Social Care

Our social programme demonstrates the wide ranging and busy social life we have on offer at Hawkinge House.

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The home has three Social Co-ordinators who co-ordinate an active programme of crafts, games and hobbies, as well as regular events, social activities and excursions.  Group activities are more popular in the main lounge to include weekly musical entertainment and a craft group.  Some recent activities include a cooking session, a quiz and an exercise group. Outside entertainers visit on a regular basis. An annual visit to a farm to see the new born lambs is always very popular.

Residents’ views are sought on what type of entertainment and outings they wish to have available and the activities programme is built on their preferences. Some residents prefer to spend time in their own room, it is their choice.

In the dementia unit, a specific programme of activities and experiences is offered with one to one attention for example reading, talking, manicure and massage.

Our Social Co-ordinators compile residents’ “Life Stories” by obtaining information from family, long standing friends, old work colleagues, etc. and assembling it into portfolios.  These help to bring back old memories and form the basis of discussions to aid reminiscence.

Ladder to the Moon Project


Chris Cage — Ladder to the Moon

We are delighted to be working with Chris Gage and the Ladder to the Moon project who have been coming to us once a month with their excellent innovative and creative dementia care programme. We have learned so much from this project, it really is helping keep us at the forefront of dementia care by increasing staff communication skills and building relationships between staff and residents. Chris has created a wonderful video showing residents and staff interacting as they enjoy taking part in our performances of  popular musicals including South Pacific and Some Like It Hot!  The video also features some of our staff members talking about their experience of dealing with residents with dementia at Hawkinge House. Click here for a link to YouTube  and the Ladder to the Moon video.  

You can also click this link to see a video of an interview with Chris Gage MD of the Ladder to the Moon project talking to Ernie Graham about the creation of Hawkinge Howlers Choir and the benefits this has brought to staff and residents alike.

Hawkinge Howlers on TV

Our very special choir of residents and staff are now bona fide TV stars! Meridian TV came along to film the choir in action and interview  home manager Terry Mullan as part of  its coverage of Dementia Awareness Week  in May 2014.

Explaining the thinking behind setting up the choir Terry said:

“If you can create those connections between residents and families you are more likely to capture special moments where our residents are almost released from their dementia. It’s really important as those special moments are just magical when you achieve them.”

Our staff have been taking advantage of training funded by Kent County Council as part of Dementia Awareness Week  2014 and an interview with KCC Director for Older People, Anne Tidmarsh was also featured in the Meridian TV coverage.

Click here to see Meridian TV film of Hawkinge Howlers and the interviews with Terry and Anne Tidmarsh on ITV Player.