Meet our Activities Coordinator, Michelle Hillery
Hello. I’m Michelle and I have worked at Collingtree Park since 2017 and thoroughly enjoy my role as an Activities Coordinator. I enjoy working with older people, chatting with them, playing games and seeing them smile and laugh. I like to provide a choice of events, activities and entertainment so that there is something for everyone. I feel a real sense of purpose in my role and am an organised and methodical person. I am compassionate and caring too, and I love talking about different topics and getting to know residents and their interests.
Activities at Collingtree Park
Our specialist activities staff 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. 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 Collingtree Park Care Home
Collingtree Park collaborated with the local students at Caroline Chisholm School, who were only too pleased to make poppies in memory of those who fought in both WW1 & WW2, to the delight and amazement of the residents; they were overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and time spent making individual poppies.
Residents enjoyed Halloween celebrations, then judging who they thought was the best dressed. It was a fun day!
World Food Day
Residents enjoyed trying different food from around the world made by our Kitchen staff. The staff also dressed up to represent different countries.
Residents had fun making the salt dough and making the bread shapes, feeling the dough in their fingers. We then went out in the garden to collect conkers and leaves, looking at all the different colours.
Our display in reception goes alongside our food collection, which we will be donating to the local church to distribute.
This year’s Memory Walk, in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, took place on Friday 18th September. We decided to do things differently this year due to the COVID-19 circumstances.
Therefore, we all enjoyed a socially distanced stroll around our beautiful flowered garden. We could not have wished for a better day; the sun was shining and the residents enjoyed a cup of tea and cakes, then they released some biodegradable balloons with personal messages on to remember those who have gone, but are not forgotten.
109th Birthday Celebrations
We were all delighted to be celebrating a truly remarkable lady as she reached this amazing milestone of 109 years old, making her (we believe) the oldest person in Northamptonshire.
Her family and friends came to visit her and even came from as far as Scotland just to see her on this special day and spend time with her.
Don't Dine Alone
We know that meal times can be lonely for some older people.
Our Memory Café is a new support network for carers in the community and their loved ones who are dealing with dementia.
Enjoy some tasty and nutritious food at our monthly lunch club!