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 our home
15 Years of Service
Darren Kinghorn has been working at Harton Grange for 15 years and was recently awarded with a long service award. Well done, Darren!
Harton Grange presented the Jack Heath Club with a cheque for £787.50 to pay for Christmas pantomimes and events.
The home presented the cheque to the local charity on behalf of Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, which is a registered charity that gives grants to older people and other adults with a disability to help combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged in the communities where Barchester care homes operate.
A Friendly Visit
We welcomed residents from our sister home, Appletree Grange. Betty, Mary & Margaret enjoyed an afternoon of crafts and socialising. Everyone loved seeing our Hens.
Residents enjoyed and afternoon making poppies to display on our remembrance tree. We sang some wartime songs and Meg read a lovely poem about poppies.
Customer Service Champion
Beverley Wilson, Deputy Manager at Harton Grange, was recently crowned the national winner in the Customer Service Champion of the Year category at the 2019 Barchester Care Awards on 3rd October.
Sarah Lander-Scott, Customer Experience Manager at Barchester and a judge for the category said of Beverley that “Bev has been with the company for 15 years. She has a fantastic attitude towards the residents she cares for and inspires her team to work just as hard. Bev always has time for families, health care professionals and team members and goes the extra mile every single day. It was amazing to hear how proud she was to work for us and we are just as proud to work alongside her.”
Beverley said of her win that, “I am very proud, and very honoured to be receiving this award. We work hard here at Barchester with a focus on the people we care for, and not for accolades, but it really is very special to be recognised in this way.”
Our amazing residents Hilda & Betty took part in Memory Walk. Betty enjoyed waving to everyone from her wheelchair, but Hilda aged 86 walked the whole way 1.2 miles with Meg. Our team raised £400 for Alzheimer’s society. Well done everyone!