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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Hannah Mulholland

Hannah ensures a 24/7 planned programme of events every day, including evening and weekends, that are based on the residents' choices. 

Hannah goes above and beyond her duties to ensure that all residents at Harper Fields experience a fulfilled and content life. She is determined that every one of the residents should be able to enjoy an outing, regardless of their care needs.

Hannah is naturally bubbly and enthusiatic about her role and the difference she and her colleagues are making to residents' lives. As a result, she has created a 'Whole Team' approach at the home, leading to a culture where they celebrate life.

In 2016, Hannah was named the National Winner for Activities Coordinator of the Year at the Barchester Care Awards.

Activities at Harper Fields

There is always something to do here at Harper Fields and always someone to assist the residents in any activity they wish to take part in. We have entertainers come into the home to sing and play instruments on a weekly basis, as well as visits from PAT dogs, hairdressers, massage therapists and nail technicians to pamper those who live here. Residents' spiritual needs are taken into account at Harper Fields; we have regular services from the Catholic and Methodist church, in addition to the Church of England, and for our non-religious residents, we have a weekly calming and peaceful ‘mindfulness and meditation group,’ which is very popular, especially for those living with dementia. Residents often like to attend cinema evenings to watch their favourite films on the big screen (complete with sweets and popcorn), or develop new skills at our computer classes, where they can learn how to Skype their families in other countries. Our activities are tailored to suit the individual interests and capabilities of residents and our specialised equipment enables those we support to enjoy everything we have to offer.

Life at our home

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Arts & Crafts

We thought we would do something different for our most recent arts and crafts session; we painted some shire horse shoes, which we will then put on display around the home. The ladies were all very interested in the shoes, as they hadn't either seen or felt one before. 

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Remembrance Day

We have been doing lots of things in preparation for Remembrance Day here at Harper Fields. We started off with weeks of knitting poppies, which were pinned together to make a dress – and the results were fantastic! 

We also did some pottery painting with Sue Cox, which the residents really enjoyed; and made a memory tree that's now on display in our reception area. All the messages for the tree were read out in our church service, and were lovely to hear. The service was very busy and the residents all enjoyed it.

In the afternoon, we had Beccie Marshall in, who performed wartimes songs that everyone sang along to.

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Ladies Day

Resident, Beryl used to play golf and was the female captain of the Hearsall Golf Club in Coventry. So, we arranged to go one Wednesday as part of our Ladies Day, and took Beryl to meet up with family and friends, who all played together. We all enjoyed visiting Beryl’s special club and indulged in some tea and cake whilst watching people play a round of golf in the warm.

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Zoolab

We had a very interesting visit from Zoolab, who brought in some very different animals for us to see. There was a giant African snail, the curly haired tarantula, a giant cockroach, a snake and a pair of rats. Everyone really enjoyed the session happy that they held all the lovely creatures.

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6th Birthday Celebrations

On 18th September, Harper Fields turned 6 years old. All the staff and residents came together and had a Spanish-themed party to celebrate with loads of lovely food and drink and a big tasty birthday cake, which was made by our lovely kitchen staff. Everyone had a great day!

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Debbie Miles Concert

Residents had a fabulous afternoon when Debbie Miles came along to perform at Harper Fields. They were up on their feet, singing along and none-stop dancing! Debbie sang songs from the '60s and '70s, much to the delight of residents. She even got them to wear silly hats and play some instruments, which was a great laugh.

Debbie is a regular performer at Harper Fields and a real firm favourite. We look forward to seeing her again in May!

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