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

Apple Picking in our gardens

Here at Ashminster House we like to make dreams come true. The resident in the photo owned many fruit farms and expressed to staff that he was missing the apple picking session. In Ashminster garden we have many apple trees where our resident was able to pick the apples to make his dream come true.

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Remembrance Day

Residents visited the Memorial Gardens in Ashford to lay a homemade poppy cross for the fallen on the 11/11 2022.


Our very own mobile library

Here at Ashminster House residents have been missing going to the library, so Gary our handy man has made a VW mobile library on wheels which visits residents in their bedrooms.

Community Litter Picking

Residents and staff at Ashminster House have been working hard in the community litter picking around the area. The local Ashford council supplied our residents with grabbers, bags, and high vis jackets. We were praised by passers-by who gave us waves and cheers.

Charity Shop

On International Charity day our chef made lovely cupcakes which were then delivered to The sue Ryder Charity shops in the community.


One of our residents has been working hard knitting hats for the William Harvey hospitals baby unit. This takes place in our knitting club which is held twice a month.

Upcoming events

Countdown to Christmas

We have lots of fun, festive activities planned for all of our residents and their families leading up to Christmas. Download a full plan of activities below.