Meet our Activities Coordinator, Jane Procter
I am hugely enjoying my role as an Activities Co-ordinator at Hilderstone Hall helping residents to celebrate their lives to the full. My work supporting others daily, planning activities and engaging with residents is possible following a career in teaching and production roles.
My career began at the BBC in production. (My claim to “fame” is getting lost in Television Centre with Sir John Gielgud whom I was trying to show to a meeting - but I was unable to find the correct room!)
Following this I had a long career in teaching, working in a number of secondary schools and eventually becoming a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator leading a department supporting students with additional needs.
Outside of work I enjoy walking my two dogs. I am a member of a number of amateur drama groups and enjoy going to the cinema, theatre and music gigs. I am also a very keen cook and baker, and enjoy eating out, as well as loving reading and puzzles – particularly a good cryptic crossword
Activities at Hilderstone Hall
Our activities team are, first and foremost, devoted to each and every resident in the home, and strive to ensure that their interests, hobbies, capabilities and individual requests are met to the highest standard. This could include one-to-one chats, hand massages, reading, music therapy, flower arranging, movement to music, arts & crafts, gardening and baking. We also have regular fun, adventurous and stimulating trips, where we encourage families and loved ones to join us. We have close links with the Alzheimer's Society, the local primary school, and Trinity Skills who come to sing with residents. All the staff at Hilderstone Hall participate in activities with residents, offering encouragement, stimulation and interaction for everyone involved, providing the most fulfilling experience possible.
Life at Hilderstone Hall Care Home
Resident, Betty celebrated her 94-years young birthday in style surrounded by staff and friends in the home who presented her with her a delicious home-made birthday cake and a bouquet of flowers with a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday'. The birthday girl also enjoyed a garden visit with her son.
General Manager, Elizabeth Walsh, said: “It was a lovely afternoon which was enjoyed by everyone and it was nice that Betty could share her day with all the other residents and the staff made sure her birthday celebrations were spectacular!”
Residents morning ‘shake up’
Residents at Hilderstone Park enjoy a varied activity programme as part of the homes life enrichment for their residents and with this in mind, the home recently hosted a well-attended ‘Keep Fit’ class for a morning ‘shake up’ before sitting back to enjoy a cup of tea and slice of home made cake.
Seated exercise is such a great way to improve our Resident’s wellbeing, and it’s even better to see them having such a wonderful time doing it!” Exercise therapy sessions are just one of the variety of regular activities available for Residents to enjoy at Hilderstone Hall.
Afternoon tea delight!
It was time for tea at Hilderstone Hall, when the residents got together to enjoy an afternoon tea treat of fresh cream cakes, alongside a nice cup of tea. From delicious homemade scones to a classic fluffy Victoria sponge, residents were spoilt for choice with the variety of tasty treats on offer. A lively debate soon followed as Residents discussed whether it was the jam or cream first!
Kitchen assistant celebrates 10-years of service
A Kitchen assistant at Hilderstone Hall has received a prestigious 10-Year Service Award in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for 10 years. Lynn Meyrick started at Barchester in July 2010 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.
Elizabeth Walsh General Manager said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating 10-years of loyal service with Lynn. She has demonstrated her dedication and loyalty to this home and its residents year after year. I speak for all of us here at Hilderstone Hall when I say that I’m looking forward to many more years of working with Lynn!”
Home is where the heart is!
Residents were delighted to be able to send a beautiful crafted heart to loved ones to provide a link with family at this time. A kind well-wisher created a number of gorgeous paired fabric and knitted hearts and sent them to the home to be put to good use. Residents were able to choose a pair of hearts and were then photographed holding them. The photograph and one heart from the pair was then sent to the resident’s family as a keepsake, whilst the other heart is being kept in pride of place by the resident.
On resident commented, “It’s fantastic to feel that I can send something to my family to show I am thinking of them and love them. With me keeping one heart, and my grand-daughter having the other really helps me feel a connection between us.”
Armed Forces Day
Residents and staff were extremely proud to take part in an on-line event in the week preceding Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th June. As many national events had to be cancelled, residents felt strongly that they would like to support the #Salute Our Forces event in recognition of the tremendous hard work and dedication shown by men and women in all of our Armed Forces.
Indeed, some residents have family members who had fought for their country over the years and wanted to pay tribute to them in particular. Photographs were sent into the Armed Forces website capturing residents and staff showing their best salute. Some photographs also captured a washing line of flags and crowns recently created at the home by residents to mark Armed Forces Day and the Queen’s official birthday earlier this month. Resident Ambassador, Norman Perry, said, “It’s an honour to take part and to show our respect for all service personnel who do such a tremendous job.”