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
Home host Macmillan Coffee Morning
Staff and residents at Meadowbeck Care Home in Osbaldwick held a charity coffee morning on Friday 25th September to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Meadowbecks coffee morning was a big success – they managed to raise £60.00 and, most importantly, everyone had a lot of fun doing it!
The British charity provides financial aid, specialist healthcare services, and all different kinds of support to those living with cancer. The purpose of the coffee morning is to sit down with your friends and family and catch up with a nice cuppa for a good cause. The money raised will help Macmillan make sure no one has to face cancer alone.
Eyes down for a game of bingo
Residents at Meadowbeck love a Bingo night and it is a firm favourite in the homes life enrichment programme. It is the look of excitement as to who will shout ‘full house’ first, each session brings lots of laughter to their bingo sessions before enjoying refreshments and tasty treats.
Residents enjoying a little one to one time with staff members and in particular showing a little friendly competitiveness playing Bendidominos – Dominoes with a twist! Afterwards everyone likes nothing better to sit back and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of delicious home-made cake.
Knit and natter for Residents
The ladies of Meadowbeck enjoyed a little social morning at their knit and natter group as they all shared special memories. One Resident told them of when she won Miss York in 1955 she also received a BEM award for services to the elderly for over 60 years and which extra special as also in the past entertained residents here at Meadowbeck. It was a lovely lively group with lots of laughter going on!
Impromptu afternoon tea
It was time for tea at the Meadowbeck when the residents got together to enjoy an afternoon tea treat of fresh cream cakes, alongside a nice cup of Yorkshire tea. From chocolate eclairs to a classic fluffy Victoria sponge, residents were spoilt for choice with the variety of tasty treats on offer. It was a great opportunity for the ladies to chat and catch up!
For some residents at Meadowbeck care home in Osbaldwick, the long awaited reunion with family and friends became a reality recently, as garden visits have now been allowed to commence at the home.
There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment behind the scenes at Barchester Healthcare, who run Meadowbeck care home. Social distancing was still in place, and homes that are able to take part must have a large accessible garden.
It was welcome news to so many residents, family, and friends, who were kept apart for so long following strict government guidance. Residents and their loved ones got together in the home garden and the garden was fully of joy and chatter.