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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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Spring Is upon Us

Residents spent time making beautiful, spring flower arrangements on Tuesday 3rd April. They have been displayed around the home and look & smell beautiful.

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Barchester Care Awards 2018

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the Barchester Care Awards 2018 are now open! The Barchester Care Awards recognises the outstanding staff and volunteers who are committed to the delivery of high-quality services and personalised-care across our homes and hospitals.

The 13 categories have been created to reflect excellence in a whole variety of roles across the company, ranging from ‘Volunteer of the Year’ and ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’, to ‘Maintenance Champion’ and ‘Hospitality Champion’.

This year, we are also launching a brand new category ‘Community Engagement Award’. This award recognises the contribution made by an individual to establish their home/hospital as part of the local community and create strong links with local community groups. This will include bringing the community into the home, and enabling residents to attend events within the local community.

For a full list of categories, please click here.

Nominations can be placed via our website or via a nomination form, which you can request from reception. Nominations are open to all – colleagues, residents, families, friends, volunteers and visitors. Nominations close on 7th May 2018.

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Employee of the Month - February

Our Employee of the Month for February is Jackie Ball, Night Senior Carer. She has been nominated by the General Manager for embracing changes to her role and for the additional support she has given to Staff.

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Fun in the Snow

Hickathrift Carers, Lisa & Jade, made the most of the snowy weather on Wednesday 28th February by making a beautiful snowman outside the residents' lounge. It cheered all of the residents up and they were pleased they got to stay cosy in the warm while the staff did the hard work.

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Love Is in the Air

Staff, residents and guests celebrated 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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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 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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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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