Meet our Activities Coordinators, Cassie and Chloe

Hi! My name is Cassie and I have been part of the Elm Bank team since 2018 as an Activities Coordinator. During my time here I have enjoyed learning new skills and gaining confidence while bringing smiles to residents' faces. I enjoy all the activities and entertainment we put on here at Elm Bank. I particularly love being creative and hosting arts, crafts and sensory activities.

Hi! My name is Chloe and I have worked at Elm Bank since 2015. I joined the team as a dining host and realised how much I loved keeping residents company and listening to their amazing stories. I was delighted to be offered the role of Activities Coordinator so that I can spend time with residents. I encourage everyone to get involved in our group activities, so they can try new things and maintain a positive mind-set.

Activities at Elm Bank are an extremely important part of the care and support we provide to all residents. We aim to keep people entertained and stimulated through our range of daily activities, with something to suit everyone. We arrange one-to-one and group activities, crafts, mental challenges, physical exercise, food-related activities, social occasions and lots of celebrations as there is at least one birthday a week. We encourage staff, families, friends and the local community to get involved too.

We offer in-home church services to meet spritual needs, weekly exercise classes to keep everyone active, a wide range of hired entertainers such as petting zoos, singers, comedy, theatre, outings in our minibus, pub lunches and more!

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 Elm Bank Care Home

Making healthy, delicious milkshakes

At Elm Bank we aim to provide high fibre, high energy snacks. Our Activities Team often link snacks with a food-related activity and today was no exception. Residents made their own delicious milkshakes from a wide selection of fruits, flavours and toppings.

Making delicious shortbread

Afternoon tea tastes even better when it is served with homemade shortbread. At Elm Bank we made our own biscuits for everyone to enjoy on national shortbread day.

Planting seeds for National House Plant Day

We don't stop gardening at Elm Bank care home, even though it is winter. We are surrounded by beautiful gardens and residents are planting seeds to grow on our windowsills until they are ready to be transferred to the garden. We like to support national days of interest and this activity linked with national house plant day.

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Christmas pampering

Elm Bank’s Christmas preparations included a bit of pampering while we shared Christmas memories. Residents enjoyed a cup of tea while relaxing with the foot spa, hand massages, nail painting and facials.

Christmas Concert with Pytchley Primary School

Residents at Elm Bank spent lots of time practicing Christmas carols for a Zoom concert with Pytchley Church of England Primary School. Residents chose to sing ‘Away in a manger’ and ‘Walking in a winter wonderland’. In return the school children sang ‘Santa got stuck up the chimney’ and ‘Little donkey’. We loved seeing each other again for another emotional singalong.

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A visit from Ronnie the dog

Elm Bank has had a very special festive visit from Santa’s little helper! Ronnie the therapy dog visited each community to spread some Christmas cheer. He received lots of treats and strokes, and residents enjoyed throwing balls for him to retrieve.