Ready when you are
If you’ve visited our homes recently you’ll have no doubt seen our Activity Lifestyle Facilitators, lovingly called ALFs, in action! In early 2017 we appointed an ALF in every home. Their job? To help enrich the social life of the residents.
ALFs are like social butterflies and event managers all rolled into one. They really get to know each resident to ensure everyone can experience enjoyable moments every day. That may be as simple as dropping off a resident’s favourite newspaper each morning or joining another for a regular afternoon stroll in the garden or to the local shop. ALFs love planning parties and events – including our brilliant annual Pride parties that celebrate all things LGBTQ+!
Finding out about a resident’s character, interests and life story is the basis of good communication and part of the ALFs role is to develop meaningful environments around a home to stimulate interaction, encourage eating or help direction.
They might take tea in a retro cafe, visit a village store or shop in a market place or old fashioned sweet shop. There are pubs with classic tankards, ladies’ hairdressing salons, dining rooms with market scenes, bus stops, library corners and corridors lined with royalty or celebrity favourites. Anything and everything to add a bit of colour to everyday life.