Welcome to Well-Being Month at Hartford Care

Good fun is simply at the heart of everything we do! In January, the theme for hobbies, interests and activities is all about well-being.


At Hartford Care, we strive to make a positive difference to the lives of our residents.


Many of our residents have hobbies and we will do all we can to ensure this is possible. We provide a stimulating, engaging and varied activities programme in our 14 homes.


Our teams of Activity Coordinators wear vibrant pink t-shirts and they spend time chatting, having fun and stimulating memories with our residents.


Here is our holistic, well-being approach to our activities at Hartford Care….


Physical Well-Being


The day at Bethel House in Barton on Sea often starts with “Wake up and Shake up” exercises. The residents are put through their paces to build their strength and flexibility exercises using resistance bands thanks to the help of Anthony.


In Sidmouth, Malden House proudly unveiled its exciting sensory garden for residents and guests to enjoy. The garden has been carefully planned to not only be aesthetically pleasing but to also have multiple health and wellbeing benefits for the residents who live with dementia. The residents are actively involved in creating a vision for the green space such as ‘Lavender Alley’ and planting the herb garden. Some herbs are used in recipes at the care home. Find out more here


Social Well-Being


Our Care Homes are social places. At Burnham Lodge, the ‘Pen Pal Club’ encourages our residents to write postcards and exchange letters to build friendships, with residents in other Hartford Care homes.


At Hartford Court in Portsmouth, we are proud to host the Court Café for individuals living with dementia and their loved ones, to enjoy a fun and social experience. The event is held on the first Tuesday of every month with organised themes such as storytelling and summertime gardening for our guests to enjoy.


Our socialising extends beyond the care home and in to the local community as well. Woodlands House in Southampton enjoys day trips to the New Forest for sight seeing, to Southampton City Art Gallery and also to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.


At West Cliff Hall, we recognise the importance of being sociable inside and outside of the care home and regular trips into Hythe allow us to connect to the wider community. The staff and residents from Southampton’s West Cliff Hall recently prepared small tokens of appreciation to give to local GP surgeries, pharmacies and health care visitors.


Sensory Well-Being


At Stokeleigh in Bristol, we look forward to ‘Tasty Tuesday’ where our staff and residents enjoy touching, tasting, feeling and smelling different foods, such as exotic fruit.


The Laurels & Pine Lodge, in Poole, host a lively and energetic session with the Tiny Explorers – an early years Preschool set in the heart of the Canford Heath, Poole community. Since September 2017, 2-4-year-olds from the Preschool visit the Oakdale Care Home twice a month for stories, playtime, singing and games with the residents. Read all about it here


Our Boulters Lock Care Home in Maidenhead often hosts an entertaining and stimulating therapy session courtesy of the animal therapy experts, Zoolab. During the recent visit Sophie the ranger introduced the 29 residents to a Giant African land snail, tarantula, scorpion, tree frog, corn snake, giant African millipede and Madagascan hissing cockroaches. The benefits are multiple for the wellbeing of the residents to create a positive mood and mindset and enjoy a new sensory experience to touch and hold creatures.

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