Meet our Activities Coordinator, Elaine Hilden
I have worked at Ashminster House since 2003, first as a carer then progressing to activities coordinator, which has know as 'Head of Lifestyle'. I have a wealth of experience in my role, as well as NVQs in Health and Social Care, Activities in the Care Setting and Dementia.
I am passionate about fulfilling residents' lives by getting to know each individual with a person-centred approach, learning about their experiences and helping them to express themselves, such as through reminiscing with items of old.
My interests outside of work include antiques, dogs and spending time with my family.
Activities at Ashminster House
Activities at Ashminster are based on residents' life histories. We host music workshops and encourage participation in a number of other activities, including gentle exercise, bingo and gardening. Monthly live singers entertain everyone with music from the 50s, 60s and 70s and residents are encouraged to interact with the musical instruments. Sensory sessions with fibre optic lights and touch & feel blankets are provided, which can be calming to those living with dementia. Residents participate in cooking sessions and enjoy the aromas of bread, scones and cakes - and, of course, sampling the finished product over a cuppa! We promote family values at Ashminster, and those we support can enjoy reminiscing about family events in the past, including weddings and previous occupations.
Life at our home
A Sensory Christmas Experience
Residents took a trip to Ashford Outlet to experience a 'sensory Christmas experience’ and thoroughly enjoyed their day, leaving with big smiles.
Here we can see one of our Residents sitting in a giant Christmas bauble.
Our residents recently enjoyed a physical activity of parachute games. This was led by our Activity Coordinators in house, where all residents were able to take part from our 3 units and held on our Memory lane unit.
102nd Birthday Celebration
Resident Joan had a fabulous 102nd birthday. She spent lunch time with her family and got back at Ashminster House in the afternoon, where she had a tea party with staff and fellow residents.
Joan was presented with a lovely cake baked by our kitchen team and enjoyed a glass of Bucks Fizz!
Gingerbread Man Baking
Residents enjoyed an afternoon of making and baking gingerbread men and one of our residents' Heather delivered the delights to 2nd Chef Cris to be baked ready for tea time.
Fish & Chips on the Seafront
One resident enjoyed a trip to Hythe, where he got to have fish & chips on the seafront and feed the seagulls.
Residents enjoyed taking part in a music workshop here at Ashminster House, interacting and trying out new instruments. It was lots of fun!