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
Care Assistant celebrates 10-years
A Care Assistant at Sherwood court in Preston has received a prestigious 10 Year Service Award in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for 10 years.
April O`Grady, started at Barchester in June 2010 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.
Jane McFarlane, Employee Services Director at Barchester said: “I’m always pleased to hear stories about the long service of Barchester staff and am delighted April O`Grady has achieved this milestone. It is dedication like this that ensures our residents are provided with a happy place to live.”
Elizabeth Brotherton, General Manager of Sherwood Court Nursing Home said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating 10 years of loyal service with April O`Grady. She has demonstrated her dedication and loyalty to this home and its residents year after year. I speak for all of us here at Sherwood Court Nursing Home when I say that I’m looking forward to many more years of working with April O`Grady!”
V&A Dundee explore robots
We enjoyed a wonderful virtual introduction to the world of robots with V&A Dundee Curator, Kirsty Hassard.
Kirsty talked us through the history of robots and their early beginnings, the presentation traced the fascination of all things wired and wonderful and considered what the future might hold for our relationship with a multitude of mechanical machines.
It was absolutely thrilling to learn what robots can do now and what they might be able to do in the future.
Historic gardens of Blenheim
We had a lovely time exploring the amazing gardens of Blenheim Palace through a virtual talk, hosted by the Historian - Antonia Keaney.
We enjoyed a virtual look at how the gardens at Blenheim have developed over the past 300 years - from the formality of Henry Wise through to the ‘natural’ landscape created by Capability Brown and beyond.
Everyone was very impressed by the many jewels hidden within the 150 acres of beautiful gardens.
A tour of Dartmoor Zoo
We were able to virtually dive into the impressive wildlife of Dartmoor Zoo.
We explored its grounds and learnt about the unique history of the park from the zoo’s educational team. The culmination of the tour was the live tiger training demonstration, which was wonderful to see and enjoyed by all.
Our residents were delighted to see amazing photos and short videos of the animals and take a peek inside their home.
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!
Residents of Sherwood Court have enjoyed getting out and about on the homes mini-bus and visiting some of their favourite places, this week a trip to Southport was on the agenda and it was a lovely day for a stroll along the beach before stopping for a refreshing ice-cream, feeding the birds and having some fun playing in the old fashioned penny arcade…..
Icelandic adventures for Residents
We took a wonderful virtual trip to Iceland’s Puffin Rescue Centre at the Beluga Whale Sanctuary.
We were able to virtually meet some of the rescued Atlantic Puffins and to learn interesting facts about their care and unique lives. We took a peek into their lives in the wild, the Puffling rescue program in the Westman Islands, and how SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary’s team takes care of these charismatic little birds each day.
It was a very exciting experience, enjoyed by all.