Meet our Activities Coordinator, Elaine Hilden

I have worked at Ashminster house since 2003, first as a carer and then progressed to an Activity co-ordinator. I have a wealth of experience as well as NVQ's in Health & Social care, Activities in the care setting & Dementia.

I am passionate about fulfilling resident's everyday life skills, by getting to know the individual residents, with a person centred approach, finding out about their experiences & expressing those, for example, through reminiscing with items of old.

My hobbies include antiques, dogs & 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. 

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Great British Care Awards 2018

Well done to Team Leader, Hayley Ellis, who was nominated for a 'Frontline Leader Award' in the Great British Care Awards. Hayley was a Regional Finalist, meaning she got through to the Nationals. A big congratulations are in order!

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Emergency Services Visit

We were recently joined by 2 ambulance drivers, who stopped by for a cup of tea and a piece of cake after transporting a new resident to the home.

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Emergency Services Visit

2 ambulance drivers enjoyed a cup of tea and a piece of cake after transporting a new resident to the home. We welcome all emergency service personnel into the home!

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Employee of the Month - May

Congratulations to Assistant Chef, Dean Latter, who was named as our Employee of the Month for May. Well done, Dean!

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Barchester's 25th Anniversary

Residents, staff a visitors enjoyed cakes and fresh coffee for Barchester's 25th anniversary.

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Reminiscence Therapy

The session theme was 'autumn' and residents were encouraged to share their memories of autumn time. Poems were read out about autumn and visual prompts and photographs were used throughout. It was a great session!

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