Open day

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On the occasion of the National Care Home Open Day, staff at Hickathrift House in Marshland St James were pleased to show off their new dedicated Respite Room.

The room, situated on the ground floor, was previously used as a store room and has views over the front of the Home and it’s own veranda-style seating area accessed via patio doors.

The room was officially opened on Thursday June 27 by Elizabeth Wade, Unit Manager of the Memory Lane community who is the longest serving member of staff with over 21 years in post.

During the National Care Home Open Day the home also introduced it newly hatched ducklings.

Visitors were able to watch and join in with the weekly armchair Zumba session run by Justine Stephens-Clark and were lucky enough to be joined by ladies from her Marshland St James class. They could also take coffee and cake with residents, enjoy a game of bingo or participate in the gardening club.

Sue Scarlett, General Manager of Hickathrift said: “Everyone at Hickathrift was thrilled to be able to show visitors to the Home the level of care and activities that they could enjoy if they stayed in the Home. The addition of the dedicated ground floor respite room allows us a greater degree of flexibility to whom we are able to offer respite to as, as part of the alterations, all of the access doorways have been widened to allow increased wheelchair access.”