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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lynne Loughlin

I started my career with Barchester in 2012 as a carer with in the memory lane community with 5 years experience in the care industry previous also achieving an NVQ in Hospitality and in April of this year resumed the role of Senior Activities Coordinator.

We all know that keeping active is important and me and my team are here to ensure that residents experience an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. The home has its own mini bus for our numerous trips out to various local places of interest.

I try to provide a monthly schedule which is varied and interesting for the Residents at Iddenshall Hall. I am always asking the Residents to contribute their own ideas to the schedule so that we can ensure we are providing a service they are happy with. Our schedule currently includes activities such as Flower Arranging, Bingo, Quiz Club, Book Club, Walking Club, Pampering days in our in-house Salon, Exercise Classes, Animal Visits, Musical Entertainers, Poetry Afternoons, Indoor Games, Themed Days and More...

It is a privilege to work with the Residents we have here at Iddenshall Hall, there is a great mix of personalities which makes every day very different and also enjoyable. I am proud to work for Barchester and to be part of the Iddenshall Hall Team, I strive to make our Residents as happy as possible in any way I can. 

Activities at Iddenshall Hall

Activities here at Iddenshall Hall are an integral part of every day life for each of our residents. We strive to include as many of our residents as possible with the activities schedule. Our Schedule is released monthly and includes activities such as poetry afternoons, indoor games, Bingo, flower arranging, pamper days, quizzes, exercises, various musicians and entertainers, Pat Dog Visits, Music Therapy, discussion groups and trips out in our minibus to local places of interest and further afield to see the Blackpool Lights or to Knowsley Safari Park.

We are constantly asking the people who live in our home which events they would like to see taking place and we endeavor to fulfill these requests. Our aim is to provide a varied and packed schedule which allows for a vast array of skill bases and capabilities. We are in constant contact with local groups and businesses, the local Beaver Scout group are always happy to pay a visit to our home, helping with the garden or coming at Christmas to sing carols for us. We also have a small group of volunteers to help us, including pupils from our local 6th form College who visit once a week.

All the above helps ensure the lives of our Residents are fun and fulfilled.

Life at our home

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Welcome, Lucy!

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new activities team member here at Beeston View and Iddenshall Hall.

Lucy started on 6th March 2018 and will be primarily based on the downstairs unit at Beeston View, but will also be helping out at Iddenshall Hall too.

We hope she will become a long-term member of our Barchester family.

Welcome, Lucy!

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Our New Activities Schedule

Our activities team is back to two now, so we have been able to increase the number of activities going on at Iddenshall Hall. We are now holding specific activities on set days to establish a routine in the home.

Monday is movie and games afternoon, Tuesday is arts & crafts and afternoon tea treats, Wednesday is exercises with our Physiotherapist, Jill Day, as well as a visit from our PAT Dog, Meg, and her owner, Sue; Thursday is pamper afternoon and Friday is afternoon quiz or bingo. 

This is all in addition to our regular monthly Zumba, musical entertainment, special occasions, trips out and daily one-to-one activities. 

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Game Day

We had a fun afternoon of games and puzzles at Iddenshall Hall. Residents enjoyed throwing beanbags at targets to see who could score the most points, and they have really liked using the parachute to balance a ball and see how long they can keep it on there before the staff have to retrieve it.

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St David's Day

We celebrated St. David’s Day by arranging daffodils. We filled all sorts of different sized vases with the brightly coloured flowers and distributed them around the home. We put some on the dining room tables, in the lounge and communal areas and some in the corridors too. 

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Pamper Afternoon

We hosted a pamper afternoon recently at Iddenshall Hall, where residents were treated to manicures, foot spas, massages and refreshments, whilst watching a film in the Lounge.

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Valentine's Day

For Valentine's Day, we made roses for each resident at Iddenshall Hall. They were presented with the roses in the afternoon and each of them were thrilled.

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