Meet our Activities Coordinator, Steve Chamberlain

Steve has worked at Hunters since 2011 and manages activity provision in the home, from the weekly quiz and daily activities to theme days and musical entertainment, in addition to larger scale events involving the local community, such as the annual Summer Fête.

Activities at our home

Activities are the cornerstone of a wholesome home experience and our Activities Coordinators are always putting their creative minds to the test by organising new and exciting social events for residents to partake in. Of course, we take into account the likes and dislikes of those we support, so if someone doesn’t feel like trying something new, there will always be something on offer to reflect their personal interests. For the people who may just prefer some peace and quiet instead, we also offer one-to-one time that can be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee or just a simple chat – whatever they desire.

Life at Hunters Care Centre

Christmas Spirit

Residents were treated to a visit from Father Christmas, who gave out selection boxes, donated by motorcycle group, the Reaper Rats; and Christmas cards, made by the children from the Organic Nursery Farm Group.

Hunters Hamper Donation

At Hunters, staff have been busy making food hampers to be distributed to the elderly and the homeless from the local Cirencester community.

Twenty hampers were made up containing non-perishable foods, with some extra Christmas treats thrown in, including mince pies.

Hunters has worked with local charity Cirencester Sign Post to identify members of the community who would most benefit from a Christmas treat, many of whom will spend the holiday season alone. 

Delivering the hampers was quite a humbling experience, with the smiles on everyone's faces being the highlight of the day.

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A Generous Donation

A big thank you to Bikes & Trikes UK, who have made a very generous donation to the home.

Bikes & Trikes UK are a fundraising group of local bikers who have been raising funds for Dementia UK and local care homes during lock down. So far, they have raised £1200 for Dementia UK and have now turned their focus to raising money to make donations to local care homes.

The group, led by Nigel Bickford and Kristen Umney, delivered boxes of toiletries and chocolate to be distributed to the residents at the head of a procession of classic motorcycles.

The residents were thrilled to be able to watch the delivery from a distance. The group were able to use the home's visiting pod to make the donation safely and in person to residents and staff.

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Our Sensory Garde

The residents at Hunters get a real thrill when they are visited in their rooms by our mobile sensory garden. The garden contains different smells, colours and textures to provide stimulation for all, with herbs, lavender and mint.  

The garden works particularly well on a wet day when the residents are less likely to go outside, and especially for the residents who are nursed in bed, bringing nature and stimulation to them regardless of mobility and care needs.

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Remembrance Sunday

This week at Hunters, the residents observed Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day by making a poppy display in reception during an arts and crafts session.

Poppies were on sale to staff and residents at reception to raise funds for the British Legion and, as always, the two minute silence was observed with the utmost respect.

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Our New Visiting Suite

Residents are overjoyed at Hunters because of our designated visiting room for residents to continue to spend time with their loved ones for the autumn and winter seasons, in addition to the outdoor visiting that has been on offer for those able for many months.

There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment. It was welcome news for residents and family and friends as we enter the colder season, meaning catch-ups can continue to take place, instead of, or in addition to, outdoor visiting already offered for those able.

The designated visiting room has been designed with both comfort and safety in mind, and has been recently adapted from a room that is accessible internally by residents and externally by visitors. The room is similar to a living room, with comfortable furnishings and heated floors to create a welcoming and warm environment for residents to continue to spend time with their loved ones in the upcoming months. The room has an intercom system fitted so residents can clearly communicate and engage in conversation whilst being able to see their friends and family through a Perspex glass divider fitted for safety to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Infection control protocols and safe social distancing are in place for every visit, including a hand sanitizer station before entry. Cleaning at Hunters will take place after each visit to ensure chairs, seats, hard surfaces including windowsills, and the Perspex glass divider are wiped down appropriately.

The feedback from families to date has meant that the majority of people would accept unusual arrangements if it meant being able to see their loved ones while also keeping themselves safe, as a temporary measure. Barchester Healthcare hope to

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