Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lloyd Kingston
My name is Lloyd Kingston and I am the Activities Coordinator here at Denmead Grange. My aim every day is to put a smile on everybody’s face and have bundles of fun. I put on an innovative, outgoing range of Activities throughout the week which can improve residents educational, physical, social and mental needs.I have a keen passion for Dance and Performing and have performed in theatres and competitions across the world! I have recently been introduced into the care sector, working at a local Children’s Home here in Denmead, but I made my move to Denmead Grange early this year! I bring my passion, energy and exuberance every day in and around the home, enriching life and making memories.
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 won’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our activities team is 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 Denmead Grange Care Home
Easter Bonnet Competition
We had lots of fun decorating bonnets for Sunday’s Easter Bonnet Competition. Our manager, Sharon, came in to judge and choose her most favourite hat! We’ve used a wide variety of resources, such as mini chicks, mini eggs, ribbons and nests. But our residents have been knitting little chicks over the past few weeks ready for Easter. One of our residents glued hers on to the front of her bonnet, which is extremely creative!
At long-last, restrictions are allowing us to take outings to safe locations. At Denmead Grange, we are dedicated to providing our residents with a variety of fun and engaging activities and outings. We would like to share a photo of our residents first time outing to the spectacular Southsea Seafront. We are so excited to continue these wonderful outings, and our residents had a great time getting out and about at Southsea Seafront!
Ceramic Tile Painting
We’ve had a fantastic time painting ceramic tiles to use as coasters for our outdoor furniture! These bright and colourful coasters were hand painted by our residents and will feature on our garden tables to rest your teas and coffees on. Lloyd, our Life Enrichment Coordinator, was astounded by the level of artistry that the residents had, they will be a lovely feature to a bright sunny day.
Out & About Again
We have been getting out and about these past few weeks now the restrictions have eased. Our bus has carried us to Southsea Seafront, Old Portsmouth, Portsdown Hill and to the fish & chip shop so far, with many more trips planned for the coming weeks.
Our residents have really enjoyed seeing the scenery of our local places, reminiscing about times they may have spent at the seaside and talking about the views up on Portsdown Hill also.
It’s a long way to Tipperary! We had a blast this 8th May, singing, dancing and eating lots of delicious food. Our Head Chef, Andy, prepared an amazing afternoon tea spread for lunch, which was followed by Sarah Seville, a fabulous '40s and '50s singer, who sang the hits of the war for us. We sang our hearts out that afternoon; there were lots of smiles and laughter fuelled the positive energy of the day.
International Nurses' Day
Residents at Denmead Grange wanted to say a big thank you to the hardworking nurses in our local area this year by celebrating with a giant hamper.
We got together to brainstorm the kind of things we thought the nurses would like in a hamper: wine, chocolates, gorgeous smelly products, such as perfumes; body lotions and hand creams were all chosen to fill the wicker basket.
On Wednesday 12th May, a nurse arrived at the care home to be greeted by a fellow resident who handed over the giant hamper. The nurse was delighted and thanked us all for our generosity, she took this back to the surgery to give out all the gifts to all the nurses.