Meet our Activities Coordinator, Geoff Cowell
My name is Geoff and I have been working at Chester Court Care Home since 2015. My previous roles have included a school caretaker and running my own pub. Working in the care sector has been the most personally rewarding position I have ever held. My role as an Activities Coordinator ensures that residents have as much fun at the home as possible.
Activities at Chester Court
Our activities coordinator has been working in the home since April 2015. From the beginning, his aim was to make sure that residents felt they had something to look forward to each day. We have a varied activities programme, both in the home and in the community, and we always ask if there is anything different that residents would like to do. Residents and families approach our Activities Coordinator and comment on how much they enjoy what we do, which is a great reward to him personally.
Life at Chester Court Care Home
Residents get creative
Residents from Chester Court enjoy their regular art and craft sessions which look at supporting their creative ideas and encourage different methods of Art as they create their masterpieces.
This session is particularly popular with all and everyone thoroughly enjoys a get together with a cuppa and a slice of delicious cake. Arts and crafts is one of the many activities held as part of the homes life enrichment programme as the home believe in offering engaging and stimulating activities is an important part in maintaining a great quality of life for our residents.
Fun in the sun
Residents at Chester Court had a great afternoon freelance dancing around the may pole and taking advantage of the glorious sunshine. Residents regularly enjoy gentle therapeutic armchair exercises to music, which everyone really enjoys and took the fun outdoors to the homes garden for an afternoon of fun.
Everyone joined in to create different sequences, which were really easy to follow and the Residents had a great time participating, they especially loved the props, commenting: “That was so much fun! I used to go to dance school and this activity reminded me of that.”
Let there be bears!
The residents of Chester Court have been very lucky to receive lots of lovely mail and gifts from the local community, and were delighted to receive their new friends from the home's local Samaritans branch in the form of Sams Bears. The bears are to help anyone know that they are not alone during this unprecedented period.
Messages of Love
Residents at Chester Court, with support from the care team, have found a sweet way to stay in touch with their families and friends during the coronavirus outbreak (despite not being able to have visitors) by writing postcards home to their loved ones. The postcards are enabling residents in a very touching way to let their friends and families know they are doing okay at this difficult and uncertain time.
It is vitally important that we ensure that our residents can remain in contact with their family and friends during this time. New technology is great for this purpose, and Skype and FaceTime is available, but of course, a good old fashioned letter is just as welcome!
A Fresh Delivery
Residents and colleagues at Chester Court were delighted to answer the door to accept a special treat from their local Morrison’s stores. The bags were laden with refreshing treats, from flavoured teas, coffees, biscuits and more for everyone to take a few moments to enjoy a refreshing break. The gesture is in recognition of the homes hard working, dedicated team supporting residents during this difficult period.
On behalf of Chester Court, residents and colleagues would like to pass on their gratitude for being considered at this time of uncertainty, and hope everyone stays safe and well.
Messages of Kindness
Staff at Chester Court reached out to the community as part of their extended social network to seek pen-pals of all ages to remain connected during the current coronavirus crisis.
One heartfelt message received from a resident's family member was swinging in the wind, which is visible from his allotment adjacent to the home, it states: 'Thank You Carers and Support Staff, Stay Safe Everyone, Looking Forward to seeing you all soon, You are ALL amazing. heartfelt message. One colleague said “It was very touching to receive such a lovely message'.