Meet our Activities Coordinator, Esme Lloyd-Kelly
Hi, my name is Esme and I am the Activities Co-ordinator for Fountains.
I have worked with Barchester for over 4 years as a member of the activity team in various homes.
I am excited for my journey as an Activity Co-ordinator at Fountains and making sure the residents have a full calendar of fun, 7 days a week.
I'm looking forward to planning events for the home and I love coming up with new ideas for the residents to try and enjoy.
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 Fountains Care Home
Real Bread Week- Part 2
Residents and staff enjoyed making a Brioche tear and share loaf.
It was nice after a savoury loaf to enjoy a sweet one.
The dough was kneaded and rolled out before raisins, currants and chocolate chips were added
Adding the dough to the baking tin was a team effort ensuring it looked perfect, before a final egg wash.
The brioche loaf went into the oven and the sweet smell filled the kitchen.
Everyone was eager to see and taste the end result.
They weren’t disappointed as the loaf turned out perfectly and tasted really good with a nice cup of tea.
Real Bread Week - Part 1
Real bread week was launched by the Real Bread Campaign in 2009 and is an annual, international celebration of real bread and the people who make it.
Fountains wanted to mark the week by making different breads and enjoy tasting sessions.
Our residents started off the baking by making a cheese and onion sourdough loaf and a wholemeal granary loaf too.
Kneading the dough was a lot of fun and doubled up as a sensory activity too. Everyone was in agreement though that it was a lot of hard work too!
Watching the dough rise was very satisfying but not quite as much as sampling the end result.
The loaves were accompanied with ham, cheese and grapes and washed down rather nicely with a nice cup of tea.
Ash Wednesday was marked with a beautiful virtual Church service at Fountains, by St Albans Church.
Residents really enjoyed the service, reflecting and preparing for Lent.
Singing along to the hymns was particularly special and uplifting for everyone.
Virtual Church services are available each week for our residents to attend.
We look forward to when restrictions are eased and our residents can enjoy attending Church services in person.
Residents and staff enjoyed Pancake Day with a variety of delicious pancakes as well as a flipping contest!
White chocolate pancake, maple syrup, Nutella, strawberry and of course the classic lemon and sugar were just a few of the pancakes enjoyed.
Our winner of the flipping contest was our lovely John and he managed 10 flips in a row! He got to enjoy the first pancake after all the fun of decorating and flipping.
He chose the classic lemon and sugar flavour and savoured every mouthful.
Everyone was definitely pancaked out after all that and looking forward to next year’s Shrove Tuesday!
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Fountains staff and residents celebrated the Year of the Ox with a variety of interesting activities throughout the week.
They created their own art work based on the symbols of positive words and were all fascinated that each symbol represented a different word.
Good fortunes were written and handed out to each other in lucky red envelopes.
The home was decorated and paper lanterns were made to add to the traditional decorations.
There was an afternoon enjoying traditional dragon dancing and residents even had a go too! They marvelled at the vibrant costumes.
There was a delicious Chinese banquet made by our hospitality team which included Spring Rolls, Chicken in Black Bean Sauce, Special Fried Rice, Vegetable Chop Suey and Prawn Chow Mein accompanied by Prawn Crackers.
The week was concluded with traditional Tai Chi which is a Chinese Martial Art as well as a form of meditation and it was a relaxing end to the celebrations.
Happy Lunar New Year from the Fountains Family.
A Palatial Valentine experience
Staff and residents at Fountains were treated to a Valentine’s themed talk and tour of Blenheim Palace, hosted by Antonia Keaney, the Palace’s social historian and author as part of their Valentine celebrations.
Intriguingly entitled ‘The Ladies of Blenheim Palace, Lust and Laudanum’ Antonia’s Valentine’s themed talk focused on the lives and loves of the ladies of the Marlborough family, usually overlooked in favour of the men. Beginning with Sarah Churchill, the indomitable First Duchess, and continuing through the centuries with the adventures and mishaps of some of her successors, the talk also looked at the achievements of some of the women and discussed the thwarted talents and potential of others.
Our residents thoroughly enjoyed it.