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 our home
Jumper Joy Raises Funds for Charity
Residents and staff at Fordmill got into the charitable spirit by wearing a Christmas jumper on Friday 14th December to raise funds for the Barchester Charitable Foundation.
Some of the residents have got very creative and decorated their own glitzy knitwear with tinsel, stars, baubles and snowflakes. One resident said: “It has been a very festive day and everybody looks fantastic. What a wonderful way to raise money for charity!”
Aileen Alberts General Manager, said: “Today has been a whole lot of fun with some of the most outlandish Christmas jumpers I have ever seen! This event has really showcased the creativity and fun-loving spirit of all our residents and staff. We are proud to take part in Christmas Jumper Day and show our support for Barchester Charitable Foundation.”
Scottish Care Awards Finalist
A member of staff from Fordmill care home in Montrose, recently made it through to the final stages of the Scottish Care Awards. The hopeful Christine Massie is Head of Maintenance at Fordmill in Montrose.
The prestigious Scottish care Awards were organised by Scottish Care. The awards aim to promote and recognise high standards in quality of care and life experience for people and their carers.
Honouring the Fallen
Residents of Fordmill are preparing to commemorate Remembrance Sunday on Sunday 10th November, and will be joining the rest of the United Kingdom in holding a two-minute silence at 11am.
As well as marking Remembrance Day by wearing poppies and watching the televised service, some residents will be taken to the local cenotaph to commemorate the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
In their memory, the home has created a display and placed it by the entrance. Aileen Alberts, General Manager, said: "It is very important that we keep the memories of those who fought alive and that we also think about those involved in conflicts around the world today.”
Celebrating 20 Years
Irene Lambert, laundry assistant at Fordmill, received her 20 year long service awards from General Manager, Aileen Alberts. Congratulations!
15 Years of Service
Carer, Alison Robertson, celebrated her 15th year at Barchester surrounded by colleagues.
Residents of Fordmill escaped the September drizzle with a fun-filled interactive afternoon with their new smart board. The ladies enjoyed a relaxing afternoon with their favourite tipple in the ‘Fordmill Arms’ and a good ol' chin wag, whilst the gentleman were brought together for their ‘Gentleman’s Club’, where they enjoyed games and sport.