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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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Open Day

Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around 25th January. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns. The day also celebrates Burns' contribution to Scottish culture. His best known work is Auld Lang Syne.

On Burns Night, the residents of Marriott Lodge spent the morning making shortbread with the activities team.

Residents and visitors then spent the afternoon tasting different flavoured whiskys, haggis, black pudding and the traditional homemade shortbread. Activities Assistant, Hilda Goodeve, also had printed some Robert Burns poetry and read it to the group, along with some interesting facts about Burns Night.

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Open Day

On Saturday 27th January, Marriott House and Lodge opened its doors to the local community. Everyone was welcome to come and see us to see what we get up to on a typical Saturday afternoon.

On this particular afternoon, we were being entertained by the brilliant, Mitchell Armstrong! Homemade scones and refreshments were served throughout.

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National Puzzle Day

On 29th January, Marriott House and Lodge celebrated National Puzzle Day. The activities team spent the morning visiting residents on a one-to-one basis and doing some crosswords and word searches with them.

During the afternoon, we invited the community in for some word games, including hangman, countdown and more brain training on the white board in the lounge.

One resident has also been working on a massive jigsaw puzzle, which she finished on the day.

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Old & New Friends Club 2018

After seeing the recent Channel 4 programme, ‘Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds’, we were approached by Parklands School and invited to join with them for intergenerational activities. The programme highlighted the positive effects on the young and old.

Marriott house and Lodge and Parklands School completed one term together and some amazing friendships were formed. Following this success, we were keen for this to continue with a new group of old and new friends!  

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Dignity Action Day

Marriott House and Lodge supported Dignity Action Day on 1st February with a fun and all-inclusive community event. 

We celebrated and raised awareness of the importance of delivering dignified care by inviting residents, relatives, staff and visitors to find out more about dignity in care. 

Residents and staff made a tree in craft sessions and then asked residents, relatives and visitors to write on a leaf exactly what dignity means to them! 

There was lots of discussion during a special afternoon digni-tea! We also asked people to sign up as ‘dignity champions’ as part of the National Dignity Council campaign. 

Dignity Action Day is on the 1st February and is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers and members of the public to promote the needs to uphold people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services. You can find out more about becoming a dignity champion by visiting https://www.dignityincare.org.uk/register/.

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January Birthday Celebrations

On Friday 19th January, we held our monthly birthday tea party for all those celebrating their birthdays in January. Mike Hammer entertained us with his musical talents and added to our collection of drawings that he produces whilst singing!

Everyone sang 'Happy Birthday' to those who were celebrating and then we all enjoyed tea and cake together!

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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 in February

There's lots of fun activities lined up for the month of February here at Marriott House & Lodge.

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Meet the Management

We would like to invite our local community and healthcare professionals to meet our new management team and experience our great hospitality.

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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.

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

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New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

All other calls 01243 536 652

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