Meet our Activities Coordinator, Fernanda Gomes
Hello, my name is Fernanda Gomes and I’m the Activities Coordinator here at Worplesdon View.
Since 2016, I have been part of this wonderful team, starting as a Hostess before moving on to Care Assistant, and finally to Activities Coordinator.
I have always been fond of talking and engaging with residents, knowing more about them and trying to understand them, as well as their loved ones. It gives me great pleasure knowing that I have put a smile on each of their faces.
There has never never a dull moment from the first day I started, which makes this job even more exciting, not knowing what to expect.
Activities at Worplesdon View
The activities team at Worplesdon View organise and run activities and events for large groups, small groups and individual residents. We include relatives, volunteers and the remaining staff whenever possible and encourage choice and participation from everyone we support. Our programme is planned in advance and is is designed provide tailored, meaningful activities for residents to participate in that will stimulate all senses, whist encouraging mental and physical well-being. We have an activity plan for all residents, and of course, this changes with the needs of each person to keep it up-to-date and useful. Worplesdon View is a fun and dynamic place to live and work, and the secret to this is that everyone is encouraged to see activities as part of their role in the home so that residents are happy and always have something to do.
Life at Worplesdon View Care Home
Going for Gold
Residents laced up their trainers and warmed-up for our sports day. With spring on the way, we had a great opportunity to practice some of our favourite sports and to keep fit for the summer. We had loads of fun!
The Mother of all Celebrations
Our residents celebrated Mother’s Day with tea party. Staff arranged flowers for every resident, a virtual music concert and Skype calls throughout the day. Our lovely Head Chef, Stephen Oakley, prepared a special menu and baked very tasty cupcakes to mark the day.
The Magic Table
Our home, which provides expert dementia care to residents, has acquired a Magic Table that has allowed our residents of all capacities and mobilities to enjoy sensory experiences without ever leaving their rooms. Residents have shown absolute delight when playing the games and it has been a real joy to see the increased interaction from people.
Residents were amazed to see a variety of fresh, homemade pancakes from our Head Chef with different toppings and fruits to choose from, such as syrup, jam and the classic sugar and lemon to make sure that there was a topping for everyone.
Shrove Tuesday has sparked many conversations about the past and how the residents and their families have celebrated this important event. After the delicious pancakes, the residents learned about the different traditions held around the world on Pancake Day.
Love is in the Air
Residents at the home were treated with a single red rose to enjoy on Valentine's Day while reminiscing over a collage of Residents Wedding photos.
A Body Shop at Home representative, Maria Smith, kindly donated a hamper of treats for our hard-working staff to receive a well-earned pamper and relax! Gifts included hand sanitiser, hand cream, bubble bath and calming balm.