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 Cheshire Grange Care Home
Creativity blooms in the sun!
A relaxing afternoon was had painting flower plaques in the sun. Earlier in the week we had made the plaques by pressing flowers into wet clay shapes and then letting them dry out leaving a relief print. As the sun shone we had a little production line going painting them in summery pastel shades so they could be hung in residents rooms.
Those special moments
Along with the organised scheduled activities, of which there have been several this month, American Independence Day, Bastille Day, World Chocolate Day and Wimbledon, all of which have been celebrated with various delicious food and drink, games quizzes and lots of conversation, the moments that make the most impact are those special moments that make us and the ladies and gents whose home Cheshire Grange is smile the brightest. The balcony area is blooming at this time of year and to see a lady make her way out to smell her favourite coloured flower was heart-warming, as was seeing another lady chatting away to Eunice, one of our empathy dolls, making sure these moments are available to all our ladies and gents is very important and there are many ‘smile’ moments throughout every day.
Beside the Seaside
We had a fun-filled afternoon as we celebrated all that is the great British Seaside. We watched a virtual Punch & Judy Show and sang along to summer songs, including 'We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday', whilst eating ice cream and homemade candy floss. We finished off the afternoon off with a fish & chip supper. There was much reminiscing about residents' seaside adventures from their childhood days and also as parents.
Tune into radio Cheshire Grange
We thought for Best Friends Day we would ask families and loved ones to send in song request with dedications to play on ‘Radio CG’ this was where Alexa came in very handy and we read out the requests DJ style. We had a great variety of music requested from The Mikado to Bob Marley with many in between including Enya, Queen, Abba, Billy Joel and classical pieces. The residents loved hearing their songs which triggered lots of memories for them along with the messages from home. This was so successful we kept the play list, and continue to will add to it, and use a lot of the music as a background with our ladies and gents recognises tunes that they loved.
Lymm really does rock!
Once again Cheshire Grange have been overwhelmed by the generosity of their local community, the group Lymm Rocks, who paint pebbles and hide around the village for people to find, made a special delivery. Residents were delighted to have been given enough exquisitely painted pebbles reflecting residents interests and messages of warmth and love, for each resident to have one. It was decided that these pebbles were too beautiful not to share so a pebble garden was created allowing everyone to enjoy them along with visitors when they return. They have certainly added another dimension to our garden walks.
A Special Gift
Local company, KB Occasions, recently sent a special thank you to the care team at Cheshire Grange. 31 individually wrapped gift bangs and balloons were delivered to the home filled with sweet treats, bath bombs, candles, face packs and other treats as a thank you for the care given to her grandfather as a thank you for all that they do.