Meet our Activities Coordinator, Julia Constandache

I’m Julia and I have been working at Fordmill since December 2016. I really enjoy art and studied Graphic Design & Illustration in Dundee. I love being with people and using my skills to improve their quality of life and bring a smile to their faces through crafts, games and all sorts of other activities.

I plan out the activities, either for groups or individuals, according to specific needs and interests. It’s a real joy to get to know residents and their loved ones and I’m grateful to Barchester for giving me the opportunity to work with them and bring some sunshine into the residents’ lives.

Activities at our home

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 Fordmill Care Home

Chocolate delight for Residents

On a cold wet afternoon, Fordmill hosted a special afternoon tea for everyone.  The tea consisted of homemade mouth-watering cakes and resident favourite treats made by the homes hospitality team and accompanied by a cup of warming hot chocolate and marshmallows which went down a treat!   Some Residents chose different combinations such as just the hot chocolate or a tipple of a glass of sherry. Aileen Alberts, General Manager said, “The festivities have officially begun!”

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Residents remember the fallen

Residents and colleagues at Fordmill in Montrose commemorated Remembrance Sunday on Sunday 8th November, and joined the rest of the United Kingdom in holding a two-minute silence at 11.00 am.

As well as marking Remembrance Day by wearing poppies and watching the televised service, due to the global pandemic Residents were unable to visit their local cenotaph to commemorate the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, so it was even more poignant.  The homes life enrichment team in the lead up to Remembrance provided an array of themed activities, poppy making, sharing stories of loved ones who had bravely fought and much more!

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Kindness is contagious

Residents at Fordmill received 2 parcels with boxes of various items, games etc. from the Tayside Health Fund in conjunction with NHS Charities as part of World Kindness Day. This was very much appreciated by the residents and Barbara, Resident said : ‘It feels like Christmas morning opening all the boxes to find out what they contain”.

Whilst Margaret, Resident added “It is acts like these that come out of the blue that help as get through this difficult time we are all living in and reminds us that even if we can’t see people we are not forgotten”.

Every resident received one item according to their different needs and abilities. The items are much appreciated by the residents and staff as they are able through them to connect and help to stimulate memories from different times in their life.   It is lovely to watch some of the residents using some of the items such Sensory Game with tactile tiles and try to decide what they think they are touching and some of the guessing are very amusing. They are particularly well used on 1-1s interaction and open conversation with people that is not easy to find subjects to talk to.

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Bewitching treats for Residents

Barchester’s Fordmill care home was a den of ghoulish activity as the home’s spooky Halloween party got in to full swing. Staff, residents and guests got in to the spirit of things with fancy dress, music and games. General Manager, Aileen Alberts cackled: “Our residents and staff love an opportunity to dress up and what better time of the year to do this than Halloween? We’ve had a whole range of tricks and treats for the people that live here and we have all really enjoyed every moment of it!”

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Team of the Year

Fordmill was crowned as the national winner in the Team of the Year category at the 2020 Barchester Care Awards, held virtually on 8th October.

The awards celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile for the benefit of residents and patients living in Barchester care homes and independent hospitals. 

More than 2,800 nominations were received from homes, residents, staff and relatives across the UK this year, which is nearly 1000 more than was received last year. Nominations were sent in by Barchester staff, but many more were also from residents and their families who have praised the fantastic care provided to their loved ones.

All entries have been of a very high standard, and we are thrilled to have been declared as the national winner!

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A breath of fresh air

Residents of Fordmill took to the homes beautiful garden to take advantage of the late summer sunshine.  Resident, Ron even took his lunch outdoors to enjoy.

Everyone commented on how much better they felt for grabbing a breath of fresh air, feeling the sun on their faces and checking on the progress of the plants growing in the award winning garden.

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Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.