Meet our Activities Coordinator, Jessica Jones BA (Hons)
Hello, my name is Jess, I joined the team in September 2020 after spending a year specialising in residential and dementia care. I understand the significance of having an activity leader build a strong and trusting relationship with the residents, their families and their friends, as this enables us to tailor activities based on their needs and personal preference to ensure a stimulating and sociable place to call home.
Given my studies in Fine Art and English Literature at degree level and Extended Qualification Project in Art Therapy I am able to offer a wide range of creative outlets, but also offer a wide variety of others activities to tend the mind, body and soul of the residents. After my time spent as Ward Activities at Aintree University Hospital under PARTIA (Promoting Art In Aintree), I have seen the wonderful atmosphere created with activities and events and the unequivocal effect they have on the service users wellbeing. I wish to continue that bright and productive atmosphere which will allow everyone to take many positives from their time with Barchester.
Activities at Rhiwlas
Our Activities Coordinators are well-equipped with the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of those we support, and are instrumental in ensuring that Rhiwlas receives good press coverage, mostly due to our involvement with local schools and churches.
We often arrange parties, social group activities and networking within the community in order to enhance the social lives of residents. Needs are met by residents participating in activities of their choice, including pet therapy, arts and crafts, sensory and music therapy, live entertainment, trips out to theatres, shopping, lunches, football matches and visits to garden centres. We also have a monthly quiz that is run and organised by a resident, and we often have a competition between staff, relatives and residents.
We aim to encourage family and friend participation and support for those who live here on special occasions, such as Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, anniversaries, birthdays and Valentine’s Day.
Life at Rhiwlas Care Home
Blooming Haus floral designs
Staff and residents at Rhiwals 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.
Here at Rhiwlas, we love celebrating life and celebrating every special occasion with the people that mean the most! And our Spring-time babies have celebrated in style, with family visits, a small party with music and cake and in the gorgeous Welsh weather we’ve been having!
Enjoying the sunshine!
Here at Rhiwlas we’ve been making the most of the gorgeous Welsh weather, factor 50’s on, the drinks are out and we’ve loving it! We’ve been making the most of the garden- planting, enjoying ice pops and talking with likeminded individuals in the sun! It has been the perfect to unwind and make friends
Poetry for Spring
At Rhiwlas we’ve been teaming up with local schools across North Wales to promote inter-generational correspondence as it has a positive effect the wellbeing of all those participating. Some chose to write letters whilst others enjoyed making their own acrostic poems for Spring.
Residents enjoy exercise with the Green Goddess
Staff and residents at Barchester’s Rhiwlas care home in Flint 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.
Home celebrate National Vegetarian Week
To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, staff and residents at Barchester’s Rhiwlas care home in Flint 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, Rhiwlas head chef Jay Owen 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 chocolate and peanut butter cookie.