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
Long awaited reunions
For some residents at Mulberry Court the long awaited reunion with family and friends became a reality recently, as garden visits have now been allowed to commence at the home. There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment behind the scenes at Barchester Healthcare, who run Mulberry Court care home. Social distancing was still in place, and homes that are able to take part must have a large accessible garden.
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 loved ones got together in the home garden and the garden was full of joy and chatter.
Residents at Mulberry Court enjoyed a special lunch in celebration of Father’s Day. This year, due to the current situation, family and friends joined in the celebrations virtually via video call. Residents weren’t phased by this however, as they have become quite tech savvy at Skype calls, FaceTime, and online events. These platforms are an invaluable way to keep people connected with loved ones and friends, as well as with the local communities, during these unprecedented times.
Staff and residents enjoyed a day of a special homemade lunch of prawn cocktail, roast pork with apple sauce, or baked haddock with cheese and tomato topping, both served with roast creamed potatoes and assorted vegetables. Pudding was firm favourite chocolate sponge with custard and was prepared by the home’s chef.
Residents Get Pampered
The ladies at Mulberry Court recently enjoyed a beauty day at the home courtesy of the staff from the home swapping roles for the day to treat residents to hair and beauty treatments. Honouring the women residents at the home, colleagues supported with a range of beauty kits in the salon to pamper and beautify.
The hospitality team at the home also served a spread of teas and cakes for all to enjoy to the delight of all!
Tracey Illingworth, Activities Coordinator said: “It’s always a lovely treat to be pampered, and our residents deserve it. We do our best to provide a wide range of activities and entertainment at the home as part of the lifestyle enrichment programme for residents, and this one was our most fashionable fun! Living in a care home doesn’t put a stop to celebrating life, and our engaging activities are designed to be enjoyed by all who want to join in.”
A Breath of Fresh Air
As the sun shone, residents grabbed the chance to enjoy the dry weather with a little exercise and reading of newspapers in the garden. Everyone felt better for grabbing a breath of fresh air, feeling the sun on their faces and chatting about their favourite flowers.
Happy Birthday, Captain Tom!
Residents at Mulberry Court created handmade cards for Captain Tom Moore to surprise him on his birthday.
Captain Tom is a former British Army officer, known for his efforts to raise money for the NHS in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the Coronavirus pandemic. Moore served in India and the Burma campaign during the Second World War.
Sweet Treats for Everyone
Mulberry Court had a sweet treat in store for residents as they took part in an exciting baking session. Residents put their aprons and thinking caps on as they decided what to bake, with Betty showing off her delicious cakes before residents sat back and enjoyed the mouth-watering treats whilst trying different kinds of Yorkshire tea.