Meet our Activities Coordinator, Tracey Illingworth
I was appointed in March 2018, having previously worked as one of the domestic team members and, before that, as a Health Care Assistant. I am dedicated to coordinating social events, entertainment and excursions for those we support, with the broadest possible appeal.
Along with my colleagues, I have encouraged strong links with the community, and I like to encourage input from residents and their families, to help identify individual needs and preferences. I continue to be passionate about supporting residents to have the most fulfilling lives possible whilst living at Mulberry Court.
Activities at Mulberry Court
The team at Mulberry Court works hard to support and encourage residents to participate in both group and individual activities, based around their preferences and lifestyle choices. We take time to get to know each person, sitting with them and listening to them speak about their lives, interests, and aspirations. We have access to our own minibus so outings to nearby places of interest are available; for example local museums, art galleries, garden centres, and public houses. We also host themed evenings, such as 'Quiz and Meal-in-a-Basket', 'The Races (Greyhounds, Horses)', and 'Takeaway and Movie Night' that we also encourage relatives to come to. We believe lifestyle choices and activities are one of the most important aspects of a care home, and it is essential that we help residents to have fulfilling and enjoyable lives.
Life at Mulberry Court Care Home
Resident, Dorothy celebrated her birthday in style with a delicious cake especially prepared by the homes hospitality team, as the celebrations continued Dorothy was delighted with presents received from family and friends and the family visits in the homes designated visitor suite, which was the highlight of her day. Dorothy was delighted to be able to see her family on her special day. Happy Birthday, Dorothy!
Love and Hearts at Mulberry Court
Mulberry Court was filled with flowers, cards and sweets in celebration of St Valentine’s Day. Staff and residents celebrated the day of love with a ‘love themed quiz’ and dressing their dining tables with hearts and flowers to add to the theme.
General Manager, Fiona Christie, said: “Today has shown us all that you are never too old for love”.
Home ham it up for Chinese New Year
Mulberry Court in York welcomed the ‘Year of the Ox’ with a day of celebration and activities, which were a delight for staff, residents of the home.
Inspired by Chinese culture and traditions, lucky red envelopes were exchanged and the home was decorated with hanging red lanterns. The chef cooked up an oriental feast with pots of Chinese tea to sit and drink with the residents.
Fiona Christie, General Manager of Barchester Mulberry Court saw the occasion as the perfect opportunity for residents to do something different, and bring the popular celebrations going on around the home.
Home raise funds for charity
Staff and residents at Mulberry Court care home have been marking World Cancer Day by fundraising to support this worthy cause.
The staff and residents marked the day by discussing how cancer had affected their lives and the lives of their loved ones. They organised a bake sale to raise money for charity.
General Manager, Fiona Christie said: “Cancer affects so many people, we all know someone who has had or is fighting cancer so we felt it was important to recognise this day and to raise some money to help fund vital cancer research. We’re so pleased that we were able to raise £35.00 with our cake sale which we are donating to charity”.
Residents explore World Wetlands Day
Staff and residents at Baychester’s Mulberry Court care home in York have been learning about some of the world’s most biodiverse habitats for World Wetlands Day on 2nd February.
Residents and staff had a brilliant time learning about all the different species that live in our wetlands. They went on a virtual tour of some wetlands and had a quiz to identify the animals, birds and plants that inhabit these wonderful spaces.
What's not to love about Chocolate!
Staff and residents at Barchester’s Mulberry Court care home had a fantastic time celebrating International Chocolate Cake Day, surely one of the best days of the year!
Overseen by the homes life enrichment team, staff and residents were served up a selection of different mouth-watering chocolate cakes from chocolate logs to cupcakes.
General Manager, Fiona Christie said: “It wasn’t just the residents that were excited when we found out there was an International Chocolate Cake Day, the eyes of all our staff lit up too – everyone loves chocolate cake and even better when there is a good excuse to eat it!”