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.
Activities and Events Partnerships
As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies
Life at Tixover House Care Home
Singers Lesley Ann Parker and Katie Rose Parker entertained the staff and residents with songs that brought back memories for everyone.
Wear a Hat with Flowers Day
We have collected £46 for the Brain Tumour Research charity from our staff raffle on Wear A Hat With Flowers Day. Many of our carers have seen the devastating effects of this terrible condition in family friends and residents.
Tixover Sweet Shop
Today we opened the new Tixover sweet shop. The residents chose their favourite sweets to have in the shop.
Wake & Shake
Everyone enjoys our morning Wake & Shake sessions, especially when the staff join in.
We celebrated the 100th birthday of our wonderful resident, Beryl, on the 19th June. Beryl has been a prolific artist her whole life and many of her paintings adorn the walls at Tixover. We had a party in the afternoon with Dave and Rob (Banjo Man), cakes galore, dancing and singing, with a bit of comedy thrown in.
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.