Meet our Activities Coordinator, Sue Hill & Tracey Illingworth
Sue joined Mulberry Court in 2000 as a Healthcare Assistant and became an Activities Coordinator in 2009. Tracey was appointed in March 2018, having previously worked as one of our domestic team members and, before that, as a Healthcare Assistant as well.
Sue and Tracey are dedicated to coordinating social events, entertainment and excursions for those we support, with the broadest possible appeal. They have encouraged strong links with the community and both of them like to design the lifestyle programme with input from residents, identifying and meeting individual needs and preferences.
Both are 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 our home
Live Music Performance
Residents of Mulberry Court were treated to an afternoon of musical delight as they watched a very special live musical performance by the local choir. Residents were delighted to see the choir from the local community perform a selection of festive carols as part of the homes busy social calendar. Resident, Marion took great delight in singing along as she had been a member for many years before moving to the home.
General Manager, Steve Edgar said, “Our residents had a wonderful visit to the school and sung along with the wonderful performers. We do our best to provide a wide range of activities and entertainment as part of the lifestyle enrichment programme for residents, and this was one was one of our favourites.”
Mulberry Court have recently hosted an intergenerational playgroup for residents and members of the local community. The event, which took place during the festive season welcomed the group of Mums and their toddlers who live locally as well as carers with babies to enjoy music, games and activities with residents at the home. The group of mums and toddlers also enjoyed sing along with residents to their favourite songs and shared stories from popular children’s books. The catering team at the care home provide a selection of healthy snacks on the day, including hand cut fruits and vegetables.
General Manager, Steve Edgar said: “We invited the group to the home as a way to support the carers who visit our home who have young children, and the residents at our home had a lot of fun on the day, and love our young visitors. If anyone ever wants to stop in for a lovely afternoon with your young ones, or just for a cuppa and a break, we’d love to have you join us.”
Don't Dine Alone
As part of Mulberry Court’s Don’t Dine Alone campaign they regularly open there doors to a number of people from the community to help tackle loneliness. They invited anyone who would usually dine alone to join them each month, residents also welcome their families to join them at their home to enjoy each other’s company.
Family were able to enjoy a tasty lunch in the home’s dining room where they had a chance to catch up while enjoying their food. After dinner, everyone listened to music, played some games and even tested their knowledge with a fun quiz.
Steve Edgar, General Manager said: “The day was a great success. It was a great effort from my team. They are always keen to do more as its wonderful experience for everyone”
Getting Into The Festive Spirit
Residents of Mulberry Court recently enjoyed a spot of retail therapy at nearby York Designer Outlet village to purchase a few Christmas gifts for their loved ones.
It was fun to see all the Christmas decorations, spend time browsing the shop displays and enjoy the bustling atmosphere. With a spot of lunch and a warming cup of tea everyone was ready to head home. It was a thoroughly enjoyable outing and it certainly made everyone get into the festive spirit!
Residents Enjoy Armchair Exercise
Residents at Mullberry Court enjoy regular armchair exercise sessions with Maggie accompanied with musical instruments, singing and physio with James. This is something the home have been doing for a couple of months. The residents perform movements to improve their ankle, wrist and hand strength – which helps them to stand up more easily.
Steve Edgar General Manager said: “It has become one of the residents’ favourite activities to do. Independence is really important to them, and this helps to improve their overall strength and balance to move more freely around the home.
Special Birthday Celebration
Mulberry Court resident, John recently took a trip to visit his wife, Barbara who resides at a sister home, Stamford Bridge where he joined family, friends and fellow residents to toast the birthday girl!
Barbara was delighted to be joined by everyone as she was showered with cards, balloons, good wishes and gifts, she was overwhelmed with happiness throughout the day.
Steve Edgar, General Manager said “It was a pleasure to be able to be take John to visit his wife as part of her birthday celebrations”