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
Beautifully manicured nails
Evelyn, Jayne and Joan were thoroughly spoilt and enjoyed having their nails manicured at Collingtree Park. We started by soaking their hands in warm water. Then we cleaned, cut and shaped their nails. This was followed with nail polish in a colour of their choice and ended with a well earned hand massage. It was so relaxing they nearly went to sleep.
An outing to Bell Plantation
Pamela, Maureen and Eileen were very excited to go out in the Collingtree Park minibus. We visited Bell Plantation in Towcester for a little retail therapy. Pamela bought a gift for one of her grandchildren and then we enjoyed ‘Ladies do lunch’. Residents discussed all sorts of things while enjoying a light meal and said they had the most wonderful time. The weather held out while we went for a walk around the grounds and luckily we were back in the minibus before the rain and hailstones arrived.
Getting busy on World Bee Day
It was lovely to see Maureen, Margaret, Isobelle, Jill and Betty enjoying a craft session. They painted and decorated bumble bees for our ‘World Bee Day’ display at Collingtree Park.
A trip to Abington Park
We are over the moon that we can take residents out in the Collingtree Park minibus again. We took James and Graham to Abington Park where they enjoyed the space, fresh air and a lovely ice cream from local company, Gallone’s. We are delighted to be enjoying these simple pleasures again.
Thinking about our feathered friends
At Collingtree Park we had a quiz all about birds. This was a great way to get our memories active. All together we came up with a list of 69 bird species that we had seen or heard of, either at home or on trips to wildlife parks or holidays abroad. Noel did particularly well and was top of our class.
Enjoying fish and chips in the garden
Residents enjoyed fish and chips on Friday. Not quite beside the seaside, but it was a lovely day, and sunny enough to enjoy the lovely garden at Collingtree Park.
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!