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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sunita Biyani & Teresa Humphreys

Sunita (left) and Teresa (right) are at the centre of the all the activities here in Austen House. They work together and have a great team of staff who provide a wide range of interesting activities for those we support.

We have a programme of weekly activities that includes musical entertainment, beauty therapies, baking, flower arranging, movement to music, arts and crafts and one-to-one sessions. and ensure that there is something for everyone.

We host one big event every month and invite loved ones and people from our community to attend. We are passionate about the importance of activities and will go that extra mile to put a smile on residents' faces. 

 

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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Christmas Activities

We had a wonderful Christmas-themed resident and relative party that was enjoyed by all who attended.

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Christmas Party

Residents and relatives enjoyed dancing and singing along to Elvis at our Christmas Party. They also got to meet Santa, who gave them all a gift for Christmas.

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Diwali

We had had a lot of fun with our Diwali celebrations here at Austen House.

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25th anniversary celebrations at Austen House

Residents, relatives and staff celebrated 25 years of Barchester Healthcare on the 7th October. Everyone at the home got into the spirit of celebrating with live entertainment, a buffet, and lots of dancing. We also had a cake cutting ceremony later in the day to mark the occassion.

General Manager at Austen House Care Home, said: “It was a huge amount of fun and the event was a great way to bring people together in celebration. I really appreciate all my residents, staff and family members who have helped to make the day amazing.”

A resident at the home said: “It was really nice seeing everyone come together to celebrate such a landmark anniversary. The celebration was so much fun and it was lovely watching everyone get involved with the entertainment.”

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Animal Therapy

Residents really enjoyed petting and holding the small animals that were brought into the home.

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Cupcake Week

We celebrated National Cupcake Week here at Austen House, and residents really enjoyed baking and decorating cupcakes with loved ones.

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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