Meet our Activities Coordinator, Kirsty Heath
I have been an Activities Coordinator since September 2017. It is a position I am very passionate about. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and Level 2 Certificate in the Principals of Dementia.
My ambition in life is to bring joy and excitement to people’s lives and make them feel valued. I get to do that in my role all day every day.
My personal interests consist of photography, dance, swimming, yoga, going to the cinema and long woodland walks.
I have been described as quirky and loyal with a good sense of humour which is reflected in my activities and my resident’s smiles.
Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure are a major focus of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat is always be welcomed.
Life at Herne Place Care Home
The long awaited reunion with one family member has become a reality, as one single named visitor is now allowed to visit each resident in their bedroom.
There has been much anticipation of this moment by families and residents alike. Guidance was issued by the government on 9th March, and Barchester is proceeding with a safe and cautious approach to visiting. Strict protocols are in place, with all visitors required to have a negative Lateral Flow Device test result before being allowed into the home, and infection control measures and social distancing are in place for every visit, with hand holding allowed but not recommended.
Despite the need for testing and social distancing, it was still welcome news for so many residents and their family members to be able to meet in the comfort of their bedroom. Residents and their relatives enjoyed getting together and catching up face to face.
This is the first cautious step towards having a buzz of visitors in the home again. It was wonderful to see how happy it made the residents and their relatives. We have a great booking system in place to ensure the visits are well organised, and visitors are doing a great job of following the safety measures to keep everyone as safe as possible. For those that are not able to come inside the home we are pleased to be able to continue to offer visits in our visiting suites or outdoors when the weather allows.
St Patrick's Day
Residents and staff celebrated all things Irish for St Patrick’s Day recently. The home was decorated with shamrocks and everyone got dressed up in green to mark the day.
Held on March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day actually observes the death of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, but the day has come to be a huge celebration of Irish heritage and culture.
Staff and residents at the home marked the day by making shamrock decorations, learning some Irish words and phrases, and listening to Irish music. Head Chef, Roger, prepared a fantastic Irish spread with traditional Irish Pork Coddle and soda bread, all washed down with Guinness.
Nikki, from Age UK Herne Bay & Whitstable, collected 75 cheese & biscuit goody boxes this week, put together by Herne Place's amazing Head Chef, Dave, for their members in the community.
It was a privilege to be able to do this for the members of Age UK and we hope they all thoroughly enjoy them.
Herne Place was filled with flowers, cards and sweets in celebration of St Valentine’s Day.
Staff and residents celebrated the day of love by creating heart-shaped cards and decorations to decorate the home and gifting each other home-made sweets, cakes and treats.
It’s been a very different Valentine’s Day, but we’ve all had a lovely day nonetheless. Lots of our residents were able to see their loved ones, either using our visiting suite or on a video call. We’ve had a whole range of treats and Valentine’s-themed fun and we have enjoyed every moment of it!
Chinese New Year
Staff and residents at Herne Place welcomed in the year of the ox with a day of celebrations and activities.
Inspired by Chinese culture and traditions, lucky red envelopes were exchanged and the home was decorated with hanging red lanterns. Residents learnt all about the traditions and superstitions of Chinese New Year. Head Chef, Roger, cooked up an oriental feast for lunch and residents enjoyed the delicious food washed down with pots of Chinese tea.
We have had a brilliant day; the home looks absolutely wonderful decorated all in red and we all had such fun finding out what animal we are, the associated traits and reading each other’s horoscopes. The residents loved watching videos of traditional lion and dragon dances too.
The chefs at Herne Place baked and donated to Age UK Herne Bay & Whitstable, 200 homemade heart shaped biscuits for their clients for Valentine's Day.