Elaine Hilden

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. 

Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Ashminster House Care Home

Community Engagement

Ashminster House has been out in the community delivering much needed hampers to the salvation Army.

Sensory Activities

Residents took part in a sensory smell quiz in the sensory garden. The resident in the photo is smelling mint which brought back memories of her mother cooking new potatoes with fresh mint  

Jubilee Celebrations

Residents enjoyed the Jubilee Party in the garden. Lots of dancing, eating and celebrating our Queen!

Flower Arranging

Flower arranging is one of the popular activities here at Ashminster House where residents pick their own colours to arrange in vases then decorate our lovely dining areas for all to enjoy.

Dementia Action Week

Ashminster House residents and staff visited the community café to tackle loneliness on Dementia Action week. Homemade cupcakes were also handed out made by our talented Chef.

Easter Church

Easter Church at Ashminster House was held in the garden with many residents, families and staff attending. It was a lovely service and everyone enjoyed the sunny weather.