Activities at Hickathrift House Care Home

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.

Enriching life
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Kat Colangelo

Activities Lead

Hello, my name is Kat and I am the Activities Lead here at Hickathrift House.

Since 2017 I have been working in the field of well-being and I am passionate and enthusiastic about enriching all our of residents' quality of life. 

As the Activities Lead at Hickathrift House, my focus is learning about each of our resident's likes and dislikes and supporting them to remain receptive and active in addition to supporting them to engage with our local community friends.

I organise activities to stimulate the mind, body and soul in an enjoyable, comfortable way. My aim is to diversify and increase activities ensuring that there is something for everyone - from Wine and Cheese events, excursions on our home Mini Bus as well as individual bespoke person-centered activities.

 

Life-encriching activities booklet

Read our brochure 'Life-enriching activities' for more information about life in our care homes.
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Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Hickathrift House Care Home

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Spalding Flower Festival

Residents had a magical day at the Spalding Flower Parade! Deck chairs were set up, refreshments provided, and programs browsed as residents enjoyed a relaxing wait for the parade to arrive. And we were not disappointed, thanks to the beautiful floats, uplifting music and the amazing dancers and entertainers.

Residents and staff loved cheering on the floats, drivers, entertainers, and musicians as they went by. We waved and expressed appreciation for all they had done to make this spectacular. In return, several floats gave the residents flowers and gifts, which added to the day's excitement.

Afterwards, we enjoyed scrumptious fish and chips at a nearby shop in the sunshine, sharing our favourite moments. This was Resident Kim's first outing with us, and she said, "It's been a fairy tale. So wonderful. Thank you so much for bringing me. I've really enjoyed myself".

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Dementia Action Week

This month's Dementia Café took place during Dementia Action Week, so we made it extra special with a multisensory morning in the garden. We hosted our guests and the residents in our beautiful Sensory Garden, located in the Memory Lane Community. The delightful morning was spent discussing our gardens, singing songs, blowing bubbles and being ever so merry. The fabulous staff dressed in Blue to commemorate Dementia Action Week together with several residents.

Resident Margaret said, "It's been so nice to join the ladies, sitting in the sunshine, listening to the birds and the bees and smelling the lavender. What a gorgeous morning". Don't forget our next Dementia Cafe is on the 3rd Friday of the month and we hope to see you there.

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Fair brings community together

Staff, residents, relatives and the local community came together at Hickathrift House to enjoy a wonderful Spring Fair held in the home’s grounds on 18th May 2024.

Hickathrift House care home hosted a variety of activities throughout the day, including a book sale, games, a tombola, BBQ, over 15 local businesses and craft stalls as well as entertainment company KJ Entertainments who provided face painting, balloon modelling and singing, which were enjoyed by everyone who came to the event. The home also had a car washing service named Auto Fusion Detailing which two 14-year-old entrepreneurs run.

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Home buzz for World Bee Day

Staff and residents were buzzing when they celebrated World Bee Day on May 20th and continued celebrations throughout the week.

Created by the UN, World Bee Day is an annual global event raising awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping for the survival of our ecosystems.  Three out of four food crops across the globe rely on bees and other pollinators but those pollinators are under threat from human activities.

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Lifelong race fan realises dream

Richard, a resident at the home was the owner of a racehorse and a lifelong supporter of the sport. Before coming to Hickathrift House, Richard was a racehorse owner and spent his time looking after his horse, Sleepy Blue Ocean. He has always wanted to return to the racecourse and be part of the atmosphere again, so the Hickathrift team made his wish a reality on the 7th of May 2024.

Since joining Hickathrift House, Richard often reminisces about his many days at the racecourse and training grounds with Sleepy Blue Ocean, winning and losing races and the best jockeys he worked with. He last raced his horse in 2009 but to Richard, those are some of his most vivid happiest memories, so our team worked on preparing a beautiful day at the races for him and his friends.

Celebrating Cadbury's

Residents across our services had a wonderful time joining Cadbury for an interactive virtual talk on their fascinating 200-year history.

Residents joining learnt interesting facts about the chocolate giant, shared memories, and reminisced about their favourite sweet treats.

It was a heartwarming experience filled with laughter, nostalgia, and plenty of chocolatey goodness!

Upcoming events

Bingo fundraiser

Eyes down for our bingo fundraiser! come and join us....

May

May is the gateway to summer and we have lots of fun filled activities planned - all welcome.

Newsletter - April

Enjoy reading our April edition of our newsletter.

Dementia Cafe - 3rd Friday of the month

We extend a warm invitation for you to join us at our monthly dementia cafe.

Knit and Natter - Bi-monthly

Do you enjoy knitting? Come along and make new friends at our bi monthly Knit and Natter group - all welcome.

Gentleman's Club - Last Sunday of the month

Come along and enjoy a variety of activities over a beverage or two!  Make new friends - all welcome.

Emergency Services - Take a break on us!

Calling all emergency personnel!  Come and take a break on us - there may be a cake or two available!

Coffee Morning

We extend a warm invitation for you to join us at our monthly Coffee Morning - make new friends and enjoy a slice of homemade cake.

Volunteer Coffee Morning - every Tuesday

We recognise the special impact volunteers can have on the lives of our residents and we hope you can join us.