Meet our Activities Coordinator, Paula Kennelly
Paula is responsible for providing activities for each resident's holistic well-being. Paula supports and encourages residents with social activities, mobility and independence. She works hard to ensure a varied activities program and is always smiling.
Activities at Oxford Beaumont
Our Activities Coordinators are committed to organising a mix of activities and events that cater to all tastes, which includes minibus outings to nearby places of interest and visits from animal trusts, local school choirs, musicians and entertainers. We also undertake one-to-one activities for residents who are unable to participate in group sessions, and encourage loved ones to join in whenever they can.
Life at Oxford Beaumont Care Community
Make a Wish
At Oxford Beaumont, we feel very strongly that it is never too late to dream your dreams. We have recently created a wishing well and have been collecting residents’ wishes, which are written on the back of old pennies (paper ones, at least!) and lowered into the well.
We made our first wish come true for a resident, who said one thing she would really love to eat again was traditional Oxfordshire lardy cake. By the magic of the well (and a nearby bakery), a large lardy cake appeared the next day and, as it was so big, it was decided that it should be shared with other residents, who also enjoyed the experience – well most of them did! It brought back memories of childhood favourites, home baking, and dripping!
As we are missing visits from our fluffy friends at the moment, we decided to host a pet photograph competition so the residents could at least see pictures of some cuddly creatures. We invited the local community, as well as staff, to send in pictures of their perfect pooches, cute cats or even glorious goldfish. Staff and residents voted for their favourites, and we will be announcing the prize winners very shortly!
A Sweet Donation
At Oxford Beaumont, we have received these lovely sweets from the family of one of our residents. It was such a kind gesture!
Cake for the Queen
Residents at Oxford Beaumont had great fun decorating a cake to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. The design was chosen by Janet, it was baked by Anna in the kitchen and Roger decorated it with cream. We had to stop Graham eating all the strawberries before it was finished!
We chose a design we could make with fruit, as we wanted to involve as many residents as possible, and those who weren’t able to help with the decoration enjoyed tasting the leftover berries afterwards!
Whilst decorating, everyone shared personal memories of the Royal Family, including Winnie, who has a wonderful photograph of a royal encounter at the opening of the Council Offices in Oxford, where she was a telephonist.
We are trying new ways to keep moving here at Oxford Beaumont and some of our residents have started to learn Tai Chi from videos on YouTube, which we can show on the televisions The Tai Chi sessions are usually full, and are relaxing, in addition to improving flexibility and strength. There is always a member of staff facilitating the sessions and helping the residents get as much benefit as possible, while ensuring that everything is safe.
Moments Full of Emotion
The Oxfordshire Fire Brigade visited the home on 30th April to show their support for all essential workers. These were moments full of emotions!