We are pleased to annouce that our Activities Team at Richmond Northampton have made it through to the Bupa Care Awards Finals being held on the 8th September 2016.
Some background about our team
Chris has worked at Richmond Northampton from the beginning firstly in Domiciliary care
and now activities. It has been great to meet the first ever residents to the village and then to watch the village grow into the thriving village we have today.
His role is to organise the activities for the independent Village apartments and the Assisted living apartments and to oversee the care home activities. He encourages everyone to articipate in the busy activities schedule on a daily basis. He actively promotes the activities with residents, friends and family to ensure they have full knowledge of the residents’ likes, dislikes, interests and abilities.
Chris is Editor for our monthly newsletter to promote the activities and encourage everyone to join in. Each month he organises themed Supper Clubs, Quiz Nights, and Social nights with Entertainment and Film nights. He is always looking at new ideas for activities that are requested or suggested day trips etc.
Chris loves working for Richmond Villages and has come to think of the residents as extended family and friends.
Care Home Team
Every day one of the activity co-ordinators visits every resident and has a chat about the day ahead. Our Care Home is situated on the 1st floor we aim to get everyone out for a morning walk or sit out in the fresh air with a coffee most day.
Morning sessions are our “Getting to Know You” time and are more one to one based activities.
After lunch we aim to run a group activity and this can be anything from entertainment, art and crafts, cookery, music sessions, hand massage and pampering sessions or reading the news headlines over tea. Whatever the session is we guarantee you will want to stay and not miss anything.
Examples of a Person Centred approach
Davina everyday will pick a flower or herb from the garden and sit with Jessie looking and discussing the flowers, this might seem unimportant to people who do not know Jessie but Jessie is unable to leave her room and absolutely loves gardening.
Lorna has an amazing bond with so many residents and especially residents in the Meadows, as an example Doris is usually very unresponsive with most staff and family but Lorna sits and reads to Doris whilst giving a hand massage and this really helps to ease Doris’s anxiety and openly converses with Lorna that even her daughter was shocked about.
Angela is fantastic with all residents and is very quick to calm anxious/angry residents with her gentle ways and excellent ability to overcome an obstacle. Angela not only is great with Care Home residents but also massively improves the lives of our assisted living residents by actively and successfully encouraging residents to an activity session.
Jack is very new to Activities and came to us once he finished his work experience. Jack is a very happy and outward going person and the residents love him. He is always happy and nothing is ever too much, Jack is great at getting people interacting with each other including care staff. One lady who lives in the Meadows lights up every time Jack is on shift and she refers to him as her man and to leave him alone.
The above are just three small examples of improving residents lifestyle leading to “Happier, Healthier Longer Lives ".