Meet our Lifestyle Enrichment Coordinators, Jeanette Cartwright and Linda Kirby
Our activities coordinators Jeanette and Linda joined Rivermead in 2019. They are passionate about their role in helping people get the most enjoyment out of life and also maintain their links in the community. They like to learn about residents passion’s, interests and hobbies knowing they each have a story to tell. This allows Jeanette and Linda to look at ways to implement them into Rivermead's varied activities programme. It is a wonderful role that creates a buzz around the home, bringing everyone together able to enjoy each other’s company.
Both Jeanette and Linda adore the people they work with, care for them deeply, and feel privileged to have this opportunity.
Activities at Rivermead
We all know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and we work together to give residents the best possible experience. We are here to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. We ensure the team knows each residents' preferences, so that we can deliver a person-centered programme of events and activities. Essential to our homely feel is the strong relationships of trust we build with residents and their families and friends. The home also has its very own minibus for our numerous outings for coffee and shopping, which residents love.
Life at Rivermead Care Home
Somewhere over the rainbow!
Residents and colleagues at Rivermead have been busy painting the colours of the rainbow with their own take on the rainbow initiative with a piece of artwork created at the front entrance to encourage everyone to ‘keep smiling’.
The idea is that members of community display rainbows in their windows so that children can go ‘rainbow spotting’ when out for their exercise with family. The colourful displays are brightening up everyone’s day! The Facebook group has over 90,000 members and the home is delighted to be part of the community spirit.
Residents enjoy weekly coffee morning
Staff and residents at Rivermead came together to chat as they enjoyed their weekly coffee morning with home-made biscuits and refreshments. Everyone is looking forward to inviting their friends from the community back into the home again.
Linda Kirby, activities coordinators said: “Our Community Coffee Morning allows our residents to come together for a chat and enjoy each others company and we look forward to the time when our friends from the community are able to join us again. It’s a great chance to share stories, make new friends, and of course, enjoy our wonderful spread provided by our hospitality team! Stay safe until we meet again’
Bumper ‘egg’stravganza’ for Residents
Residents of Rivermead were delighted to receive a visit from the Easter bunny when they were surprised by the generosity of the local community who delivered treats for the Residents to enjoy. Colleagues were on hand to accept the beautiful gifts filled with a selection of eggs all shapes and sizes sure to satisfy any chocolate lover
Activities coordinator, Linda Kirby said: “As always, we were looking forward to Easter. It’s such a nice time of the year – the residents love all the colourful Easter eggs and made Easter extra special for our residents during this challenging period for everyone, It was an eggs-cellent day!”
Community gesture brings cheer to Rivermead
Team members and residents at Rivermead in Malton received a wonderful surprise from a local supermarket. Morrison’s in Malton turned up at the home with two large hampers for staff and a lovely note attached, which stated:
“We know the new government advice is to work from home. We also now you, like us are unable to do that. However, you are saving lives, not selling beans. Here is just a little something to say thank you for everything you are doing to keep us and our families safe. We appreciate everything you do. Keep smiling!”
The amazing community gesture brought lots of smiles to the home in this difficult time. Thank you Morrison’s!
Pupils help bridge the generation gap.
Residents of Rivermead recently welcomed local year 10 students as part of their Archbishop of York Youth Award Group project. The visit was to provide company for the residents which supports and improves both physical and mental health. The students achieved this was by playing card games, running quizzes, puppet show and offering craft activities.
The response from the residents and the students was very positive, with both sides making new friends. The home extend a warm invitation for the pupils to visit again, with one student describing the visit as “a very rewarding opportunity to communicate and interact with the older generation”
Sarah celebrates 10-years’ service at Rivermead
Sarah Russell started with us at Barchester in 2010 as a Care Assistant, always helping residents and their relatives feel happy and well looked after. Sarah now works the role of Administration Assistant and supports the homes operations as well as being the friendly, happy face to greet our visitors. Sarah is a huge help to everyone here and most importantly, is a bright and welcome support to our residents and their families.
Our General Manager, Carol Berry, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating 10 years of loyal service with Sarah. She has demonstrated her dedication and loyalty to this home and our residents year after year. I speak for all of us here at Rivermead when I say that we’re looking forward to many more years of Sarah’s presence here at our home.’