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

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Birthday celebrations for tennis star!

Celebrations are in full swing at Fordmill Care Home as one of its residents, former tennis star Colin Baxter, reaches his 90th birthday.  Glasgow born and bred, Colin was the first Scottish junior player to win at Wimbledon before Andy Murray.

In recognition of his landmark birthday, Colin received a personal video message from all the Murrays – Andy, Jamie, Judy and her father, Roy Erskine, a former competitor of Colin’s.  In the video Judy Murray calls Colin ‘Scottish tennis royalty’ and sends birthday wishes from all the family.

Mr Baxter competed at Wimbledon as a junior between 1946 and 1948 and at a senior level between 1953 and 1963.  Until Andy Murray’s appearance in 2005, he held the honour of being Scotland’s most successful player at the tournament.  The former Scottish number one began his playing career in 1942, as an 11 year old at Titwood Tennis Club in Glasgow, and is still recognised as its most successful player.

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World Poetry Day

Rhyming couplets were the order of the day at Fordmill care home in Montrose where residents were keen to get involved in World Poetry Day.

UNESCO says: Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

Staff and residents at Fordmill care home decided to hold a poetry recital of one of their resident Barbara Willis from her book of poetry called ‘My Poems’ which she wrote and was published in 2010 by Blurb.

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Families reconnect

For residents at Fordmill care home in Montrose, the long awaited reunion with two family members has become a reality, as two named visitors are now allowed to visit each resident in their bedroom.  Family members must visit separately, at different times.

There has been much anticipation of this moment by families and residents alike.  Guidance was issued by the Scottish Government at the end of February and Barchester Healthcare, who run Fordmill care home, is proceeding with a safe and cautious approach to visiting. Strict protocols are in place with all visitors required to have a negative Lateral Flow Device test result before being allowed into the home, and infection control measures and social distancing in place for every visit.

Despite the need for testing and social distancing, it was still welcome news for so many residents and their family members to be able to meet in the comfort of their bedroom. Residents and their visitors enjoyed getting together and catching up face to face.

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Staying in touch

Staying in Touch- Residents at Fordmill have been hard at work creating cards to send to their loved ones as a surprise throughout lockdown along with embracing new ways to do so. They have also been making use of skype and facetime so that they can video call their relatives – although some weren’t too sure about the new technology initially!

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Home celebrate birthday

Celebrations have been in full swing at Fordmill care home, as one of its care assistants, Helen Brown celebrated her 70th birthday in style.

Helen who joined the team in 2007 was delighted to be presented with a special birthday cake arranged by her colleagues as residents joined in with wishing her a very happy birthday. The birthday girl also received a bouquet of flowers.  Happy Birthday Helen!

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Keeping active

Residents from Fordmill often get together to enjoy their regular art and craft sessions which supports their creative ideas and encourages different methods of Art. Residents have been busy showing their own style of colourful designs.

This class is particularly popular with all and everyone thoroughly enjoys a get together with a cuppa and a slice of delicious cake.   Residents enjoy the colouring and crafting as find it very calming and therapeutic. It enhances mindfulness and promotes a positive mental well-being.  

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