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

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Volunteers week

Volunteers Week 1st-7th June is a time to say thanks for the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. 

Fountains wanted to recognise the volunteers who have been working so hard to run the vaccination centres and ensure everyone’s safety in the process.

Lorraine Shannon (Home Services Advisor) delivered homemade vanilla buttercream cupcakes for all the volunteers to enjoy at Monkspath Surgery Solihull Healthcare Partnership.

A big thank you to all the wonderful volunteers in the community and to our super talented kitchen team for making the delicious cakes.

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National Fish & Chip Day

Fountains residents and staff celebrated National Fish & Chip Day with a fabulous meal in the garden whilst making the most of the glorious sunny weather.

Our wonderful kitchen team created a delicious spread for us with a variety of fresh fish that included haddock, cod and pollock. There were cones of fish and chips for everyone; all served the traditional way with a squeeze of lemon, tartar sauce and mushy peas.

It was a delight to be sitting out, chatting in the sunshine with a lovely meal and a glass of wine. The perfect Friday afternoon treat for us all!

Fountains residents and staff celebrated National Fish & Chip Day with a fabulous meal in the garden whilst making the most of the glorious sunny weather.

Our wonderful kitchen team created a delicious spread for us with a variety of fresh fish that included haddock, cod and pollock. There were cones of fish and chips for everyone; all served the traditional way with a squeeze of lemon and tartar sauce. 

It was a delight to be sitting out, chatting in the sunshine with a lovely meal and a glass of wine. The perfect Friday afternoon treat for us all!

 

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Families celebrate in the gardens

Fountains residents and staff are delighted to welcome families back to our gardens for outdoor visits.

Today, our resident Margaret celebrated her birthday with her nearest and dearest. 

Our fabulous kitchen team organised an afternoon tea; with a selection of sandwiches, refreshments and a beautiful birthday cake too, which Margaret was thrilled with.

Happy Birthday Margaret! Love from your Fountains family. 

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World Bee Day

Fountains residents and staff enjoyed getting busy in celebration of World ‘Bee Day’ 2021. It’s a day to highlight the importance of bees and vital role they play in the environment.

We started by heading out into our sensory garden to plant some lavender. Everyone took pride in adding some extra colour to our garden, and we can’t wait to see the bees enjoying it!

We then headed into the kitchen for a ‘Cooking With Honey’ class where we made a delicious Pineapple & Honey Upside-Down cake. The sweet aromas of honey and baking filled the home and had us all looking forward to the sampling - which was delicious.

After that we got ‘crafty’ assembling our very own Fountains Bee House, which we’ve placed in our garden ready, for the guests to discover it.

To end the day, we relaxed and enjoyed a video on The History Of Bee Keeping. It was great to see these busy little insects in their natural habitat and learn all about the importance of keeping them safe.

Happy World Bee Day everyone! 

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Senior Health and Fitness Day

Fountains residents and staff very much enjoyed getting active for our Senior Health & Fitness day.

To celebrate the occasion we hosted a special day of virtual events for our friends in the community and in other Barchester Homes too. 

The sessions included: a Wellness Talk and Thai Chi demonstration from Julia Mitchell; a discussion about the benefits of Reiki with a demonstration from Emma Monk; and an afternoon of armchair dance exercises presented by ‘Be Well With Lisa’. We then relaxed a little with a ‘self’ hand-massage tutorial too. 

It was all great fun for our residents and members of the community, and a lovely way to learn about the importance of wellness, mindfulness and keeping fit and healthy. 

Thank you to all who joined us for such a wonderful day. And a very special ‘thank you’ goes out to our wonderful teachers/instructors for making the day so rewarding and enjoyable.

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Chelsea Flower Show week

Fountains residents and staff enjoyed a master class from Chelsea based florist ‘Blooming Haus’ to celebrate Chelsea Flower Show Week .

We took part in the fun online flower arranging class and learnt so much.  Firstly we  learnt how to design our own displays, understanding how to organise the flowers into heights and colours to achieve the most beautiful display of flowers.

We also learnt how to make our own plant food too which was so interesting and useful to know.

Our residents made some wonderful arrangements and had the most fun learning about the art of floristry.

We will be entering our displays into a Facebook competition, judged by the professionals with a chance to win £100 Vouchers so wish us luck

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