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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Maricar Guerrero

I was a Carer for around 5 years before becoming the Head of Activities at Austen House. I am responsible for organising daily activity programmes; I love my job and always provide activities with passion and care.

Activities at Austen House

Here at Austen House, we like to get to know those we support, and from the day of moving in, our activities team will spend time on an individual basis learning about interests, likes and dislikes, life history and favourite hobbies.

We provide a wide range of activities, from one-to-one time, manicures and board games, through to live entertainment, prize bingo and our ever-popular cheese & wine events. Our activities team will also tailor individual activities to ensure residents can have as much or as little involvement as they choose.

In the summer months, greater focus is given to outdoor activities, be it lawn bowls on our AstroTurf bowling green or barbecues and garden parties. In conjunction with our Chef, themed events are planned throughout the year, bringing activities and food together.

In their yellow polo shirt, our activities team are easily identifiable and embrace ideas and suggestions from residents and their relatives to ensure that the activities provided keep those we support engaged, stimulated and entertained.

Life at our home

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Summer Fête

The turnout of loved ones was great at our recent Summer Fête. Austen House hosted variety of activities throughout the day, including the entertainer, John Bryant, who serenaded visitors, residents and loved ones.

There were raffles, stalls, and even a television for the kick off of the England game. There was also plenty of entertainment for children, including a shooting game, a ring game and even an ice cream van.

Everyone had such a nice time and enjoyed all the delicious refreshments.

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Garden Centre Trip

We love to get out of the home and visit local areas of interest and this week we decided to go the garden centre. As you can see from the photos, everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to returning soon!

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Employee of the Month - May

Karen Lay, Housekeeper, was awarded our Employee of the Month for May. Thanks for all your hard work!

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Carers Week

Carers Week was the perfect opportunity to show our appreciation to the Carers here at Austen House. We spoiled them with chocolates and goodies in an effort to recognise their hard work and dedication.

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International Nurses' Day

All the Nurses from Austen House had a great time on International Nurses' Day. They enjoyed lunch and shared their experiences with staff and residents. They also received lovely flowers, a card each, some chocolate and certificates from our General Manager for their hard work and dedication.

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National Gardening Week

We had very successful National Gardening Week; residents enjoyed a trip to the local garden centre and potted flowers for a display in our own garden.

Upcoming events

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Don't Dine Alone

At Austen House, we know meal times can be a lonely time for some older people.

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Professionals' Breakfast

Come along for a relaxed breakfast in our stunning newly-refurbished home.

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Coffee Mornings

Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and homemade cakes in our stunning new dining room.

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Carer Support Group

At Austen House, we know the importance of supporting our local community and hold weekly groups, specifically for those caring for a loved one.

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