Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sally Kenny
Hi, my name is Sally Kenny and I am the Lead Activities Co-ordinator here at Mulberry Court.
I have worked at Mulberry Court since 2018, starting as a Care Assistant and then Senior Carer. Since working here I have gained experience in person centred care and am passionate about including all our residents in group or individual activities. I aim to give our residents Lifestyle choices specific them and their needs and abilities. I am an outgoing and happy person and love meeting new and old residents alike.
Activities at Mulberry Court
The team at Mulberry Court works hard to support and encourage residents to participate in both group and individual activities, based around their preferences and lifestyle choices. We take time to get to know each person, sitting with them and listening to them speak about their lives, interests, and aspirations. We have access to our own minibus so outings to nearby places of interest are available; for example local museums, art galleries, garden centres, and public houses. We also host themed evenings, such as 'Quiz and Meal-in-a-Basket', 'The Races (Greyhounds, Horses)', and 'Takeaway and Movie Night' that we also encourage relatives to come to. We believe lifestyle choices and activities are one of the most important aspects of a care home, and it is essential that we help residents to have fulfilling and enjoyable lives.
Life at Mulberry Court Care Home
World Chocolate Day
Staff and residents at Barchester’s Mulberry Court care home in York had a fantastic time celebrating World Chocolate Day on July 7, surely one of the best days of the year!
Overseen by head chef Tim Wilson, staff and residents whipped up a selection of different chocolate treats from chocolate logs to cupcakes, chocolate fudge cake and even a chocolate fountain. Once they had cooled, everyone got busy decorating with strawberries and raspberries to make some of the most fabulous chocolate creations in town.
General Manager, Fiona Christie, said: “It wasn’t just the residents that were excited when we found out there was a World Chocolate Day, the eyes of all our staff lit up too. We all had great fun discussing our favourite types of chocolate down the years, it’s amazing how many different chocolate bars and flavours there have been!”
Olympic excitement at Mulberry
Here at Mulberry Court we are excited to watch and follow this year’s Olympics in Tokyo.
To show our support for all the nations that participate and the Team GB, we decorated our home with special flags, banners and torches.
We’ve organised a series of activities, games, quizzes and themed events for our residents to enjoy during the games.
Residents turned their hand this week to Watercolour painting and what lovely results! Our very own Pablo Picasso’s with a choice of different objects to paint; from a complex display of flowers to more simple ornaments there was something for everyone regardless of talent. The ‘Give it a go!’ attitude worked well as confidence grew and some beautiful masterpieces were created.
History of Robots with the V&A
We enjoyed a wonderful virtual introduction to the world of robots with V&A Dundee Curator, Kirsty Hassard.
Kirsty talked us through the history of robots and their early beginnings, the presentation traced the fascination of all things wired and wonderful and considered what the future might hold for our relationship with a multitude of mechanical machines.
It was absolutely thrilling to learn what robots can do now and what they might be able to do in the future.
Housekeeper celebrates 20-years long service!
Debbie Richardson at Mulberry Court in in York has received a prestigious 20 Year Service Award in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for 20 years.
Debbie Richardson now Head Housekeeper started at Barchester in July 2001 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.
Jane McFarlane, Employee Services Director at Barchester said: “I’m always pleased to hear stories about the long service of Barchester staff and am delighted Debbie has achieved this milestone. It is dedication like this that ensures our residents are provided with a happy place to live.”
We had a lovely time exploring the amazing gardens of Blenheim Palace through a virtual talk, hosted by the Historian - Antonia Keaney.
We enjoyed a virtual look at how the gardens at Blenheim have developed over the past 300 years - from the formality of Henry Wise through to the ‘natural’ landscape created by Capability Brown and beyond.
Everyone was very impressed by the many jewels hidden within the 150 acres of beautiful gardens.