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
Suprise visit from Father Christmas
Residents and visitors enjoyed a special visit from Santa during the Christmas party at Chalfont Lodge, there was a party atmosphere all afternoon!
Santa had a busy day, lets hope the festive treats we all enjoyed kept him feeling jolly all evening
Beaconsfield High School bring the spirit of Christmas to Chalfont Lodge!
The Christmas spirit was back in evidence at Chalfont Lodge thanks to Beaconsfield High School pupils this week. Visiting every resident, the 23 pupils delivered presents continuing a festive tradition between the home and school.
Resident Hazel said: 'it was marvellous, my daughter used to go to the school and it was so nice to chat to all the girls about their lessons, two of the girls are going to be doctors so I wish them all the best! They're so kind and the fact they made one for all of us made me quite emotional'.
General Manager, Raj Boodhoo said: 'seeing the interactions across the generations was inspirational and I was impressed with all the efforts the whole school put in'.
Residents have sent thank you cards for every pupil who helped prepare a box.
HOUSEKEEPER CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH CHALFONT LODGE CARE CENTRE
A Housekeeper at Chalfont Lodge has received a prestigious Ten Year Service Award in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for 10 years.
Wilmar, now Housekeeper started at Barchester in November 2009 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.
Jane McFarlane, Employee Services Director at Barchester said: “I’m always pleased to hear stories about the long service of Barchester staff and am delighted Wilmar has achieved this milestone. It is dedication like this that ensures our residents are provided with a happy place to live.”
Raj Boodhoo, General Manager of Chalfont Lodge Care Centre said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating ten years of loyal service with Wilmar. He has demonstrated his dedication and loyalty to this home and its residents year after year. I speak for all of us here at Chalfont Lodge when I say that I’m looking forward to many more years of working with Wilmar!”
Feast of St Peter Christmas Fun Night
The Christmas Fun Night in Chalfont St Peter is a longstanding tradition in the village with the Market Place closed and stalls set up all along the High Street.
Chalfont Lodge was delighted to join other charities, community groups and businesses with a stall selling raffle tickets to support a local family with specialist equipment for their daughter and Christmas cards drawn and painted by residents during our Fine Art Classes. We spoke to visitors about the activities in the home including Don't Dine Alone at Christmas, the Community Choir and the Fine Art Classes which are all open for non residents to attend free of charge.
For more details please call the home on 01753 888 002 or email Chalfont.email@example.com
Big thank you to the organisers for arranging the event, local police, including Matt in our photo, for ensuring everyone's safety and the locals shops and businesses giving away food and drink to all their customers. We look forward to seeing you all again at the summer Feast Day!
JUMPER JOY AT CHALFONT LODGE CARE CENTRE RAISES FUNDS FOR CHARITY
Residents and staff at Chalfont Lodge in got into the charitable spirit by wearing a Christmas jumper on Friday 13th December in aid of Save the Children.
All residents and staff at Chalfont Lodge were encouraged to buy, borrow or decorate their own special Christmas jumpers and donate £2 to Save the Children.
Prizes were awarded for the best dressed resident and member of staff. Jack won the resident prize with Nicola, Head of Memory Lane winning the staff prize.
Raj Boodhoo, General Manager, said: “Today has been a whole lot of fun with some of the most outlandish Christmas jumpers I have ever seen! This event has really showcased the creativity and fun-loving spirit of all our residents and staff. We are proud to take part in Christmas Jumper Day and show our support for Save the Children.”
Christmas cards designed by Chalfont Lodge residents
Art classes are very popular with residents at Chalfont Lodge and weekly sessions are an opportunity for respite residents to return for the classes after they have gone home at no cost! In response to requests from residents for more personal Christmas cards this year, Alex Perkins our Activity Coordinator came up with the idea of printing the beautifully sketched and painted cards for visitors to buy directly from the home reception and raise money for charity.
Cards will also be available at the Christmas Fun Night in Chalfont St Peter on Friday 6th December when the Market Place will be closed to traffic and stalls in the street in addition to all the shops and businesses staying open till late. Come and meet the team on the Chalfont Lodge stall, find out about all our community events open for non-residents. The event officially starts at 6pm – we look forward to seeing you
Care Fees Planning Presentation
Join us on Thursday 13th February at 11am - 12noon for a free and friendly presentation. Our presentation offers legal and practical advice, along with guidance on Wills, Power of Attorney and…
Don't Dine Alone this Valentines
We know Valentine’s Day can be a lonely time for some people so we are inviting local older people to enjoy our great hospitality and a delicious three-course lunch, freshly prepared by out…
Learn about preventing falls for yourself or a loved one
Join us for a presentation on Falls Prevention and Awareness for the local community on Friday 24th January from 11am to noon.To reserve your place please call 01753 888002 or email Chalfont.…
Events & Activities in January
There are lots of fun activities planned throughout January here at Chalfont Lodge.
Join us on Saturday 18th January between 10am - 4pm for our special Saturday open day with entertainment and complimentary refreshments.
Meet the team, take a tour of our home and let us…
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. Every Wednesday from 12 noon at Chalfont Lodge, everyone welcome with complimentary refreshments
Don't Dine Alone
We know that meal times can be a lonely time for some older people.