It is incredibly important to us that when people move to a Hallmark Care Home, they are able to continue to enjoy their favourite interests and hobbies. We also believe that everyone should have the opportunity to try new activities and continue with life-long learning should they wish to.
Given the importance we place on activities and lifestyle choices, we have developed an internal quality standard for activities and lifestyles called the Hallmark Tree of Life which we feel encapsulates the elements needed to provide an inspiring lifestyle programme of opportunities. Hallmark’s dedicated wellbeing manager works with the lifestyles teams across England and Wales to ensure that all Hallmark Care Homes meet our quality standard.
The variety of clubs, lifestyle choices and activities at Hallmark are vast, and very much depend on what people would like to do. Our skilled lifestyles teams are guided by residents to develop programmes of activities, events, visits and talks that they wish to enjoy. They make sure that everyone’s individual needs and preferences are taken into consideration so that there is something for everyone, whether it’s a group walk, a trip to the theatre, a cookery class, an art history group, or an interest that a resident may wish to pursue themselves …our mantra is that ‘anything is possible’, and we do our utmost to make it happen!
Our residents and teams are a creative bunch. We asked them what creativity means to them, watch the video below!
Within our care homes you might be surprised to find many beautifully designed facilities that support people to maintain their current lifestyle. For example, they could continue to keep up with their regular hair and nail appointments in one of our hair salons, take part in a spot of gardening and even relax in one of our luxurious therapy rooms to recuperate, and so much more. We also have state-of-the-art cinemas, which are perfect for watching both classic movies and new releases! In some of our care homes around the country, you can also find a corner shop, where residents can ‘pop to the shop’ and pick up their daily paper or a snack when they see fit.
When family and friends visit their loved ones, everyone is welcomed, and can enjoy fresh coffee and homemade cakes from one of our welcoming cafés together.
We work closely with local partners such as schools, nurseries, churches, businesses, and amenities so that everyone can feel very much part of the local community. Our volunteers are amazing, and help us to continue and expand our connections in each area.
We know that for people moving into a care home, staying connected with family and friends is vitally important. Using an app. called Relish , we enable residents and loved ones to share pictures, messages and videos so that no one misses those important moments. The app also allows us to build a profile of things people love to do; Life is for living, so we ensure every day is as stimulating and enjoyable as possible and nothing makes us – and residents – happier than the involvement of friends and family.
This use of pioneering technology helps us to plan activities on an individual basis, to suit each person’s interests and ability levels so that their time in our care homes is inspiring and interesting. We work hard to ensure that residents don’t feel isolated or lonely during their time with us, always respecting their lifestyle choices.
Readily Available Activities
No two days are the same at our care homes; through the smell of our freshly cooked food, residents can find the kitchen where they are able to assist our kitchen teams in preparing the daily meals before they tuck in themselves. We make sure that our care homes are inclusive and any ideas for activities that residents may have are listened to and organised, so they can indulge in a hobby or pastime that they have always loved.
Hallmark in Bloom Competition
Hallmark in Bloom is our wonderful annual gardening competition. Each of our care homes competes against one another to see which has the best outdoor space in the whole Hallmark family and you can feel the excitement build as judging day gets closer! It is a great opportunity for residents to be involved in the planning and development of the gardens and the spaces are designed to be accessible for all. Many have greenhouses and garden rooms so that the garden can be enjoyed in different ways.
Having won the prestigious Pinders Healthcare Design Award for ‘Best Care Homes’ seven times, we provide residents with a thought-out place to live that has everything they could possibly need. For more information about the activities we provide in our care homes, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our friendly team.