Marilyn Knight

Meet our Activities Coordinator, Marilyn Knight

There is always a wide variety of different activities going on that are tailored to suit the interests of residents. One-to-one activities are a focus here at Red Oaks as well; it is important that everyone has individual time with a member of our team to do something they love doing.


Activities at Red Oaks

We believe in making a difference to the lives of people living here with us and ensure that we provide a lifestyle full of choice and stimulation that is centred around each resident here at Red Oaks. This includes a whole host of varied activities, together with regular trips out around the region, taking full advantage of the home’s minibus. Our aim is to enable each person we support to continue to do the things they enjoy for as long as they possibly can.


Life at Red Oaks Care Home

Under-8's Donate

Staff at Red Oaks had a surprise parcel from a member of the Henfield under-8’s football team bearing gifts.

7 year old Ewan and his mum came to Red Oaks with a big box of quality hand creams for the staff at Red Oaks. The attached letter stated: “The team wanted to say a huge thank you for all the amazing work you always do at the care home, but particularly what you have been doing to support people during these challenging times. We understand that your hands are getting very dry and sore from using lots of hand sanitiser, so we hope that these hand creams help.”

In these unprecedented times, it is very touching that community groups are thinking about the NHS and the social care sector and being so generous in support.

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Nurses' Day

Red Oaks held an event to celebrate International Nurses’ Day in support of its nurses and care staff, who make a real difference to the lives of those in their care.

Nurses’ Day is a chance to recognise and reward the important work and dedication of nurses everywhere, who often go above and beyond the call of duty. It was great to be able to welcome our two nurses who have just joined the team here at Red Oaks.

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Going for Gold


Residents and staff at Red Oaks care home, in Henfield, West Sussex, laced up their trainers and warmed-up for their Marathon around Red Oaks Gardens.

Due to the current limitations within Red Oaks Care Home it was decided that the residents and staff would do a full length marathon around the grounds of Red Oaks. The grounds were measured and it was calculated that we needed to complete 256 laps of the Red Oaks gardens to complete the 26.2 miles designated as a full marathon. Over a seven day period residents and staff went around the garden respecting social distancing to finish the marathon.

General Manager Linda Ryan said: “We always encourage our residents to keep active. With summer on the way we had a great opportunity to move our activities outside to make the most of the weather. Our residents and staff really enjoyed the week and it was lovely to see so many of them getting involved.”

One of the residents a resident at Red Oaks Care Home said “As a child I used to love taking part in running races and taking part in the Red Oaks marathon reminds me of those days.”


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Easter Treats

Residents and staff here at Red Oaks Care Home celebrated  Easter this year  with these delicious chocolate treats. 

75 Years of Service

Three care workers at Red Oaks have received a prestigious and combined 75 Year Service Awardsin celebration of working at Barchester Healthcare.

Pauline Short, now Senior Care Assistant, started at Barchester in April 1990; Sharon Haigh, now Care Practitioner, started February 1990; and Louise Pocock, now Administrator, started April 2005, and all have worked with residents and their relatives to ensure that their needs have been met over the years.

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Nutrition and Hydration Week

Red Oaks care home in Henfield is celebrating National Nutrition and Hydration Week (16th – 22nd March) with wholesome food and thirst quenching beverages. Despite supermarket shelves being empty and food supply chains struggling to keep up with demand it is still possible to produce nutritious menus with a good range of beverages.

During the week the home has devised an exciting, challenging and fun week of activities and events.

Monday was Brilliant Brekkie where we had different breakfasts available like natural yogurt with fresh Blueberry’s.

Tuesday was Super Snacks where the residents made Flapjacks, Ginger Bread and Millionaires shortcake, all homemade from our kitchen.

Wednesday was Funky Fruity where the residents had a range of pancakes from traditional lemon and sugar to fresh fruit filled pancakes cooked with the residents and activity team on our pancake maker.

Thursday was Thirsty Thursday where the residents tasted and discussed some unusual flavoured drinks.

Friday was Afternoon Party for the residents with a vast collection of different small bites and plenty of dancing.

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Upcoming events

Continuing Life Enrichment

During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.