Meet our Activities Coordinator, Victoria Hunt
I’m Vicky and I have been working here at Kingfisher Lodge since April 2016. I began my career at Barchester working in the kitchen, but I soon realised that I wanted to spend more time with residents.
I’ve been a florist for over 10 years and enjoy showing residents my creative side.
I organise events, guest entertainers, all of our daily activities and one-to-one sessions for those who prefer not to join in with group activities.
I really enjoy this role and love coming to work.
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 our home
Charity Car Wash with the Local Scouts
Residents at Kingfisher care centre, in Saltford recently held a charity car wash in the grounds of the home with a visiting group of local scouts. The event, which took place on Saturday 14th September welcomed the group of scouts aged 8-12 to wash as many cars they could in the two hours they were there.
It was a very hot day so there were cold drinks and sweet treats for all to enjoy.
Activities co-ordinator Victoria Hunt of Kingfisher Lodge Care Centre said: “The residents at our home had a lot of fun watching the group of young visitors. The Scouts worked so hard washing over 20 cars, and every car washed, gleamed, all the staff and visitors were extremely happy with their clean cars. Kingfisher Lodge want to say a massive thank you to all of the scouts and helpers who turned up on the day, Jane the scout leader and Alan who did a great job too.”
Janice a resident at Kingfisher Lodge, “said how lovely it was to see the scouts having fun, getting each other wet and running around laughing , it was such a lovely afternoon to sit and watch them enjoying themselves.”
The scouts raised over £100.00 to go towards reality googles for the residents, which has been added to previously raised money and is now enough for the home to go and purchase them.
Full Steam Ahead!
Residents at Kingfisher Lodge enjoyed an afternoon at Avon Valley Railway. They were able to enjoy a ride on the steam train on the special carriage available for wheelchair users. The conductor spent the duration of the journey with the residents, which they really enjoyed. Tea and a big slice of cake was served afterwards in the café.
Teddy Bear Picnic
We had a wonderful afternoon in the garden at our teddy bears picnic. Families and friends joined the residents in the garden for an afternoon with all our teddies.
We played some music including ”If you go down in the woods today” and all sang along. Adam, our chef, made us a picnic which included mini pizzas, sausages, pasties and cake.
We all enjoyed the sunshine and the company.
We are now rated 'Good'!
Kingfisher Lodge passed a recent Care Quality Commission inspection with a “Good” rating in all areas after being praised for a responsive, safe, effective, caring and well-led service.
The CQC inspected us on 2nd July 2019 (the report was released on 19th July) and rated the home as “Good” overall.
The report stated, “People were supported by caring and passionate staff in a spacious environment with a large accessible garden area. The service was clean, tidy and furnished thoughtfully to a high standard”.
The report went on to say “Care and support was person centred and enabled people’s wishes and preferences to be met. People were encouraged and supported to remain independent. There was a wide variety of activities to engage people in. Links had been developed to ensure the service is an active part of the local community.”
Also highlighted in the report was “Medicines were administered safely. People were supported with their health conditions and we received consistent positive feedback from health and social care professionals about the quality of care provided”
In celebration of the rating and to thank each member of the team for their contributions to our home, each team member was presented with £100 gift voucher in appreciation of their hard work.
National Cream Tea Day
Kingfisher Lodge brewed up a storm for National Cream Tea day on 28th June.
Finally putting an end to the controversial debate of cream before jam for the Cornish tradition or jam before cream as part of the Devonshire tradition, we enjoyed homemade scones both ways with a fes-tea-val of herbal and classic teas.
Residents at the home enjoyed a selection of sweet and savoury treats, including cucumber sandwiches, teacakes, and chocolate eclairs. Family and friends were also invited to the home for the 'par-tea'.
Celebrating 65 Years
Alan and Muriel have recently celebrated their 65th years of marriage right here at Kingfisher Lodge. They especially enjoyed receiving a card congratulating them from the Queen. Alan surprised Muriel with a beautiful frame that held a lovely photo on their wedding day, and a photo taken that week.
Family and friends came to Kingfisher Lodge to celebrate the couple’s special anniversary with staff and residents. We arranged a 3-course meal with drinks a cake, and decorated their room with banners, balloons and bows. Staff also made a special boutonnière for Muriel to wear for the occasion.
Events & Activities in October
There are lots of great activities lined up throughout October here at Kingfisher Lodge.
We're inviting our older neighbours to join us for a selection of delicious treats with some great company.
Our monthly Dementia Café provides a warm, inviting and relaxed environment for people with dementia and their carers to socialise.
Don't Dine Alone
We know that meal times can be lonely for some older people.
Free Room Hire
We have a room that is available for hire to local professionals.