Meet our Activities Coordinator, Maria Martinez-Sanchez
I have been part of the Cheverton Lodge family since September 2016.
My role is to ensure that our residents live life to their fullest and provide them with a varied and enriching programme of events including shopping events, gin tasting, history talks, art lessons, gardening clubs and much, much more.
I also see my role as an advocate for all of our residents in their local community here in Islington and ensure to bring community groups into the home as well as maintaining relationships outside of Cheverton Lodge
Every day I try to go that extra mile for every resident and that gives me such a buzz!
Activities at Cheverton Lodge
Our Activities Coordinators are committed to organising a mix of activities and events for residents and the local community to get involved in, including trips out to local places of interest in our minibus and visits from entertainers and musicians, as well as art therapy, flower arranging, Exercise to music and quizzes. It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these as they can, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join in with activities and events as often as they can.
Life at Cheverton Lodge Care Home
To make our Christmas Day even more special, we wanted to create beautiful table centrepieces. Luckily, our residents were keen to get involved, so it was all hands on deck during our floral arrangement activity.
Not only did our residents thoroughly enjoy themselves but they created beautiful arrangements which gave a special touch to our dining rooms.
Just like every year, Maria Arakie, Glen Wilson and pianist, Nicholas Bosworth from Connaught Opera, hosted one of our Christmas Concerts via Zoom, which was followed by a live chat.
Our residents really appreciated the audience participation, the great variety of songs and the fabulous sense of fun. One resident described their singing as “a burst of sunshine”.
After the call, we had a great discussion about the songs and the amazing expressions and emotions they had.
Food, glorious food! Just like your Christmas, food (and mulled wine!) are a focal point of our care home festive celebrations. For the big day itself, our talented chefs were set to pull out all the stops on Christmas day to ensure the veggies were prepped, the turkey was basted to perfection and the home was filled with the aroma of mulled wine! Our residents enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding and whipped cream or brandy butter for that extra bit of indulgence.
At Cheverton Lodge residents take part in exercising classes 3 times a week to keep strong and healthy. They particularly love playing with a giant beach ball and the stimulating parachute!
Residents enjoyed a cake experience, having the opportunity to taste 7 varieties of delicious cakes baked by our talented Head Chef.
The Kissing it Better charity is linking older people in care homes to the outside world through Zoom every week. This time was all about residents' memories about World War II when they were just kids.