Meet our Activities Coordinator, Vicky Davison
I was an activities coordinator at Challoner House for 4 years before taking a year out to try new things, but soon realised my heart lies with supporting older people, so I stepped back into my position in 2019.
Alongside my work with my assistant, I organise the daily activities in addition to the larger events at the home. I enjoy getting to know the residents and try to incorporate their hobbies into the activities we plan.
I particularly enjoy spending one-to-one time with residents, as it allows me to get to know them and plan future activities around their interests. I also enjoy doing group exercises, as I feel this is an integral part of keeping residents active.
Activities at Challoner House
Our specialist activities staff are committed to organising a mix of activities and events for residents and the local community to get involved in, including trips out to local places of interest in our minibus and visits from entertainers and musicians. It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join with activities and events as often as they can.
Life at Challoner House Care Home
A History of Musicals
Residents were able to enjoy our first entertainer back into the home since the Covid restrictions. We had the lovely Roger from The Creative Talks company, who gave us a fantastic interactive talk on the history of musicals. Residents really enjoyed seeing Roger and singing along to his musical clips.
Local Pub Visit
Our residents had a lovely time visiting our neighbouring pub, The King Rufus. The staff was extremely welcoming to our group; residents said it was so nice to be able to get out and about enjoying a lovely pint in the beer garden.
Residents and staff had a lovely afternoon celebrating the Queens 95th birthday. The celebrations were a little muted this year due to the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh. Residents enjoyed raising a glass to Her Majesty at a lovely afternoon tea.
We are pleased to announce that we are now able to take our residents back out on the minibus following the change in government guidelines given out on 12th March. We have been enjoying trips to the New Forest and to Lee-on-the-Solent Seafront. Residents have been enjoying our travels.
The Power of Flowers
Residents of Challoner House really enjoyed a lovely sensory session with flower arranging. They enjoyed touching, smelling and talking about the beautiful flowers. They were even singing flower-themed songs and finished off with a flower-themed quiz.
Residents enjoyed a fun afternoon of playing fairground games. We played games such as tin can alley, target shootout and hoopla. It was nice to hear all the stories from residents about their childhood memories at the funfair.