The job holder assists with the recreational, therapeutic and social aspects of all the residents’ activities inside and outside of the home. He or she also helps with the promotion of the home, ensuring that members of the local community are aware of the positive and therapeutic aspects of the activities being provided.
After completing her NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration, Aarti joined the organisation as a care assistant. Within a year she was promoted to the role of quality & training co-ordinator and then moved over to the activities and wellbeing team.
Aarti enjoys getting arty and gets the residents involved in all sorts of activities from painting and cake decorating to crafts and arranging visits with the home’s hens. The activities are designed to stimulate the mind, body or soul. So residents can enjoy a game of Trivial Pursuit or a crossword, take part in seated movement sessions or participate in a sensory activity. These can include listening to different music and guessing the name of the piece or singer or tasting/smelling different items of fruit or herbs. Many activities take place in a group setting, but there are plenty of 1:1 interactions, especially for room-bound residents, who receive regular wellbeing visits.
“This is all about ensuring that we provide residents with the best quality of life and memorable wellbeing moments. We encourage them to participate as much as they want, bearing in mind their own likes and dislikes,” says Aarti.
She adds, “Nothing makes me happier than knowing that once I walk through the door, I am able to make a difference by making someone smile. I enjoy listening to the residents’ stories because they are fascinating and help me get to know them much better. I like sharing mine too, in return, and we can really get the conversation flowing!”
In her rare spare time Aarti enjoys cooking, shopping, travelling and catching up on movies.