Meet our Activities Coordinator, Laura Marshall
My name is Laura and I am the Head Activities Coordinator here at Cookridge Court. I have worked in care since 2014 and get so much satisfaction out of knowing I have made a difference to people’s days and have filled the home with a sense of community and happiness. We have created a wonderful culture within our home and we work together to give residents the best possible experience. We are here to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active and ensure we all know each residents' preferences so that we can deliver a person-centered program of events and activities. The strong relationships we build with our residents, their families and friends is essential to our homely feel.
We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.
Life at Cookridge Court Care Home
Residents mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day
We all joined together for the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ and two minute silence to say thank you to fellow veterans who were also their friends and family.
We also marked the day by creating our very own ‘Street Party’! The grounds were decorated with bunting and the kitchen team provided a delicious barbeque and we even installed our very own drinks bar where the residents could choose from mocktails and cocktails aplenty! All came together to then enjoy singing along to some war time classics including the very poigniant ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn.
It was so lovely to see the residents enjoying the sunshine and having fun together whilst making sure to adhere to social distancing rules. Many of our residents have very clear memories of the Second World War and it is important for us to learn about and understand their experiences, this is why we organised a day where people could relax and share memories together so their stories could be shared. it is a privilege to remember and also celebrate with them.
Domino’s Pizza kindly delivered 15 large pizza’s free of charge to say a big thankyou to us all and for all the hard work we are doing. It was such a lovely gift to receive and put a smile on all the team’s faces. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed tucking into them and we are so grateful, they really did brighten up our day. Thank you.
Rainbow of Happiness
To spread some hope, happiness and positivity throughout our home and community, Amanda in our activities team came up with the idea of creating a rainbow from love hearts. With social distancing measures in place, our activities team helped the residents paint the hearts with the colours of the rainbow, cut them out and then display them on our front door for all to see. We’ve had lots of lovely compliments from team members and health care professionals coming in to the home and our Head Housekeeper, Anna Hanlon said: “The rainbow really lifts moods as you enter the building, helping you prepare for a pleasant day ahead.”
Easter cake competition regional winners!
Cookridge Court have been crowned winners of the Barchester’s annual Easter Cake competition, the homes chef, Sinead Ruddock won the chef’s category in the regional heats for the North Division! The annual competition by the hospitality team see’s categories for residents and chefs from all homes each compete to take the accolade. It was a team effort with chef, Sinead baking the kitchen in the kitchen and once cooled bringing it to Residents to help decorate. With social distancing measures in place the home held a small group who interacted and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Sinead Ruddock & the activity team member’s Amanda Battensby and Tom Potter worked with the residents to create their winning design. Resident, Jean Harrison really enjoyed herself taking part in the baking and happily shared her love of baking with stories from when she lived at home and how it was lovely bringing back memories to her. Everyone all had such a wonderful afternoon producing their masterpiece.
Postcards and Letters from our Community
During the current climate our team are working hard to ensure our residents’ spirits are kept high. We have been overwhelmed with the support from our community, receiving letters, post cards, pictures and artwork from. The activities team have been working alongside the residents, assisting them with replying to the lovely letters and starting a pen pal scheme within our local community. The pictures and postcard’s and colourful pictures from the children have really brightened up our days. Our residents have loved writing their replies and have even gotten creative with some poetry! Thank you so much, we really are grateful for everyone’s support.
Easter Party Hatched at Cookridge
We had an amazing time celebrating Easter this year by enjoying an eggs-tensive range of activities, from bonnet making, decorating eggs and then relishing in an Easter tea party accompanied by a tipple or two! Residents also tucked in to their delicious Easter nests which they’d spent the afternoon baking themselves.
As always, we’ve all been looking forward to Easter. It’s such a nice time of the year – the residents love all the colourful Easter eggs and getting creative with their bonnet making. Now more than ever we need to keep spirits high and it really was an eggs-cellent day!