Gillian trained as a registered nurse at The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and qualified in 1976. She moved to Gloucestershire in 1986 and worked at a small nursing home in Nailsworth. In 1997 Gillian started working at Horsfall House as a staff nurse on the General nursing unit, becoming Deputy Manager in 1999 and Manager in 2000, a role she has enjoyed ever since.
Gillian holds an ILM Level 3 Award in First Line Management and has a special interest in Palliative and End of Life Care.
Gillian is married with four children and eight grandchildren ranging in age from 2 months to 8 yrs. As well as enjoying time with her family Gillian also enjoys going on holiday to her house in Brittany France.
Our Activities Coordinator Anne, with some of our residents enjoying the lovely weather in the Courtyard.
The birthday card made by our residents for HRH Princess Anne in celebration of her 70th Birthday,
Pictured above are some of our residents enjoying the lovely weather we have had. The gallery below shows our recent activities, "under the sea" we also made button flowers for Ascension Day, painted smiley faces onto coasters and a smiley face balloon coordination game for smile week. Staff and residents also enjoyed a game of bingo. A lot of fun was had playing skittles. Summer Solstice 2020 featured in our activities and our residents built a replica of Stonehenge to celebrate.
On the General Unit our Activities Team host a 7 day week program.
Our aim each day is to provide activities with a holistic approach. The activities can also be driven by the weather too as we like to encourage our residents to come and enjoy the benefits of such wonderful gardens with a walk or group activities in the grounds. Every day we incorporate individual room visits am and pm. the visit and activity is person centred. Below is an example of what a weeks activities could be at Horsfall House.
Am - Going back in time
Pm - Word puzzles
Am - Craft
Pm - Topic reminiscing
Am - Craft, i.e. painting in water colour
Pm - Words and proverbs
Am - Music quiz
Pm - Games i.e. bingo (birds)
Am - Hand eye coordination i.e. ball games
Pm – Poetry reading by residents & discussion
Am – Movie guess who?
Pm – Sing-along
Am – Hymns
Pm – Reminiscing quiz
Our residents had a lovely afternoon outside in the court-yard to celebrate the
75th Anniversary of VE Day.
They wore hats and rosettes which they had made earlier in the week especially for the occasion.
We had tea, coffee and scones with jam and fresh cream. Stories were told by some residents of what they remember from that time. Poems were recited, everyone joining in. We played music from 1945. One song was mentioned by Jill “Don’t go down the mine Dad”
which we played. And then we had a sing along.
The atmosphere was great, staff members came down and joined in,
it was nice to see and hear residents sharing their memories with one another.
The lovely Rainbow hanging outside our home was
painted by our residents.
Our staff and residents would also like to say a huge "THANK YOU" to Annabelle aged 9 (well nearly 10) for painting and drawing rainbows for each of our residents!