Meet our Activities Coordinator, Liz Maxwell
Hi my name is Liz, I have worked at “The Manor” for over 10 years. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and we work together to give residents the best possible experience. We place a big importance on completing individual booklets with each new resident aptly titled “Getting to know you”
I am 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 for coffee and shopping, which residents love. Popular day trips include our annual canal barge adventure, shopping trips to M&S and mini bus trips to the seaside at Llandudno.
Outside of work I like to take trips to the farm in Anglesey with my family where we visit the beach & being a foodie I also love going to restaurants.
We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.
Life at Lawton Manor Care Home
Day Tripping to Derbyshire
We set off in the Company car for a day trip to Dalton's Dairy for an ice cream, Lesley chose raspberry fruit swirl a speciality at Daltons, we also had the excitement of watching a thunder and lightning storm pass over the Derbyshire dales.
Residents enjoyed a visit from Zoo2U Discovery Centre . It was a fun filled afternoon petting all the animals and learning all about their natural habitats. Ozzy the Owl proved very popular and Sandra the snake was a firm favourite.
A peek inside Dartmoor Zoo
We were able to virtually dive into the impressive wildlife of Dartmoor Zoo.
We explored its grounds and learnt about the unique history of the park from the zoo’s educational team. The culmination of the tour was the live tiger training demonstration, which was wonderful to see and enjoyed by all.
Our residents were delighted to see amazing photos and short videos of the animals and take a peek inside their home.
V&A Dundee - History of Robots
We enjoyed a wonderful virtual introduction to the world of robots with V&A Dundee Curator, Kirsty Hassard.
Kirsty talked us through the history of robots and their early beginnings, the presentation traced the fascination of all things wired and wonderful and considered what the future might hold for our relationship with a multitude of mechanical machines.
It was absolutely thrilling to learn what robots can do now and what they might be able to do in the future.
Chef scoops coveted title
Nick Mason at Lawton Manor care home in Church Lawton nr Alsager has been crowned Best Chef of the Year for North Division in the Barchester Care Awards 2021 and is through to the national round of judging.
The Barchester Care Awards celebrate the staff who go the extra mile for the benefit of the 12,000 residents living in Barchester’s 248 care homes and private hospitals across the country. Categories range from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Carer of the Year’ to ‘Dementia Care Champion’ and ‘Activities Coordinator of the Year’.
More than 2,900 nominations were received from homes and hospitals across the UK. All entries were a very high standard and Nick Mason is over the moon to have been named the winner for the Chef of the Year beating hundreds of other nominees.
A cultural engagement with Mary Deville
This week Lawton Manor welcomed back the amazingly talented Mary Deville with her afternoon show of poetry and verse. We were delighted with the Summer theme and enthralled with the inspiration Mary has brought to us once again. Residents were treated to Mary's bespoke poetry accompanied by a reminiscent slide show