Meet our Lifestyle Enrichment Coordinator, Shannon Cullen
Hi, my name is Shannon and I am Head of Lifestyle and Enrichment here at Queens Manor. I have come to Queens Manor with 6 years of experience in the planning, activities and events sector.
I ensure that myself and the team get to know each resident's preferences so that we can deliver a person-centred programme of events and activities within the home - Including activities that positively impact physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. I strongly believe that creating great moments and memories for our residents and embracing their individuality with tailor made activities is the way forward.
In an era of developing technologies, we are using new ways of reaching out to family and friends - though Zoom, Skype and Facebook Portal. We hope that our residents never feel alone or too far away from their loved ones this way. Each day I like to ensure that our residents enjoy themselves in a calm, stimulating and fun environment, whilst creating bonds with each other and staff.
We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.
Activities and Events Partnerships
As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies
Life at Queens Manor Care Home
Residents at Queens Manor thoroughly enjoy our weekly poetry club! This week we focused on different poet styles and each read an extract or whole poem that we enjoyed!
Conversations by the Pond
We had a lovely time joining Henry Slator for an exciting virtual event to discuss his book ‘Conversations at the Pond’.
Henry had an unusual writing journey, which many of our residents found inspiring, he underwent chemotherapy in early 2020, which allowed him to rediscover his light-hearted outlook on life by imagining conversations with creatures in and around his large garden pond and adding buckets of fun.
The entertaining Conversations at the Pond, with its mass of colourful illustrations, took our residents along his journey, they felt inspired, cheered and loved hearing all about Henry’s experiences.
Happy International Tea Day
Today residents at Queens Manor celebrated International Tea Day by having our very own tea tasting and learning about the background of tea! Who knew there was so much history behind the wonderful beverage!
What a lovely end to Easter weekend we have had today! Our friends over at bunny & co paid us a visit and brought over some lovely little bunnies, a chicken, a duck, some guinea pigs and mice
Trip to the beach
Queens Manor Residents Adrianne, Marion, and Mary loved their outing last week to a local beach - only a stone throw away from the home. We took supplies to make hot beverages and our chefs provided us with some sweet treats for the outing !
Queens Manor Bike Rally
Content: Thoughtful staff at Queens Manor arranged for local bike enthusiasts to bring along a selection of magnificent bikes, both old and new, to surprise and delight resident Dick Finnemore, aged 92. Dick has been a motorbike enthusiast all his life, and along with his late wife, he rode regularly every month until he was in his 80s