Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kimberley Calvert
Hi my name is Kimberley, Activities Coordinator, and here at Leeming Bar our life enrichment programme is varied, providing choice for our residents and incorporating their interests and hobbies. We all know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within Leeming Bar, 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-centred 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.
Activities are an integral part of life at our care home. We want to ensure that the people we support have as much fun as possible during their time with us, so it’s important that our activities programme is created with the interests of residents in mind. Our skilled Activities Coordinators bring a certain uniqueness to the home that can’t be found anywhere else, and which is reflected in the activities they organise.
Life at Leeming Bar Grange Care Home
Long awaited reunions at Leeming Bar
For residents at Leeming Bar Grange care home in Leeming Bar, the long awaited reunion with one family member has become a reality, as one single named visitor is now allowed to visit each resident in their bedroom.
There has been much anticipation of this moment by families and residents alike. Guidance was issued by the Government on March 4 and Barchester Healthcare, who run Leeming Bar Grange care home, is proceeding with a safe and cautious approach to visiting. Strict protocols are in place with all visitors required to have a negative Lateral Flow Device test result before being allowed into the home, and infection control measures and social distancing in place for every visit, with hand holding allowed but not recommended.
Super Hero's for Comic Relief
Staff and residents at Leeming Bar Grange in Leeming Bar have taken part in a superhero themed day to raise money for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day on the 19th March
The residents and team donned their capes to take part in a host of fun games and a charity raffle. The afternoon included a very special awards ceremony whereby the residents and team were presented with awards including “super caring and super inspiring”. Residents and staff spent the lead up to the day nominating each other to show their appreciation towards one another.
Mum's the word at Leeming Bar
Residents at Barchester Healthcare’s Leeming Bar Grange care home, in Leeming Bar celebrated Mother’s Day with video calls and afternoon tea. The home was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and bunting for the occasion.
Staff at Leeming Bar Grange arranged for each resident to receive a hand decorated treat-box filled with sweet treats, and a wonderful afternoon tea; during which residents shared fond memories of their own mothers and what being a mother has meant to them. Head Chef at the home, Toni Scott prepared a special Sunday roast with wine and bucks fizz to mark to occasion.
General Manager, Michelle Keep said: “We’ve all had a really lovely day. Although Mother’s Day has had to be a bit different this year, our mums have had video calls with family/we have made good use of our visiting suite to make sure lots of our residents had a visit with their loved ones.”
International Women's Day
Residents at Leeming Bar Grange in Leeming Bar marked International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th by spending the day celebrating the achievements of wonderful trail-blazing women throughout history.
IWD takes place on March 8 every year to celebrate women’s rights and inspire people to fight for gender equality. A United Nations-sanctioned global holiday, IWD celebrates women’s contributions to society, raises awareness about the fight for gender parity and inspires support for organisations that support women globally.
Residents took part in discussions about the role of the many different women who have shaped history from Cleopatra and Boudica to Florence Nightingale and Marie Curie right through to the Queen and Mrs Thatcher. They talked about the important women in their own lives and celebrated the achievements of their fellow residents. Residents and the team then came together to raise their hands to signify that we choose to challenge gender bias and inequality.
Biscuit decorating competition
Residents recently had a day of fun with sprinkles and fondant; creating masterpieces to be entered into our biscuit decorating competition! Residents and the team voted for their favourite biscuits and the winners were announced as a lovely lady who created a beautiful butterfly biscuit, and our Irish beauty who created a very impressive caterpillar! Both winners were thrilled with their prizes of big boxes of chocolates!
Residents were thrilled to start their day with a traditional pancake breakfast on shrove Tuesday. Residents tried a variety of fillings whilst reminiscing about their Shrove Tuesday celebrations from when they were younger.