Meet our Activities Coordinator, Steph Peel
I started working at Lawton Rise in October 2018 as a Care Assistant and progressed to Senior Carer in February 2019, being a Senior Carer gave me a great insight in to our residents physical and emotional wellbeing. I built up a great rapport with our residents and their loved ones and became very passionate about providing person centred care based on their life histories, likes and dislikes and maintain a positive and fun-filled quality of life.
When the opportunity arose to apply for the position of Activities Coordinator I knew that was the job for me, I was successful at interview and have thrived in my position so far. I am passionate about engaging the local community with Lawton Rise to provide social activities that suit all.
My enthusiasm for my job impacts on the rest of our Lawton Rise family and I love motivating the team, residents and visitors to get involved in our activities which range from animal therapy, Namaste, fundraising days, musical entertainment, plays, engagement with local charities and schools and community links with our local Tesco store to name a few!
I look forward to further developing the activities programme here at Lawton Rise to ensure that our residents get the most out of their day to day life.
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 Lawton Rise Care Home
One of our fabulous community links, Rich Stephenson-Evans, from Tesco in Kidsgrove, came to visit us with lots of treats for a resident's 80th birthday celebration.
Rich supports us with lots of different activities within the home by bringing treats for special birthdays, fresh fruit for smoothie making and eggs for the residents to decorate before giving to local schools.
We love having Rich on board with the activities in the home!
Gordon Banks Memorial Day
Residents of Lawton Rise were delighted to get involved in a community project which meant the local care homes in Stoke on Trent had to create a piece of art work in memory of Gordon Banks OBE. The were joined by two old Stoke City Players and friends of the late Gordon Banks, Dennis Smith and John Ruggeiro to showcase their art project.
Residents, families and visitors enjoyed a buffet prepared by the homes chef which had taste buds tingling. Also, joining them were Stoke City news and professional photographers to cover the event. Everyone had a fantastic day and got offered an opportunity from stoke city to get involved in an NCS (National Citizen Service) project, which we accepted to take place in October 2019.
A traditional, enjoyed each year, and not to be missed, is Lawton Rise's popular summer beach party! Residents and staff invite families, friends and members of the community to join them and enjoy the fun of the beach in their beautiful enclosed gardens which surround the home. There is plenty of fun for everyone from food, ice-cream, entertainment, games for the children and much more!
Last year Lawton Rise were joined by popular duo, Jon And Pam who sang a medley of hits in the sun and everyone had a wonderful time. The residents always enjoy the younger generations coming into the home to spend time with them and families always say how much they enjoy the party’s with their loved ones.
Lawton Rise met with Stoke City and were delighted to be invited to get involved with NCS, which is a programme for young adults to come into a health and social setting and help with things a home would like to change. The project focus for Lawton Rise was the homes garden surrounding the car park. Residents and staff enjoyed getting to know the young adults and a lot of fun was had by all as they said “how they really enjoyed spending time with the residents and all asked if they could come to visit” and we welcome them to visit anytime.
Lawton Rise also took trips into the community with residents to local places such as McDonalds where they enjoyed coffee and cake and Westport Lake, where they walked around the lake and stopped in the café for a hot drink and biscuits. The project lasted a week and on their last day the young adults were invited to a party hosted by the home. It was a fantastic opportunity to be part of.
Musical Moments with Anna
Musical Moments is a fantastic sensory activity, we have them in the home every other week, we always have so much fun with Anna and the residents always enjoy it! Anna sings, plays the violin and uses a lot of props to get the residents involved.
On Tuesday the 25th we wanted to share Pancake Day with our family and friends, we invited them to come and join us for a morning of good food and fun! At Lawton Rise we want our family and friends to come and it feel like home for them too, we had lots of books and leaflets full of information on Alzheimer’s and Dementia for them to take away and if they have any questions our door is always open for them to come and speak to us.
Everyone involved said how much of a lovely morning it was and how they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.