower show at Chalfont Lodge, this time focusing on Autumn. We had a wonderful 11 residents who came forward and wanted to create a display. The weeks leading up to the event everyone thought of their theme, made a backdrop for their flowers, collected props and even made wheatsheaves to go alongside the displays.
The results where all outstanding. We would like to say a massive well done to everyone who worked so hard in making their displays, but a special mention to our winners!
For our Bronze award, winner for her creativity and use of colour – Tori & her ‘Other Worlds Sunset’ Display.
Taking home the Silver award was – Betty & her ‘Misty Sunrise’ display, with beautiful colours and splashes of yellow.
Finally, the Gold award went to – Lianne and her ‘Autumn Starry Nights’ – Lianne worked so hard, her wheatsheaves was beautiful and her use of Gypsophila to create little shining stars was so creative, we’d never seen anything like it.
Well done to all 3 of our winners!
Alex Perkins, Activities Coordinator, has recently been crowned as the national winner of the Community Engagement Award at the 2019 Barchester Care Awards that took place on the 3rd of October.
The judge for the category, Barchester’s Anna Shirley, said of Alex that “Alex is always looking for new opportunities to put the home on the map, and with utter belief that community engagement builds residents’ confidence Alex works tirelessly to engage in a plethora of community groups and activities, from the Chalfont Lodge art exhibition to Cruffs at Chalfont to Sports days there is something for everyone. Her art classes are renowned in the community and bring together all ages to create memories and nurture their inner Van Gogh. Alex even has an ‘adopt a grandchild’ scheme which is a fantastic example of an intergenerational initiative and something that she tells me is a big hit with the children and the residents.”
Anna continued, “I loved Alex’s energy for life and energy to make the resident’s at Chalfont front and centre of the community….something she is achieving in spades.”
Alex said of her win that, “I am very proud, and very honoured to be receiving this award. We work hard here at our home 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.”
Events & Activities in November
There are plenty of interesting activities planned throughout November here at Chalfont Lodge.
Need a venue?
We have a meeting room that is available to hire for free to members of the local community.
Tea and a Tour
Our General Manager and team would like to welcome you for tea and a tour of our home.
We would love you to come and join our fun and informal community choir.
Don't Dine Alone
We know that meal times can be a lonely time for some older people.