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
We are lucky to have two lovely sisters living at Challoner House. Recently, one of them celebrated her birthday, and was joined by her family in the visiting suite. She has had a lovely day and feels lucky to be able to spend it with her family.
One of our residents and his family was very grateful to be able to book a slot in our visiting pod for his granddaughter's wedding day. The family turned up in their wedding attire and was able to raise a glass to the happy couple.
Residents at Challoner House are very lucky, as we have some very talented staff working here, who put on a lovely musical concert of Christmas songs played on the clarinet and trombone. The residents enjoyed singing along. They had Buck's Fizz and sherry on arrival and Christmas party food to finish off the concert.
Christmas Jumper Day
Staff all dressed up in their Christmas jumpers to raise funds for Save the Children. Even some of the residents got involved by wearing Christmas accessories.
Our residents enjoyed a morning of decorating Gingerbread houses and making some lovely festive biscuits whilst reminiscing about when they used to bake with their children and grandchildren. It was followed by singing some lovely carols.
Some residents at Challoner House decided it was time to get festive and wanted to put up and decorate one of the Christmas trees. They sorted all the branches and, with a little help, they had the tree up in no time. It looks absolutely perfect!