Meet our Activities Coordinator, Laura Judd
I’ve been at Hampton Grove since we first opened in 2009, and I have loved every minute of my job! I feel very lucky and privileged to have such happiness, both in my work and home life. I have a happy family with a two-year-old little boy that makes me smile and laugh every day.
In my job role, it is my mission to make dreams and wishes come true, and ensure that our residents live their life to the full. For both residents and their relatives, I want to help them make new, special memories. It really doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
Our home is always full of life, and we can thank our wonderful Activities Coordinators for this. Dedication to creating a unique and interesting activities programme is what sets us apart from other homes. We always take into consideration that some people would prefer to pursue their own interests, which is why our team strive to incorporative activities that cater to a wide range of tastes and hobbies. Our trips out are always fun and exciting as well, and residents are guaranteed to return with stories to tell their loved ones!
Life at Hampton Grove Care Home
This week, we are celebrating what would have been Wimbledon Week by indulging in some of our favourite treats, both traditional and quirky.
We have enjoyed strawberries and cream, washed down with a cool glass of Pimm's and lemonad, and also took part in the fun of dipping our marshmallows into the gooey runny chocolate fountain before popping them into our mouths for a sweet treat.
100th Birthday Celebrations
A big happy 100th birthday to one of our much loved residents, Miriam, who celebrated in style.
Although we are living in some very unusual times, our team did their best to give Miriam a day to remember, celebrating with dlowers, cake, cards, presents, Fizz and a well deserved visit from 2 members of her family in the garden. Although we all had to keep to the social distancing rules, we had a wonderful time celebrating and, of course, Miriam received her very special telegram from the Queen.
Just before the Queen’s birthday, our residents, the activities team and the kitchen team got together to discuss ideas and creativity on what a cake fit for the Queen might look and taste like.
We decided that the cake would need to be decorated in the traditional colours of red, white and blue, and of course, resemble the Union Jack.
We knew that the Victoria sponge was named after Queen Victoria, who apparently ate a slice of sponge cake with her tea each afternoon, so we decided this traditional recipe would be best and Head Chef, Duncan, gathered all the ingredients he needed to made it a reality.
The cake was two tiers of beautiful yumminess, definitely fit for a queen. Residents chose to sketch some photos of the cake as a keepsake and memory before scoffing a huge slice with lashings of hot tea, quite like the Queen may have done.
Residents made some beautiful cupcakes and decorated them with rainbow coloured sprinkles, we later offered them to our neighbours as a friendly gesture for Mental Health Awareness Week, we hope they were scrummy!
Mental Health Awareness Week
This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week was “Kindness” residents decided it would be “Kind” to offer something to the elderly in our community that are alone during these difficult times.
So we created some “Activity Packs” which included crosswords, word searches, reminiscence reading material, quizzes, a newsletter, pen, some little treats, a stamped postcode so that they could write to a loved one and an invitation for Afternoon Tea with us once were back to normal.
We made 26 packs in total and delivered them to a local sheltered home. We hope they bring as much joy to them as it did to us
A Spot of Sport
We felt energised after a sport session on the patio this morning, the session consisted of a variety of games including hoopla, balloon swatting, hula hooping and one of our favourites, the parachute!
Residents later enjoyed a well-earned cold drink and ice cream!