Meet our Activities Coordinator, Jo Eland
After originally starting at Cheshire Grange in May 2015, I'm delighted to be back in the role of Activities Coordinator. It is a privilege to be in this role and spend time, getting to know our ladies and gentleman and their loved one, whilst doing all the fun things that can make such a difference to their days.
Activities at Cheshire Grange
The activities team are constantly striving to meet the varied needs of everyone who lives in our home, offering a wide range of group and individual social events. There are regular visits from entertainers, along with craft activities, baking, games & puzzle days and pampering sessions, which fill the week. However, we can always find time for outings and just spending that little bit of special time with residents who enjoy the peace and quiet. We aim to bring the activities to the individual, whilst making it a whole home experience.
Life at our home
There was plenty of glorious food to enjoy, during the festivities. The kitchen delivered an excellent Christmas Day dinner which was enjoyed by residents, families and staff at the festively set tables, as well as this we had three trips out, one joining the members of Hillcliffe Baptist Church for their community Christmas lunch and then two trips for lunch at The Statham Lodge Hotel with family members joining us for a bite to eat and a little bit of festive cheer.
On Christmas Eve, at our Night Before Christmas celebration we all enjoyed the Christmas cake that Richard our chef had made and the residents had decorated earlier in the month and there was no shortage of spiced shortbread and mince pies over the holiday period.
A Very Magical Christmas
Bells were jingling, Rudolph’s nose was glowing and there was plenty of carolling throughout Cheshire Grange, with visits from Brownies & Beavers, Cherry Tree Primary School and All Saints Church as well as our favourite entertainers.
In amongst all this musical wonderment we made a special evening trip to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester to The Clic Sargent Children’s Cancer Charity Christmas Concert, where a residents wife was singing in the choir.
Home Celebrates Good CQC Rating
Cheshire Grange Care home, on Booths Hill Road in Lymm passed a recent Care Quality Commission inspection with an overall “Good” rating after being praised for a responsive, safe, effective, caring and well-led service.
The CQC inspected the home on the 1st, 4th and 23rd October 2019 (the report was released on the 27th November 2019 and rated the home, run by Barchester Healthcare, as “Good” overall.
The report stated that staff knew people well and it was evident from their interactions with people that positive relationships had been formed. Comments included “Plenty of Banter” and “Definitely a caring service”.
We Will Remember
It was with great pride that we welcomed members of Thelwall Royal British Legion to lead our Armistice Day service, along with a bugler who played the Last Post, before the two minute silence. Residents from both communities laid poppy wreaths and family members read poems.
Residents, families and friends, along with staff and their children, enjoyed a gentle firework display on a beautiful dry evening, followed by hot chocolate and homemade parking.
We celebrated Halloween by having a Children’s Fancy Dress Party, we invited staff members, children and residents' grandchildren and great grandchildren to join in the fun, including Musical Scary Faces, Pass the Parcel and Musical Goosebumps.
The residents enjoyed seeing the children in their costumes and watching them play their games. The children had a great time and enjoyed tucking into their Halloween feast.