Meet our Activities Coordinator, Liz McDonald

I joined the team here at Fairview in February 2020. I have worked in activities for over ten years. I previously worked in a Brain Injury Rehab Unit and a Specialist Palliative Care Unit.

I am passionate about providing residents with an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. I will strive to ensure that myself and my team know each residents' preferences, so that we can provide a person centred program of events and activities.

I love being part of the fun and entertainment we have here at Fairview.

Activities at our home

Our Activities Coordinators create a weekly planner that consists of a variety of activities, which caters to all residents' needs as best as possible. The most popular activities are bingo, which we host twice a week, flower arranging and weekly visits from Vinnie our pet therapy dog. Residents also enjoy minibus trips in the nicer weather and we attend a concert every month. We are also involved in the Council Well-being Team, which keeps us up-to date with upcoming events within the community and provides interesting ideas for activities we can try in the home.

Throughout the year, we host various special events, including themed open days and summer and winter fetes that people in our local communities are welcome to join us for. We also have monthly church services with Rev. Ann from Danestone Congregational Church, which is open to loved ones as well.

Life at Fairview House Care Home

Cooking up a storm!

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Fairview House Care Home in Danestone are celebrating because their talented head chef, John Grover, is through to the regional finals of the National Association of Care Catering’s Care Chef of the Year competition.  John is no stranger to the competition given he won the coveted title outright in 2018.  This year, John is going for the double – no chef has ever won the competition twice!

Before he can go ahead to the national finals, John has to compete in the cook-off stage against seven other regional finalists, only two finalists will go through to the national final which takes place in London in October.  In just 90 minutes, John has to prepare three portions of a nutritionally-balanced two course meal which will be judged against seven strict criteria in order to make the grade.  Each dish must be balanced and have five nutrient groups present, John has been working on his menu selection which is not only tasty and innovative but also especially tailored to ensure maximum nutrition for his residents.

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Residents enjoy tour of Hereford Cathedral

We had a lovely time joining the team from Hereford Cathedral for an exciting virtual session.

We enjoyed a glimpse of this spectacular building and its treasures in a series of short pre-recorded videos. From the stunning gardens which lead down to the River Wye, to the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library.

It was wonderful to learn more about the history and beauty of Hereford Cathedral.

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Floral class with Blooming Haus

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Fairview House in Aberdeen care home were treated to an interactive virtual floristry masterclass courtesy of Master Florist, Michal Kowalski, from Blooming Haus. 

Blooming Haus started with a small pop-up shop in Chelsea.  They have since blossomed spectacularly on to the floristry scene as ‘floral engineers’, carving themselves an outstanding reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative floral design studios. The company is the vision of Master Florist, Michal Kowalski and his business partner, Michael Dariane. The pair bring a completely fresh approach to floristry and their ambition to push the boundaries of traditional floristry has laid the foundations of Blooming Haus’ success to date.

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Mini bus trips return!

Staff and residents at Fairview care home in Aberdeen were celebrating being able to go on short excursions again as lockdown restrictions ease across the country.  Residents are now able to go on a short trip to outdoor spaces without having to isolate on their return.

Residents from Fairview enjoyed a long-awaited trip to Aberdeen beach and harbour area where they were able to enjoy the lovely views and even managed to see some dolphins and eat some fish and chips. 

Arlene Campbell, General Manager at Fairview commented: “It is absolutely wonderful to be able to take our residents out for trips again.  We have all been waiting for this day and we are so thankful it is finally here.  Our residents have enjoyed all sorts of different entertainment during lockdown but nothing beats some fresh air and a change of scenery to blow away the cobwebs.”

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Residents take aim!

It was Duck shooting season today at Fairview! When duck season was over we went straight into rabbit season which brought much joviality to the home as Residents aimed at the moving ‘rabbit’ as they aimed at the target.  No ducks or bunnies were harmed in this fun-filled game which was an absolute hoot.  It was so good to hear residents and staff roar with laughter!

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V&A Dundee

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Fairview were treated to a photographic tour and talk about the era of ocean travel by V&A Dundee Curator, Charlotte Hale.  The presentation forms part of a series of six talks and virtual tours that V&A Dundee is hosting for Barchester Healthcare’s care homes and private hospitals across the UK.

V&A Dundee is Scotland’s design museum, it showcases Scotland’s outstanding design achievements and features world-class exhibitions alongside the permanent Scottish Design Galleries, and a changing programme of commissions, events and activities.  

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