Meet our Activities Coordinator, Tracie Everitt
My name is Tracie and I have been with Hickathrift House since September 2015. My role as activities coordinator is focused on improving the quality of life for residents, I hope to build up our volunteer base by encouraging ties with the local community through events, trips and building new friendships. My aim is to have something for everyone; from trips and music performances to a simple conversation over a cup of tea and manicure sessions.
Activities at Hickathrift House
We have two Activities Coordinators here at Hickathrift House. We have a wide range of activities within the home, including musical entertainment, arts & crafts, clubs for like-minded people, such as flower arranging and gardening, board games, baking (where the best bit is the eating afterwards!), and we celebrate special events throughout the year. We also have trips out on a regular basis using our own minibus, where we find out places of interest each person would like to visit.
It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these activities as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join in with activities and events as often as they can.
For the less mobile residents, we unique one-to-one session, such as simple chats over a cup of tea, reading or listening to music. Activities are some 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 Hickathrift House is fun and active.
Life at our home
Arts and Crafts
One of the residents enjoys arts and crafts and designed a plaque that she made with Debbie from Gratitude 43. Debbie comes in once a month and does different crafts with our ladies and gents.
Residents at Hickathrift House have enjoyed a Christmas sing along with our regular volunteers that come in every Friday They dressed up in their Christmas outfits, everyone had a lovely time and got into the Christmas spirit.
The Veteran of Hickathrift
Cpl Norman Newbold 90 of the Royal Fusiliers, a current resident at Hickathrift House Care Home, Marshland St James, completed his national service in June 1949. He had recently been invited to attend an Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club meeting held at Rose Lodge Care Home, Wisbech, where it was found that several veterans had still yet to receive their Veterans Badges. Staff at both Homes are actively applying for Veterans Badges for those who have yet to receive theirs.
The HM Armed Forces veterans’ badge was launched in May 2004 by the then Minister for Veterans Ivor Caplin to enable the wider public to identify veterans. The first lapel badge was issued on 10 May 2004 to Lord Healey, a veteran of the Battle of Monte Cassino. This initiated the roll-out of the badge to the generation who served in the second world war. Since then eligibility to apply for the badge has been extended in sequential phases and now all veterans are eligible to apply.
Mr Newbold’s family was able to provide his service record book which allowed the ease of the application and he is the first of several to receive his Veterans Badge at Hickathrift House. His badge was presented by Warrant Officer Class 1 JM Hall Royal Engineers (Hickathrift House Head of Maintenance) who is also a Veteran and current Army Reservist.
We headed out to one of our sister homes, Rose Lodge, for a coffee morning, where the ladies and gents enjoyed a chat, along with some tea, coffee and cake in the dining room. Everyone said it was really nice to get together, and would like to do it again soon.
Residents have had a lovely time carving pumpkins to decorate the home for Halloween. They helped with the designs and the carving of the pumpkins. Great fun was had and there were definitely some sticky hands.
Our residents enjoyed a lovely selection of cream cakes for their dessert at dinner time one afternoon. Some lovely flower arrangements were also made, and this is always a very popular activity.
Events & Activities in February
There are plenty of interesting activities planned throughout February here at Hickathrift House.
Tea and a Tour
Our General Manager and team would like to welcome you for tea and a tour of our home.
Weekly Foot Care Practitioner
Jill Cavell-Clarke visits the home once a week to deliver routine nail, hand and foot care. Jill is accredited on the Register of Foot Care Practitioners and she is trained to recognise foot and…
The amazing Trudie Mason visits the home twice a month to spend time with residents unlocking memories with music therapy.
Music Therapy is known to reduce agitation and stress hormones.…
Hairdresser, Ann Johnson, is here every Thursday in our salon. She is a fully qualified local hairdresser with years of experience of salon and mobile hairdressing. She understands the varied…
Join us every other Monday at 3:00pm for Zumba Gold with licensed instructor, Justine Stephens-Clark. She loves teaching Zumba and the reason is simple: every session feels like a party! You don't…