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LIFE OF A DAY IN THE JOAN STREETS, SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISER, ST. EWOLDS CARE HOME.


Monday morning, the start of my hectic, but enjoyable week. I like to be organised so as I enjoy a swim before work, I have all my things ready and literally get up and go!


I have swum at the Aquasplash since it opened, and only swim in the sea at Bonne Nuit when it is warm enough, I am brave enough, and there are no jellyfish!


I enjoy the Aquasplash as it's not only an activity but also a social gathering made for me as Social Activities Organiser. None of them are my residents just a great group of people, who I have got to know as good friends, and miss if any of them is away for a few weeks.


Then I head off, feeling relaxed and refreshed, often stopping en route to St. Ewolds to pick up shopping or a newspaper for residents and a free latte for our hard working secretary Sandra.


As residents have varying needs in our high dependency care home it's important to have a routine, so I produce a weekly activities programme to enable residents, staff, family and friends to join in events, which are often stimulating and therapeutic as well as fun. It gives us all that much needed daily sense of purpose.


Mondays start with our very popular Read On/Chat On Group, with four fantastic volunteers. It's run in conjunction with Judith Baker from Jersey Library, and they loan us the books as requested by our residents, who over coffee and the favourite custard creams, share memories triggered by the books.


Time just flies, and as the residents head off for their lunches, I can catch up on forward planning, e-mails, and paperwork, and start looking for my mobile phone; as my family will tell you I never know where it is!


I also often have students on work placements to supervise, and I use this time to give advice and plan their work programmes.


Monday afternoons include our very popular bus drives, Page 110 20/20 A day in the life of...lif of


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