Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sarah Harding
My name is Sarah and I have worked at Marriott House and Lodge for over 19 years in a variety of roles.
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 as well.
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 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.
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
Christmas Tree Festival
Staff and residents at Marriott House & Lodge have been busy decorating our tree at the local Christmas Tree festival.
Pink Bake Off
On Friday 18th of October residents, visitors and staff at Marriott House and Lodge Care Home took part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink. Marriott House and Lodge residents, visitors and staff dressed in pink and held a special Pink raffle.
Marriott House and Lodge also held a bake-off themed afternoon. Staff, residents and visitors were challenged to bake a cake to enter in the Marriott House and Lodge Big Bake off.
The competition was vast ranging from delicious cupcakes, through to Victoria sponges and a very special pink themed cake.
Each cake was judged for its taste and design by a panel of judges, prizes were awarded, and everyone then enjoyed the cakes with their afternoon tea.
The home raised over £80 for the charity which goes to Breast Cancers Now’s lifesaving research,
Maxine Spincer, General Manager of Marriott House and Lodge said: “It was lovely to see so many staff, residents and visitors wearing pink and joining us for a day of activities/events. The Bake off was a huge amount of fun for all involved and we look forward to holding a similar event next year. The whole day has been great fun, whilst supporting an important cause and raising money for Breast Cancer Now’s lifesaving research”
Kevin Card, a resident at the home said: ‘We have weekly cooking sessions which I enjoy as I was a chef for many years, this was a chance for me to show of my skills.’
Residents, staff and visitors came together for a hands-on experience with animals from Zoolab, the UK's number 1 animal handling experience and lifelong learning company.
Many different animals were brought in for us to see, from the dreaded spiders and snakes to frogs, toads, millipedes, a giant African snail, and some fluffy creatures as well!
Residents learned something new about every animal and where they came from, how they live, and how long they can live up to. It was an interesting and enjoyable morning!
Cheese & Wine Day
Everyone enjoyed tasting a variet of cheese and plenty of wine here at Marriott House!
On 15th January, we were delighted to host a Musica Workshop here at Marriott House & Lodge.
This meaningful music workshop uses music as a tool for reminiscence and includes a variety of activities, such as movement to music, singin, percussion playing, quizzes and live music performances. The workshops are designed to engage and stimulate, increase self-esteem and improve overall well-being. The key ingredient to achieving this is by making it fun!
The Sound of Music
On 11th January, we were joined by Becki Short, who put on another 'Music for the Mind' session. Becki provided an hour of musical stimulation through gentle warm ups and stretches, familiar songs and musical instruments.
Monthly Coffee Mornings
Come along to our friendly and informal group and enjoy a chat over a hot drink and home-made cakes.
Come along and enjoy a nutritious and delicious lunch prepared by our talented chef.
Don't Dine Alone
Enjoy some company and a delicious lunch.
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…