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. Before 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
Mind, body and soul
Residents at Crabwall Hall have a varied life enrichment programme to keep the mind, body and soul active. A popular group activity bringing everyone together each day in the morning and afternoon.
High on the agenda and lots of fun is ‘Bat-a-balloon”. An air filled balloon is hit between the residents using a sponge baton, or their hands….and even legs. The laughter and fun this session produces is priceless. Another popular game is carpet bowls which really gets the competitive juices flowing and the residents are very good at it.
Activities to stimulate the senses
Who doesn’t love the sight, scent and feel of freshly cut flowers around the home. Once a month, Residents of Crabwall Hall bring in a huge selection of fresh flowers, and residents have a lovely time trimming them down, designing their arrangements and they dot them around the home for everyone to enjoy. The session brings alive all the senses with beautiful scent given off by the flowers, the feel of them and the beautiful colours are enjoyed by all.
Games at Crabwall hall
Our residents love to get together in our bright garden room for various activities after their lunch. One of their favourites is sitting with their friends with a nice cup of tea for various games including Connect Four, Dominoes and Draughts. These particular games stimulate and improve eye and hand co-ordination, strategic thinking and also bring o0ut the competitive nature of some! The amount of laughter and chatting that goes on too is very important for our residents emotional welfare.
For some residents at Crabwall Hall the long awaited reunion with family and friends became a reality recently, as garden visits have now been allowed to commence at the home. It was welcome news to so many residents, family, and friends, who were kept apart for so long following strict government guidance. Residents and their loved ones got together in the home garden and the garden was fully of joy and chatter.
Kirsty Jones, General Manager at the home, said: “This has been a much welcomed development in what have been very strange times. The visits are safe and organised, and it was wonderful to see how happy it made the residents. We will of course endeavour to keep up the high standards of care, and continue with our ever evolving life enrichment programme, to keep residents engaged. But this was a lovely day.”
Jean Dennett resident at Crabwall Hall said: “The staff here have been so wonderful and generous with their time, keeping us busy and entertained, especially showing us how to use video calls, but nothing beats seeing my family in real life. This was a special moment, and I was over the moon.”
Life’s a picnic
Crabwall Manor went all out as part of National Picnic week with a mouth-watering take away from their local chippy, for a small group of residents. The dining tables were decked with fresh crisp linen, glasses of wine and soft music playing in the background to add to the ambience. Residents tucked into delicious chicken and chips with a side of mushy peas. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!.
Not to miss out, others were treated to a very special ‘Teddy bears’ picnic in our lounge area. For those residents it was a picnic lunch on their ‘laps’ and Resident Jean attended tucking into the tasty buffet that the homes chef, Ian had laid out for them.
Home celebrates Carers week
Residents of Crabwall Hall recognise the team as part of carers week. The homes residents got busy writing, decorating cards and making small pretty bundles of sweets for all of the team as way of a big thank you to the whole team.
The small selection of sweets were wrapped in yellow voile and sealed with yellow ribbon. There were also bundles of chocolate with hand decorated book marks, all decorated by our small group of residents.
The parcels were put into a pretty basket and left in reception with the cards and a note.