Meet our Activities Coordinator, Debbie Phillips
I joined Henford House in March 2014; after five and a half years of domiciliary care, this position became available at Henford and I decided that it would be great to do more of the fun things in life with residents! It is great here at the home; we get along so well and truly have some laughs. Residents have a wide range of activities to participate in each week, including armchair exercises, bingo sessions, singalongs, musical entertainment, pottery, manicures, celebrations and much more. It is very rewarding knowing that people are grateful for the work I've done when I go. Working here has also given me the opportunity to gain my Level 2 NAPA certificate.
Activities at Henford House
Our Activities Coordinators are constantly striving to mentally and physically stimulate those we support by organising group and individual activities for anyone and everyone to participate in, as well as visits from PAT dogs, musicians and entertainers. We also host evenings such as our cheese & wine nights, pub evening, quiz nights and special occasions such as, Guy Fawkes, Easter and Christmas where we like to encourage relatives to come to. Activities are one of the most important aspects of a care home, so it is essential that our team are dedicated to ensuring that residents are entertained, and that life at Henford House is fun and active.
Life at our home
Staff, residents, relatives and the local community came together on 22nd October at Henford House to enjoy a community lunch.
The hospitality team at Henford House served a 3 course roast turkey lunch with all the trimmings, which was enjoyed by everyone who came to the event.
Guests included 30 members of Warminster Stroke Club. Everyone was offered a glass of wine with their meal and was given a goody bag to take away which included information on our monthly coffee morning and lunch club.
Henford House care home, in Warminster, was a den of ghoulish activity as the home’s spooky Halloween party got in to full swing.
Staff, residents and guests got in to the spirit of things with live musical entertainment with Dave Dawson in the afternoon followed by a children’s fancy dress party with games and a delicious Halloween buffet.
General Manager, Natalie James cackled: “Our residents and staff love an opportunity to dress up and what better time of the year to do this than Halloween? We’ve had a whole range of tricks and treats for the people that live here and their guests today and we have all really enjoyed every moment of it!”
Ivorine Cairns, resident at Henford said: “It has been a fun day. It was wonderful to see everyone go to so much effort to get in spirit. I really enjoyed seeing the children in their costumes running around enjoying themselves”.
Flower Arranging Evening
Maureen Hinton gave a wonderful demonstration along with explanations of good ways to identify long lasting flowers and plants, innovative ways to prolong the life of certain cut flowers and how to identify herbs and plants which can add to the aroma of any displays.
She also explained and showed examples of preserved plants and shrubs to enable them to be used out of season, and gave instruction on colouring plants which was of great interest.
Everyone also had the chance to smell some of the herbs and plants that were used in the displays.
Afterwards everyone indulged with the cheeseboard which contained a number of different cheese and chutneys, and was accompanied with biscuits and fresh bread - and of course the obligatory glass of wine or two was also available.
Karen Sawyer, General Manager at Henford House care home, said: “This has been a huge success, and we now have new ideas of displaying our flowers. We were especially impressed with the displays Maureen created in keeping with our food theme out of wine glasses and wine bottles.”
Long Service Award
My name is Katharine Hardy and I have been fortunate to be the Gardener at Henford House for 30 years. The gardens and grounds were originally established many years ago when it was a private house and I have added some new features for our clients to enjoy.
The Residents are encouraged to enjoy the garden when weather is good and Debbie our Activity coordinator helps me with occasional Garden clubs where we encourage our Residents to plant up hanging baskets and balcony troughs for all to enjoy.
Even if someone cannot use their hands well they can choose plants and colours and sometimes we have a tasting session of potatoes we have grown in pots snacks with herbs or spices and soon we are going to have an apples tasting session with apple juices produced locally.
The home presented me with my 30 year award earlier this month plus a lovely weeping Cherry, Prunus ‘Snow Showers’ for the garden which will planted soon.
Residents, loved ones, friends and staff members at Henford House celebrated the Harvest Festival by donating a food hamper to a local charity.
The occasion was also marked with a service taken by Margaret Collins and Piano playing from volunteer Pam. Hymns “Come ye thankful people come”, “We plough the field and scatter”, “Now thank we all our god” were sang along with readings read by volunteer Pam and resident Nancy Green which really helped everyone at the home get into the spirit of the festival. Food donations brought in by visitors and staff were gifted to Warminster food bank which were very well-received.
The Harvest Festival is a celebration of food grown on land and, traditionally, a time for families and communities to get together and bring food to the less fortunate. It dates back to the fifth century, where it was common for the harvest season to be celebrated with a huge feast – and from then the tradition grew and evolved.
Karen Sawyer, General Manager at Henford, said: “Staff, residents and friends of the home all donated very generously to the harvest hamper and it really is heart-warming to see how much people care about helping others who are less fortunate. Thanks to everyone who contributed. It will all be distributed to where it is needed most within our community."
Music Event in the Garden
Residents and guests at Henford House enjoyed an evening of musical pleasure with a live concert performance that took place at the home. Local band and relative of a resident at Henford “Big Mamma’s Bannned” performed a selection of summertime sounds across the decades in the garden area of the home.
Residents joined in with the singing, and clapped along as the band performed their finale song. Guests were invited to bring a picnic or indulge in some refreshments that were on offer including delicious BBQ treats for the performance on the manuicured grounds behind the home.
There was also a raffle and donation buckets with all proceeds going to Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
General Manager, Karen said, “Our residents and guests had a wonderful evening singing along with the fabulous performers. We do our best to provide a wide range of activities and entertainment at Henford as part of the lifestyle enrichment programme for residents, and this was one of our favourites!”
One resident said “I haven’t heard some of these songs in many years. The classics never go out of style!”