Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sarah Hiscock
Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am the Activities Coordinator here at Kingsland House. I have over 30 years’ experience in the care sector. I hold an ILM Level 5 in Leadership & Management and worked as a Facilities Manager for many years.
I am enjoying my role, encouraging the residents to engage and try new activities. I have some great ideas for events, along with providing daily activities within the home to help stimulate all the residents, either in groups or individually.
I like to have regular get-togethers with the residents to discuss new ideas and what they would like to experience, so that we can provide activities to each individual taking into account their interests, along with mind, body & soul.
I am a mum of 4 and have 2 grandchildren, and enjoy the outdoors.
Activities at Kingsland House
Kingsland House have a variety of activities that our residents help us choose. Celebrating Life in our home is jovial and fun and from our weekly delivered activity sheet, our residents can chose exactly what they want to join in with.
Our activities range from exercise classes, gardening, arts and crafts, games to food-fun clubs. We also offer our in house church services, our own home cinema, our mobile pub - The Kingsland Tavern, visiting Pat Dogs, musical entertainers, minibus outings, theme days and birthday celebrations. For those residents being nursed in their rooms we have one to one activities sessions.
At Kingsland House we believe that activities are hugely important to stimulate and uplift, and getting to know our residents interests and lifestyle choices assist our activities team in creating events and activities to suit their expressed wishes and capabilities. We also encourage our residents' families and friends to join in with as much as they can to make Kingsland House a loving family atmosphere.
Life at Kingsland House Care Home
Fashion Icon Mary Quant
Staff and residents were treated to a virtual talk on Zoom about Mary Quant’s influence on the world of fashion by V&A Dundee curator, Mhairi Maxwell. The talk forms part of a series of six talks and virtual tours that V&A Dundee is hosting for Barchester Healthcare’s care homes and private hospitals across the UK. Residents could choose to watch on their tablets or the bigger screen in the Lounge.
V&A Dundee is Scotland’s design museum, it showcases Scotland’s outstanding design achievements and features world-class exhibitions alongside the permanent Scottish Design Galleries, and a changing programme of commissions, events and activities.
Mhairi’s talk and virtual tour of the Quant exhibition, which was previously hosted by V&A Dundee, describes how Quant captured the spirit of the swinging sixties and pioneered a business model that reshaped the industry, making designer fashion far more accessible for women (and men!) than ever before. Residents learnt about Quant’s career and influences, the personal stories behind some of the stylish outfits in the exhibition, the #SewQuant campaign and even got to peek behind the scenes of the exhibition’s design.
“Mary Quant kick-started the fashion revolution in this country and what we wear today is still hugely influenced by her, it was a privilege to be able to share her story with the residents at Barchester Healthcare who would have been wearing her ground-breaking designs back in the Sixties,” Mhairi said.
Lucy Tomlinson, Resident Experience Manager for Barchester Healthcare, commented: ““We have been using technology to keep our residents and patients connected with their loved ones as well as offer virtual events, entertainment and activities throughout the pandemic. We are excited to work with our wonderful partners like V&A Dundee to bring a wide range of fantastic experiences into our homes for all to enjoy, particularly as this talk provided such a lovely opportunity for all to reminisce about their memories of fashion in the 1960s.
Mother's Day at Kingsland House
Our residents celebrated Mother’s Day with an afternoon tea party, and video calls with the family. The home was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and bunting for the occasion. Staff arranged an afternoon tea, discussion about how the role of the mother has changed, reminiscences about the residents’ childhood. Our chef George and his team prepared a lovely afternoon tea for the whole home
Kitty a resident at Kingsland House, commented: “I am so grateful to the staff here who try so hard to make days like this extra special for us all and it was wonderful to be able to see my family safely using the visiting suite, I received some lovely gifts from my daughters, and to see one of them on the day was great.
General Manager, Karen Williams said: “We’ve all had a really lovely day. Although Mother’s Day has had to be a bit different this year, our mums have had video calls with family, a lovely afternoon tea, we have made good use of our visiting suite to make sure lots of our residents had a visit with their loved ones.
Gail celebrates 25 years with Kingsland House
Our dedicated care assistant, Gail has received a prestigious 25 Year Service Award in celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare for 25 years.
Gail Matten started at Barchester in 1st March 1996 and has worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.
Karen Williams, General Manager of Kingsland House said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating 25 years of loyal service with Gail she has demonstrated her dedication and loyalty to this home and its residents year after year. I speak for all of us here at Kingsland House when I say that I’m looking forward to many more years of working with Gail.
Hanging basket time!
Residents enjoyed creating hanging baskets this week to go around the grounds at Kingsland House. We are all excited to see that spring is on its way with the collection of colours in the baskets, and are looking forward to the families visiting Kingsland House watching them flourish!
Our resident, Ruth, was able to enjoy creating a hanging basket for everyone to enjoy. Ruth said “It’s so lovely that we can still do the things we love to do, I have always loved to do my own hanging baskets and get my hands dirty".
We are open for those looking for quality residential and nursing care now and have an advance booking service for respite care later in the year if you are looking at booking a holiday or simply needing a break from caring for your loved one. For more information about Kingsland House please call us on 01273 838087
Thanking the Fire Brigade
Residents and staff at Kingsland House recently enjoyed thanking the local fire bridge with homemade cakes. Residents got to choose who they would like to send a treat to for their hard work during the pandemic, and they choose the fire brigade.
The Vaccine Arrives
Staff at Kingsland House were delighted to have received a thank you card and a badge to wear with pride. They have participated in receiving the vaccine, as they are aware that this is a fundamental part of beating COVID-19, and after what has been a very challenging year for everyone, we are hoping that this will assist with the control of the virus.
V&A Dundee virtual visit - 13th April
Residents have exclusive access to a talk from the V&A Dundee, our March tour of the Mary Quant exhibition was so popular we all wanted another trip!
Virtual visit to the Zoo - Tuesday 27th April
We will be taking a trip to Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian and a special talk just for Barchester residents!
We are on Facebook!
We are delighted our Facebook page - @barchesterkingslandhouse, is now up and running with regular posts of events and life in our home photos, take a look now!