Meet our Activities Coordinator, James Teasdale
Hi my name is James Teasdale and I work at Sherwood Court since September 2017 formerly in the role as a care assistant before becoming the homes activities coordinator in January 2020. We all know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and we work together as a team to give residents the best possible experience. My role here is to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active.
I work with care to ensure the team knows each residents' preferences, so that we can deliver a person-centered program 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. I enjoy working at Sherwood Court and making a difference to the lives of those who live here.
Activities at our home
Our home is always full of life, and we can thank our wonderful Activities Coordinators for this. Dedication to creating a unique and interesting activities programme is what sets us apart from other homes. We always take into consideration that some people would prefer to pursue their own interests, which is why our team strive to incorporative activities that cater to a wide range of tastes and hobbies. Our trips out are always fun and exciting as well, and residents are guaranteed to return with stories to tell their loved ones!
Life at Sherwood Court Care Home
Home welcome chicks!
Staff, residents and their guests at Barchester’s Sherwood Court care home, in Preston were celebrating the birth of baby chicks this week at the home.
There was a lot of egg-citement at the home as 10 chicks hatched throughout the week. Residents were able to pet and feed the chicks as they found their footing in their new home.
General Manager Elizabeth Brotherton said: “It was an eggs-cellent day when the eggs finally hatched! Residents at Sherwood Court as well as our team were all very excited about the new-borns, the Residents come up with some names for the chicks Nugget, Kiev, Mustard and Bruno.
For residents at Sherwood Court Nursing home in Preston, Fulwood, the long awaited reunion with one family member has become a reality, as one single named visitor is now allowed to visit each resident in their bedroom.
There has been much anticipation of this moment by families and residents alike. Guidance was issued by the Government on March 4 and Barchester Healthcare, who run Sherwood Court Nursing home, is proceeding with a safe and cautious approach to visiting. Strict protocols are in place with all visitors required to have a negative Lateral Flow Device test result before being allowed into the home, and infection control measures and social distancing in place for every visit, with hand holding allowed but not recommended.
Despite the need for testing and social distancing, it was still welcome news for so many residents and their family members to be able to meet in the comfort of their bedroom. Residents and their relative enjoyed getting together and catching up face to face.
Home host Easter competition with sister home
Residents at Sherwood Court are getting together with sister home, Boroughbridge Manor to take part in an Easter competition between both homes.
Each home are going to decorate Easter eggs and chicks for the other home to judge – there will be a prize for each home for the winner!
Residents are looking forward to the fun inter-home challenge and sharing their memories of Easter with each other.
International Women's Day
Residents enjoyed ‘ladies corner’ on the 8th of March for International Women’s Day at Sherwood Court prompting valuable discussions of life skills and achievements, it was filled with a lot of laughs out loud as the happy group went on all day celebrating women’s equality and gender. Quotes were read out in the small socially distanced group like this one that reminded them of the homes General Manager, Elizabeth Brotherton.
What is an inspiring woman? - “For me, an inspiring woman is simply a women who can fill someone with desire or urge to do something worthwhile. Something that creates a better world… perhaps a woman, who lives her life free from definitions, constraints and attachment to generally accepted ideals and stereotypes of beauty and success”. We salute all the ladies out there!
Sending hugs to sister home
Sending Hugs to our sister home - The team at Sherwood Court have been working very hard with the residents to help draw around residents hands and decorate them to create a chain of hands as a big hug to all the residents and staff at sister home, Boroughbridge Manor care home. Big hugs to all!
Knit and Natter
We have been using our fine motor skills and muscle memory to be creative. Reminiscing about days gone by when we would use our knitting and sewing skills on a very regular basis. Knitting and sewing articles we have made from scratch has been incredibly rewarding.