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

Dementia Care Champion

Nicola Woods was crowned as the national winner in the Dementia Care Champion category at the 2020 Barchester Care Awards, held virtually on 8th October.

The awards celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile for the benefit of residents and patients living in Barchester care homes and independent hospitals. 

More than 2,800 nominations were received from homes, residents, staff and relatives across the UK this year, which is nearly 1000 more than was received last year. Nominations were sent in by Barchester staff, but many more were also from residents and their families who have praised the fantastic care provided to their loved ones.

All entries have been of a very high standard, and Nicola is thrilled to have been declared as the national winner!

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Memory Lane Finalists for the Great British Care Awards

Memory Lane Finalists for the Great British Care Awards

Today we celebrated our wonderful Memory Lane Team who are Finalists in the Great British Care Awards for Care Team of the Year 🎉

All of us at Barchester are wishing them the best of luck!

The Winners will be announced in April 2021

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Nicola Woods, National Winner of BCA Dementia Champion

Today was a very special day at Chalfont Lodge as we celebrated the 2020 Barchester Care Awards

We are so proud to see our very own Unit Manager of our Memory Lane Community, Nicola Woods in the final, who won the South Divisional Dementia Champion and was up against four others in the finals.

We are over the moon to announce that Nicola has been crowned the National winner of the Dementia Champion awards

Nicola won the award for going above and beyond in her role and her person-centred philosophy for those living with dementia.

We’re all so proud of you Niki, Well done!

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

This year, as with most things, Macmillan was a little different. The residents at Chalfont Lodge had previously raised money with an attic sale earlier in the year and wanted to donate this to Macmillan nurses as they couldn’t raise money in the normal way.

So it was decided by the residents to give a selections of Victoria sponge cakes and chocolate fairy cakes to Gerrard’s Cross Fire Service as a way to thank them for the work they do for the local community.

Raj Boodhoo General Manager at Chalfont Lodge Care Home, said: “The residents were really keen that we still support Macmillan as it is such a fantastic charity, we just had to be a little more creative this year.”

Staff from Chalfont Lodge went to hand deliver the selection of home-made cakes to the fire service who said: ‘You have really brightened up our day, and thank you to all the staff at Chalfont Lodge for all their hard work as well!

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Dressing our home

Its always such fun dressing our home for forthcoming events and seasons.  Here at Chalfont the staff and residents have enjoyed getting the home ready for Autumn  by making seasonal displays.  They just look gorgeous.

Balance Awareness Week

This week for balance awareness week our Physiotherapy Team created an exercise programme for our residents & for staff! All exercise help with steadiness and overall help mental & physical wellbeing. We have a videos on our Facebook!”

Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.