Meet our Activities Coordinator, Alex Perkins
Hi, my name is Alex and I'm the Head of the Activities 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 and 5 years later I'm Head of the department.
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 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 Chalfont Lodge Care Centre
Residents had a spectacular Ukulele Christmas performance from four of our lovely staff. The idea came from our talented Music Therapist Louise Hamer, who wanted to do something extra special this year.
Louise has spent the last 6 weeks teaching a number of our staff members to play Christmas songs on the Ukulele. A massive thank you to Louise the Music Therapist, General Manager Raj, Mansukh our Physiotherapist & Louise from the Activities team who played their music for our residents and staff. We all enjoyed the festive music they played for us!
Acts of Kindness from our community
Our residents would like to say a massive thank you to one very special member of our community, Miche Symons. Miche and a group of her friends from the village have been sending us wonderful cards for the residents with kind Christmas wishes. Everyone at Chalfont Lodge was stunned by their generosity when they turned up with presents for the residents too!
Big Barchester Quiz
We got into the Christmas spirit by joining a virtual afternoon of festivities along with the staff and residents at over seventy Barchester care homes across the south of England, Jersey and the Isle of Wight.
Our staff and residents pulled out all the stops by dressing up in their glittery Christmas best to link up with all the other care homes in the south of the country for a whole host of different fun activities culminating in the Barchester Big Quiz of the Year. When they weren’t quizzing, residents enjoyed a feast of festive foods prepared by the home’s chef, Greg Gadziala.
General Manager, Raj Boodhoo said: “We’ve had a year like no other so we wanted to ensure the Christmas celebrations for our residents and staff were an extra special treat. ‘Meeting up’ with the other homes virtually has given them all such a boost. We’ve all had so much fun letting our hair down, everyone really enjoyed the afternoon.”
John Grapes, resident at Chalfont Lodge said: “It has been a lovely afternoon. It was wonderful to see everyone in all the other homes joining in. I really enjoyed the quiz”
Our Managing Director, Natasha Lazovic was extremely pleased with the event saying “The Christmas period is always a fantastic time of year for our residents and after the year we have all had, we wanted to supersize our festivities and come together for a good old-fashioned quiz, across all of our homes. It has been a great opportunity for us as residents, staff and management to come together to test our general knowledge, have some fun with 1000’s of residents and colleagues and with vaccinations now in full swing in our homes - raise a toast to a bright 2021”
Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active, and provides a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities.
Vaccination for Covid underway!
Chalfont Lodge staff were delighted to be invited to have the vaccination at Chalfont & Gerrards Cross Hospital, which has lifted everyone’s spirits after what has been a very challenging year for everyone.
General Manager, Raj Boodhoo said: “We’ve had a year like no other and the vaccine feels like the light at the end of the tunnel. Our teams have been magnificent in how they have risen to every challenge during this pandemic and we are proud to play our part in this next phase to ensure the most vulnerable are protected.”
Sue Henry, staff member at Chalfont Lodge nursing home said: “I am so pleased to be given the vaccine. It will help to keep our residents safe, and is the first step in getting things back to normal and having a buzz of visitors in the home once again.”
Christmas Fun Day
Everyone at Chalfont Lodge enjoyed playing a range of different festive games all planned by our wonderful Physiotherapy Team.
Mansukh Chander and Pedro Bras filled the room with prizes and we played a series of different games including; a present wrapping competition, pin the nose on Rudolf, toss a hoop, Limbo and ‘guess the Carol’ with Louise Hamer our Music Therapist on her Violin to name a few!
After a different type of Festive season this year, the Christmas Fun Day was a massive success.
This week we got crafty and decided to have a go at making some festive wreaths!
Shrove Tuesday – 16th February
We will serve delicious pancakes for dessert at lunch from our pancake bar! Topping including lemon, sugar, strawberries, bananas, chocolate, caramel sauce and whipped cream
Valentines Day Sunday - 14th February
To celebrate Valentine’s Day we will be holding an arts & crafts session in the morning to make some cards as well as some romantic poetry readings
Chinese New Year – Friday 12 February
Residents will see the home decorated for Chinese New Year & we will be doing a talk on Chinese culture followed by an oriental feast at lunch!
Burns Night - Monday 25th January
This year we will be celebrating Burns night by dedicating our poetry club to Robert Burns. We will also be having Scottish treats of haggis, neeps & tatties and a wee dram of whisky!
International Flower Day - Tuesday 19th January
Residents will be creating arrangements with fresh flowers to brighten rooms around the home, spring is not too far away!
Martin Luther King Day - Sunday 17th January
Resident can join in a discussion on the life of Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
World Religion Day - Saturday 16th January
For world religion day residents will learn some fund facts and have a quiz about religions plus tasting and exploring different religious food!