Meet our Activities Coordinator, Alex Petersen
I have been at Lucerne House since November 2011. I started in the kitchen before moving to the Activities Team. I have a background in music and theatre and was very happy to be able to share this with residents in the home. After a short while, I was promoted to Head of Activities, and earned my NAPA level 2 qualification in Activity Provision.
In the role of Head of Activities, I am focused on ensuring that residents can continue to enjoy existing hobbies and interests, but also pursue new avenues of stimulation and activity. I am always looking to bring new experiences and means of engagement to the home, be that through massage therapy, yoga, engaging with the local community or many other things. At Lucerne House, our person-centred approach allows us to make every resident feel valued and comfortable enough to express themselves however they see fit.
My goal is to ensure that every person living at Lucerne House feels confident enough to make independent decisions and that each of them have a robust choice of activities and interests to engage with. I am always open to suggestions, so if you do have any, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Activities at Lucerne House
At Lucerne House our person-centred activity programme has been tailored to suit the residents living in our home. It is constantly developing due to the direct feedback from our residents and enables them to take part in existing hobbies and new tasks that aim to stimulate creativity, intellect, physical ability and improve well being. With music groups, pub outings, cooking, gardening, one to one time, entertainers, quiz's, bingo and more, there is never a shortage of things to do.
We also have external providers who visit the home. We have Rachel Sherring who provides Yoga Sessions, Lorrain Christopher who is available every Wednesday and Thursday for hair appointments in our on site salon, Sharon Rees who visits on a Wednesday to provide massage therapy sessions in the comfort of your chair and regular Church Services which do include a monthly Holy Communion. We are always open to new suggestions, so if you do have any, our activities team will always be happy to listen.
Life at Lucerne House Care Centre
We have been having great fun by keeping active at Lucerne House this month. Each week, we run our Movement for Health group, which includes cycling, walking, other movement exercises and lots of good banter. Our residents have all said how much they look forward to the sessions each week and that it has given them confidence and enabled them to meet new people and create friendships with others.
National Tea Day
We had a great time at Lucerne House on National Tea Day. Residents and staff got together to enjoy refreshments provided by the National Tea Day Company, have a social chat and enjoy each other’s company. John Bayliss, Senior General Manager, joined the group to help distribute refreshments. Thank you to the National Tea Company for their generosity and helping us to bring people together.
We have been enjoying the sunny and warm weather recently at Lucerne House. Residents and staff got together to soak up the sun and enjoy an ice cream in our garden. With more hot and sunny weather due, we are all looking forward to more afternoons like these.
Arts & Crafts Afternoon
We are very proud to be close with our community. We have seen so many wonderful letters and pictures sent to us, which has really brought our spirits up in these very trying times.
Many children and families in the village have been painting and displaying rainbows in their windows to spread a bit of joy. We were so inspired by these wonderful designs and ideas that we have been painting rainbows to display in our residents' windows and communal areas.
We look forward to doing more of this in the weeks to come, so if you are passing on your way to work, the shops or on your daily exercise then do look out for them.
At Lucerne House we feel so blessed to have such an amazing support network from our community with the local church, interest groups and community all supporting us and it is now that the support we have received has shined brighter than ever.
As the effects of the global pandemic sweep through cities and communities we have been receiving some wonderful contact. Lucy Williams, Alphington Children & Families Lead worker who runs local groups for parents and toddlers among other things had the idea to start a pen pal scheme with our residents. It has been a wonderful success with many letters and pictures from children in the groups and from the local primary school.
A Facebook page called “Lovely Lucerne” which was created by Jo Willmot, wife of Lucerne House’ head chef Simon Willmot has been a great platform to receive daily updates, letters, pictures, videos and even singing. The efforts and extra steps that people have gone to is extraordinary and we are forever grateful. We look forward to more communication, pictures and videos in the coming weeks.
We had a fantastic time at Lucerne House for Sport Relief day, residents, relatives and staff have all got into the spirit of the day. Everyone helped and contributed using our static cycle machine and we are very proud to have exceeded our target distance. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported the event.
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and snack.
Don't Dine Alone
Enjoy some company and a delicious lunch!