Meet our Activities Coordinator, Jamie Hodgson
Hi I’m Jamie, the Activities Coordinator here at Laurel Bank. I’ve only been here since January but I absolutely love my role and especially the challenge of coming up with new ways to engage as many residents as possible in our activities here.
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.
Life at our home
Residents at Laurel Bank had a great day out last week as they visited the local village of Glasson Dock. The ladies went for a walk around the marina to have a look at all the boats before stopping for a nice cup of tea.
All of a sudden the ducks swam over hoping for some crumbs of food, but we had none. Luckily for the ducks, a kind passer by gave us some of his left over bread and so everybody was happy!
Trips out in the minibus are an amazing way for our residents to feel they are still part of the community, and are always spoken about afterwards for weeks!”
The circus came to town for our Summer Fair, with staff and residents dressing up for the day. The Mayor of Lancaster officially opened our event, and a magician made an appearance too! There were also clowns making balloon animals for the children, and a raffle, a tombola and a cake stall. Local legend Stevie Kay closed the day with a selection of big band hits, and nearly £400 was raised for the residents' fund.
Residents Laurel Bank care have been getting crafty recently in aid of the collage competition for Lancaster Health Festival. As part of Lancaster Health Festival which takes place between 19th-22nd September and with a theme for this year as ‘The Lost Art of Living’.
There will be numerous speakers and events around the city, and local care homes have been invited to take part in a collage competition as a way to stimulate residents and allow their creative sides to come out. Our residents loved creating their submissions to the festival as arts and crafts is a popular activity within the home.
Residents were treated to a magical performance from harp and vocalist duo, ‘Iced Gems’. The music was lovely and melodic and residents even got to have a go on the harp afterwards. ‘Incredible’ is how the birthday girl described the afternoon!
Representatives from local charities have been joining us at Laurel Bank to talk about their work during our new fortnightly coffee mornings. Residents really enjoy meeting different people and hearing about the great work they do in the community, and we hope to visit many of the charities soon on our minibus.
Events & Activities in November
There are plenty of interesting activities planned throughout November here at Laurel Bank.
Events & Activities in October
There are plenty of fun activities planned throughout October here at Laurel Bank.
Tea and a Tour
Our General Manager and team would like to welcome you for tea and a tour of our home.