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 Henford House Care Home
Residents at Henford House celebrated Bastille Day in true French style on the 14th July. This year, we had the help of Debbie Phillips, Activities Coordinator (pictured), to make sure the celebrations were on par with France.
Henford House was decorated with French flags and bunting. Residents listened to French music throughout the day and experienced a themed menu of dishes, such as croissants and baguettes with cheese and pate.
Long Awaited Reunions at Henford House
For some residents at Henford House care home the long awaited reunion with family and friends became a reality recently, as limited garden visits have now been allowed to commence at the home.
There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment by Barchester Healthcare, who run Henford House care home, and at this point it is a limited and cautious approach, with not all residents being able to accept visitors, but only where we believe it to be safe.
Visitors may only access a designated outdoor area that does not require entry to the home, and are not permitted to enter the building for any reason. Infection control protocols and social distancing are in place for every visit, including a hand sanitizer station. Cleaning at Henford care home will take place after each visit to ensure chairs, seats, windows, hard surfaces including windowsills are wiped down appropriately.
It was welcome news to so many residents, family, and friends, who were kept apart for so long following strict government guidance. Residents and their relatives enjoyed getting together in the home’s garden.
Natalie James, General Manager at the home, said: “This has been a much welcomed development in what have been very strange times. The visits are well organised, and a lot of safety measures have been put in place to keep everyone safe. It was wonderful to see how happy it made the residents and their relatives.”
Resident Pat Grist at Henford said: “The staff here have been so wonderful teaching me how to use video calls so I could keep in touch with my family, but nothing beats seeing my family in real life. This was a special moment, and I was over the moon especially on my birthday.”
We are welcoming new residents into our homes to ensure that we are there for those that need care and support, and have a very clear admission policy and infection control protocols that must be met. Please do give us a call on 01985 212430 if you are looking for care or need any further help.
Delicious Cream Tea enjoyed by residents
Henford House brewed up a storm for National Cream Tea day on the 28th June.
Finally putting an end to the controversial debate of cream before jam for the Cornish tradition or jam before cream as part of the Devonshire tradition, Henford enjoyed homemade scones both ways with a fes-tea-val of herbal and classic teas.
Natalie James, General Manager at Henford House said: “residents really enjoyed National Cream Tea day, where we learnt the history of the British tradition and participated in a few traditions of our own.”
Hatching at Henford
Staff, residents and guests at Henford House celebrated the birth of some chicks recently.
There was a lot of egg-citement at the home as 8 chicks hatched throughout the week. Residents were able to pet and feed the chicks as they found their footing in their new home.
It was an eggs-cellent day when the eggs finally hatched! Residents at Henford, as well as our team, were all very excited about the new-borns. .
Residents send personal thank you messages
Residents at Henford House care home have been so grateful to receive such lovely gifts and donations over the last few months.
Residents and staff would like to thank each and everyone one of the members of the community.
Waitrose for the lovely flowers, Morrison’s Warminster for the hampers, food donations and books, Iles and Vincent for the chocolates, Stuart and Eileen Kellow for the scrub bags, Christine from Warminster Action Group for donations from Poundland, The Food Bank for toiletries and all the children at Avenue School for the beautiful handmade Easter cards.
Engaging with the community allows residents to carry on as normal, and keeps spirits high, as visitors are currently visiting the home at this time.
Natalie James, General Manager at Henford Care Home said: “In these unprecedented times, ensuring residents feel engaged and connected within our local community is more important than ever. We continue to provide a wide range of physical, mental and spiritual activities at Henford House, as part of the life enrichment programme for our residents, and we hope that these new friendships will continue beyond the current situation.”
Resident Mary said “It’s so lovely that we can receive letters and pictures from the local community. It’s truly heart-warming that people care so much. It’s made my day, reading the beautiful cards from the children and seeing the effort they put in to their drawings.”
VE Day Celebrations
Henford House celebrated VE Day with a celebration supper to commemorate 75 years since the end of the Second World War.
Staff and residents at Henford House, along with people all over the UK, joined together for the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’. In light of the current situation, rather than celebrating with street parties, at 3pm on May 8th, the country was encouraged to mark the day with a nationwide toast, paying tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that sacrificed so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.
Residents also celebrated the occasion by having traditional bunting and a good ol' singalong, and tucked into a delicious selection of spam & jam sandwiches, followed by Victoria sponges and cream teas.
Many of our residents have very clear memories of the Second World War, and reminisced about their experiences, so it’s a privilege to remember and celebrate with them.
We had a lovely day, and we are making sure extra effort is focused on creating an enjoyable environment for all of our residents, whilst ensuring that the group activities are smaller, adhering to social distancing advice.
It is very important that we keep the memories alive of those who fought, and the staff have gone above and beyond to create a special celebration today.