Meet our Activities Coordinator, Claire Oliver
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
Residents made the most of the weather in our beautiful sensory garden.
Colouring of the Crows
Residents really enjoyed judging the scarecrow colouring competition. There were approximately 60 entries from our local primary school; 3 from each age group were selected and there were a total of 9 winners. They each won a rosette and a book called 'The Scarecrow's Wedding' by Julia Donaldson.
Our residents enjoying the tomatoes that they have grown from seeds!
100th Birthday Celebrations
Celebrations have been in full swing at Wheatlands. Nora Jones was joined by staff, relatives, friends and other residents as she received a telegram from the Queen in recognition of her landmark birthday. A champagne reception was held at the home and guests enjoyed a special birthday cake made by the home’s chef Martin Hall.
Nora lived in Wombourne for 60 years before coming to Wheatlands, where she is enjoying a new chapter of her life.
The birthday girl said she has had a lovely life. Nora was married to her husband, Bob, where they met at a railway station on a bitterly cold day. Bob was in the RAF and was a true gentlemen, giving up his train seat for Nora.They went on to have 77 happy years together where they both enjoyed gardening, ballroom dancing (where they won a few medals), and attended church, where Nora liked to read a lesson.
Among the relatives who attended Nora’s celebrations was Robert (Nora’s Son), Pat (her daughter in law), Tara (Nora’s granddaughter) Malcolm (her grandaughters husband), Ben (her great grandson) and also Jason (Nora’s grandson) his wife Alison and their 2 children. Nora also had a visit from neighbour Kathleen where they have been neighbours and friends for 60 years. Nora’s granddaughter Katie who lives in Nottingham also made a trip down to visit Nora a few days ago and sent her a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Nora also has family who live abroad and sent her celebratory wishes, a grandson Christopher who lives in USA with his wife and daughter Olivia. Nora also wished to mention her Grandson Mark who was married to a Russian girl called Marina. Nora said she had a wonderful day for her Birthday and everyone was so kind and caring.
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.
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.