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

Age UK On-line Speed Quiz

Fountains joined the on-line speed quiz for the second time and were thrilled to finish in 2nd place.

Team Fountains had a medley of knowledge between them from music knowledge to Disney experts – it was a real team effort.

The kitchen provided homemade pepperoni pizza which was delicious washed down with a nice glass of wine.

Doreen” Fountains Captain” said she was on cloud 9 to finish in 2nd place.

Thank you Age Uk for another fun evening of entertainment.

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Dog show winners announced

Following our community on-line dog show to celebrate National Dog Day -the winners of the 4 different categories with their prizes are photographed:

Best Smiling Dog – Fern

Sleeping Beauty –  Peanut

Handsomest Hound – Ozzy

Prettiest pooch – Josie.

All the winners received a dog bowl, personalised with their name and runners up received a selection of toys with a certificate and a rosette.

Thank you to everyone who took part - our residents loved judging the winners and runners up.

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World Vegetarian Day

Our residents enjoyed a tasting session of vegetarian offerings to celebrate World Vegetarian Day.

Our talented kitchen team made a variety of tartlets with vegetarian toppings such as butter bean hummus, roasted butternut and caramelised onion and homemade guacamole.

There were also Stilton and mushroom galletes and tomato and garlic crostini.

There was a mixture of reactions with the crostini coming out as a firm favourite.

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Grandparents Day 2020

Fountains wanted to celebrate Grandparents Day for our residents so we requested messages and videos from their Grandchildren to bring a little joy.

Our residents loved receiving messages via facebook as well as videos via email and messenger. The joys of technology!

It was a real success and brightened everyone’s day.

Thank you to our wonderful families for being part of this special day.

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Food Collection with Shirley Lions

Another day meant another collection for Shirley Lions. Lorraine Shannon HSA for Fountains Care Home took to the streets of Shirley, Solihull to help with another food collection for The Trussel Trust to distribute to those in need.

The continued kindness of the local community is so heartwarming and Sunday’s collection saw a magnificent 937 kgs of food donated and collected.

As a club, Shirley Lions have co-ordinated and collected over 2 tonnes of food for the food bank, to date,

Fountains is so pleased to be part of such a great cause.



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International Older Persons Day

Fountains teamed up with Age UK Solihull to deliver Random Acts of Kindness as part of International Day of Older Persons.

The focus of the campaign by Fountains was to draw attention to, not just to the physical health of elderly people, but their mental wellbeing also.

Home Services Advisor at Fountains Lorraine Shannon and the home’s maintenance man Harvir Gill took to the streets in their mini bus and delivered up to 20 boxed afternoon teas that had been made up by the kitchen team, along with a goody bag.

It was such a lovely day to see the pleasure these treats brought and a great way to celebrate the day which was enjoying its 30th Anniversary.

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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.