On Monday 13th February, I had the opportunity to talk with some of your members of Frodsham Methodist Church about the recent changes at Chapel Fields Care Home. In October 2011, Chapel Fields became part of Methodist Homes (MHA), one of the largest UK charities dedicated to improving the lives of older people.
As you can imagine, this is an exciting period of change for us. I have recently been employed as the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Home. This is a completely new programme, but we are looking to build up a strong team who will support staff members to enhance the daily lives of our residents. We are looking to gain support with fundraising, gardening, daily activities (such as board games, quizzes, etc.), as well as special events that we hold throughout the year. Just as important is sharing a chat and perhaps a cup of tea with a resident. Even one hour per month will make a huge difference!
We now have our own Music Therapist who works with our residents every Monday. Our Music Therapist offers individual and group therapy to meet the emotional and psychological needs of our residents, in a way that promotes their self-esteem and freedom of choice in order to pursue a better quality of life. The Home is currently working closely with the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness about dementia.
On Tuesday 22nd May, during Dementia Awareness Week, Chapel Fields Care Home will be hosting a special afternoon tea party. This event will be open to anyone who is affected by dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society will be on hand to offer easy access support and information. The drop-in event starts at 2.30pm until 4.30pm on Tuesday 22nd May. We are also working with Age UK to organise regular activities within the home.
We are also in the process of recruiting our own Chaplain who will add to our current spiritual services already in place. MHA is based on the Christian principles of love, compassion and respect, offering residents the opportunity to express their faith. Therefore it is vital that Chapel Fields renews its relationships with all of the local churches. In doing this, we strive to achieve greater communication and interaction as we look forward into this exciting new chapter at Chapel Fields. If you are interested in any of our volunteering roles, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact me at the home on 01928 734743 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about MHA’s other projects nationwide, visit www.mha.org.uk, call 01332 296 200 or e-mail email@example.com.
Written by the Minister & Members