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 Hickathrift House Care Home
Divisional Learner of the Year
Congratulations to Donna Welby, who has been named as a Divisional Winner in the 2020 Barchester Care Awards. Donna is a finalist in the Learner of the Year category and has been invited to attend an awards ceremony on 8th October, where she will find out if she has won overall.
A Day at the Beach
Hickathrift hosted a beach-themed day with paddling pools, sand pits and ice creams. Residents helped to create a beach scene backdrop during our arts and crafts sessions.
It has been lovely welcoming families back for garden and window visits. Seeing their loved ones has had a positive impact on both the residents and the visitors – birthdays can now be celebrated with their families.
Fruits of Labour
The residents have really enjoyed planting their own vegetables this year and watering them daily. The gardening experience has been a great success; it's a meaningful activity which enables residents to get outside and make the most of the fair weather.
Residents planted raised beds in the courtyard outside the dining area. They got their hands dirty and weeded the bed first. They also planted some sweetpeas that were grown from seeds during another activity earlier in the month.
The residents that were supported doing the raised beds said that they really enjoyed being out in the fresh air. Also, they were more than willing to help again given the opportunity.
Everyone enjoyed a selection of yummy cakes with their afternoon tea. Afterward, there was fun and laughter taking part in the horse racing game. The residents chose a horse at the beginning of every race, and then cheered on their horse to win. It was a lovely atmosphere; everyone said that they would like to play the game again another day.
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Tea and a Tour
Our General Manager and team would like to welcome you for tea and a tour of our home.
Join us every other Monday at 3:00pm for Zumba Gold with licensed instructor, Justine Stephens-Clark.