Meet our Activities Coordinator, Claire Oliver
Hi, my name is Claire and I am the Activities Coordinator. I have worked at the Wheatlands since February 2012 and started my career here as a Care Assistant, but when the opportunity arose to become an Activities Coordinator, I jumped at the chance. Since then, I have loved every moment and enjoy the interactions with residents.
I have a great job ensuring that residents are happy and have loads of fun in and out of the home. We have a varied weekly and monthly activities program, which includes tea parties in the Vintage Café, arts & crafts, baking, board games, quizzes, canal trips, soup lunches and visits from local entertainment, who provide live music for the residents to get up and dance to – even with some lovely wine or lager (whatever tickles your fancy!). We also have movie afternoons/evenings on our big screen TV.
Our aim at the Wheatlands is to ensure that residents are as happy as they can possibly be and enjoy living at the home.
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 Wheatlands Care Home
Virtual Dance Show
Residents enjoyed a virtual dance and singalong with the local primary school children.
Our Divisional Winners
Congratulations to Paula Wiggan, who has been named as a Divisional Winner in the 2020 Barchester Care Awards. Paula is a finalist in the Dementia Care Champion category and has been invited to attend an awards ceremony on 8th October, where she will find out if she has won overall.
Also, well don to Aimee Haselton, who was named as a Divisional Winner in the Home Adminstration category.
Around the World
Because of the glorious sunshine, we decided to go around the world to the caribbean. Residents and staff dressed up and danced the afternoon away and enjoyed some Caribbean cuisine.
Virtual Church Service
Residents enjoyed a virtual church service with Rev Matthew Stafford.
We are delighted to be able to reunite our residents with their loved ones. Our sensory garden has been redesigned to adhere to social distancing measures. It was a joy to see loved ones reunited after so many months apart.
Barchester has paid special tribute to all of their carers throughout the company for National Carers Week, to thank them for their dedication to the residents and patients they care for.
Wheatlands held a day of celebrations and gifts to thank care staff at the home, who make a real difference to the lives of those in their care. This included a tombola and chocolate fountain.
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Vintage Dementia Café
Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a cuppa and a chat.
Meet the Management
Everyone is welcome at these regular social events, with a variety of light refreshments always on offer.
We know meal times can be lonely for older people.
Fancy a cuppa?
We have a room that is available for free to hire to charities and local community groups.