We want every resident to enjoy each day as fully as possible, regardless of their capabilities. The role of an Activities Coordinator/Companion is pivotal to a residents’ day-to-day enjoyment of a dignified and fulfilling life, forming a special function in our care homes.
As an Activities Coordinator/Companion, you’ll lead a wide variety of social events to create a stimulating, entertaining and therapeutic environment for our residents.
You’ll be responsible for creating and coordinating a diverse calendar of engaging activities with our residents, for our residents, that bring a breath of fresh air. Your goal is to assist residents in leading a fulfilled life by ensuring they have the opportunity to engage in activities that cater to their needs and preferences.
An essential part of the role is to coordinate a rolling calendar of entertainment within the home, ranging from games and quizzes to arts and crafts, days out on our minibus, and gala events.
You will also get to work with community groups and invite people into the home for coffee mornings, functions, fetes, and other sponsored activities.
This not only helps to create a sense of community within the home, but it also provides residents with an opportunity to socialise and interact with people outside of the home.
There will be opportunities to get involved in both larger and special events that reach out across the community. These events can create that special “buzz” or sense of occasion that brings everyone together, and adds to the overall sense of fulfilment and happiness of the residents.
“I love my job because I get to help keep residents engaged and fulfil wishes when they thought they would no longer be able to do certain activities.” – Laura – Companionship Team Leader at St Catherines View
You’ll love bringing sunshine into the lives of older people. You’re an entertainer, confident in front of groups of people, but equally happy in one-to-one activities. You have a happy, friendly disposition and a caring, committed and patient attitude.
You’re fun, approachable, with a get-up-and-go attitude and a passion for entertaining and making people smile.
You’re a team player who is reliable and organised, with excellent communication skills and a passion for entertaining and making people smile.
The role of an activity organiser/companion is essential to the health & wellbeing of residents.
When an older person moves into a care home, it can be difficult for them to adjust and maintain a sense of identity. They may have experienced many losses and their transition into the home means adapting to a new way of life, and also may no longer feel that they can make decisions for themselves, maintain existing relationships or make new connections.
If people are not able to preserve their sense of self and make a contribution to their new community, it can have a detrimental effect on their wellbeing.
Creating an engaging and fulfilling environment through activities that are meaningful to residents plays a vital role to improve quality of life and satisfaction, self-esteem, feeling in control, having a purpose in life, and a sense of belonging and support.