18th March 2021
I love my role as Wellbeing Team Leader at Springfield Care Home and I love coming to work every morning and saying hello to our residents as they are getting up and having their breakfast.
We normally have two organised activities each day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) with plenty of free time in between for residents to enjoy doing the daily word-search challenge, crosswords, watching television or participating in some arts and crafts. Our beautiful outdoor space also provides a safe and quiet area for residents to garden, feed our fish and enjoy the summer months. We’re already excited for the summer months and we already have lots planned for residents to look forward to.
Our activities timetable involves a variety of activities that we change regularly according to what our residents enjoy. In a typical week, this often includes gardening, bingo (one of our favourites across all communities), spa afternoon, knitting, group discussions about specific topics and much much more. We also often hold sing-along afternoons where we see residents get up and dance to some of their favourite songs.
My role is to ensure that our activities programme is varied and encompasses a wide variety of activities to suit all our residents’ interests and hobbies and to encourage participation for everyone. We regularly speak with our residents to gather feedback and to understand what they enjoy so that we can provide an increasingly tailored activities programme and provide a more meaningful timetable. The activities and wellbeing team at Springfield Care Home are amazing and our carers are heavily involved to ensure that all residents can participate and get involved with anything that they wish.
We also enjoy celebrating national holidays, special days and Springfield organised events! So far this year, we have had themed days, celebrated Springfield’s ‘Grab Your Passport!’ days whereby residents virtually visited Scotland and Spain for the day with a trip to The Caribbean booked for the end of the month.
We are delighted that we have recently started welcoming families back to visit their loved ones, which has been so special for everyone involved.
I feel very privileged and fortunate to have such a fabulous role in such an amazing care home, where I can make a difference to resident’s wellbeing both physically and mentally.
-Tori Parsons (Well Being Team Leader)
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