Meet our Activities Coordinator, Angela MacQuillin
I have been the Lifestyle Manager for Cherry Blossom manor Since October 2014. Before this I worked for the local authority for 12 years as part of a team for behaviour support and child protection.
I am a sociable person and, between my family and work, I can be found hanging out with friends or volunteering in local groups.
My role within the home involves promoting independence and well-being for residents, family and staff. This is done by meeting their mental, physical and social needs.
Activities at Cherry Blossom Manor
Activities at Cherry Blossom Manor are delivered using the whole home approach, where there is never a dull moment. Our Activities team take great care to make sure that our residents, resident’s families and staff’s physical, mental, and social well-being are taken into account. Whether it is a group session or a personal-centred activity you can be certain it is meeting a need.
We have our regular activities such as Scrabble Club, Bingo, Zumba, Gardening Club, Movie Time, family support meetings, Residents meetings and many more. We are also known for our theme days where the whole home likes to dress up. We have even been known in the past to go for a drive in the minibus in our costumes!
Life at Cherry Blossom Manor Care Home
Hair at the Home
Due to no mobile hairdresser being allowed in our homes, Activities Assistant, Emma, (also a qualified hairdresser), set to work on our residents' hair. Residents went in our salon as one person and came out another…
Residents at Cherry Blossom Manor wanted some gym equipment to use over the cold months. With this in mind, the lifestyle team put out a request to the local community for their help.
The offers made were so fantastic that we were able to turn our puzzle lounge into a fitness room. Risk assessments were put in place by the lifestyle team and nurses; the maintenance team freshened up the room with paint; the housekeeping team cleaned the carpets, curtains and upholstery; and the admin Team added the little touches that you find in a gym, such as towels, mints and water to keep hydrated.
We had an opening celebration, where manager, Gigi, said a few words and resident, Herta, cut the ribbon.
Residents and staff decorated the front of the home the day before Halloween. On the day, we had a pumpkin competition, where residents, staff and the local community were invited to share their pumpkins. We also had a Halloween-themed quiz, which was created by one of our volunteers, Mr. Ian Josey.
Birthdays at Cherry Blossom Manor
We celebrated 2 birthdays here recent at Cherry Blossom Manor: George's, a resident on our Silchester unit; and staff member, Christina, the Head of Memory Lane.
Happy birthday to you both!
A Generous Donation
This is just one piece of equipment that has been donated by our lovely community, which has allowed us to make our Roses lounge into a gym for our more abled residents.
Care Awards Celebration
Residents and staff celebrated with Alison Mather, the Regional Winner of Administrator of the Year award for the Barchester Care Awards 2020.
The tags on the bottle were a special gift from Sassy Steve, a caricaturist who used to visit the residents and staff occasionally. On hearing that Ali, one of his favourite Administrators, had won a Care Award, Sassy Steve immediately got on board for her Surprise celebrations. With help from the homes lifestyle team, Steve drew a picture of Ali and bailey, incorporating her favourite time of year: Halloween.
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Come along to enjoy a friendly chat over a hot drink, biscuits and cake.
Don't Dine Alone
We are inviting local elderly people to join us for fish and chips on Fridays. Meal times are between 12:30 and 13:30.