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 Marriott House and Lodge Care Home
Divisional Volunteer of the Year
Congratulations to Jean Collyer, who has been named as a Divisional Winner in the 2020 Barchester Care Awards. Jean is a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category, and has been invited to attend an awards ceremony on 8th October, where she will find out if she has won overall.
Charity Themed Day for Residents and Staff
During the recent lock down Marriott House and Lodge received a donation of a beautiful bird table from G.J.Hancock & Sons General Builders. The new table has taken pride of place in the middle of the garden and the residents have taken on the job of feeding the birds daily.
The residents and staff found out that the owner of the company was raising money to purchase some specialist equipment for his nephew Tommy, so with this in mind they were determined to do something to say thank you!
Tommy was born with a rare chromosome disorder which means he is currently non-verbal and has limited mobility. Tommy is nearly 4 years old and has outgrown his buggy. All money raised was to help purchase a specialist buggy and some much-needed sensory equipment.
Marriott House and Lodge held a 1960s themed day, staff dressed up and a day of themed activities were held, including lots of singing, dancing and reminiscing about the 1960s!. A raffle was also held. The home raised £165 in total which will go towards the equipment Tommy needs.
Long awaited Garden Visits and Family Reunions
For some residents at Marriott House and Lodge care home in Chichester, the long-awaited reunion with family and friends became a reality recently, as limited garden visits have now been allowed to commence at the home.
There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment by, and at this point it is a limited and cautious approach.
It was welcome news to so many residents, family, and friends, who were kept apart for so long following strict government guidance. Residents and their relatives enjoyed getting together in the home’s garden for a much needed catch up. These visits are full of joy and chatter. We have also been able to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries within socially distancing guidelines which has been much appreciated by all involved.
We would like to thank our fantastic, generous community!
Our home has received lots of donations for staff and residents from the community. Thank you so much. Here are just some of what we received.
Staff have been received donations of homemade head bands to help hold masks place, PPE visors made from Tangmere aviation museum, Dominoes Pizzas also delivered lunch for all the staff on one day, many other donations of sweets and treats have also arrived at the front door. .
The residents requested some pairs of knitted hearts, one to send to their family and one to keep themselves. We received these in the post and have been sent out to relatives and friends.
The residents have received snacks and chocolate treats from John Lewis at Home. This has prompted the home to refill these snack boxes every week which everyone is enjoying. Other treats were also arriving at the door and these were always well received.
The residents of Marriott House and Lodge requested a new bird table, however due to the lockdown we were unable to access one locally. So we put out an SOS to the local community and were thrilled to receive a donation of a brand-new handmade bird table from G.J. Hancock & Son General Builders. The new table has taken pride of place in the middle of the garden and the residents have taken on the job of feeding the birds daily.
We have also continued to receive letters, poetry, pictures via our pen pal initiative which has continued to be very popular. If you would like to become a pen pal please contact the home, we would love to hear from you!
Engaging with the community allows the home to carry on as normal, and keeps spirits high, as visitors are currently not able to visit the home at this time. THANK YOU ALL
A double Birthday celebration.
Today we celebrated two very special ladies birthdays that just happened to be on the same day. Molly Hill celebrated her 100 birthday and shared the birthday date with our Queen. Happy Birthday ladies, from all our residents and staff
Nutrition and Hydration Week
This is picture was taken in March 2020. It defines how caring and forward thinking our home is with regards to Nutrition and diet.
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
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…