Meet our Activities Coordinator, Jaimy-Lee Almond
My name is Jaimy lee I started working here in 2018 as a carer and was promoted to Senior Carer which I thoroughly enjoyed for one year. My hobbies Include making and crafting seasonal gifts which i give to my family and friends. I have worked in care for over nine years and always had an interest in activities with residents. I recently was asked to help out with some activities I enjoyed it that much I wanted to stay on it because I found it so much fun. I love my new role as every day is different and I try to make sure the residents are happy and engage in meaningful activities, this also helps support the transition for new residents.
Activities at Laurel Bank
Activities are a fundamental part of a rich and varied lifestyle here at Laurel Bank Care Home, which is why we organise both physically and mentally stimulating social events for those we support. The weekly itinerary is ever-changing, and regularly includes art lessons, chair-based exercise, trips and visits from a variety of different animals, as well as one-to-one time for residents who prefer the peace and quiet. Our team actively tries to incorporate the hobbies and interests that are meaningful to residents into the activities schedule as encouragement to continue with much-loved pastimes.
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 Laurel Bank Care Home
Musicality with Hand Bells
A fun filled morning was had by all. We have learned how to play two songs with hand bells. Some residents didn't believe they could make music anymore but with a massive team effort we managed to play Amazing Grace and You are my Sunshine!
The Proms with English National Ballet
We celebrated Last Night of the Proms virtually with members of English National Ballet’s Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Music Director Gavin Sutherland.
We listened and danced along as members of the orchestra took us on a magical, musical journey. English National Ballet Philharmonic is made up of many of the country’s top musicians, and boasts considerable experience in all forms of music-making. With insights and anecdotes into what it takes to conduct an orchestra for a world-class ballet company, this special concert got our feet tapping, arms waving and hearts singing!
It was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by all.
Pet Therapy Visit
We have had another delightful visit from our lovely PAT dog Aggie. Thank you to her fantastic owner Jovita who spends a full afternoon here at Laurel Bank making sure she sees everyone and nobody misses out!
At this Art Class get together we painted on to glass using various mediums including paint pens. Residents were delighted with their results and have also created keepsakes and gifts for their loved ones
V&A Dundee exhibition tour
We had a lovely time joining Becca Clark and James Wylie – members of V&A Dundee’s exhibitions team – as they took us on a virtual tour of the museum’s incredible Scottish Design Galleries.
We were introduced to the wide range of unique objects at the galleries from architecture and engineering, jewellery and textiles to theatre and their fascinating stories.
And we were able to learn more about the importance of all objects in telling the rich and varied history of Scottish design.
It was a lovely talk, enjoyed by all.
Health care assistant celebrates 25-years
A Health Care Assistant at Laurel Bank in Lancaster has received a prestigious 25 Year Service Award in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for 25 years.
Dawn Long, now Health Care Assistant, started at Barchester in 1996 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.
Jane McFarlane, Employee Services Director at Barchester said: “I’m always pleased to hear stories about the long service of Barchester staff and am delighted Dawn has achieved this milestone. It is dedication like this that ensures our residents are provided with a happy place to live.”