This month we took the time to get to know Jazmine Radford, the Activities Co-ordinator at Carrington House in Wincanton. Jazmine is 22 years old and has worked for Somerset Care for 2 years, starting her career as a Care Assistant and taking on the activities 6 months ago.
What made you want to work in social care?
I cared for my Great Grandad for a year before he passed away, after this I felt working in care was the career for me.
Why do you think it’s important for care homes to offer a range of activities to their residents?
A lot of people think that care homes are full of residents sleeping in chairs all day, whereas this isn’t the case! The residents in our care homes do a wide variety of activities to suit their personalities. I strongly think that you’re never too old to participate!
What would you do in a typical day?
I start the day at 10.00 am, my first job is to hand out the newspapers and post to the residents, I also ask them what they would like for lunch and after that bring the tea trolley around and chat to everyone. At 11.00 am I start my first morning activity this could be anything from fun and games such as dominoes or flower arranging and crafts. When the residents start their lunch I plan the activities for the coming months, put together a newsletter for the home or check the stock in the residents’ shop. At 2.00 pm we get together for the afternoon activity, this could be opening the residents’ shop or holding our monthly café.
Do you have a particular activity, event or day that sticks in your mind?
I enjoy hosting the monthly café because lots of the residents get involved, I also enjoy organising trips out to places like the garden centre. This year I’m looking forward to organising a trip to Longleat for the residents, I think this trip will be good for reminiscence and trigger memories from their childhood.
Thank you to Jazmine for taking the time to share her experiences.