Our team of Day Care Co-ordinators carefully and thoughtfully plan activities for each day and week.
Ewa Kinder – Day Care Co-ordinator and Health Care Assistant
My name is Ewa, I’ve been a day care co-ordinator since I started in May 2018, and I felt like a part of the family here at Tarporley Hospital from my very first day.
I came to the Hospital from a career in education as a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School. I am no stranger to planning and delivering creative and challenging activities.
Since I started working at the Hospital I have really got to know our Day Care clients very well and can tailor activities to their passions and interests. I enjoy giving our clients the time with compassion and interest to listen as they reminisce about the incredible memories that hold dear to them.
I like to involve our clients in deciding what activities they would like to do; we have invented our own quiz game called “Call a Friend” and have encouraged others within our group to share their talents with us such as learning how to make animals with pipe cleaners.
For me being involved in Day Care here at Tarporley Hospital isn’t a job, it’s a fun, sociable day full of laughter, team and biscuits. I enjoy and look forward to the company of the clients and volunteers who assist during the day and I am sure they enjoy it too.
Leslie Goodall – Day Care Co-ordinator
Before coming Tarporley Hospital to work as Activities Co- Ordinator in Day Care four years ago, I had worked in the community as a District Nurse and later I worked for the Alzheimer’s Society for several years supporting people who had been diagnosed dementia and their families.
My role at Tarporley Hospital is varied; I organise a variety of activities and quizzes throughout the year to suit our clients and their abilities. The wonderful volunteers who support me, encourage and enable everyone to join in. We focus on what our clients can do not what they can’t.
I very much enjoy seeing the clients and their family members regularly and as we (both the volunteers and I) have the time to really get to know them all as individuals which is what I particularly enjoy in my work.
We love to hear people chatting and reminiscing throughout the day and many leave Day Care with a smile on their face.
I have a very satisfying role and would welcome any visitors interested in our Day Care to come and see how friendly we are.
Jean Dickens – Day Care Co-ordinator
I live in Bunbury with my husband and have two sons, both of whom are married with children. I feel that we are all so lucky in every way that I wanted to give something back to the community.
I was an Area Manager in Market Research for many years, so I’m very used to talking to lots of different people and I really missed the constant contact with people when I retired.
Upon retirement in 2012, I started volunteering every Monday in Day Care and loved every minute of it, so I decided to volunteer two days a week and eventually became volunteer co-ordinator.
I like to play various games and quizzes with the clients who attended; many of the clients enjoy listening to music, so we arrange for various choirs to visit (which we all join in with). I also encourage the clients to partake in some armchair exercises, although some of the gentlemen suddenly decide to have a little nap.
I am supported by a few volunteers who are great to work with, and I wouldn’t like to be without them.
It’s lovely to see the clients relax, gain confidence and interact with everyone.
We also plan activities with the clients carers too, whether it is visits to a local garden centre, tea parties or our annual Christmas lunch with entertainers and presents for everyone.