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.
Life at Queens Manor Care Home
During these uncertain times, our hospitality team ensure our residents spirits are kept high with delicious food and tasty treats.
All of our residents were invited to attend our High Tea, which included scrumptious savoury treats, homemade soup and an abundance of sweet delights.
At the moment we are unable to enjoy our usual coffee mornings, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy a cup of tea and a chat together, along with a scone!
Residents enjoy National Reef Day
Arts and crafts are a favourite here at Queens Manor and to bring in some cheer, our residents have been enjoying creating some reef art. We have spent some time learning about the ocean, reefs, corals and expressing our love for the ocean.
Our residents then enjoyed a fishy quiz and reminisced over our favourite sea adventures.
Residents enjoy floral demonstration
Staff and residents at Barchester’s Queens Manor care home in Edinburgh were treated to an interactive virtual floristry masterclass courtesy of Master Florist, Michal Kowalski, from Blooming Haus.
Blooming Haus started with a small pop-up shop in Chelsea. They have since blossomed spectacularly on to the floristry scene as ‘floral engineers’, carving themselves an outstanding reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative floral design studios. The company is the vision of Master Florist, Michal Kowalski and his business partner, Michael Dariane. The pair bring a completely fresh approach to floristry and their ambition to push the boundaries of traditional floristry has laid the foundations of Blooming Haus’ success to date.
National Vegetarian Week
To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, staff and residents at Barchester’s Queens Manor care home in Edinburgh were treated to an interactive virtual cookery demo courtesy of chef, Alex Connell, from Vegetarian for Life.
Chef Alex whipped up some tasty, healthy vegetarian snacks in a live, interactive cookery demo. Much to residents’ delight, Queens Manor head chef had prepared the same recipes so that residents could try all the dishes. Residents sampled delicious, light and summery veggie dishes including Borlotti bean and dill pate, Greek fritters with Tzatziki and Coronation 'chicken' pastries. All finished off with a sweet and simple but totally yummy banana bread.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Staff and residents at Barchester’s Queens Manor home in Edinburgh were treated to an armchair work out courtesy of the Green Goddess, Diana Moran, and Shackleton’s furniture company, followed by a mindfulness session led by Shackleton’s Emma Raybould.
Diana rose to fame as a glamorous fitness guru on BBC’s Breakfast Time in the 1980’s and has made an outstanding contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of people in the UK. She now brings that experience to Shackletons as their Health and Wellness Adviser.
Residents join Five Sisters Zoo
Staff and residents at Barchester’s Strachan House and Queens Manor care home in Edinburgh were treated to an exciting virtual tour of Five Sisters Zoo, hosted by Head of Education, Adam Welsh.
Five Sisters Zoo is a family run zoo with over 160 different animal species from around the world. Originally a garden centre that helped to rehome unwanted pets, the animal collection grew and grew until the zoo was officially founded in 2005. Now Five Sisters Zoo is the most visited wildlife attraction in West Lothian.
Gone are the days when a visit to the zoo was merely a fun day out. Adam’s presentation showed all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes at the zoo and explored the vital conservation, rescue and education work carried out at FSZ, and at most modern zoos.