Meet our Activities Coordinator, Alison Bradley

My name is Alison, I am the activities coordinator at Maple Leaf Lodge. I have worked here for 10 years. I love my job and creating activities, hosting events and teaching new skills or old skills which the residents may have forgotten, which has driven me to continue to be the very best version of me to bring happiness to the residents.

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 Maple Leaf Lodge Care Home

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The Year of the Ox

The residents at Maple Leaf celebrated Chinese New Year with a tasty Chinese lunch and snacks to try, the home was filled with the smells of pawn toast, chicken chow mein and egg fried rice.

The residents made red decorations and lanterns to follow traditions. To finish the day, everyone enjoyed fortune cookies and read their fortunes.

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Valentine's Day

Whether you spend it alone or with loved ones, always remember you are loved. Residents at Maple Leaf Lodge celebrated Valentine’s Day together. Ron and Rose have been married 66 years this year, and said the key to a happy marriage is to be kind to each other and listen to each other. Residents made cards for their loved ones.

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The Magic Table

Maple Lead Lodge recently had a Magic Table installed, and first up to try it was resident, Brian.

Brian had a stroke many years and only has the use of his left hand; he is right handed, so has had to teach himself to use his left hand to get around and do the things he loves. He used the table for the first time and really enjoyed it.

Alison Bradley, Activities Coordinator, said it’s nice to see Brian enjoying himself; he is very competitive and liked to play against the staff to see how many people he could beat. We have now set up a weekly challenge for him to see if he can beat his top score.

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Burns Night

Residents enjoyed a day full of celebrations, from reading poems and eating shortbread to singing Scottish songs and learning to dance. Everyone gathered to listen to our very own Scottish lady tell her stories about her favourite places and family history.

Christmas Baking

Residents have been making Christmas cakes recently ready for the big day. We've been having lots of fun baking!

National Elf Day

This day consisted of wrapping presents, making mince pies, Christmas jumper cookie making, elf games and Christmas card making. Everyone had lots of fun!