At Northfield Manor we recognise the importance of individuals maintaining social and emotional contacts and spending time doing things they enjoy. Visitors are welcome at Northfield Manor at any time in accordance with resident’s wishes and refreshments are available upon request. Visits can take place in communal areas or in the residents own room, whichever the resident prefers.
Every individual’s religious beliefs are respected and individuals are supported to continue practicing their religion in accordance with their wishes. A Holy Communion Service is held at the home on a monthly basis. It is equally important that individuals spiritual needs are met either in relation to a particular faith or in other ways such as being able to sit in the garden, feed the birds or listen to music.
We have our own dedicated Activities Co-ordinator, Jean, who has worked at Northfield Manor since 1994 and she arranges a wide range of activities, entertainment and outings.
We have regular social events including a fortnightly pub afternoon, Christmas and Summer Fairs, knitting & nattering group, coffee mornings and cream teas. Our fundraising events enable us to provide additional activities, entertainment and outings.
We have regular entertainment within the home including singers such as Nigel Heap, Steve Martin, Adam Stark, Carrian and Chrissy Clifford. We have music therapy sessions where you can join in as much or as little as you wish and visits from other companies such as Zoolab. Additionally a visiting theatre group perform twice a year.
We have outings to various places chosen by residents. Recent outings have included The Deep, Eden Camp, The Railway Museum, The Street Life Museum, Hornsea Freeport, Beverley Garden Centre and Sewerby Hall and Gardens.
Additionally we have regular trips into Driffield town centre for pub lunches, shopping trips, visits to cafes and to look round the market on a Thursday, plus regular trips to our sister home in Cottingham.
After watching the channel 4 documentary “Care Home for 4 Year Olds” the Manager was moved to see how both the older people and young children enriched each other’s lives. She decided she would look into the possibility of linking with a local pre-school and try to emulate what they had been doing on the television.
At Northfield Manor we are fortunate enough to have a staff member who had previously worked at and still has links with the First Steps Pre School in Driffield.
A meeting was arranged and a plan was hatched. Mandy the manager at Northfield Manor spoke to the residents to find out how they felt about implementing the initiative and all feedback was positive. Pip the manager of First Steps took the idea back to the parents and carers of the children who also wholeheartedly supported it.
Planning started and from October 2017 we have had a group of 6 children visit every Friday during term time. Initially we were unsure how it would go but happily it has been a great success. The joy brought to the residents is huge and they really look forward to the little ones coming, in a short space of time they have become friends. The children bring such energy, life (and a lot of noise) to the home, they are confident and happy to see the older people and some strong bonds have formed already.
We try to theme each week and have so far enjoyed many activities together from planting bulbs for the spring, to decorating cakes and making biscuits.
Meeting Mabel the border terrier puppy, searching for Sparkle the silver carp in the pond and trying to teach Charlie the budgie to talk!
We have sung together and one of our ladies plays the keyboard, we have had stories. Enjoyed fish and chips and an indoor picnic.
At Christmas we were invited to the First Steps nativity play at the Community Centre and had front row seats, the residents loved it.
Just last week we celebrated Chinese New Year the children made a cake in the shape of a sausage dog to celebrated the year of the dog. We then shared a banquet of authentic Chinese food. Some of the residents had never tried Chinese food before and they loved it.
The children have broken up for half term but we look forward to seeing them after the holidays.
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