Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Activities Coordinator, Rachel Evans

My role as Activities Coordinator is focused on improving the quality of life for the residents. Activities make up the most important part of all our days – we ensure a variety that reflects the interests and capabilities of all the people we support. All group and individual activity is designed to not only mentally and physically stimulate the people we care for but to enhance their life skills and feelings of purpose and self-worth. This we achieve through a constantly updated activities program, one-to-one sessions with residents tailored to suit individuals' needs. We also offer a range of outings in our mini-bus.

This year I hope to build up our volunteer base by encouraging ties with the local community through events, trips, and building new friendships. My aim is to have something for everyone; from trips and music performances to simple conversations and manicure sessions. Everyone at Collingtree Park should feel like they are the most important person in the home.


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 our home

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Year of the Dog

We started our Chinese New Year celebrations by making our own lanterns. In the afternoon, one of our lovely housekeeping staff members shared with the residents her story of going to China on a charity walk a few years ago. We talked about the Chinese traditions and superstitions they believe bring you good luck. The day was finished up with a delicious Chinese-themed dinner with fortune cookies and a ‘red envelope’ for good luck.

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Helping Hands

Residents are always keen to help out around the home and love getting involved with everyday activities, such as folding the laundry, matching socks, setting the table for meals and even helping out housekeeping with a spot of dusting.

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The Sound of Music

Music is a very powerful emotional tool that can boost confidence and ease agitation, anxiety and distressing behavior. Music can also be used to create or enhance a mood; it has enormous potential, so it’s only natural that we try and make music part of everyday life here at Collingtree Park, from the music we listen too throughout meal times to the background music during other activities.

We also have many talented residents in the home and encourage them to share their skills with everyone as often as possible. Recently, the ladies sat down, relaxed and enjoyed listening to one of our talented residents play the piano, which could be heard across the home.

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Baking Cakes

We love baking cakes and talking about our favourite things to make in the kitchen. During our most recent baking session, we were joined by two mini volunteers, who seemed to love it just as much as we do!

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Village Life

Here at Collingtree Park, we are very lucky to have such a beautiful home. However, we had one room on our Memory Lane community that hadn’t been used for anything for two whole years. We decided this room needed to be giving back to the residents, so we sat down, brain-stormed ideas and we talked about the concept of making a common and familiar village surrounding for dementia residents.

Our main aim for the 'Village Life Project' was to create an indoor village that the residents could use whenever they liked. We included a post office and a post box, as well as a desk with letters and stamps. Our village also has a glamorous clothing shop corner with dresses, shoes, hats and bags.

The main attraction of this project is our ‘tea room’ – residents can sit and enjoy afternoon tea and cake in the beautiful vintage-style tea room that overlooks the golf course which surrounds the home.

We created this village by re-purposing items that were no longer in use within the home. We also went on a few shopping trips to charity shops to look for china cups, saucers and tea pots, which can be seen on display in the room.

From the 1st March and the first Thursday of each month thereafter, the village room will be hosting our Memory Café for friends, relatives and anyone in the community who would benefit from talks, activities and small training sessions based around our person-centred approach to dementia care.

So why not come along and experience a welcoming environment with support and advice from like-minded carers, friends and family members?

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New Year's Eve Celebration

The scene was set: there were tables laden with party hats, poppers and blowers, everyone was dressed in their best and excited for a fabulous evening. After enjoying a delicious buffet, the music and dancing began. We danced the night away, then Big Ben chimed and we raised a toast and welcomed in 2018 with a noisy rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

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Upcoming events

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Lunch Club

Enjoy some tasty and nutritious food at our monthly lunch club!

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Memory Café

Our Memory Café is a new support network for carers in the community and their loved ones who are dealing with dementia.

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