Meet our Activities Coordinator, Claire Liddy
Hi, my name is Claire, and I am an Activities Coordinator at North Park. I have 12 years’ experience in the role and absolutely love my job. I like to involve the local community in events within the home, so we have connections with local churches, schools and community groups. We have a PAT dog that visits weekly, so our residents can enjoy pet therapy, and lots of external entertainers, who come into the home regularly as well; in addition to fairs, monthly coffee morning and so much more.
Activities at our home
Our home is always full of life, and we can thank our wonderful Activities Coordinators for this. Dedication to creating a unique and interesting activities programme is what sets us apart from other homes. We always take into consideration that some people would prefer to pursue their own interests, which is why our team strive to incorporative activities that cater to a wide range of tastes and hobbies. Our trips out are always fun and exciting as well, and residents are guaranteed to return with stories to tell their loved ones!
Life at North Park Care Centre
Residents enjoy virtual story time
Residents at North Park Care Home, in Darlington are enjoying Sunday afternoon story time with 10 year old Chloe Chapman, who treats the Residents to two hours of interactive storytelling and chat. Chloe is a pupil at Mount Pleasant Primary School and started the sessions five weeks ago and they have meant such a lot to the residents as their families are unable to visit the home at this time due to local lock-downs.
Lisa Frame, acting General Manager at North Park Care Home said: “In these unprecedented times, ensuring residents feel engaged and connected within our local community is more important than ever. Our residents really enjoy engaging with and listening to Chloe’s stories. We provide a wide range of physical, mental and spiritual activities at North Park Care Home as part of the life enrichment programme for residents, and this one proving very popular! We have also adapted ways to keep residents active, whilst ensuring that the group activities are smaller, adhering to social distancing advice”
Salt dough fun!
Residents of North Park showed their creative sides as they enjoyed making salt dough fruit and vegetables as they make a display for Harvest Festival. Residents enjoyed kneading the dough liking it to how they would knead mixture when making bread.
Residents then moulded the dough into shapes to be dried and decorated at a later date. After the interactive activity Mavis said that although she had always enjoyed baking she had always shied away from joining in arts and crafts as she thought she was “past all that”, however would be joining in more as it had been a really fun morning!
Back to School
Staff at North Park thought it would be a nice idea to mark the return to school for children in England this week. Residents have been able to chat over the phone and skype with their grandchildren and great grandchildren every day for the past six months whilst the schools have been closed, and we know our residents will miss this connection until the next school holidays.
Members of staff came to work in what can only be describes as an assortment of uniforms’, ‘pigtails’ and ‘freckled’ faces to celebrate the occasion.
Residents enjoyed jokes which had been sent in by Primary School aged children, school quizzes and reminisced about their days at school. Of course memories of ‘The Nitty Nurse’ visit brought groans as did the PE lessons in the school yard. Doreen said it had been such an enjoyable morning with Jessie adding “oh this has brought back so many happy memories, it’s been great”
There is always plenty of fresh fruit for residents to enjoy throughout the day and Residents of North Park look their fruity Friday morning breakfasts. Along with the daily breakfast menu Friday is fast becoming known as Fruity Friday when the homes hospitality team prepare platters of delicious seasonal fresh fruit for residents to enjoy.
Residents are very much enjoying sampling the different tastes and textures while enjoying a leisurely chats with their dining companions in their social bubbles.
World Chocolate Day tasting
Residents of North Park enjoyed a chocolatey treat as they celebrated World Chocolate Day. Residents enjoyed sampling all different types of chocolate and the different flavours with Residents, Doreen and Laura admitting they were chocoholics!
Doreen said there was no chocolate she did not like. However, Laura said, with a mischievous laugh, when she gets a box of chocolates she takes the ones out she likes and offers the nutty and coffee flavours around to family and friends….
Let me entertain you!
Resident, Cliff brought his guitar to North Park when he moved in last year, since then Cliff has kept residents and staff alike entertaining everyone with his spur-of-the-moment gatherings while encouraging everyone to enjoy a sing song.
Cliff put one of his impromptu performances on one beautifully sunny and warm afternoon in the homes garden to the delight of everyone!