Meet our Activities Coordinator, Alex Downie
I began working for Barchester in 2011 as a night carer. I was then offered the chance to work during the days, which was wonderful, as I had more opportunities to interact with residents - and I always enjoyed painting their nails!
Barchester gave me the incentive to develop myself and attain my NVQ Level 2 & 3, which helped me to understand my role a little better and therefore be able to provide the best care I could.
I sometimes had the opportunity to help out with activities, which I really enjoyed. As a result, a became an Activities Assistant whilst still working as a carer - this was wonderful and I had a real passion for it.
When the Head of Lifestyles position became available, staff and residents were very encouraging of me applying for the role. I was ecstatic when I was offered the job and now very happily provide new, fun and person-centred lifestyle choices for those we support.
I am looking forward to learning about residents' interests and encourage loved ones, staff and residents to give feedback and offer input for what they would like to see going on.
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 our home
We had our big Christmas party at Orchard house! Residents and family couldn’t stop saying what a great afternoon it was. There was lots of laughter and cheer around the room. We even had a visit from Santa.
Arreton Primary School Visits the Home
Orchard House had the joys of Arreton primary school children coming in to sing in their choir and do bell ringing for everyone. What a lovely afternoon it was. The residents couldn’t stop saying how great the children were and how lovely it was to see them come in to visit everyone.
Busy Bees Garden Centre
As part of our festive preparations we took our residents to our local Busy Bees Garden Centre to enjoy the Christmas lights show and to join in the fun and view all the decorations, lights and glitzy glamour.
On Remembrance day, residents wanted to write messages to loved ones to show we will never forget them. We got together with a hot cuppa whilst residents shared memories and wrote messages on poppy’s. Residents then put them on our memory tree. Everyone explained it was a lovely way to never forget them and it gave them a chance to express that they are forever in our hearts.
We had a fun afternoon painting rocks! As the residents enjoy painting so much we thought we would change it up by painting rocks. Which the residents enjoyed very much, for some individual’s they had never done it before.
It does not matter what age you are, we will find something new and different you may have not done before.
Guinea Pigs Visit
We had very friendly guinea pigs who visited us all at the home. They were all very relaxed and enjoyed having a cuddle with the residents. Everyone had a lovely time.
Need a venue?
We have a well-equipped room that is available to hire for free to members of the local community.
Monthly Coffee Mornings
Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and delicious cakes in our café area in reception.
Don't Dine Alone
Enjoy some company and a nutritious lunch.