Meet our Activities Coordinator, Marilyn Knight

Marilyn Knight Activities Manager joined the company in March 1986. She started as a Night Care Assistant and progressed to Senior Care Assistant and now the Activities Manager heading up a team of two other Activities Co-Ordinators. The importance of leading a team is that there is a wide variety of different activities going on that are to tailored to suit the residents that we look after. One to One activities are so important so that everyone has individual time doing something that they enjoy or listening to their own play list.

 

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

Fundraising for Henfield Haven

Residents of Red Oaks joined the Henfield Movement Marathon on Saturday with aims of raising funds to support the Henfield Haven Day Care Centre.

We joined several of the events throughout the day, including the seated yoga with Kristina Banner, which was a great introduction to enrichments and benefits of yoga.

Adult ballet in the afternoon with Mandi Lines proved a challenge, which the residents and staff rose to, bringing back many memories to our residents of classes that they attended when they were younger. The conversation of ballet lasted well into the evening, when they then joined Zoe Swan, learning how to breathe to aide relaxation.

Sadly, the Haven is under threat of closure and, as a home, we wanted to support this fantastic event. There had been so much organisation and thought; we would all like to thank everyone—we had so much fun!

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Sunrise Walk for St Barnabas

Charities have lost about 70% of their donations since the pandemic and this includes local hospices. Residents and staff at Red Oaks have supported St Barnabas in Worthing holding coffee mornings and completing the famous midnight walk to raise money.

This year staff are determined to continue to support the vital services at St Barnabas by completing a 7 mile walk around the beautiful gardens at Red Oaks on the 3rd October starting at 6:00 am as sun rises. This year gives us the opportunity for not only the staff to be involved but residents to join in this walk enjoying the gardens as we walk around.

If anyone would like to donate a Just Giving web page for the Red Oaks Garden Walk has been set or donations can be sent Red Oaks Care Home, The Hooks, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9UY

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Summer BBQ

As the summer comes to an end with the sun still shining, the residents at Red Oaks enjoyed an evening barbeque of hotdogs, cheeseburgers with chips and salads.

Making Bacon

Residents recently enjoyed making bacon butties for all the residents and staff at Red Oaks. With the help of the activities team, they turned the tables on the staff by cooking and making bacon sandwiches for everyone. Care Assistant, Ashley Hobbs, waited while resident, Eileen, made his bacon sandwich.

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Charity Donation

Residents and staff at Red Oaks have once again become involved with the MORE Radio Ten Thousand Tins appeal, supporting food banks and charities in Sussex. This is the second year that the staff have collected for them.

Whilst doing this, a couple of residents saw in the West Sussex County Times the Horsham Matters campaign to also collect tins of food for people finding things tough at the moment, so a second collection table was started, with residents Valerie  and Vera enjoying themselves, checking that all the tins were in date.

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We Are Divisional Winners!

We are excited to announce that we have been named as Divisional Winners in the 2020 Barchester Care Awards in the Garden of the Year category. We have been invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony on 8th October, where we will find out if we have won overall.

Also, congratulations to Marilyn Knight, who has been named as a Divisional Winner in the Lifetime Achievement category.

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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.