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. 

Life at Ashminster House Care Home

National Beer Day

Today we had many happy people within our home enjoying  celebrating National Beer Day.

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Community Bike show with Breakfast at Ashminster house.

Our residents, staff and members of our community were delighted to see so many vintage bikes  in our car park yesterday.  The weather was very kind to us and helped us creat memories for all.

One of our residents Frank Morgan had the opportunity to sit in an old Chevy step side pickup,  he was able to start it up the Chevy.

Bacon rolls all round,  were served to the bike club and the community by our great chef Dean.  A good time was had by all.



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National Fish and Chip Day

Of course we celebrated National Fish and Chip day with a fabulous lunch of Britain's favourite national dish

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Beautiful Floral Arrangement's

Ashminster house is looked and smelt so beautiful after the residents and staff where treated to the amazing virtual flower arranging masterclass via zoom by bloominghaus-Floral Engineers   We had a wonderful time planning our arrangements and were pleasantly surprised at the outcome's some of us creating floral masterpieces that were entered into the competition.

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Absolute Dream Team

As part of the 'Dream Team' working at Ashminster House. Michelle our Regional Director, Syndie our General Manager and Margaret an inspiring Nurse with over 62 years of nursing experience enjoyed some fun and celebrations on  International Nurses Day.

Reminiscing Session

Staff and residents promoting Dementia awareness week with a reminiscing session with items old. Fred and team leader Becca are playing an old fashion game of bagatelle. Colin is sorting out the old coins and showing others in the group

Upcoming events

National Cream Tea Day

Today we will celebrate National Cream Tea Day by enjoying some of Chefs magnificent home made, scones. What goes first, the jam or the cream? 

Royal Ascot comes to Ashminster

We will be donning our best clothes and enjoying a decadent  afternoon of cheese, wine and racing.