Meet our Activities Coordinator, Karen Tipper

Hello my name is Karen and I am activity coordinator at Harton Grange care home. I have been an activity coordinator for ten years now, I really enjoy this job as there is never a day the same, everything from trips out in our mini bus into the community, to lovely group sing a longs with my little ukulele. I have a musical back ground and just love the effect it has on the residents

Activities at our home

We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

Life at Harton Grange Care Home

Residents enjoy tour of Hereford Cathedral

We had a lovely time joining the team from Hereford Cathedral for an exciting virtual session.

We enjoyed a glimpse of this spectacular building and its treasures in a series of short pre-recorded videos. From the stunning gardens which lead down to the River Wye, to the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library.

It was wonderful to learn more about the history and beauty of Hereford Cathedral.

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Blooming Haus

Staff and residents at Harton Grange were treated to an interactive virtual floristry masterclass courtesy of Master Florist, Michal Kowalski, from Blooming Haus. 

Residents and staff were invited to gather together flowers and foliage chosen by themselves and follow Michal’s demonstration to create their own displays.  Residents’ arrangements will be entered into a Facebook competition judged by Michal and Michael to win Love2Shop vouchers.

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National Vegetarian Week

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, staff and residents at Barchester’s Harton Grange were treated to an interactive virtual cookery demo courtesy of chef, Alex Connell, from Vegetarian for Life.

Chef Alex whipped up some tasty, healthy vegetarian snacks in a live, interactive cookery demo.  Much to residents’ delight, Harton Grange head chef had prepared the same recipes so that residents could try all the dishes. Residents sampled delicious, light and summery veggie dishes including Borlotti bean and dill pate, Greek fritters with Tzatziki and Coronation 'chicken' pastries. All finished off with a sweet and simple but totally yummy banana bread.

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Trips to the coast

At Harton Grange we have started taking the company mini bus along with some residents out for a drive to see some lovely landmarks in our region, including our famous coastline and seeing the beach and the lovely scenery. We have taken them to the Lawe top and the views are very spectacular!

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Hen Power Projects

At Harton Grange we currently have a lovely pottery class, we are currently making wind chimes and bird baths for our gardens. Our residents have really enjoyed being creative. These have been fired in the kiln and we are really looking forward to seeing the end result and display them in the garden.

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Men's Club with Mind Active

At Harton Grange we have an amazing relationship with a group based in Northumberland called Mind Active, they are lottery funded and provide activities for the elderly in Care homes and in their own homes and they have recently set up a Men’s club over zoom with other care homes.

It has been really good seeing the gentlemen chatting about their lives and enjoying a pint and a packet of crisps, one of our residents enjoyed playing the organ for them and others over zoom, he practised for a few days to get his skills back up. What a lovely afternoon!

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