Care Management, Wellbeing, Workforce Development

A family feel to our staff social gatherings

How our staff bonding and sharing events are contributing to creating a transparent and open working culture at Peverel Court Care.

For us, being employed at a Peverel Court care home is about more than just coming into work. How our staff feel about themselves and their job is key to the care they will provide to our residents. We are a family-run business, and our staff and residents are very much an extension of our family. We care about everyone who lives and works with us, and aim to have a supportive and open culture within all of our care homes.

Two of our recent initiatives to support our cultural mission have been ‘Bring your own cuisine to work’ days at Stone House, which are planned to be monthly and began in January, and a Bartlett’s team dinner at Pendley Manor.

‘Bring your own cuisine to work’ days at Stone House

We are extremely proud of our diverse teams. We have employees from across the world within our Peverel family and celebrate the multicultural feel this gives our care homes. The ‘Bring your own cuisine to work’ team bonding activities have really brought this to life and have been a sensory sensation. As Hope, Registered Manager at Stone House, said: “This is a lovely idea to bring and share together, to do more as a team – the ‘One Team’ ethos.”

So far these social events have enabled us to travel the culinary globe and experience Pakistani kebabs with ‘ever so hot’ chutney, chicken roasted in a special (secret!) Zimbabwean sauce, Indian potato and lentil curry, Iranian kebabs, Filipino chicken coconut curry and Portuguese custard tarts, which tasted as delicious as this picture suggests.

Del, who brought in the Indian potato and lentil curry, Iranian kebabs and a Filipino chicken coconut curry, was similarly enthusiastic: “What a brilliant idea to bring us together as a team.”

 

De Nata (Portuguese Custard Tarts).

Bartlett’s team dinner at Pendley Manor.

The dinner for Bartlett’s staff, which took place in the elegant surroundings of local stately home Pendley Manor and was attended by 28 staff, was also warmly received. Connie said: “It was nice to spend time with our team outside of a working environment,” while Sally commented: “It was a perfect opportunity for the staff to get together and let their hair down! The food was delicious, the company was wonderful, and it was a night to remember for us all.” The three course meal was followed by dancing, which all the staff enjoyed. Maria summed up the experience perfectly: “It was such an amazing night! It was nice to see everyone really dressed up and the DJ was great!.”

 

The Bartlett’s team enjoying their night out together.

Staff at the heart of Peverel Court Care

Key to the success of our work events is staff participation, which has been really positive so far. We hope this will only grow as we plan more fun group activities for our teams both within our homes and in the wider community. To sum up in the words of Tally, who works at Stone House: “It’s been wonderful to try everybody’s food from around the world. I really enjoyed it as there are some amazing cooks. Most importantly, it’s brought us together too.”

We will continue to listen to our staff teams through our Focus Group meetings as we look for more social event ideas. This is part of our wider aim to communicate effectively, openly and transparently with our staff teams to enable all of our staff to feel involved in the day-to-day running of our care homes. We want our staff to feel secure in their jobs, have a good level of knowledge and understanding about what is happening around them, and when change occurs, why it’s happening and how they can be part of it.

 

Ines shared De Nata with us.

The benefits of working for Peverel Court Care

Our company teambuilding initiatives are just one aspect of our commitment to invest in the personal and professional development of our staff. This is at the heart of working for Peverel Court Care, and is in addition to our comprehensive employee benefits package that includes:

  • Excellent remuneration
  • 24/7 access to an online GP
  • Access to hundreds of discounts through an employee app
  • Access to qualified therapists through an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Monthly on-site massage
  • Free online workout and wellness classes
  • Complimentary lunches, fresh fruit and snacks
  • Company sponsorship for professional and academic qualifications
  • Rewards and recognition schemes

To learn more about what it is like to work for Peverel Court Care and our current job opportunities, visit our Work with Us page.

About Peverel Court Care

Peverel Court Care is a group of one residential and two nursing homes, located in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Bartlett’s Residential Care Home and Stone House Nursing Home in Aylesbury, and Merryfield House Nursing Home in Witney. We are a long-standing family business providing exceptional, personalised care, delivered by talented and compassionate people, in exclusive and idyllic settings.

With happiness at the heart of our homes, we recognise and respect the contribution made by our residents to society during their lifetimes. Valued by residents and their families; our reputation, investment in each property, and approach to appointing and developing our staff makes each home unique and the benchmark in premium care.

Bartletts, Events, Wellbeing

Mortimer Alpacas – Bartlett’s Residential Care Home

The benefits of Animal Therapy in Care Homes

Why?

Improving the quality of life for our residents is our core commitment. As care specialists, Peverel Court Care know how much of a positive effect animal therapy can have on those living with dementia. That’s why we welcomed a visit from Mortimer Alpacas to Bartlett’s Residential Home. 

When visiting our homes, animals help improve the lives of our residents, including those living with dementia, by bettering motor skills, making them feel happier and lifted, encouraging interaction and also triggering reminiscing conversations. Animals can help break the barrier of isolation too often experienced by people with dementia symptoms. Not only do the animals themselves provide the solace and delight of companionship, engaging with pets is the perfect ice-breaker, leading to enhanced social interactions with people. 

Making invaluable connections and partnerships with organisations, such as Mortimer Alpacas, helps to enrich the lives of those residing with us, many of those living with dementia. Interaction with animals has well-documented benefits to older people mentally, emotionally and physically, by improving emotional, social and cognitive abilities. 

Who?

https://mortimer-alpacas.co.uk/ 

A family run business in the beautiful village of Mortimer, Berkshire. It has always been a dream of ours to run an alpaca business and we are fortunate enough to now make it a reality. 

We currently have 10 adorable young boys – George, Zippy, Bungle, Cappuccino, Rupert, Finley, Henry, Hugo, Pip and Truffle. All 10 have totally different personalities and each bring something unique to the experience. 

We have spent time with our alpacas to ensure that they have the right temperament for socialising with humans. Alpacas by nature, although curious, are very shy and not naturally forthcoming. Ours however, we have trained to come for hand feeding and enjoy time together around our guests! 

Outcome

Residents at Bartlett’s received a surprise visit from two friendly alpacas! They were met with gasps and laughter when they took a guided tour around the home. The alpacas were led into the lounge, where they were lavished with affection by residents. It was wonderful to see the look on everyone’s face when they arrived. Most residents needed little encouragement to engage and ask questions during this visit. The alpacas, Finley and Hugo, are comfortable in the lift, so residents on different floors didn’t miss out on their visit. 

Meeting the alpacas was a new experience for all of the residents and, for some, brought back memories of their own pets. Providing activities to evoke memories and reflection helps to give residents a feeling of security and comfort but Bartlett’s is also keen to create new memories and opportunities for residents, enabling them to live stimulating and fulfilling lives. While moving into our homes is a new chapter for them, ensuring that our residents feel like they have a sense of purpose and like they are part of something special is so important. It was a memorable experience had by all! 

Testimonials 

Resident – Janet:

What did you think of the experience? – “I couldn’t believe it when I saw them, they were so funny, they really made me laugh!”

Would you like to experience it again? – “Yes, absolutely, it was nice to have them at the home!” [laughing]

Resident – Rosemarie:

What did you think of the experience? “They were truly amazing, I love animals. I used to have a lot of pets!” 

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, I would, their fur was so soft! They were very sweet”

Resident – Jill:

What did you think of the experience? “It was interesting, such a lovely surprise! [laughing] they were very soft and calm” 

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, it was good, it’s lovely when the animals visit.”

Bartletts, Community, Stone House, Wellbeing

Pawside Puppy Visit – Bartlett’s and Stone House

The benefits of Animal Therapy in Care Homes

Why?

As care specialists, Peverel Court Care know how much of a positive effect animal therapy can have on those living with dementia. That’s why we welcomed a visit from Pawside Yoga to Stone House Nursing Home.

Making invaluable connections and partnerships with organisations, such as Pawside Yoga, helps to enrich the lives of those residing with us, many of those living with dementia. Interaction with animals has well-documented benefits to older people mentally, emotionally and physically, by improving emotional, social and cognitive abilities.

When visiting our homes, animals help improve the lives of our residents, including those living with dementia, by bettering motor skills, making them feel happier and lifted, encouraging interaction and also triggering reminiscing conversations.

Who?

https://pawsideyoga.co.uk/

Our Mission – Pawside Yoga

We are a friendly + welcoming group who are passionate about sparking inner peace, conversation & connection through the ancient art of yoga to create a health and fitness class whilst adding our special element combining adorable puppies with creating the most blissful experience you’ve ever been to. We are committed to creating safe spaces that are inclusive & respectful of a diverse community.

Our Values – Pawside Yoga

  • LOVE is our underlying frequency. We have a genuine love for our yogis & we are passionate about uniting humanity through our classes.
  • COMMUNITY Our people (team and students) are at the core of what we do, we strive to learn new perspectives by listening to, learning from & educating our community.
  • LEARNING We use physical practice to spark conversation, curiosity & connection to the body, mind & soul. We aim to cultivate a sacred space for diverse bodies through intentional movement & mindfulness.
  • THE INDIVIDUAL JOURNEY We aim to give you space to explore through the various aspects of yoga & then journey back with a newfound sense of self-connection & appreciation for yourself & others as well as being given the added element of the best cuddles ever with our gorgeous fur babies.
    Outcome

Feedback from residents and carers about Pawside’s visit was overwhelmingly positive, with most residents asking to hold and fuss the puppies. Their eyes lit up and smiles beamed as they saw staff enter the lounge and bedrooms with the litter. Most residents needed little encouragement to engage and ask questions during this visit. They were welcome to cuddle as many puppies as they could, with owner Shani on hand to answer any queries they had. Common questions included how old they were, how many were in the litter, how many boys/girls there were. This provided a heart-warming experience for the residents, with many reminiscing family pets, recalling their names and how long they owned them. This was a happy and expressive session that set an example for future per therapy activities at Stone House.

Testimonials from Bartlett’s

Resident – Denis J:

What did you think of the experience? – “It was great, I got to hold three puppies at once! They were so cute and soft.”

Would you like to experience it again? – “Yes, definitely, I like the animals visiting me in my room!” [laughing]

Resident – Laurie K:

What did you think of the experience? “I loved it, it made my day! The puppies were so small and cute” [laughing]

Would you like to experience it again? “Oh yes, they are welcome any time!”

Resident – Elaine A:

What did you think of the experience? “It was a nice afternoon, they were so lovely and well behaved, they fell asleep in my arms!” 

Would you like to experience it again? “Of course, it was a lovely surprise! I’d like to see them again.”

 

Testimonials from Stone House

Resident – Eunice:

What did you think of the experience? – “They were lovely and ever so cute, I really loved holding them.”

Would you like to experience it again? – “Yes, definitely, I didn’t want to give them back!” [laughing]

Resident – Sheila:

What did you think of the experience? “I loved it, I wanted to keep one!” [laughing]

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes definitely, they were so cute!”

Resident – Heather L:

What did you think of the experience? “It was lovely, I really enjoyed seeing them, my daughter just got a puppy!” 

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, of course, I really like dogs. I’ve always owned them.”

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