Meet our Activities Coordinator, Iuliana Buican
Hello, my name is Iuliana and I joined the team at Hugh Myddelton House 3 years ago as a carer and promoted to Activities Coordinator in April.
In my role as a carer I got to know the residents very well, this helps me to support residents to participate and enjoy all the activities in the home. I'm really enjoying my new role and keen to respond to new ideas from our residents and their families.
Activities at our home
Activities are the cornerstone of a wholesome home experience and our Activities Coordinators are always putting their creative minds to the test by organising new and exciting social events for residents to partake in. Of course, we take into account the likes and dislikes of those we support, so if someone doesn’t feel like trying something new, there will always be something on offer to reflect their personal interests. For the people who may just prefer some peace and quiet instead, we also offer one-to-one time that can be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or just a simple chat – whatever they desire.
Life at Hugh Myddelton House Care Centre
Word Health Day
Residents and staff at Hugh Myddelton House marked World Health Day by taking part in different activities to promote good health.
Residents enjoyed a masterclass in preparing delicious fruit smoothies. We enjoyed walking in the sunshine in our beautiful garden and had lots of fun dancing at an Armchair Disco.
We had a very busy time at Easter, we took part in a creative crafts workshop where we designed and hand painted for Easter baskets to decorate the home. With the assistance of our chef we made and baked hot cross buns the smell was a delicious as there taste. We also took part in a virtual quiz joined by 70 other Barchester care communities across they country and we enjoyed an amazing Easter feast with lots of chocolate goodies.
Celebrating all things Irish on St Patrick's day
We celebrated St Patrick’s Day by learning Irish dances, going on a virtual tour of Ireland and listening to Irish music. The home was decorated with shamrocks and everyone got dressed up in green to mark the day.
We all had a brilliant day, everyone enjoyed the festivities. We had a fantastic time dancing to Irish music, we toasted the day with a Guinness and sampled some lovely Irish whiskeys too.
International Women's Day
Residents and staff at Hugh Myddelton celebrated International Women’s Day with a variety of activities. Residents enjoyed talking about women in history who have made a positive difference in society. They also attended a live streaming event organized by Historic Environment Scotland to discuss the role of women in the Scottish Wars of Independence.
Magical moments and the magic table
Hugh Myddelton House has recently brought a bit of magic to residents by providing a new ‘Magic Table 360 and the Happiness Programme’ as a way to improve residents’ quality of life.
Designed and manufactured in the UK, the Magic Table 360 uses interactive games to connect residents with staff and with each other, and research shows it improves the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Using interactive light projections, the Magic Table 360, which can be played independently or in a group, stimulates movement by inviting participants to take part in all sorts of different fun activities such as popping bubbles, playing the piano, colouring in pictures, sweeping leaves or interacting playfully with fish. Games are rich in colour, movement and detail, and allow people of all ages to play in a safe and comfortable environment.
The Magic Table 360 is portable so it can be used wherever residents feel most comfortable, it can be projected onto the floor, ceiling, walls, a whiteboard or even the bed. The Happiness Programme allows for a range of games that change seasonally and have country-specific versions covering 14 different categories, so there will always be something new for residents to try.
Hugh Myddelton has marked this year’s Pancake Day with lots of pancakes, serving them up with sweet and savoury fillings for all the eager residents and staff. Residents were delighted to share their secret to the best pancakes and to vote the best topping and combination.
Dementia Friends Information Session
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people perception of Dementia. Join us and become a Dementia Friend.