Meet our Activities Coordinator, Shirley Martin-Abel
I joined Tixover in 2021. I am a qualified horticultural therapist and have worked in social care for over 30 years. I am proud to have been awarded the Great British Dignity in Care Award. It is my aim to ensure that our activities are meaningful to each resident.
Activities at our home
Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.
Life at Tixover House Care Home
Our weekly gardening club, overseen by our resident Horticultural Therapist, has sown micro-greens.
We planted pink kale, broccoli, cress, mustard, rambo radish and snow peas. In 7 to 10 days, we can cut and wash the micro-greens and make a delicious salad. Micro-greens are highly nutritious, but small, so are useful if a resident has a reduced appetite.
We are very lucky at Tixover to have a resident hairdresser. We all know how good it feels to have our hair done and we probably all understand that better after the past restrictions.
On hairdressing days you can feel how the atmosphere changes at Tixover; it benefits the residents' self-esteem and raises their overall feeling of well-being.
Over the past few months, we have been developing a bird station in the garden that is overlooked by the main residents' lounge.
We are lucky to have such rich natural surroundings, but have put some effort into drawing the birds out of the trees and hedges.
The residents use a mixture of bird seed and peanut butter to feed the birds. They have made a bird bath and a container with nesting materials in. We have gone from seeing no birds in this area of the garden to birds visiting our feeding station every day.
The local school children made some decorations for our trees and a puzzle book. We also received a letter and Christmas card from them.
Tixover House decided they wanted to add a bit of colour into their reception area. The residents were inspired whilst out on a walk and decided to make a floral display. We collected the leaves, pressed and dried them and then arranged them in a beautiful display. It now takes pride and place on our reception, welcoming in the autumn.
Tixover House is well into their harvest celebrations! We have been learning all about the harvest, as well as creating crafts and displays.
We recently held a 'scarecrow day'; all of the staff dressed in their finest scarecrow costumes and straw hats! We set to creating Tixover Hous's’ very own scarecrow, who Eileen named Jack!
It was a wonderful sensory experience for everyone involved. We are continuing our celebrations and soon will be dropping off lots of donations to the Stamford Food Bank.