Meet our Activities Coordinator, Nikki Harris
Nikki is our Activities Coordinator here at Epsom Beaumont. She is responsible for organising and delivering social activities in the home, which can range from baking cupcakes to running crossword competitions.
Nikki enjoys creating activities programmes that are both mentally physically stimulating for residents. She encourages residents to have an active social life by arranging book clubs, arranging minibus trips and other fun activities. She also takes time to understand residents' needs, likes and dislikes.
Activities at Epsom Beaumont
At Epsom Beaumont, the daily activities always aim to be enjoyable for all. Our Activities Coordinator is constantly working to mentally and physically stimulate each resident and ensuring that our programme is define moulded to the wants and needs of those we support. We host weekly outings to many local coffee shops, and also some bigger trips to Brighton and the Brooklands Museum. Our outings tend to be a new and exciting experience for residents, but are sometimes repeated for those who could not make the trip the first time. The activity schedule changes weekly, but there are some regularities, such as our crossword and bar nights, where families are invited to join their loved ones for a social evening. Activities are one of the most important aspects of a care home and we are proud to say we have a dedicated Activities Coordinator who is supported by all of the care team to really make it successful. We have received excellent feedback from residents and relatives, which only makes our bond with them stronger.
Life at our home
Bumblebees: The Grand Opening
We were delightfully surprised to see our Deputy Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Councillor Humphrey Reynolds, visiting the home to open our new Bumblebees club. Bumblebees is our first toddler group club that aims to bring the generations together. Parents and toddlers from Epsom will be able to enjoy some time together to interact with our residents and have some fun.
Residents Enjoy Smart TV
We have just installed a smart TV in our library, so we have access to YouTube now and many other apps which is great! Our residents can now watch documentaries, look at countries and lots of other things.
Mrs Marriage is from Italy and hasn’t been there for over 30 years and she asked to see her home town, Palmanova, where she met her husband and got married.
Due to have a big screen she was able to see it better than she would on a normal screen. She was very emotional and extremely happy to be able to see her home town again. It brought tears of joy to her eyes and she shared some fabulous stories of her life!
Mrs. Wilkins has always liked to stay healthy and fit, one afternoon we were sitting in the garden, I had offered to bring out lots of different fruits to cut up and eat, Mrs. Wilkins had suggested we make our own flavoured water also by cutting the fruit up and leaving them in the water jugs for the fruit flavours to be soaked in.
It was a great idea. She had also suggested to be blindfolded and to guess which fruit they are eating! Great idea for another great activity.
Mrs. Marriage, who is from, Italy, was excited to get her hands stuck in. She used to cook a lot, making everything from scratch. She explained that it felt good to be making food like this again. It brought back good memories she had with her husband and children.
The sun was shining and plants needed watering. Mrs. Chilton was excited to help water down the trees and plants, and make sure they’re well looked after. She was really happy to be able to care for the plants and help them bloom as she loves nature.
She used to do gardening at home with her daughter. Despite not living at home anymore she is still able to do the things she loves! She also enjoys just genuinely going for a walk and looking at the plants. So thank you Mrs. Chilton for your help at the garden.
Mrs. Wilkins likes to read the newspaper in the morning, after her breakfast, with a cup of coffee, nicely and quietly. But sometimes it can be quiet noisy, so we invested in a Bluetooth, wireless headphones.
The headphones have a storage space for her favourite songs and allow Jackie to relax and read her newspaper in peace. She really enjoys the new device!