Meet our Activities Coordinator, Claudia Godinez

Hi, My name is Claudia and I am the lead Activities Coordinator here at Oak Grange.  I was born and raised in Acapulco, Gro. Mexico. I bring a wealth of experience to the role and I also volunteer with a charity supporting people living with cancer, during this time I began to study Reiki as an alternative therapy.

I am a chartered Accountant and a Lawyer with a master in Human Resources. However, on this job I found myself so involve in the Wellbeing of the human being that I decided to became a Master student of Psychology at the University of Chester.

As my family is back in Mexico I am fully committed with the Residents at Oak Grange, for me Every day I get to do what I love, having fun, having a laugh yapping lots and trying my very best to make a difference on each and every one of the residents as I would love someone do the same with my parents.

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

Carer scoops coveted title

Ruby Jones at Oak Grange Care Home in Mollington, Chester has been crowned Carer of The Year for North Division in the Barchester Care Awards 2021 and is through to the national round of judging.

The Barchester Care Awards celebrate the staff who go the extra mile for the benefit of the 12,000 residents living in Barchester’s 248 care homes and private hospitals across the country. Categories range from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Carer of the Year’ to ‘Dementia Care Champion’ and ‘Activities Coordinator of the Year’.

More than 2,900 nominations were received from homes and hospitals across the UK. All entries were a very high standard and Ruby Jones is over the moon to have been named the winner for the beating hundreds of other nominees.

Ruby Jones said: “I can’t believe it and thank you so much. I am so proud to represent Oak Grange”.

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Divisional Winner - Barchester Care Awards

Ruby Jones at Oak Grange Care Home in Mollington, Chester has been crowned Carer of The Year for North Division in the Barchester Care Awards 2021 and is through to the national round of judging.

The Barchester Care Awards celebrate the staff who go the extra mile for the benefit of the 12,000 residents living in Barchester’s 248 care homes and private hospitals across the country. Categories range from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Carer of the Year’ to ‘Dementia Care Champion’ and ‘Activities Coordinator of the Year’.

More than 2,900 nominations were received from homes and hospitals across the UK. All entries were a very high standard and Ruby Jones is over the moon to have been named the winner for the beating hundreds of other nominees.

Ruby Jones said: “I can’t believe it and thank you so much. I am so proud to represent Oak Grange”.

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Therapy Dog Nationwide

Since the restrictions are lifted, we are now able to host the visits od The Therapy Dog Nationwide.

Extensive research has shown that the presence of a dog can have a positive impact on physiology and psychology and so help to reduce stress levels. By stroking a pet residents at Oak Grange has been smiling, and enjoying themselves around Ruby.

Ruby’s handler Karen said that they have missed their visits so much over the past 18 months and how nice it is for the both of them being able to see those smiling faces and bright eyes when they realised are having a special furry visit.

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Concert to Nelson Mandela

Residents and staff at celebrated Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July in honour of the great man’s birthday.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Mvezo, South Africa on 18 July 1918.  An anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist, Mandela was South Africa’s first democratically elected African president and served his country from 1994-99.  He was renowned around the world for his commitment to peace, negotiation and reconciliation.  Also known as Madiba, he passed away on 5 December 2013 with many accolades to his name including the Nobel Peace Prize.

Residents spent the day reading excerpts from Mandela’s famous book ‘A Long Walk to Freedom’ and watching films about his life.  They reminisced about how much has changed during their lifetime in the battle against discrimination and talked about the impact Mandela had around the world and we also had a tribute concert in which everyone celebrated Nelson Mandela life.

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National Day of the Cowboy

It wouldn’t be too outlandish to say that the National Day of the Cowboy movement got its real start when ranchers and cowhands first started working herds in the American West before all 50 states were even formed. Roping and riding, herding cattle on horseback, living by the lariat on your saddle horn, and camping under a big, starry American sky — these things were integral to the American cowboy experience. For a long while, other countries’ perception of what Americans were like was exemplified by the ‘Marlboro Man’ image — a stoic, soft-spoken, self-reliant master of herd beasts and the wilderness.

Oak Grange decided to celebrate this day in their own style and Staff got dressed on their western clothes and throw a western party with the presence of Flossy the Pony and an amazing singer who interpret a lot of western songs.

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I, Robot 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.

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Upcoming events

August 2021

A fun-filled month of activities and events for residents to enjoy!

August Activities - Highlights

Here are the highlights for the month of August.  Please take a peek to read about the life enrichment program this month

Monthly Coffee Mornings

Monthly Coffee Mornings

Relax with friends – or make new ones – all whilst enjoying a cup of a tea or coffee and homemade cakes!