Meet our Activities Coordinator, Carolyn Minchew
I have worked at Crabwall Hall since 2017. I started at Crabwall as a carer, working through day shifts before transferring to the activities team 6 months later. In January 2021 I progressed to Head of Activities. Prior to joining Crabwall Hall, I was a production manager for a PPE manufacturing company based in Runcorn.
Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.
Life at Crabwall Hall Care Home
Residents reconnect with indoor visiting
For residents at Crabwall Hall care home in Chester, the long awaited reunion with one family member has become a reality, as one single named visitor is now allowed to visit each resident in their bedroom.
There has been much anticipation of this moment by families and residents alike. Guidance was issued by the Government on March 4 and Barchester Healthcare, who run Crabwall Hall care home, is proceeding with a safe and cautious approach to visiting. Strict protocols are in place with all visitors required to have a negative Lateral Flow Device test result before being allowed into the home, and infection control measures and social distancing in place for every visit, with hand holding allowed but not recommended.
Despite the need for testing and social distancing, it was still welcome news for so many residents and their family members to be able to meet in the comfort of their bedroom. Residents and their children enjoyed getting together and catching up face to face.
Today our residents let their artistic juices flow with a Spring Themed Arts and Crafts Session in our bright sunny garden lounge.
Activity co-ordinator Carolyn collected leaves, flowers, shrubs and berries from the garden as a selection of things for the residents to sketch and colour in.
Residents had a selection of pencils, crayons, felt tip pens and the option of paints to colour their pictures. 1940’s tunes were played in the background as the sun shone and a beautifully pleasant session was had by all.
Below you can see Audrey with her beautiful picture of a daffodil and our resident retired Art Teacher Christine with her sketches of crocuses
Comic Relief Day
This year to help raise money for Comic Relief our home combined the fun of Red Nose Day with National Sleep Day and all staff came to work in their pyjamas. Some residents joined in too. Each person taking part donated £2.00 to the worthy cause and over £40.00 was raised.
After lunch residents joined in with fun and games including a blind folded game of “Stick the Red Nose on the Manager”. A laminated photo of Home Manager, Kirsty Jones was offered up to residents who then tried to get the red nose in place. We followed that with a game of throwing red noses into a basket. It was great fun and all residents taking part thoroughly enjoyed it.
Home shares heartful messages for Mother's Day
Residents at Barchester Healthcare’s Crabwall Hall Care Home, in Mollington, Chester, will be celebrating Mother’s Day with a daily initiative asking residents and the team what ‘Mother’s Day means to them’.
Staff at Crabwall Hall have arranged a pop-up photo booth in the home’s main reception area and are asking each person the question and taking a photo. Each day these posts will be shared to the homes social media page and sending to relatives by way of a personalised Mother’s Day message from their loved one.
Kirsty Jones, General Manager said: “We had such fun last month, with our “28 Days of Love and Happiness” for February, we decided to do a shorter version leading up to Mother’s Day. Our ladies will also be spoilt with a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea put on by our activities and hospitality teams on the day itself”.
Home keeps residents connected
Residents are overjoyed at Crabwall Hall care home in Mollington, as Barchester Healthcare has implemented a visiting suite for residents to continue to spend time with their loved ones for the autumn and winter seasons in addition to the outdoor visiting that has been on offer for those able for many months.
Balancing resident wellbeing and safety is at the forefront of Barchester Healthcare’s thinking and they understand how important it is for residents and their family and friends to be able to spend time together in the safest way possible.
There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment by Barchester Healthcare, who run Crabwall Hall care home. It was welcome news for their residents and family and friends as we enter the colder season meaning catch-ups can continue to take place, instead of, or in addition to, outdoor visiting already offered for those able.
Month of 'Love and Happiness'
At the beginning of February, we launched our month of ‘Love and Happiness’. We set up another photo booth in our reception area and asked residents and members of the team to tell us what ‘Love and Happiness’ means to them.