Community, Wellbeing

Intergenerational Days Are A Huge Success At Peverel Court Care

It all started as an experiment in Wales. Filmed for a TV programme, elderly people and children were brought together so that experts could analyse the mental health benefits for both, which it turns out were copious. Evidence suggests that intergenerational socialising increases confidence and improves language skills in children and improves the mood of elderly people.

At the same time plans were being completed to open the first nursery in Britain that shares its site with a nursing home. It opened in London in September. Bringing children and elderly people together is the latest trend in forward-thinking care provision for both.

Based on these successes, we’ve already started bringing local children and our residents together for a series of intergenerational days. We hosted one intergenerational day in August and another in November, bringing children from local Stone School to our premises to spend time with our residents and staff. We also invited the children and grandchildren of some our residents to participate in the day, which involved several games of balloon tennis, Snakes and Ladders and Fetch The Ducks. The day was a resounding success, and it will certainly be something we’ll be carrying on into the future.

The effect of the initial TV experiment and the resulting actions were so good that there are calls across the country to integrate child and elderly care permanently.We will keep an eye on how this develops over the next few years. We are and always will be about providing the best possible elderly care we can. This is our specialist area and it’s what we are good at. But if we know that something as achievable as bringing younger people onto the premises can have such a great impact on those we’re providing care for, then, of course, we will go out of our way to do it.

Our intergenerational days are part of Peverel Court Care’s ongoing commitment to offering effective care that increases the quality of life and is based on the best available evidence. Since we’re aware that there are so many benefits for our residents when they spend time with the younger generation, this is certainly something we’ll be looking to make a staple part of the provision of our care, available for any of our residents to take part in if they wish to.

And, let’s face it, it’s nice to see younger and older people coming together to make each other happy and spend quality time with one another. Perhaps these types of activities will tear down generational boundaries and pull everyone closer together.

Community

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Last Friday, like so many other organisations around the country, we took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan Cancer Support.

Merryfield Nursing Home and Bartlett’s Residential Care Home hosted a coffee morning each, bringing staff, residents, families and community members together to enjoy that most quintessentially British tradition of a cup of tea or coffee with a piece of cake.

It would be rude to limit the fundraising to tea and cake, we thought, so our residents and our volunteer Bev made some beautiful flower arrangements to place on our tables, so that people could enjoy them whilst they ate.

Then we brought everyone together to eat cakes made by one of our staff members Barbara and scones made by Sharon’s parents. We even invited our close neighbours and members of our local church.

One of our residents Len compiled a wonderful quiz, which lead to an impromptu rendition of ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’. The atmosphere was playful, fun and happy, just as it always is when we bring together our staff, residents and community for events like this.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning by Macmillan Cancer Support is one of our favourite events to participate in. Not only is it an excuse for us all to eat nice things, but it raises money for a cause that is incredibly close to our hearts.

Macmillan are a wonderful organisation who give support to people who have just been diagnosed with, or are currently fighting, cancer. They’re also there for those who have won their fight. They’re a caring organisation and are there for people in every stage of vulnerability when needed. As a care provider, that resonates with us.

We were incredibly proud to raise £367 pounds through our coffee morning activities. We hope that it will go some way towards helping our friends at Macmillan Cancer Support, who we would like to thank for doing such a wonderful job.

We’d also like to thank everyone who baked for us, as well as everyone who attended our coffee morning and donated.

Community, Real life, Social Care & Society

A summer of fun at Peverel Court Care

September is upon us and, though we weren’t as lucky with the sun as we had hoped we might be, this summer still did not disappoint us.

Our activities coordinators have outdone themselves this year planning entertainment and fun things for our residents to do throughout the summer months.

In this week’s article, as the countdown to winter begins, we thought we’d have a look back over some of the best bits of 2016 so far.

External visitors

Just a few weeks ago we had our summer parties and our gardens were flooded with residents and their families. We also invited Bertie Bastin, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who visits our homes sometimes. But he isn’t the only non-human who comes to visit us.

Earlier in August we were visited by a number of owls, and our residents were told all about these fascinating creatures.

There’s lots of research and evidence promoting the benefits of animals on the mental and physical health of people. We know that animal visitors make many of our residents extremely excitable.

Making things

Lots of our residents love to create things, so many of the activities we organise involve making new things. This summer we made flags to celebrate the Euro 2016 football tournament, flowery cupcakes, chocolate cakes to celebrate World Chocolate Day and medals and a torch to celebrate the Olympics.

We also had a flower arranging class so that our residents could spend an afternoon creating magnificent bouquets.

A summer of awards

During our summer parties, we awarded some of our residents prizes for a variety of talents they possess, including best gardener and best storyteller. Our residents are extremely talented and we know they appreciate being recognised for their accomplishments.

We also entered some of our best poets into a competition run by the National Activity Providers Association, a charity and members association dedicated to increasing the profile of activity in social care. We’re delighted to announce that one of our residents Eileen was awarded an accolade for this poem she wrote about bluebells.

Bluebell you are a beautiful flower
in the spring waiting to adorn the dark woods.
A shaft of sunlight still low in the sky awakens you.
Before long there is a blue carpet,
stretching out as far as the eye can see,
of little delicate bluebells.
Soon the canopy of trees above the blue carpet
darkens the woods even more,
and the leaves of the bluebell shrivel
so that next spring the dark woods will once again
adorned with your blue beauty.

Here’s to the winter

Over the coming months the weather will worsen and our activities will move inside. We’ll continue to think of new and innovative ways for our residents to stay busy and keep them stimulated and entertained.

We’ll enjoy all of the traditions of Christmas and wait for the weather to get better again. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Bartletts, Community

Residents design our brand new gardens

For the last few weeks we’ve been designing brand new gardens at Bartlett’s Residential Care Home. Our gardens are enjoyed regularly by our residents. Just a few weeks ago we hosted our annual summer parties and the gardens were full of residents, their families and our staff.

We’re lucky enough that our homes are situated in beautiful Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside. The views are tranquil and spectacular, so it’s only right that our gardens are just as beautiful.

We already have gardens we’ve worked hard on. They contain rolling lawns and patios so that our residents can enjoy the weather, vegetable patches growing a variety of delicious vegetables, beautiful bushes and vibrant flower beds. We know our residents like our gardens because many of them spend lots of time out there. Some of them even get involved in helping us with the gardening.

So we set about asking our residents what they would like from a new garden. We wanted to know what their favourite parts were about the garden we already had and what they might like to see in a new landscape. The grounds of our homes are for them, there is no point in us designing them without asking those who enjoy them the most what they would like to see. When it comes to making the big decisions about our homes, especially with such popular aspects of our grounds, they’re the first people we consult.

Our residents came up with some wonderful ideas about features in our garden they would enjoy, including wind-chimes and a barbecue. They also came up with some ideas about what they would like to see less of. These included squirrels and the removal of their favourite trees!

We’ve collated all of the information we have and our landscaping work is due to begin in October or November. Our brand new garden will be completed ready for the spring next year, ready for the warmer weather. You’ll be able to find photographs of it on the Peverel Court Care Twitter account, which you can follow at @PeverelCourt.

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