Meet our Activities Coordinator, Melissa Davies
I'm Melissa, I've returned to The Rhallt after 15 years. I worked at The Rhallt previously as both a care assistant and a kitchen assistant before leaving to explore career options working with both vulnerable children and most recently with young adults with learning disabilities.
At my previous job I gained my level 5 teaching qualification where I facilitated learning through sensory exploration and life skills. I have returned to work after having my first child and in my short time at The Rhallt as an activities coordinator I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know the residents and their families whilst having lots of fun baking, playing bingo and doing lots of arts and crafts.
If you would like to find out more about activities at The Rhallt and Rhallt House. New ideas and interactions are always welcome, please feel free to email me at any time Rhallt.Activities@barchester.com
Activities at our home
Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.
Life at The Rhallt Care Home
Flowers from Tesco Welshpool
The Rhallt wish to send a massive THANK YOU to Barbara - Community Champion at Tesco Welshpool for the lovely delivery of flowers from the store. Simply beautiful! #tescowelshpool
Children's 'Cinderella' production
Our memory lane residents been having some wonderful evenings in the run up to Christmas, tonight we watched a DVD of the Children’s production kindly lent us by our wonderful Elderly Frail carers. Our residents have really missed the children not coming in to visit. They loved singing along with them, so watching this years ‘Cinderella & Rockerfella’ production was the next best thing!
Caring Carer - Hairdressing
This week one of our wonderful carers treated several of our ladies to a hairdressing pamper session. They all looked ready to party afterwards.
Our activities team at The Rhallt understand the importance of regular 'hand-eye coordination' activities. One of our lady residents just loves doing jigsaws, the sense of achievement she feels when the jigsaw is complete wonderful to see.
Official Opening Of Visitor Pod
Newly Installed Designated Visiting Room
Residents are overjoyed at The Rhallt care home in Welshpool, as Barchester Healthcare has implemented a designated visiting room (pod) for residents to continue to spend time with their loved ones for the autumn and winter seasons in addition to the outdoor visiting that has been on offer for those able for many months.
Balancing resident wellbeing and safety is at the forefront of Barchester Healthcare’s thinking and they understand how important it is for residents and their family and friends to be able to spend time together in the safest way possible.
There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment by Barchester Healthcare, who run The Rhallt care home. It was welcome news for their residents and family and friends as we enter the colder season meaning catch-ups can continue to take place, instead of, or in addition to, outdoor visiting already offered for those able.
The designated visiting room (pod) has been designed with both comfort and safety in mind. The room is similar to a living room with comfortable furnishings and heated to create a welcoming and warm environment for residents to continue to spend time with their loved ones in the upcoming months. The room has an intercom system fitted so residents can clearly communicate, and engage in conversation, whilst being able to see their friends and family through a Perspex glass divider fitted for safety to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Infection control protocols and safe social distancing are in place for every visit, including a hand sanitizer station before entry. Cleaning at The Rhallt care home will take place after each visit to ensure chairs, seats, hard surfaces including windowsills, and the Perspex glass divider are wiped down appropriately.
The feedback from families to date has meant that the majority of people would accept unusual arrangements if it meant being able to see their loved ones while also keeping themselves safe, as a temporary measure. Barchester Healthcare hope to allow visits again as normal once it is safe to do so following government guidance.
Sharon Herbert, General Manager at the home, said: “The designated visiting room has been a much welcomed development for our residents at The Rhallt to continue to receive much looked forward to visits from their loved ones, as the weather changes. Alongside the continued offer of outdoor visiting, the designated room visits are well organised, and a lot of safety measures have been put in place to keep everyone safe. It was wonderful to see how happy it made the residents and their relatives in a warm and cosy environment.”