Meet our Activities Coordinators, Heather Lowndes
Hi, my name is Heather, I joined Barchester in 2008 as a carer. I then went on to join the activities team. I feel passionate about the residents having a stimulating environment to live in and to feel that this is truly their home from home. Looking into their past histories and trying to accommodate past interests.
When I am not in work I enjoy gardening, singing. I am a member of the PopVox Chior in Wrexham. Singing and music is so therapeutic and I like to sing along with the residents and give them a wide variety of music to listen to. I am also a member of Waverton Evangelical Fellowship. I took part in the Chester Mystery Play in 2018 and the Passion in Chester twice. I think it is really important to help the residents in their spiritual journey too.
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 Oak Grange Care Home
World Food Day
As part of World Food Day at Oak Grange, residents enjoyed a varied selection of food and treats from around the world. We’ve been doing some reminiscing about the times when we were under food rations and how all the healthy industries have been developed.
Residents at Oak Grange enjoyed varied games and a degustation of German flavours. The laughs and joy invaded Oak Grange as everyone engaged with the beer tasting and the pinball beer games.
Residents at Oak Grange enjoy a varied life enrichment programme to keep the mind, body and soul active. Each day there are popular group activities bringing everyone together along with individual Resident centred activities.
Residents enjoyed a fun filled afternoon of buying up properties and renting to each other as they had a little friendly competition to own Park Lane! High on the agenda and lots of fun is their popular game sessions.
Harvest Festival craft
Oak Grange Care Home, has been celebrating the Harvest Festival by taking part in autumn crafts and enjoying traditional harvest dishes. Residents worked together to make salt dough harvest plaits and arranging autumnal displays throughout the home which really helped everyone get into the spirit of the festival.
At this time of year our "gardening club" takes on a new meaning, by looking to the future positively. We prepared the pots for soil and planted bulbs for Spring. We will all look forward to a colourful display of pretty blooms after the coming Winter.
Much fun was had by residents who engaged in flower arranging creating beautiful displays for the home using pumpkins as vases!
Residents enjoyed receiving handmade post cards from Grosvenor Park Academy School to mark National Grandparents Day.
Karen Fitzgerald, General Manager said: “In these unprecedented times, ensuring residents feel engaged and connected within our local community is more important than ever. Our residents really enjoyed receiving postcards and videos of the children singing songs. We provide a wide range of physical, mental and spiritual activities at Oak Grange as part of the Life Enrichment programme. Intergenerational engagements are always very popular at Oak Grange! We have also adapted ways to keep residents active, whilst ensuring that the group activities are smaller, adhering to social distancing advice”
Resident Terrance King is an advocate of the intergenerational initiative and said, “It’s so lovely that we can receive letters and it is amazing how we can see the student’s performances on video. Hearing all about the Children’s School day makes my day.”
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Monthly Coffee Mornings
Relax with friends – or make new ones – all whilst enjoying a cup of a tea or coffee and homemade cakes!