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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

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. Weather permitting we try to have regular outings in the minibus, as well as visits from PAT dogs, musicians and entertainers. 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 Hickathrift House is fun and active. It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join with activities and events as often as they can.

Life at our home

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Fantastic News for Hickathrift

Not only has Paula Colman at Hickathrift been crowned ‘Memory Lane Champion’ for Barchester’s Central Division in the 2018 Barchester Care Awards, but we are also very proud to announce that General Manager, Ceri Mills, has also won the divisional title for ‘Apprentice/Learner of the Year’

The awards celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile for the benefit of individuals living in Barchester care homes. Categories range from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Carer of the Year’ to ‘Maintenance Champion’ and ‘Team of the Year’.

More than 1,500 nominations were received from homes across the UK. All entries have been of a very high standard and Paula is thrilled to have been named top in the region.

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Hickathrift Appoints New GM

Ceri Mills will now oversee the running of home and will be responsible for a team of 60. Ceri has over 12 years’ experience within the care industry and originally joined Hickathrift House in 2007, but left in 2009 to gain experience within a different setting, returning to us in 2011 and working her way up the chain of command to eventually become Deputy Manager in 2014, and finally General Manager this year.

During Ceri’s time here, she has gained her NVQ Level 2 and NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Sare, and she is currently working towards her NVQ Level 5 in Leadership & Management.

Most of you already know Ceri, but she is really looking forward to seeing you all over the coming months and, as always, her door is always open.

Our next relative and residents' meeting will be on 7th September 2018 and, by then, Ceri will be able to update you on the projects she has planned between now and Christmas, with the help of her team.

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Employee of the Month - June

Our Employee of the Month for June is Carer, Donna Welby. She has been nominated by staff for the fantastic attitude and passion she has every day. She clearly loves her job and the residents she helps to look after.

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Armed Forces Day

Hickathrift House had a fantastic day commemorating Armed Forces Day two days early on Thursday 28th June.

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. This year, Hickathrift House had a staff fancy dress day and an afternoon tea party for the residents. The activities team decorated the whole home in balloons and bunting.

Head of Maintenance, Jamie Hall, previously of the Royal Engineers and a current reservist solider, brought us lots of memorabilia for the residents, and loved chatting to them about his career.

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Hickathrift win again!

Paula Colman at Hickathrift has been crowned ‘Memory Lane Champion’ for Barchester’s Central Division in the Barchester Care Awards 2018 and is through to the national finals.

The awards celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile for the benefit of individuals living in Barchester care homes. Categories range from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Carer of the Year’ to ‘Maintenance Champion’ and ‘Team of the Year’.

More than 1,300 nominations were received from homes across the UK. All entries have been of a very high standard and Paula is thrilled to have been named top in the region.

Paula Colman said:I and completely overwhelmed to receive this award - I am so lucky to be supported by a great manager, admin team and colleagues alike, and to receive their votes along with those of residents families and nurses I feel hugely honoured . I am very passionate about my role, with the resident’s well-being paramount in my mind - so thank you again for everyone who voted for me for this recognition’

As the winner for Central region, Paula is automatically through to the national Barchester Care Awards finals. She will soon have an interview with the judges and will then join finalists from across the UK at a special awards luncheon in October to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.

Acting General Manager, Ceri Mills, said: “This is an amazing achievement. Paula is a dedicated and fully committed team member, as recognised by the volume of votes for her to gain this recognition. It is a great achievement for her to have been recognised as the Divisional Winner and we are all fully supporting her with the next stage of the company wide awards”

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25 Years of Service

The Administrative Assistant at Hickathrift House has received a prestigious Long Service Award in recognition of working at Barchester Healthcare for 25 years.

Tracey Hills started at the home in June 1993 as a weekend Care Assistant and worked her way up to Deputy Manager in 2000. She then moved to the administration department after starting her family in 2003 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.

 

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Upcoming events

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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 - 16/07/18

There's lots of fun activities planned for the week commencing 16th July here at Hickathrift.

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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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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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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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