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.

Life at our home

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Christmas at Hickathrift

We have had the best Christmas at Hickathrift House. Residents enjoyed a slap up meal prepared by our fabulous chef, Claire, and we also enjoyed lots of Christmas treats throughout the day.

Staff wore a selection of fancy dress outfits, with everyone favourite being Lisa Tibbs, Carer, dressed as a Christmas Turkey.

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What a Cracker!

Residents and their loved ones had a brilliant time at the Annual Hickathrift House Christmas Party on Tuesday 11th December. They enjoyed a festive buffet and drinks, a raffle with amazing prizes and were entertained by resident favourite, Trudie Mason. Everyone was on their feet singing and dancing. We were even lucky enough to have the Mayor of Wisbech attend.

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Elf Day

Staff at Hickathrift celebrated Elf Day on Friday 7th December to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. There was also an ‘Elfy’ afternoon tea party with singing, dancing and lots of treats to enjoy.

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Christmas Market Success

Residents, families and visitors had a brilliant time at the annual Christmas Market on Tuesday 20th November. It was filled with Christmas music, mince pies and various stalls for people to shop from. There were lots of Christmas goodies and we all went home with empty purses. We raised £175.62, which will go onto our residents' fund. Thank you to everyone who attended.

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The Remembrance Tree Returns

We have a remembrance tree in our reception for people to add hearts to and written messages to their loved ones who are no longer with us. If you would like to add a message to the tree, please pop into reception. If you have any questions or queries, please contact us on 01945 430636.

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Honouring the Fallen

Hickathrift House commemorated Remembrance Sunday on Sunday 11th November, and joined the rest of the United Kingdom in holding a two-minute silence at 11am.

As well as marking Remembrance Day by wearing poppies and watching the televised service, some residents were taken to the local cenotaph to commemorate the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

The residents had been really busy in the run up to the day making their own poppies out of plastic bottles to create a display on the fence outside of the home.

We were very proud to receive some trees from the Queens Commonwealth Canopy. Michelle Taylor, Head of the Memory Lane Community at Hickathrift House, applied for the trees and they kindly donated three to the home. Resident, Gerard Cater, planted them next to the beautiful display on Remembrance Sunday.

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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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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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