Meet our Activities Coordinator, Tina Holmes
Hi, I’m Tina, and I am the Activities Coordinator here at Meadowbeck.
I began working at the home as a Care Assistant in 1999. In 2014, I changed my role to Social Support Worker, which I enjoyed, as it involved supporting residents at Meadowbeck in their daily lifestyles.
I then became the Activities Coordinator in May 2017. I love working with the elderly and getting to know them and their families, in addition to supporting them in their active lifestyles to make their time at Meadowbeck as enjoyable as possible.
Activities at our home
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 Meadowbeck Care Home
Baubles and bubbles!
Residents enjoyed an evening of Baubles & Bubbles, making personalised Christmas Baubles for the tree and whilst sipping a glass of bubbles! Some placed a little Christmas wish and memories inside to loved ones before placing on the tree. It was an evening full of joy and Christmas cheer!
Deck the halls
Residents and team members got into the festive spirit as they helped with putting up the Christmas decorations throughout the home in the lead up the Christmas countdown. Residents took their time
dressing the Christmas Tree as Christmas carols played in the background spreading Christmas cheer around the home. Once finished everyone sat back to enjoy festive refreshments accompanied by mouth-watering mince pies and sharing fond Christmas memories.
Local pre-school share Christmas wishes
Residents at Meadowbeck were overjoyed when little ones from the local village pre-school came to visit them bringing crafted cards and decorations for the tree. The children visit the residents at Meadowbeck each year and sing carols as they exchange gifts.
The children were so looking forward to visiting as they do each year, they did not let the current difficult times get in the way. They still came to visit waving to residents from the window , still singing beautiful Christmas carols before leaving. They really did make the residents day putting a big smile on their faces.
Residents are looking forward to when we are able to invite them back in to the home. Things have been so different this year but as always we have had lots of Christmas well wishes from many local surrounding schools with beautifully crafted cards, residents and staff really appreciated all there lovely well wishes all showing there wonderful creative skills.
Home amongst first to receive vaccinations
Staff and residents at Barchester’s The Meadowbeck care home, in Osbaldwick, were delighted to be invited to have the vaccination at Priory Medical group Surgery, which has lifted everyone’s spirits after what has been a very challenging year for everyone.
Deputy General Manager, Annaliza Kemp said: “Last year was a year like no other and the vaccine feels like the light at the end of the tunnel. Our teams have been magnificent in how they have risen to every challenge during this pandemic and we are proud to play our part in this next phase to ensure the most vulnerable are protected.”
Carer recognised for Long Service Award
A Carer at Meadowbeck Care Home in Osbaldwick has received a prestigious 20 Year Service Award in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for 20 years.
Susan Pullon, now Carer, started at Barchester in December 2000 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.
Messages to loved ones
Here at Meadowbeck we realise the importance of keeping lines of communication open with our friends and loved ones during these difficult times. As well as keeping in touch with video calls, residents enjoy sending well wishes to family members letting them know we have them in our thoughts by writing a few lines or with a personalised card to show loved ones what they are doing to keep busy.
We believe this is a lovely surprise for a loved one at home and brings joy to their day receiving these through their letter box. We have also enjoy correspondence with members of the local community with our pen-pal links.