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 Ashminster House Care Home
Here at Ashminster House, we set up our very own pamper table, where residents enjoyed hand massages and nail care with water fall music in the background.
Films on Wheels
Staff and residents came up with the idea of getting a large 66 inch mobile TV that can be watched together whilst socially distanced. Here residents are watching the Royal Ascot on YouTube. This mobile TV is also wheeled into residents' rooms for one-to-one sessions with their 'Getting To Know Me' booklets.
Let it Snow
Residents and staff have enjoyed walking around the garden in the snow.
Our ladies have been busy making flower petals out of clay, with wonderful results.
One of our gentleman can be seen sorting out his wooden craft work to show others on Memory Lane his past interests. He takes pride in his hobby and always does a small talk about his skills, which can lift his mood.
The Christmas Spirit
Staff and residents got into the Christmas spirit by dressing up on National Elf Day. The Head Chef made mince pies, followed by a glass of mulled wine.