Meet our Activities Coordinator, Jamie Hodgson
Hello I’m Jamie, the Activities Coordinator here at Laurel Bank Care Home. I absolutely love my role and especially the challenge of coming up with new ways to engage with as many residents as possible on a daily basis.
We all know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and we work together to give residents the best possible experience. We are here to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. We ensure the team knows each residents' preferences, so that we can deliver a person-centered program of events and activities. Essential to our homely feel is the strong relationships of trust we build with residents and their families and friends. The home also has its very own minibus for our numerous outings, which residents love.
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 Laurel Bank Care Home
The Men's Shed
Laurel Bank were delighted to receive a planter made by ‘The Men’s Shed’, a charity that brings isolated men together with practical projects such as this, and in collaboration with Appletree Nursery, who painted the home some apples which we will use to decorate when the weather picks up. We wish to say a special thank you also to local florist of the ‘The Hanging Basket’ John and we look forwarding to planting our bulbs and seeing the early signs of Spring appear after the recent cold snap.
Home support Charitable Foundation
Keeping Residents connected during the colder months
Residents are overjoyed at Laurel Bank care home in Lancaster, as Barchester Healthcare has implemented a visiting suite for residents to continue to spend time with their loved ones for the autumn and winter seasons in addition to the outdoor visiting that has been on offer for those able for many months.
Balancing resident wellbeing and safety is at the forefront of Barchester Healthcare’s thinking and they understand how important it is for residents and their family and friends to be able to spend time together in the safest way possible.
There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment by Barchester Healthcare, who run Laurel Bank care home. It was welcome news for their residents and family and friends as we enter the colder season meaning catch-ups can continue to take place, instead of, or in addition to, outdoor visiting already offered for those able.
Home partners with local schools
Laurel Bank Care Home in Lancaster have teamed up with several local schools to bring some Christmas cheer to the residents after a difficult year. Christ Church Primary School, Willow Lane Primary School, the Steiner School, Lancaster Girls Grammar School and Appletree Nursery are all getting involved in making this Christmas extra special for the residents at Laurel Bank.
A Year 6 class at Christ Church have been joining the residents via Zoom every Friday to host an array of activities including Christmas Bingo, a Christmas quiz, making Christmas cards together, and with a Christmas Service planned for the 18th December. The children have also written letters to the residents, sent Christmas cards and even written a poem about their newfound friendships, and the residents look forward to seeing the students every week!
Pupils at Willow Lane Primary School have been making Christmas decorations and cards for the residents and sent some chocolates as well. Resident Maureen said, “Isn’t it lovely! It’s so nice to know that people are thinking about us at Christmas time. I wish they could come and visit us, but its nice seeing them on the TV every week too!”
Pupils at Lancaster Girls Grammar School are sending videos of themselves reading poetry that they have written for the residents, the Steiner School have sent Michaelmas and Advent videos that the residents really enjoyed watching, and Appletree Nursey will be sending a video of their Nativity Play this year.
Residents honour the fallen
Laurel Bank prepared to commemorate Remembrance Sunday on Sunday 08th November by creating their very own poppy display within the homes entrance foyer for all to see and will joined the rest of the United Kingdom in holding a two-minute silence at 11am. Residents wore their poppies with pride and watched the televised service.
Residents enjoy Bonfire night
Laurel Bank celebrated bonfire night on 5th November. In celebration, the home chose a selection of fireworks and gave the residents to some sparklers to light once the sun had set. The residents enjoyed traditional bonfire night treats.
Lyndsay Scott, General Manager at Laurel Bank said: “It’s great to see so many of the residents wrapping up warm and braving the cold English weather to watch the homes fireworks.”