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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sarah Harding

My name is Sarah and I have worked at Marriott House and Lodge for over 15 years in a variety of roles.

I began my Barchester journey as a Night Care Assistant in 2000. Through completing care qualifications, I progressed to Senior Care Assistant and, more recently, I have also adopted the responsibilties of a Care Practitioner as well. I have also been involved in activities within the home and have lead the Activities Team 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 providing training. 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 being with my dog, Chester, who I bring to work with me most days. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my friends and family.

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 our home

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Nutrition & Hydration Week

Marriott House & Lodge celebrated National Nutrition & Hydration Week (12th-18th March) with wholesome food and thirst-quenching beverages.

The whole team worked together with hospitality staff to ensure that each resident’s dietary requirements and care needs were met. Increasing knowledge of the importance of nutrition and hydration among residents and staff is something that is key to maintaining and improving a person’s well-being.

During week the home devised an exciting, challenging and fun assortment of food-themed activities:

On Monday, we held an afternoon of smoothie making and fruit-themed word games!

On Tuesday, the students from Chichester University held their weekly activity session, which was focused on the importance of exercise and nutrition.

On Wednesday, we held a Welcome Wednesday Lunch Club, Music for Health session and Nutrition & Hydration Tea Party. This was held with members of the local community and everyone got the chance to talk about the importance of nutrition and hydration. 

Thursday was ‘Thirsty Thursday’. This day involved getting residents, visitors and staff to try new drinks and included information about the importance of remaining hydrated. We also held a special bingo session. 

We finished the week with ‘Fruity Friday’. On this day, staff members dressed in bright colours and we held a community pub quiz with lots of refreshments available, of course.

Chefs always speak with the residents they cook for to find out more about their likes and dislikes, suggesting new dishes and ingredients for everyone to try. 

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Sport Relief

Staff, residents and visitors have taken part in a Sport Relief challenge to raise money to help transform the lives of people across the UK and the rest of the world in some of its poorest communities.

On Monday 19th March, we set off on a challenge to walk/ride 500 miles on a static bike or treadmill! 

Residents, their relatives and staff were all very supportive and were there to cheer on the participants every step of the way. Many staff members came in on their days off during the week and visitors were keen to help by completing some miles. The challenge took place day and night, with everyone getting involved! On Friday 23rd March we completed the challenge.

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St Patrick's Day

In the lead up to St Patrick’s Day, residents were helped by the activities team to make some decorations for the home.

​On St​ Patrick's Day, a themed lunch was served, followed by a special Irish musical reminiscence session that included Irish music and dancing.

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Going for Gold

On Friday 9th March, residents and staff at Marriott House and Lodge laced up their trainers and warmed-up for a special sports day to celebrate the start of the Winter Paralympic Games.

A range of events were organised, including relay races, an egg and spoon race, skittles, balloon tennis and lots more!

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March Community Bingo

Our most recent community bingo session took place on Wednesday 7th March. Lots of prizes were won and refreshments were served during the afternoon.

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March's Barchy Breakfast

We continue to hold our monthly Barchy Breakfast on the 1st Wednesday of the month in conjunction with our Professionals' Breakfast Meeting 

On Wednesday 7th March, residents and staff joined together for breakfast, which was enjoyed by all who attended! The kitchen whipped up a storm of a breakfast that included, croissants, bacon and sausage baps.

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Upcoming events

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Room Hire

We have a room that is available to hire to professionals in the local community.

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Don't Dine Alone

Enjoy some company and a delicious lunch.

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Lunch Club

Come along and enjoy a nutritious and delicious lunch prepared by our talented chef.

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Events & Activities in April

To find out about events and activities scheduled for April, please click the following: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4.

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Community Breakfast

Marriott House and Lodge continues to hold monthly community breakfasts on the first Wednesday of every month at 8:00 a.m.

The kitchen will be whipping up a storm, which will include croissants, bacon, sausage baps and much more.

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