Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sam Kidd

Sam joined as Activities Coordinator in 2021 and previously worked at a sister Barchester care home, Lawton Manor both as a Carer and an Activities Assistant. Sam delivers a varied life enrichment programme to the home's Residents.  Sam is a fully qualified beautician, fluent in BSL British Sign Language and also specialises in aromatherapy and holistic therapies.  Outside of work Sam values family time with her two young children.

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.

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 Hilderstone Hall Care Home

Come sing! Feel good!

Our homes have had a fantastic time with vocal coach Mark De-Lisser as he led an amazing virtual singing session for our residents to enjoy. Our residents across our services were able to learn different techniques as they sang the famous ‘I’m a Believer’ by The Monkees. There were smiles and laugher all around. The session was such a success and was great for the mind, body and soul.

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Book Club Corner

Residents across our services had a lovely time joining Daniel Snowman, for an exciting virtual event to discuss his book ‘Just Passing Through’.  Author of over a dozen books, Daniel Snowman’s long and active life has led him to interact in countless ways with the wider world and with some of its most famous inhabitants. His memoir evokes these experiences via a series of vivid literary vignettes.

Residents found the talk very intriguing and informative, and were happy to learn more about Daniel’s experiences around the world.  Book club corner is part of our varied life enrichment programme.

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Regular Church Services

We welcomed representatives from Fulford and Hilderstone Churches enjoying both service and communion.

Residents love the Church visits as it is a very sociable occasion and allows everyone to continue to practice their faith and beliefs within the care home setting

A Certificate of Recognition

Congratulations to everyone at Hilderstone Hall on receiving a Certificate of Recognition presented by The HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson CBE KstJ

This accolade is a huge boost to us all and was awarded to the home in 2022 for :-

"Outstanding service to the community of Staffordshire throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic"

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National Trust talk

Our homes had a fantastic time joining National Trust Talks Service team at Cliveden House for an inspirational talk on Nancy Astor – the first woman to take a seat in the House of Commons.

Our residents had the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating life of Nancy and her political career. As the first women MP, she experienced both attention and scandal throughout her life, which led to many triumphs and numerous disasters.  The talk was truly enjoyed by all.

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Joanne's extra special ticket for her service

Congratulations to Hostess, Joanne Macari who was rewarded for her efforts when she received an Invitation from Ian Dudson CBE KstJ.  HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire to attend the Platinum Jubilee Garden Party at The Staffordshire County Show for going above and beyond in her role as Hostess at the care home

Joanne has worked at Hilderstone Hall for more than 14 years and was nominated to represent Hilderstone Hall, in the care home category, by colleagues who felt she really deserved extra recognition for the amazing work she does every day.  Within the role as a Hospitality Hostess Joanne strives to create a stimulating environment for residents so that everyone receives the all-round care and support they deserve.

During the pandemic Joanne adapted her role to include coordinating family visits by appointment to the visiting POD and managing the very important infection control policy for visitors by checking evidence of vaccines and carrying out the LFD tests and this was recognised by the organisers of the special event.

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Upcoming events

Events & Activities in July

Hilderstone Hall is looking forward to many events this month, you are welcome to join us to enjoy some entertainment with your family members

Monthly Afternoon Tea

You are welcome to join us at our monthly Afternoon Tea, first Thursday of the month.

Volunteers Coffee Morning

Staff and residents invite neighbours and friends from the local community to join us at our monthly Volunteers Coffee Morning from 10.30 am. Your time could make a difference!