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
Ashminster House has open their doors for garden visits. This was received with great joy and excitement, both from our residents and their loved ones.
Ashminster House's garden was turned into a beach scene to celebrate National Picnic Week. The residents enjoyed activities such as hook-a-duck, pebble painting and beach volleyball.
Everyone had lots of fun celebrating Carers Week here at Ashminster!
Play Your Cards Right
Residents enjoyed a game of 'Play Your Cards Right' whilst following the government's social distancing advise, of course.
A Royal Celebration
Residents helped to create a cake in recognition of the Queen's birthday. They requested lots of chocolate and Smarties!
Over the Rainbow
Residents have been colouring in rainbows for our NHS heroes. They will all be sent to the Nightingale Hospital, who have asked for people to help decorate their walls.