We welcomed our new Lifestyle and Wellbeing Coordinator Rachel just in time for Christmas! She will be supporting Caroline when she returns from maternity leave.
Rach recently moved to Hereford after living in Malvern for 29 years. She worked as a care assistant for 12 years, but decided to change to lifestyle and wellbeing. In her last job she was always the one coming up with the fun, unusual and different activities for residents. So, it was a natural switch in roles! She is a big football fan and Nottingham Forest supporter. She loves having a banter with residents about football and keeps them up to date with all the scores.
We have a Resident Ambassador, who is a voice for the residents and also involved in recruitment and other aspects of home life. Residents have formed a Social Committee to regularly meet to discuss fundraising and any events they would like. These things give meaningful occupation, which is fundamental to our health and wellbeing, identity, self esteem and belonging.
New activities this year
We have set off on our armchair travel adventure around the world! Each month will be a new destination. We began in The USA, spotting all the landmarks in a quiz, reminiscing about our travels, discovering less well known facts about America and enjoying themed food!
We’ve started running a monthly skittles competition. Our January winner was Olive and February winner was Dot. Well done ladies!
A regular afternoon of bingo is always enjoyed and regular baking sessions. Bread making week was amazing. The fun of kneading the dough, shaping the loaves and the delicious smell as they baked. So many memories triggered and stories shared.
We like to tie in our activities with the calendar. We marked National Cheese Day with cheese and wine tasting this afternoon. For pizza day, we decorated our own pizzas. Pineapple is still considered a bit of a dubious topping! And for Pancake Day we made pancakes and enjoyed them with lots of toppings.
Valentines was super special as we all chatted about what love means to us. A very poignant day.