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
Regular trips and ice-cream!
Our residents here at Crabwall Hall love Parkgate, with the beautiful views across the Dee Estuary, the various wildlife that can be seen, delicious fish and chips and the vast choice of the wonderful ice creams on offer from Nicolls’ Ice Cream Parlour.
This month we have made the short journey along the A540 numerous times with many of our residents. Almost all of them have been out at least once. Pat Bradly particularly loves the fish and chips, Trevor, Brian and Howard were delighted to cool down with ice creams and Trevor and Pat enjoyed a pub lunch at The Little Owl, another short journey in the opposite direction!
It’s so wonderful to be out and about with residents again, and the twice weekly trips are always a popular event.
It is of paramount importance that we encourage, help and monitor our residents to keep cool and hydrated at Crabwall Hall during these extreme weather periods. We are lucky here to have beautiful gardens and terraces (with parasols) for enjoying the sun, but also cool shaded driveways to shelter from it on short garden walks. Most residents are advised to stay indoors at the hottest times of the day and encouraged to venture outside early morning or late evening when it is much cooler.
Residents Pat, Monica and Audrey all enjoyed garden walks recently to see the beautiful flowers in bloom, but were relieved to get back inside to the cool lounge areas.
Residents cheer on England!
Crabwall Hall residents and staff got behind the whole of the UK as the Euro football tournament commenced. As the games went on, England ended up doing the best by reaching the final against Italy on Sunday 11th July at Wembley stadium.
The TV lounge was decked out in St George’s flags and many residents stayed up late to watch the final few games. Malcolm and Jean enjoyed a tipple whilst watching with carers Anne Collard and Vickie Murphy, whilst fellow resident Violet waved her flag in support.
Even though we did not win, residents and staff alike, enjoyed the tournament and believed that our England team did very well to make the progress they did.
World of Robots
We enjoyed a wonderful virtual introduction to the world of robots with V&A Dundee Curator, Kirsty Hassard.
Kirsty talked us through the history of robots and their early beginnings, the presentation traced the fascination of all things wired and wonderful and considered what the future might hold for our relationship with a multitude of mechanical machines.
It was absolutely thrilling to learn what robots can do now and what they might be able to do in the future.
Blenheim Palace gardens
We had a lovely time exploring the amazing gardens of Blenheim Palace through a virtual talk, hosted by the Historian - Antonia Keaney.
We enjoyed a virtual look at how the gardens at Blenheim have developed over the past 300 years - from the formality of Henry Wise through to the ‘natural’ landscape created by Capability Brown and beyond.
Everyone was very impressed by the many jewels hidden within the 150 acres of beautiful gardens.
Inside Dartmoor Zoo
We were able to virtually dive into the impressive wildlife of Dartmoor Zoo.
We explored its grounds and learnt about the unique history of the park from the zoo’s educational team. The culmination of the tour was the live tiger training demonstration, which was wonderful to see and enjoyed by all.
Our residents were delighted to see amazing photos and short videos of the animals and take a peek inside their home.