We are saddened to announce that Sarah, who currently leads our Activities Team will be moving on. Her last day will be Thursday 26th March. We would like to thank Sarah for making the activities team what it is today.
Pioneering activities at Summerdyne
Sarah has been completely dedicated to our residents and brought so much pleasure to their daily lives. She has forged new community links with local nursery schools and groups, getting our residents involved with community activities. For example, The Duck House Challenge for the Bewdley Festival and yarn bombing with the local rangers. Both these, inspired the Having a Yarn Knitting Group at Summerdyne.
She has introduced residents to new experiences and rekindled memories of their childhoods. Sarah has arranged everything from living history days to 1940’s fetes and The Living Egg Project. Most recently, Heritage Manor awarded Sarah for her Facebook posting. This is one of the best way to keeping residents families in touch with our home.
We are sure Sarah will have the same positive impact in her new role and wish her all the very best for the next chapter of her journey. We will all miss Sarah and you may be wondering who can fill her shoes!
What is next for the activities team at Summerdyne?
In October 2019, Emma joined us working as a Care Assistant. She has a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care and was an instant fit into the Summerdyne team. Emma entered the Care Sector wanting to make a difference to residents daily lives, brighten their day and create a smile. She certainly does that!
In January, Emma joined the Activities Team working alongside Sarah. She has got to know all our residents life stories, hobbies, likes and dislikes and what brings them happiness. In the Activities Team, Emma feels she is best able to enhance our residents well-being. Her vibrant personality, warmth and generous character are perfectly suited to this. You can see her real affinity with residents in the pictures below. She has spent so much time listening to them and getting to know everyone. We are delighted to have her on board.
A little bit more about Emma, in her own words
I have two amazing daughters and a dog. I enjoy reading, walking and the theatre. Ballet is my favourite. I love period dramas and I’m a huge fan of Catherine Cookson and Jane Austen.
I enjoy all aspects of my role, being person centred and want to help maintain and promote our residents independence: To keep and preserve their skill base and interaction.
The most interesting thing I have done…
I conducted a research methodology project, to find out about anxiety disorders. Also, the relationships between Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and medications used for treatment; the effect this has on the human brain and it’s functions.
The different therapies for Alzheimer’s interest me and how to relieve anxiety that dementia can cause. Through my new role at Summerdyne, I can see firsthand how music, song, laughter, gardening, to name a few, are food for the soul and so beneficial to the well-being of all our residents. It is lovely to see find that one activity or experience which can bring that spark of joy.
One of my ambitions is…
To continue to strive for inclusion for all and to further my career in the Health and Social Care Sector.