Meet our Activities Coordinators, Michelle & Yvette
As a team, we are very passionate about improving the quality of life for the residents who live here at Collingtree Park.
We have relaunched the 'Life Histories' project, which has been a huge success, and we have been awarded a 'Best Practice' recommendation for our work. Life Histories has helped us learn more about the individual residents we care for, and this not only aids us with the improvement of our person-centred care, but is a great way to reminisce on a one-to-one level.
In 2018, we opened our ‘Village Life’ room on Memory Lane, which was featured in the local newspaper. We also launched our Memory Café, which is hosted in our Village Life room on the first Thursday of every month.
We have many upcoming projects at Collingtree Park and can't wait to share them with you!
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
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.
Our residents enjoyed the fruits of their labour after planting tomatoes seeds earlier on in the season and watching them grow inn the raised beds where they also planted different flowers and hanging flower pots, making the garden even more beautiful to look at.
100th Birthday Surprise
It was great to see Joan with her family who had driven all the way from Devon to spend some time with her on this very special birthday. Joan received her card from Her Majesty, and over 24 cards from friends and family. The residents joined in with the in the celebrations, wearing their headdresses that they had made beforehand. Joan took all this in her stride!
Residents really enjoyed remembering some of their favourite moments with their best friends growing up. It was so lovely to see their faces light up when talking about their friendships over the years!
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
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!