Bartletts, Events

Bartlett’s Residential Home – Classic Car Show 2024

 

We are looking forward to our annual Car Show at Bartlett’s on Saturday 29th June, 13.30-15.30.

 

There will be entertainment and classic cars. Categories include:

  • Classic cars and vans (Pre 1985)
  • Veteran and vintage cars
  • Classic motor cycles (Pre 1985)
  • Modified cars
  • Kit cars
  • Hot rods
  • Racing cars
  • Historic military vehicles

 

If you would like to join us, please RSVP to reception@bartlettscare.co.uk or 01296 747000 

Care Management, Wellbeing

The value of time spent outdoors


With summer in full-swing we are enjoying our outside spaces more than ever. Read on to discover the benefits of getting outside for older people, the many ways we enjoy the great outdoors in our care homes, and what our residents, staff and families love the most about getting outside.

The sun is out, the flowers are blooming and at Peverel Court Care Homes we are making the most of our outside spaces. We aim to do this all-year round (wrapping up against the cold when needed), but summer time naturally lends itself to more of our residents wanting to go outside.

Why is getting outside beneficial?

Natural England recommend that we all spend at least two hours a week outside to support our health and wellbeing. For older people, the benefits of getting outside are numerous, including:

  • Fresh air aiding oxygen intake – supporting everything from breathing to energy levels.
  • Natural light helping to regulate sleep patterns.
  • Sunlight providing natural vitamin D to boost immunity.
  • Outdoor activities like gardening helping a person’s appetite (as well as being sociable and fun).

Mental health is known to be particularly well-supported when time is spent in nature, as documented by The Mental Health Foundation’s work. Mind also support these concepts, explaining how time in nature can help everything from stress reduction to self-esteem boosting.

 

 

Getting outdoors at Peverel Court Care Homes

For all of these reasons and more we encourage our residents, staff and families to take advantage of our beautiful outside spaces to enjoy recreation, relaxation, celebrations, socialising and more. In groups we often enjoy getting outside to share meals, sports and simple pleasures like a cup of tea with sunshine and a gentle breeze on our faces. We also organise specific events in our gardens, recently enjoying animal therapy visits and a dog show thanks to our ongoing partnership with Paws PT, crazy golf, a vintage car show, food trucks, summer garden parties and, most recently of all, an outdoors cheese and wine tasting.

Our outside areas lend themselves ideally to one-to-one time too, with open spaces to explore and seating areas to rest. We love seeing our carers or family members walking (or wheeling) and talking with our residents, helping everyone to ‘Be Active’ and ‘Take Notice’ of the world around them, two facets of the Five Ways to Wellbeing. This evidenced-based programme – devised by the New Economics Foundation and consisting of Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give – is about practical actions we can all take to boost our wellbeing. We particularly like the Five Ways to Wellbeing because they are achievable daily for residents and staff alike.

Getting outside doesn’t stop within the boundaries of our care homes either. We actively encourage our residents to go out into their local communities as well as travelling further afield. Two of our most memorable recent trips in our PCC minibuses were to Ascot and Kew Gardens

 

 

What our residents, staff and families like most about spending time outside

Whilst knowing the reasons why getting outside is so beneficial for our bodies and minds is useful, it’s the feedback we get from our residents, staff and families about what they like most about getting outdoors that really makes us smile.

Joyce D said

“It’s lovely to sit outside here (Stone House), and a great place to socialise. I really enjoyed the cheese and wine tasting outside with the other ladies. The gardens are beautiful and we were blessed with lovely weather.”

John F said

“I enjoy my daily walks around the gardens. We are lucky to have so much space and the views of the Chilterns are wonderful. It’s lovely to have the animals so close to us too.”

 

 

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

Annual Summer Party at Bartlett’s Residential Home

Bartlett’s Royal Tea Party

Why?

Improving the quality of life for our residents is our core commitment. While moving into our homes is a new chapter for, ensuring that our residents feel like they have a sense of purpose and like they are part of something special is so important. Loneliness and isolation have a profound impact among the elderly, both in terms of their physical health and their mental wellbeing. Having a variety of social support is important in reducing stress and defeating depression and anxiety.

 

Outcome

Despite the heavy rain forecast for Saturday, the Bartlett’s team persevered and organised a fantastic Royal Tea Party in our stunning gardens.

Large gazebos and marquees were assembled by our maintenance staff, while the kitchen staff finished preparing a wonderful array of food, from sandwiches, to canapes, to samosas and quiche!

Guests, including residents’ grandchildren, sung along to the beautiful performance by three violinists, including a mixture of Disney classics! Everyone agreed this entertainment was best suited for the party!

Even with the heavy rain, guests kindly commented on how impressed they were! Noting the effort Bartlett’s staff went to ensure everything ran smoothly.

We finished off the event with something sweet! And what’s better than cream scones, cheesecake, and macarons for our Royal Party theme! It was a memorable experience had by all!

Testimonials from relatives

“Dear Mibell,

What a lovely Tea Party Bartlett’s put on last Saturday – everyone must have worked so hard to ensure it was such a success and that everything ran smoothly.

I was saddened that Father was having a “sleep day” so missed it all.

Thank you so much.

Kindest regards,

Wendy”

 

“Hi Connie,

Could you please pass on our thanks to Kavita and all your team for the Vintage Tea Party on Saturday.

All June’s guests had a wonderful time and were so impressed with everything!

I have held many outdoor charity events and the weather is always such a worry beforehand.

However, this party was so well organised that nothing could spoil the wonderful atmosphere, the musicians and lovely food and drinks on offer.

Very well done

Many thanks

Marion and Steph and friends Xx

 

“Dear Mibell and Kavita,

We would like to say a huge thank you for the superbly organised summer party.  Despite the weather it really was a lovely occasion for family and friends to share with the residents.

Nothing could have been better: the marquee and tables were beautifully decorated, the food was delicious (such a variety of sweet and savoury), the music was superb (just the right selection and volume for the occasion) and all the carers were as kind and caring as ever.  The rain didn’t mar the occasion at all.

We came away with the impression that Bartlett’s is like a large family.  We know that Mum couldn’t be in a better place.

Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved for making it such a memorable day.

Kind regards
Linda and Roger”

Merryfield, Portrait of a Life, Wellbeing

Portrait of Joe’s life

Learning the stories of our resident’s lives and celebrating their achievements is one of the greatest joys in all of our Peverel Court Care homes. Read on to discover more about Joe’s remarkable life.

Discovering our resident’s life stories is one of the most wonderful aspects of supporting them in their latter years. Lives that have been lived to the full, with twists and turns, achievements, joys and sadnesses, weave together to create a tapestry that is unique to each individual. We aim to celebrate this glorious individuality in everyday life in all of our care homes, with the knowledge of the person that we gain from talking to them and their family being absolutely fundamental to us providing truly person and relationship centred care.

 

Residents who’ve lived in different parts of the country and had interesting work experiences teach us a lot about what life used to be like. These are fascinating insights that our younger staff in particular are often captivated by, and Jo’s story is one such example.

 

Joe has lived at Merryfield since February 2022. He was in the Navy during the Second World War, worked at the Morris Motors car factory in Oxford and has been the lead singer in a band. Joe has kindly shared his story with us as follows:

 

 

“I was born in Rossington, Yorkshire on 25th May 1926. Rossington was a mining village near Doncaster.

 

My Mother, Fanny, lived in Yorkshire. My Father Wilfred was a coal miner whose job was known as a ‘Sinker’ because he was the first person to dig the hole in the ground. I was the eldest of three children; my brother Bill and sister Yvonne have sadly died now.

 

I went to Rossington Grammer School, a huge school where the girls and boys were separated. I enjoyed playing cricket and football and learnt to dance. When I was 13 I did junior coal mining, but my father didn’t want me to go into mining full time. I also worked on a farm harvesting. At 14 I was Head Boy and the Second World War had just broken out.

 

I have fond memories of Yorkshire and I like to chat about life there. I remember going to ‘The Pictures’ when a new cinema was built during the war. It was called The Hippodrome and about 5000 people went there a week. I went with my family regularly, there were always cowboy films, Westerns and musicals to watch. I particularly liked the cowboy films. 

 

 

 

I joined the Navy aged 16 as an Apprentice Motor Mechanic. My first ship was a minesweeper ship – it’s still a very dangerous job! I served in the Navy on three different minesweepers. I even went to Singapore, meeting Prince Phillip when he came to inspect my ship. I left the Navy in 1947 having achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. 

I then moved to Oxfordshire so I could get a job at the Morris Motors car factory with my Uncle Pete who lived in Marston, Oxford. When I moved to Marston I fell in love with the neighbour’s daughter, Aileen, and she would later become my wife. We were married in July 1949 and had three sons Peter, Paul and Phillip. Aileen and I always said it was an easy job labelling their school clothes as they were all P.Burton!

 

 

I worked in the car factory in Oxford for 34 years, leaving the job as a Superintendent of The Trim Shop in 1984. I then worked for a kitchen unit manufacturer in Abingdon for 10 years and Thames Valley Saws as a delivery driver. I eventually retired aged 86 having worked for a total of 72 years!

I have a very close relationship with my sons and my grandchildren and they all visit me regularly. I was very close to my wife; I like to talk about her and sometimes I forget that she has died.

I’ve had many hobbies and interests throughout my life including the snooker club, sports, animals and gardening. I’ve always liked cars too. As soon as I was anywhere near a car I knew my bearings and I knew how to make them go! 

Music is my biggest passion though. I was the lead singer in a band called The Wayferers. We met at the Munchery Farm Country Club and formed our band, going on to sing in clubs in and around Oxford.  One of my favourite songs is ‘Only you’ by The Platters

Joe’s wonderful story now continues with the support of our Merryfield colleagues. Joe says of living at Merryfield:


I like joining in with the activities at Merryfield, especially when singers visit, and participating in reading, painting, scrabble, bingo, and watching snooker and films. I like to go out to the pub for lunch and a pint.”

With Joe’s varied career background, we’ve been really keen to gather his thoughts on being in the military, singing in The Wayferers and what his favourite memories of Yorkshire are.

We caught up with Joe to find out more about his life and his thoughts:

 

Joe, what was life like living on a warship?

“Living on a warship was pretty rough! My memories of the Navy are that you cleaned anything that could be scrubbed and you looked shiny! You were always on high alert as you were constantly put on quick short runs of trouble. You never knew when you would get bombed – my area was a hot target for the Germans.”

What are your fondest memories of Doncaster? What was the best thing about growing up, living and working in Doncaster?

“It had a mighty good Air Force, a good town centre, a football pitch, rugby pitch and there was always something going on in the community, whether it was horse racing or special events. I remember when they opened the pictures (cinema) – it was the place to be! Doncaster was just an all-rounder of a town with lots of variety. It was a smashing town for me.”

What did you sing in The Wayferers band? 

“Oh yes the Wayfarers! [laughing]. All the songs we enjoyed singing were either Naval or what was popular at the time. People would stand up and shout song requests at us.”

Joe, having had three children, what would be your advice for parents today?

“Stay true to yourself and your personality. Try to better what your children are learning by sharing your own experiences. And know your place, especially in Yorkshire!” [laughing]

 

A huge thank you to Joe for sharing his story with us.

 

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

Bartlett’s Residential Home – Annual Dog Show with Paws PT

Why?

Here at Peverel Court Care, we regularly arrange exciting activities for our residents to help improve their social, emotional, and physical health. This gives them the opportunity to meet and interact with new faces. Having the chance to socialise can help to improve social skills and behaviours, and reduce the feelings of loneliness.

Making invaluable connections and partnerships with organisations, such as Paws PT, 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.

Having a meaningful life with strong relationships and purposeful activity is a central part of an individual’s identity. As people become more vulnerable and increasingly reliant on others it is vital that meaningful activity is supported in a way that helps them stay well and feel more satisfied with life, taking account of their personality and their history. Such activities are particularly important in a care home setting where residents have moved out of their familiar home environment, and can quickly lose their sense of identity and self-esteem, and become depressed.

Who?

Based on the grounds of Bartlett’s Residential Home, Paws PT provide a friendly and reliable dog training service to meet the needs of both the client and their dogs.

https://www.facebook.com/pawspt.co.uk/

Outcome

It was a wonderful day, there were so many lovely dogs entered in each category and we were delighted to have Jen and Helen from Paws PT join us to act as judge.

Residents and staff alike were fascinated by the dogs, who were using the gardens as their playground. Many were eager to ask the owners about the age and names of the dogs, and what their favourite treats and toys are! It was a great opportunity to learn more about the different breeds and their personalities. Residents could not believe how well the dogs performed during each category such as “Best Trick” and Dog Walk” and enjoyed their role in choosing the “Best in Show!” One pup helped themself to a prize toy, which our residents found very amusing!

We were blown away by the popularity of this event and we were delighted to welcome so many of our residents’ loved ones and their four-legged friends.

We know how beneficial animal therapy can be for older people, especially for those living with dementia, as being close to animals can help lift a person’s mood and stimulate social interaction. Many residents used to have dogs, so they were thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of our judging panel and to meet so many adorable dogs.

Testimonials

Resident – Barbara W:

What did you think of the event? – “I really enjoyed it thank you, it was great to have my daughter and her dog visit. They won multiple prizes!” [laughing]

Would you like to experience it again? – “Yes of course, it was a lovely event that brough everyone together. And we were lucky with the great weather, too!”

Resident – Anne T:

What did you think of the event? “It was fabulous, I loved meeting all the dogs. They were all very clever – I was impressed!”

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, most definitely, it is lovely to have animals at the home. I used to have dogs, so it is nice to have them visit.”

Bartletts, Events

Bartlett’s Residential Home – Vintage Car Show

Why?

Here at Peverel Court Care, we regularly arrange exciting activities for our residents to help improve their social, emotional, and physical health. This gives them the opportunity to meet and interact with new faces. Having the chance to socialise can help to improve social skills and behaviours, and reduce the feelings of loneliness.

To help stimulate memories and meaningful conversation, Bartlett’s Residential Home held their annual summer Vintage Car Show on 10th June. The goal of reminiscence-based activities is to help those with dementia feel valued, contented, and peaceful by recalling happy times from their past.

The positive feelings gained from sharing pleasant memoires can decrease stress, boost mood, reduce agitation and minimise challenging behaviours.

Having a meaningful life with strong relationships and purposeful activity is a central part of an individual’s identity. As people become more vulnerable and increasingly reliant on others it is vital that meaningful activity is supported in a way that helps them stay well and feel more satisfied with life, taking account of their personality and their history. Such activities are particularly important in a care home setting where residents have moved out of their familiar home environment, and can quickly lose their sense of identity and self-esteem, and become depressed.

 

Outcome

Residents and the team at Bartlett’s enjoyed a wonderful afternoon when a Classic Motor Club visited the home with an array of vintage cars. Our residents were eager to meet and talk with the owners of the cars, finding out more about the make and history of the vehicles.

Everyone enjoyed ice cream, tea, coffee, and cake while listening to our performer sing hits from the 50’s and 60’s in the warm summer sun. It was wonderful to see residents enjoy the event with their loved ones.

“It has been a beautiful day!” Helen said, as she sat beneath the trees, enjoying her ice cream! “There were many cars I haven’t seen before!”

Providing activities to evoke memories and reflection helps to give residents a feeling of security and comfort but Peverel Court 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

Relative – Linda F: 

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for the lovely event at Bartlett’s last Saturday. It was so well organised, even down to the fantastic weather. The lady vocalist does deserve a special mention.

It was lovely to be able to talk to other relatives and visitors again. I’m sure Mum would want to join me in saying how much we enjoyed the afternoon.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the event such a memorable occasion.”

Resident – Denis J: 

What did you think of the experience? “Fantastic! It was nice to see such a variety of classic cars. Some of them are nearly as old as me! [laughing] The weather was great, too!”

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, I think I would! It was nice to be outside with my family.”

 

Bartletts, Outings, Wellbeing

Trip to Kew Gardens – Bartlett’s Residential Home

Why?

Here at Peverel Court Care, we regularly arrange exciting trips out for our residents to help improve their social, emotional and physical health. We want our residents to have a sense of freedom and independence, so it is beneficial for them to go on day trips. This gives them the opportunity to meet and interact with new faces. Having the chance to socialise can help to improve social skills and behaviours, and reduce the feelings of loneliness.

Kew Gardens gives you the chance to touch and smell elements in the gardens. Sensory stimulation is the practice of using everyday sounds, foods, objects and other items to awaken the senses and elicit a positive response or feeling. This technique is often used to help seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia because it can help them stay in the moment and interact with their current surroundings. Studies have shown that when done on a regular basis, sensory stimulation can be very helpful in treating memory issues. By offering different ways to communicate and engaging all five senses, seniors can see some improvement in daily functioning and cognitive symptoms.

Having a meaningful life with strong relationships and purposeful activity is a central part of an individual’s identity. As people become more vulnerable and increasingly reliant on others it is vital that meaningful activity is supported in a way that helps them stay well and feel more satisfied with life, taking account of their personality and their history. Such activities are particularly important in a care home setting where residents have moved out of their familiar home environment, and can quickly lose their sense of identity and self-esteem, and become depressed.

Who?

https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens

Our mission at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst is to understand and protect plants and fungi, for the wellbeing of people and the future of all life on earth. Earth is the only planet in the universe, that we know for certain, supports life. Yet that life is in crisis.

The unprecedented rate of degradation means we are living through an age of extinction. We know the next decade is critical to reverse this trend. Our aspiration at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst is to end the extinction crisis and help create a world where nature is protected, valued and managed sustainably.

 

Outcome

After a long drive into London, our residents and staff started a busy day with a well-deserved lunch at the family kitchen, all talking about the wonderful botanical gardens they were going to see. The most popular being the Temperate House, a glittering cathedral, home to 1,500 of plants from across the world. Learning about the plants was a brilliant exercise for the mind, especially for Rosemarie, who is very fond of nature and the outdoors.

We were lucky enough to enjoy the start of the summer sunshine and enjoy all that Kew Gardens had to offer. With the beautiful array of flowers and trees, the buzzing of the bees and the colours of the butterflies, it was a perfect place to enjoy together.

“It was a wonderful day!” Beryl said, as she continued to tell Bartlett’s staff about the trip the next morning! Her positive response has helped encourage other residents, who are often cautious to attend outings, to join us on the next one.

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 – Beryl S:

What did you think of the experience? – “I really enjoyed the day, beautiful trees with plenty of flowers, and the Temperate House was very nice indeed!”

Would you like to experience it again? – “I would be more than happy to go again, especially if we are blessed with such good weather!”

Resident – Rosemarie T:

What did you think of the experience? “I found it very enjoyable, it was a wonderful day!”

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes I would, there was a lot to see in one day.”

Bartletts, Events, Food & Drink, Wellbeing

Holy Cow Tea Tasting – Bartlett’s & Stone House

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 sense and sensory activities can have on those living with dementia. That is why we welcomed a visit from Holy Cow Tea Tasting to Bartlett’s Residential Home.

Sensory stimulation is the practice of using everyday sounds, foods, objects and other items to awaken the senses and elicit a positive response or feeling. This technique is often used to help seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia because it can help them stay in the moment and interact with their current surroundings. Studies have shown that when done on a regular basis, sensory stimulation can be very helpful in treating memory issues. By offering different ways to communicate and engaging all five senses, seniors can see some improvement in daily functioning and cognitive symptoms.

Making invaluable connections and partnerships with organisations, such as Holy Cow, helps to enrich the lives of those residing with us, many of those living with dementia. New experiences have well-documented benefits to older people mentally, emotionally and physically, by improving emotional, social and cognitive abilities.

 

 

Who?

Visit Holy Cow’s Website

Poonam Gupta –

“It was a pleasure and an honour to talk about the wonderful beverage made by infusing the dried processed leaves of Camellia Sinensis plant with hot water known to all as TEA. I really enjoyed offering tastings of some of my loose-leaf teas and blends with the residents at Stone House and Bartletts Residential home. 

To see the residents take part and invoke their sense of smell, touch, taste while they shared their thoughts, preferences, feelings of the various teas.  Some also shared memories of how they enjoyed the beverage during their lifetime as everyone has a story to tell on how they enjoy this particular beverage.

There was discussion about how many residents actually enjoyed tea that had been brewed properly in a teapot.  We touched on tea history making reference to the Cutty Sark. Did you know this ship carried almost 10 million lbs of tea between 1870 and 1877. 

Thank you once again for inviting me. I really enjoyed my visit and all the staff were so warm and supportive to the residents, like a family. It reminded me of the following quote:”

If you are cold, tea will warm you. 

If you are too heated, it will cool you 

If you are depressed it will cheer you

If you are excited, it will calm you 

– William Ewart Gladstone, British 19th century Prime Minister

 

 

Outcome

Poonam’s tea tasting session was well received by all. It was a new experience for everyone and residents enjoyed smelling, tasting and touching the teas, which induced memories of where they liked to enjoy their teas with friends, families and on holidays. Many residents asked questions about where the teas came from, how they were made and the flavours they could taste.

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 from Bartlett’s residents

Resident – June M :

What did you think of the experience? – “I thought it was interesting, and nice to do something different. I learned a lot from the session.”

Would you like to experience it again? – “Probably if she provided different teas to try!” [laughing]

Resident – Janet F:

What did you think of the experience? “It was nice to try the teas. There were plenty I hadn’t tried before!”

Would you like to experience it again? “I would like to experience it again, but with coffee!” [laughing]

Resident – John F :

What did you think of the experience? “It was good fun, I liked many of the teas that were on offer.”

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes I would, it was nice to be upstairs in the lounge too.”

Testimonials from Stone House residents

Resident – Joyce D:

What did you think of the experience? – “I thought it was fantastic! I was impressed by the flower tea, it was beautiful.”

Would you like to experience it again? – “Yes, I really enjoyed it. She said she had various other teas I would be interested in trying and would like them with cream cake!” [laughing]

Resident – Olive N:

What did you think of the experience? “It was a nice afternoon, I enjoyed trying the teas.”

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, I would. It was interesting and nice to do something different.”

Resident – Heather L :

What did you think of the experience? “I thought it was great, I really liked learning the history of the teas!”

Would you like to experience it again? “I enjoyed it thank you, I wasn’t fond of all the teas, but she said there were others we could try in another session!”

Care Management, Community, Future of Care, Stone House

Brush Party x Aylesbury Dynamos x Stone House Nursing Home Sponsorship Collaboration

Why?

At Peverel Court Care we Care for our Communities, thus we are the proud sponsors of the Aylesbury Vale Dynamos Under 14’s Girls Football Team.

Intergenerational activities have been proven to energise older adults and give a sense of purpose, especially when they are sharing their experience and skills. Shared activities across generations can also reduce a sense of isolation for older adults and potentially relieve or lessen depression. We know that loneliness and depression are a big concern for today’s residents. By providing a way for residents to interact with younger generations, they afford the opportunity to build lasting relationships. Intergenerational activities can also help different age groups relate and value one another – reducing ageism, breaking down stereotypes and increasing empathy.

Art in care homes can provide many opportunities for residents to use their imagination, make connections and reminisce. Arts participation offers a chance for residents to express themselves, learn a new skill (or return to an old one), and form a stronger sense of personal identity that can sometimes be diminished in care.

 

Who?

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos Under 14’s Girls Football Team – https://twitter.com/avdfcgirls

“Where painting gets social… it doesn’t matter if you have picked up a paint brush since school! A brush party is an unforgettable few hours of fun, friends and painting you’ll be talking about for weeks!”

https://brushparty.co.uk/

 

 

Outcome

Feedback from residents and the football team about Brush Party’s painting workshop was overwhelmingly positive, with all residents asking to participate in an activity like this again. With some gentle encouragement and inspiration from the girls, residents became lively and engaged in the workshop. They were guided through the session with tips and advice from the leading artists Mel and Sam. This provided a new experience for the residents and was a happy and expressive session that set a precedent for future collaborative activities at Stone House.

At Peverel Court we see how are arts have a positive impact on the resident’s emotional wellbeing every day. The arts bring joy and the ability to communicate feelings even when we can no longer communicate with words. We can use arts-based activities to crate a state of reminiscence which is why it is such a powerful tool within a care setting and fundamental in our day-to-day activities within a care home.

 

 

Testimonials

Resident – Sheila H:
What did you think of the experience? “It was lovely to have the girls help, I enjoy sitting in on the painting sessions but my wrists often ache, so it was good to have their help.”
Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, absolutely, it was great to meet the team.”

Resident – Heather W:
What did you think of the experience? “It was good, I relaxed while a member of the team showcased her painting skills.” [laughing] Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, I would, it was lovely to meet them all and be in the lounge.”

Resident – Jean L:
What did you think of the experience? “It was nice thank you, I enjoyed the conversation with Keira, the girl who helped me.”
Would you like to experience it again? “It was good to see the girls, yes, I would be interested in doing it again!”

Portrait of a Life, Real life, Stone House

Olive’s Portrait of a Life –

Learning the stories of our resident’s lives and celebrating their achievements is one of the greatest joys in all of our Peverel Court Care homes. Read on to discover more about Olive’s remarkable life.

Discovering our resident’s life stories is one of the most wonderful aspects of supporting them in their later years. Lives that have been lived to the full, with twists and turns, achievements, joys and sadnesses, weave together to create a tapestry that is unique to each individual. We aim to celebrate this glorious individuality in everyday life in all of our care homes, with the knowledge of the person that we gain from talking to them and their family being absolutely fundamental to us providing truly person and relationship centred care.

 

Residents who’ve had health-related careers or in some way been linked to health or care work teach us a huge amount about what care and support used to be like. These are fascinating insights that our younger staff in particular are often captivated by, and Olive’s story is one such example.

 

Olive has lived at Stone House since June 2022 and is a former nurse. Olive has kindly shared her story with us as follows:

 

 “I was born on 20th February 1928 in Thame. I had one brother, Harold, who was three years older than me, but sadly Harold passed away in 2000. 

 

I was educated at Thame Girls High School. After my schooling I joined a Matron Housekeepers Course at Bridge House London. The last term of the course was based in a Children’s Ward which I enjoyed, and as a result I started training as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital where I became a SRCN. After that I qualified as an SRN at Kings College Hospital, where I became a Night Sister for two and a half years, before I had to return home to Thame as both my parents were ill. I later took up a post as a Theatre Sister at Thame College Hospital. 

 

In 1959 I met my husband, Herbert Nicolle. We married in 1961. In 1969 our daughter Anne was born and we were living in Princes Risborough. I became a member of the Risborough Choral Society for 35 years. I worked as a Volunteer Librarian at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital Red Cross Library for 18 years. I also became a member of the committee of the Princes Risborough Horticultural Society and a member of the Princes Risborough Methodist Church. 

 

One of my greatest highlights is a round-the-world holiday in 1987 that I went on with my husband and two friends. We visited Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Honolulu and Canada. 

 

Our daughter Anne got married in 1990 to Simon and I have a grandson, Tom, who was born in 2000. My husband died in 2001 only three months before our 40th wedding anniversary.”

 

Olive’s wonderful story now continues with the support of our Stone House colleagues. Olive says of living at Stone House:


The whole general atmosphere is very friendly and I like meeting other residents. I’ve been enjoying the activities a lot recently, especially the painting [pointing at her recent work on display]. I haven’t done much painting before! And of course the visits from the animals, I love seeing the dogs.”

 

With Olive’s healthcare background, we’ve been really keen to gather her thoughts on working as a nurse, which are particularly insightful for our nursing staff to learn about. 

 

We caught up with Olive to find out more about her life as a nurse and her thoughts on nursing:

 

Olive, you worked both day and night shifts – what did you prefer and how did you find the shift work?

 

“I was a Night Sister for two and a half years, and although I enjoyed my whole nursing career, I preferred the day shifts really. 

 

I worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for 3.5 years. Then I did my General Nursing qualification, which was reduced from 3.5 years study to 2.5 years because of my time at Great Ormond Street. Then I did 6 months in Maternity and became a Night Sister for 2.5 years.”

 

Thinking about everything you did in your career as a nurse, what would you say was the highlight?

 

“Well I think the contact with the patients, even when I became a Sister. I always loved the Children’s Ward, and when I was a Night Sister I always loved going up to see the children.”

 

What would be your key message for today’s nurses? 

 

“Keep at it, it’s a very rewarding role.

 

It was funny, because when I left school, the only thing I knew I didn’t want to be was a nurse! The war had just come to an end when I left school in 1945, and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. My real love was literature, but I didn’t want to teach.

 

I ended up going to a Domestic Science College for two years which covered all sorts of subjects, and the last term was working in the Children’s Ward at St. Mary’s in Paddington, and of course I loved it! So I went on to Kings College Hospital to study and qualify as a SRN. They said they wanted to promote me to Sister, but it was a rule of the hospital that you had to do your Part 1 Midwifery, so off I went to study again! It was all worth it, I loved being a nurse.”  

 

A huge thank you to Olive for sharing her story with us.

 

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.

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