Margaret’s a finalist at the National Care Awards!

Our very own brilliant Activities Coordinator, Margaret, has been shortlisted for an award!

Margaret is a finalist in the Best Care Activities Coordinator category at the 2018 National Care awards.

And it’s easy to see why:

Margaret supports people with dementia and those with specialist nursing needs to lead full and enjoyable lives. To do this, she makes it her business to get to know every resident well and is constantly appraising the activities to make sure they offer the right level of stimulation, making changes to better suit an individual. This constant attention to detail has paid dividends, as the activities make residents laugh, get involved and focus.

She plans ahead, creating a never-ending array of interesting and engaging activities and uses every ounce of persuasion to get support from the community and volunteer groups to lend a cost-effective hand. Here is small selection of her creations and achievements:

Cheeky Monkeys. This nursery school initially visited the home to meet the residents; it brought such joy to all, it is now a weekly event.

Prince’s Trust. Eight volunteers have built a wild garden, a contemplation garden and an indoor garden (for residents who prefer to stay indoors); they’ve also revamped the greenhouse where residents can grow their own. The children from Cheeky Monkeys have now taken over and are creating an allotment area with residents to start growing vegetables and flowers for the home.

National Citizens Service. They raised the funds to design and install a sensory walkway.

‘Wish Come True’. Once a month, one resident gets to fulfil a dream. For example, one has had afternoon tea at a Colchester hotel; another has seen a boxing match and various singing tribute acts have been in to the home to entertain residents – Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard and  Elvis Presley impersonators have visited residents who love these entertainers (Frank and Elvis have been so popular, they now have  regular gigs at the home!).

Gents’ Coffee Morning. Every Friday morning the men get away to the 1950s room where they enjoy a chat over tea, coffee and biscuits, retro of course.

Margaret will be attending the awards ceremony on Friday 30 November.

We wish her lots of luck – Fingers Crossed !