Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sarah Harding
I began my Barchester journey as a Night Care Assistant in 2000. Through the completing of care qualifications, I progressed to Senior Care Assistant and, more recently, I have also adopted the responsibilities of a Care Practitioner.
I am also involved in activities within the home and I lead the activities team, a role that I have enjoyed for many years. I have completed many training courses through the Barchester Healthcare Training Academy, which have further enhanced my skills in a range of areas, including, care, activities and training provision. I now share my time between being a Care Practitioner and leading the activities team.
Leading the activities team means that I work with a group of staff and volunteers to provide activities for the residents that help to keep them active and stimulated. My duties include planning events for residents and their families, organizing day-to-day activities, arranging outings, and also offering residents that very crucial one-to-one time.
I work closely with local groups, meaning that Marriott House & Lodge remains a key part of the local community with regular visitors who offer support to families and friends.
I am very much involved in the ‘whole home approach’ in regards to the care we provide as a care home; my hands-on approach allows me to work closely with all members of the team and help them to develop their skills.
Dignity in care is a particular area that I am always keen to promote within the home, and I believe that we can all enhance the lives of residents. In my spare time I enjoy reading and spending my time with family, friends and 3 dogs!
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 Marriott House and Lodge Care Home
Cheese and Wine Afternoon
A cheese and wine afternoon was a perfect way to spend an time in lockdown. We decided on the best pairing for a glass of wine - cheese and biscuits. We had various wines, soft drinks, and cheese boards available for all.
This will definitely become a regular social event at Marriott House and Lodge
Enjoying our Gardens
As the better weather is currently sporadic. The staff and residents at Marriott House and Lodge take the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful gardens . A warm breeze and some sunshine is much appreciated after the long winter.
Easter Thank You's
Marriott House and Lodge would like to say a massive thankyou for the amazing Easter cards we received from the local community.
We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Chichester Anna Chaplaincy for their beautiful Easter cards and presents. They were really appreciated and enjoyed by all
Marriott House run a bi-weekly poetry group for all residents that are interested in Poetry. Through-out the sessions staff and residents enjoying reading and writing poetry. Hopefully over the next few months we can produce our very own poetry book.
Barchester's Big Easter Quiz @ Marriott House
Marriott House and Lodge in Chichester got ready for Easter by joining a virtual afternoon of chocolate-fuelled fun along with the staff and residents at over seventy Barchester care homes across the south of England, Jersey and the Isle of Wight.
The team and residents put on their best Easter bonnets and broke out the Easter eggs for an afternoon of fun activities culminating in the Barchester Big Easter Quiz when they linked up with all the other Barchester homes in the south of the country. When they weren’t quizzing, the residents enjoyed a feast of seasonal Easter dishes prepared by the home’s chef.
Lifestyle Lead, Sarah Harding said: “Now that we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel following what has been a year like no other for our residents and staff, we wanted to ensure our Easter celebrations were an extra special treat. ‘Meeting up’ with the other homes virtually has given everyone such a boost. We’ve all had so much fun letting our hair down, everyone really enjoyed the afternoon.”
Everyone at the home is grateful for this lovely opportunity and would like to say a big thank you to Natasha Lazovic, Managing Director at Barchester, for organising this Easter quiz, enabling all homes across the south of England, Jersey and the Isle of Wight to celebrate together virtually.
Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active, and provides a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities.
Residents and staff made poppy wreaths which were laid by our Resident Ambassadors during the National two minutes silence, a shower of Red poppy petals also floated down in memory of all those that we remember. The petals were gathered after and kept with the Remembrance Day display in the homes
For those Residents and staff that were unable to gather outside or watch from a window the event was also filmed live and this was steamed to the Televisions within the homes.
A Remembrance Day service was held after the national 2 minutes silence by our Volunteer Jean Collyer.
Kevin Card, a resident at the home said ‘I served in the Royal Navy and I was so proud to put my medals on and stand with everyone remembering those lost or injured in conflict.’
Imelda Rea, General Manager at Marriott House and Lodge Care home in Chichester said: “Today has been all about remembering those that have been lost or injured in conflicts. It is lovely to see all the generations coming together and never forgetting those that have paid the ultimate price for their country.”
Virtual Tour and Talk from Blenheim Palace
Our life enrichment team are very pleased to announce the virtual tour and talk from Blenheim Palace
BloomingHaus Floristry Competition - A floral Masterclass
BloomingHaus Florist's offers a virtual flower demonstration that our residents, staff and friends can follow and enter Barchester’s Spring Flower competition.
Today we will celebrate with our own 'Marriott House' style street party as well as setting aside some time to reminisce
International Nurse day 12th May
This year, more than any other year we will pay tribute to our fabulous Nurses, both within the home and our community, thanking them for all they do and have done for us.