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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.

Come and join us at our Open Day

Meet our dedicated team on Saturday 20th October, who can answer any questions you may have about our home.

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Life at our home

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Apprentice/Learner of the Year

Congratulations to Ceri Mills, who was named as the Apprentice/Learner of the Year at the 2018 Barchester Care Awards.

This award goes to an apprentice who has shown a great amount of personal growth and improvement, not to mention incredible dedication to their home. 

Well done, Ceri!

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Celebrating Success

Carer, Diane Smith, has received a prestigious Long Service Award in celebration of working at Barchester for 15 years. Diane started here in October 2003 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.

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Walk for Dementia

Deputy Manager, Paula Colman, completed the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk on Sunday 16th September. The leisurely stroll took place at the Sandringham Estate, Norfolk, and started at the visitor centre. Paula thoroughly enjoyed the walk and is excited to see the final total of how much she raised.

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Games Afternoon

Residents had a lovely afternoon on Tuesday 4th September playing games and puzzles. Snakes & Ladders did get very competitive!

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10 Years of Service

Sue Pawszak, now a Team Leader, started at Barchester in September 2008 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met every since.

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Memory Walk

Deputy Manager, Paula Colman, is putting the ‘fun’ into ‘fundraising’ by taking part in the Memory Walk at Sandringham on 16th September to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. Paula, along with dozens of other people expected to attend, will walk to raise money for the fight against dementia. She is hoping to raise £150 and you can donate towards this target by visiting her JustGiving page here.

The Memory Walk at Sandringham has two different lengths: a 1.5km and a 6.5km. Last year’s event raised £2600 for the Alzheimer’s Society, with a total of 74 people taking part. On the day, participants are advised to arrive at 10:30am for an 11:00am start.

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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 leg conditions, treat them appropriately and refer when necessary. Many people need simple foot care to maintain mobility and quality of life. Being overweight or diabetic increases this need, and both of these conditions are rapidly increasing in prevalence throughout the population. Jill works with other health care professionals wherever necessary for the well-being of their patients. 

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Weekly Activities - 15/10/18

There's lots of fun activities scheduled for the week commencing 15th October here at Hickathrift House.

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Zumba Gold

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 need to know how to dance, just move your body and follow her lead. It's easy; you will love it! Zumba Gold is perfect for older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves, but at a lower intensity. 

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Weekly Hairdresser

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 needs of individuals and knows the importance of how a trip to the salon can make you feel. Whether it is a trim, perm or a blow dry, Ann can make you feel 10 years younger.

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Music Therapy

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. It can play an important therapeutic role in residents' lives and is an extremely powerful tool of expression and creativity. 

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A Tea and a Tour

Our General Manager and team would like to welcome you for tea and a tour of our home.

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