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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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Love Is in the Air

Staff, residents and guests celebrated the Valentine's Day with roses and live music from Derek Gibbs. 

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Employee of the Month - January

Our Employee of the Month for January is Frances Hill, Senior Carer. She has been nominated by staff for her flexibility and also for offering her free time when needed. This was noted when she helped at our open day on 27th January and also escorted a resident to a hospital appointment on 30th January, despite being on annual leave.

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Mayor Visit

On Christmas Day, Steve Tierney, Mayor of Wisbech, took the time to visit our home to wish everyone we support a Merry Christmas. He spent time with each resident and thanked all of the staff for giving up time with their families. It was a very special treat and everyone enjoyed meeting him.

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Employee of the Month - December

Our Employee of the Month for December was Gardener, Gerry Horobin. He has been nominated by staff for the passion he shows every day, and because he is never without a smile on his face. He is a team player and embraces any task he is set.

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Christmas Party

On Tuesday 12th December 2017, we held our annual Christmas Party for residents and their families. We had the fabulous Trudie Mason to entertain us and Nigel Coleman, Head Chef, laid on an amazing buffet for everyone to feast on.

We also pulled our Christmas raffle, which raised over £180, which will be paid into the residents' fund. The raffle was so popular that we ran out of tickets to sell! We were also very honored that the Deputy Mayor, Peter Human, and his beautiful wife, Jo, were able to attend and the residents all made sure they had a chat and a dance with them.

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What a Day!

Residents enjoyed a trip to the Light Cinema in Wisbech to watch a dementia-friendly screening of ‘White Christmas’. They were treated to entertainment and a buffet during the interval. They then returned to the home for more fun and entertainment from Sean the Banjo Man.

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 - 19/02/18

There's lots of fun activities scheduled for the week commencing 19th February.

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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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Don't Dine Alone This Winter

We’re inviting our older neighbours to join us for a nutritious meal.

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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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New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

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