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

Enjoying the Sunshine

Residents love relaxing in the garden whilst reading the daily newspapers.

Berry Picking

Residents expressed interest in berry picking, so staff made it so!

International Cat Day

Residents interacted in love and affection towards our sensory cat. They also shared memories together about their past pets.


Green Fingers

Residents have been busy sowing marigold seeds to watch them grow. Then later we delivered them to the children of the community school for them to take home.


Residents enjoying watching Wimbledon outside in a Markie. Served were fresh strawberries with cream and a glass of Pimm's.

Sports Day

A local play group were invited to have their sports day here in the garden with the residents.