Meet our Activities Coordinator, Claire Blow

Hello. I am Claire, one of the Activities Co-ordinators at Juniper House. I joined the team in 2021 and absolutely love my job! I previously worked in activities for 10 years at a care home in Oxfordshire and am pleased to be working in Brackley now, which is my home town. I have a BTEC Level 2 in Supporting Activities in Social Care (QCF) and I am currently working towards Level 3.  I am passionate about planning, developing and delivering meaningful, stimulating, person-centred activities and outings for our wonderful residents, and helping them stay connected with the local Brackley community. I aim to support residents in staying active and continuing all the lovely things they already enjoy doing. I also try to introduce them to activities they might not have tried before. I encourage families, friends and staff to join in with residents’ activities, and if there is a birthday or other celebration I endeavour to make it special for everyone. Our activities meet a wide range of needs including creative, physical, sensory, reminiscent, intellectual and social, all with Juniper friends.

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.

Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Juniper House Care Home

Brackley & District band

Thank you so much to Brackley And District Band for visiting us at Juniper House today for a Christmas concert in our community garden. Residents thoroughly enjoyed singing a long to get everyone into the Christmas spirit! #CareHomeActivities #christmas2021 #advent #christmasiscoming #Christmas #northamptonshire #Brackley #december #Saturday

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Staff making merry!

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” Today the care & hospitality teams brought the Christmas cheer with their festive jumpers. The hardworking staff at Juniper House are making merry to ensure this Christmas is extra special for residents #Brackley #Northamptonshire #Christmas #christmasgifts #CareHomeActivities #christmas2021 #advent #december #christmasiscoming #christmastree

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Blenheim Palace outing

Today Juniper House residents & staff along with fellow Barchester Homes in Oxfordshire boarded their mini buses for a fabulous adventure to Woodstock. Where a special invitation awaited to view the beautiful & stunning Nutcracker Christmas display courtesy of Blenheim Palace. We explored the Palace rooms, each one exquisitely transformed and filled with hidden surprises – from the toymaker’s workshop on a frosty Christmas Eve; through the glistening Land of Snow and onto the candy-cane Kingdom of Sweets adorned with the sweetest of treats and larger-than-life gingerbread men. It’s a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, from a dashing Nutcracker Prince and an army of mice to a Sugar Plum Fairy and a music box with a difference. This fantastical winter display became a multi-sensory experience, evoking special memories & reminiscing about Christmas. Thank you to all the staff at Blenheim for all your help & hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed the tea & cake by the roaring log fire in our own private hall for the afternoon!

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Christmas Baking

Christmas preparations have begun at Juniper House as we came together to make our Christmas cake. With festive music playing, the smell of sweet sherry & seasonal spices of cinnamon & oranges, it definitely felt like Christmas is on the way. Stir in good luck for the new year & make a wish.

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Remembrance Concert

The Windsor community at Juniper House hosted a live musical entertainment afternoon as we welcomed back the brilliant Bill Tustain for a special remembrance concert. Residents from all communities came together to enjoy reminiscing & singing to the classic wartime favourites. A lovely afternoon was had by all!

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Dementia Choir with WHS

This morning residents & staff from Juniper House enjoyed an outing on our very own mini bus to visit the Old Fire Station community room for a morning of singing hosted by Winchester House School for their weekly dementia friendly choir. We were treated to delicious hospitality of homemade cakes served with warming hot beverages on this chilly autumnal day. Thank you to Emma & staff at WHS for making us all feel so welcome!

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