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 receive activity packs from Age UK
Residents at Chester Court were delighted to receive a supply of free activity gifts from their local Age UK branch, there has been plenty of art work and colouring going on, along with game of cards or two thrown in as part of the homes life enrichment programme and Residents would like to say a big thankyou to Age UK and look forward to sharing their art work soon.
Team members recognised for Long Service
A Registered General Nurse and Head Chef at Chester Court Care Home in Bedlington has received a prestigious 10 and Year Service Award in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for combined 30 years.
Maureen Atkinson, Registered Nurse (General) started at Barchester in October 2010 and Dawn Thompson, Head Chef who started in October 2000 and have worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.
Creative art session
Residents of Chester Court have been busy showing their creative sides and produced a selection of art work from union jacks to make bunting as part of the homes remembrance celebrations with General Manager, Sarah saying “everyone has done a good job”.
Residents had a little background music to spur them on as this listened to the sounds of the 60s and singing-a-long to popular hits, it was a great afternoon!
Residents get ready for Halloween
Residents and staff at Chester Court have been busy decorating the home ready for their Halloween party, Resident, John has been modelling witches hats whilst Joan was dusting away the cob webs. Everyone is looking forward to making Halloween treats for next week as part of the homes life enrichment programme.
Home host Gentlemen's Club
Residents at Chester Court enjoy a varied life enrichment programme to keep the mind, body and soul active. Each day there are popular group activities bringing everyone together along with individual Resident centred activities.
The home have launched their own ‘Gentlemen’s Club’ and the gentlemen came together to build models, talk engineering, read books and talk about their working life.
A 'blooming' afternoon fun
The ladies of Chester Court took advantage of the dry weather to pick flowers ready for an afternoon of flower arranging.
The ladies used their creative flair to create wonderful displays to decorate their rooms and communal areas of the home for all to see. It was a colourful session and conversation flowed as they talked about their favourite plants and flowers.