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Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16th May 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16th May 2021 at Peverel Court Care 4

 

The Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 10th to 16th May 2021, and this year’s theme is nature.

Getting into the spirit of the event, Peverel Court Care have decided to partner with an amazing local mental health charity called Lindengate.

 

The importance of mental health awareness

We know that mental health problems affect millions of us, in our families, communities and workplaces. We all have mental health that will fluctuate in response to life events.

The Mental Health Foundation

With everything that the world has been through over the past year due to COVID, ensuring that everyone is looking after their mental health has never been more important.

At Peverel Court Care, we provide our Employee Assistance Programme, a confidential employee benefit designed to help staff deal with any personal and work-related issues that might be affecting them. Whether they are struggling at home or at work, our helpline is available 24/7, 365 days a year so they will always have the support they need. Delivered via the Employee Support Hub, powered by Health Assured, it gives employees access to qualified therapists over the phone or via live chat whenever they want it.

We’re also looking to create a regular collaboration for our care team to access Lindengate’s ‘Healing Pathways’ programme sessions. We feel this will be beneficial to our employees and also aligns with one of our core values – Care for Our Communities.

 

Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16th May 2021 at Peverel Court Care 1

 

Who are Lindengate?

Lindengate Mental Health Charity is located at a stunning 5 acre site in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, where nature breathes new life into anyone needing support with their wellbeing.

The natural beauty and richness of the site help restore and heal, whilst specialist gardening, conservation, construction, cooking and nature based arts and crafts activities provide focus and purpose. Add to this, the community of volunteers and staff who nurture a supportive, inclusive and safe environment and you have a recipe for success.

 

Lindengate’s Healing Pathways Programme

“Using nature to help us understand loss.

Loss will affect us all in different ways, but the common thing to remember is that however we are feeling, is perfectly normal. There is no right way to feel – you will feel how you feel and that is ok.

Sessions for adults take place in small groups, where you can come and take time to think about your loss, in our therapeutic gardens. The garden lends itself to nurturing people, the natural beauty and richness help to restore and heal, with support from a community of volunteers and staff, in a natural environment.

The constancy of the seasons provide some stability when everything else may be crumbling. In the darkest of times, memories of better times – past Winters melting into Spring can sustain us and provide hope – that happy Spring days filled with joy will once again emerge out of the gloom of Winter.”

Healing Pathways
Lindengate

 

Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16th May 2021 at Peverel Court Care 2

 

Getting out into the garden

Our fundraising day will take place on 12th May and will be led by our 104 year old resident Hilda who, along with other residents and employees, will be planting 104 bulbs! You can support Hilda and the other residents raising money for Lindengate via our Virgin Money Giving page here. Hilda is an inspiration and last year helped to raise over £8k for Alzheimer’s Society.

At Peverel Court, we know that access to outdoor space and fresh air can be incredibly powerful. That’s why we have beautifully landscaped gardens at each of our care homes in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, which our residents can enjoy. For example, Bartlett’s Residential Care Home in Stone, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire is set in over 18 acres of private tranquil parkland with exceptional views of The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

For elderly residents, there has been research which has shown that those who enjoyed as little as 10 or 15 minutes of activity a day, saw a marked improvement in their health. It has also been revealed that walking outdoors has been shown to reduce levels of stress, and to increase sociability, communication and self esteem. There is also evidence that it can help to reduce cognitive decline.

Exposure to both daylight and sunlight whilst outdoors is also important. Sunlight provides us with Vitamin D, which is essential for building strong bones and muscle, and helps us with maintaining our body clock. So residents at our homes don’t need to get too adventurous; even just having a cup of tea and a chat out in the garden has proven benefits.

 

Hilda – an inspiration to us all

As mentioned, Hilda will be leading our fundraising efforts again, so we wanted to share some of her story; she is a remarkable woman who has lived a fascinating life. Hilda was born during WWI and has many memories of growing up in London with her mother, Daisy, father, Sidney, and sister, Elsie. She enjoyed biology, science and French at school, and her closest friends were her school friends. Hilda enjoyed playing hockey and swimming, and she belonged to a swimming club.

Hilda was in the civil service during the Second World War. She described the war years as ‘gruesome’ and remembers the poverty at that time. She recalls the blitz and the V1’s and V2’s – or doodle bugs. The happiest memory that Hilda has from during the war was when she got married in 1941.

Hilda worked as a civil servant for most of her working life. She had three children; Barbara and Anthony, and a second daughter who sadly died. Hilda’s family lived in Bournemouth and later she lived in Oving, Buckinghamshire. She enjoyed travelling to Germany; the family had a caravan which they used to travel around the continent. Hilda’s favourite past times include gardening and reading – she likes Terry Pratchett’s novels.

 

Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16th May 2021 at Peverel Court Care 3

 

Find out more

Support Hilda with our fundraising: Virgin Money Giving
Lindengate: Find out more
Lindengate’s Healing Pathways Programme – Find out more
Mental Health Awareness Week: Find out more
The Mental Health Foundation: Find out more

 

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.

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To succeed care providers must focus on service, employees and the environment

To succeed care providers must focus on service, employees and the environment - Peverel Court Care

 

As we begin to look forward to the year ahead, we wanted to consider the fundamental pillars on which the success of our group is based. Service, employees and the environment are at the heart of Peverel Court Care’s mission to consistently deliver exceptional care for our residents.

At Peverel Court Care we believe that in order for us to be successful in ensuring a level of service which constantly meets and exceeds the expectations of our residents and their loved ones, we can never allow ourselves to take our eye off the three critical foundations that underpin our business. Therefore, we decided to explore some of the elements which contribute to maintaining success in each of these areas throughout our award-winning care homes in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Exceptional service in our care homes

There are a multitude of elements that contribute to the exceptional levels of service that we provide for the residents of our homes, however some of the key ones include:

  • To make sure that our residents eat a varied and balanced diet, we employ full-time long standing chefs who produce seasonal menus using high quality local produce. Some care homes opt to outsource catering, but we prefer to manage this in-house so that we can provide the food that our residents love. We also offer private dining to our residents, if and when required, so as to best serve their wishes.
  • Peverel Court Care employ full-time hospitality employees, to look after our residents and to make sure that all of their requirements are met.
  • We also maintain a bespoke mini-bus at each of our homes for community outings. This makes it simpler for our hospitality employees to organise trips and visits for residents who wish to attend or require the service.
  • In addition, we have dedicated Activities teams in our care homes, who are responsible for organising entertainment to ensure that our residents can live happy and fulfilling lives while in our care.

 

Exceptional employees in our care homes

Delivering exceptional service requires an exceptional team. Some of the factors which contribute to the recruitment and retention of the brilliant people who work in our business include:

  • We utilise Values Based Recruitment to ensure that anyone that we’re recruiting into the business shares our values and ethos about care. Understanding whether a person has the correct attitudes and mindset to deliver exceptional service is fundamental to our decision making process.
  • Once we’ve brought good people into the homes, we want to make sure that they want to stay. One of the ways in which we do this is through the development of career pathways, which provide opportunities for ongoing learning and development, allowing staff to grow within the organisation.
  • In addition to helping our employees to progress their careers, we also provide reward & recognition schemes. These programmes are aimed at celebrating success and demonstrating how valued and appreciated their hard work is in delivering exceptional service for our residents.
  • Peverel Court Care, along with each of our homes – Bartlett’s Residential Care Home and Stone House Nursing Home in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and Merryfield House Nursing Home in Witney, Oxfordshire – all benefit from having a long-standing management team. The expertise and experience of our leadership helps to maintain our exceptional levels of service, but also allows us to get to know all of our employees personally, which creates loyalty and better understanding between the parties.
  • As a business, we always aim to be exceptional. This has been recognised during independent inspections, as we have been awarded the rating of “Outstanding” in CQC ‘Well-led’ categories.

 

Exceptional environment at our care homes

We want our care homes to truly feel like home for our residents. Therefore, maintaining exceptionally high standards across our homes and their grounds is intrinsic to the way that we operate. This includes:

  • All of our homes have beautiful landscaped and dementia-friendly gardens. These spaces offer our residents access to safe, stimulating grounds and provide them with exercise and natural light.
  • It’s not just outside where our attention to detail helps to set us apart. We have also utilised dementia-friendly interior designs to make life as simple and comfortable as possible for our residents.
  • Community involvement and interactions for social stimulation are also a key part of our homes. We would never want residents to feel like they were disconnected from the outside world or each other, so this plays a key role in maintaining mental wellbeing.
  • We also believe that the use of, and access to, technology improves the lives of the residents who live in our care homes immeasurably. This includes the provision of super fast Wi-Fi and iPads for keeping in touch with loved ones, which has proved especially valuable over the past year with visitation having to be restricted. We have also implemented the use of electronic care plans. to further improve the way in which we’re able to personalise and maintain exceptional care for our residents.

 

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.

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Spring has sprung

Enjoying the gardens during spring 2019 at Peverel Court Care

 

The arrival of spring and the benefits to our residents

 

With the recent spell of lovely warm weather, our residents have been taking the opportunity to get outside and explore the newly landscaped gardens of our homes.

At Peverel Court Care, we understand that creating and delivering individual care plans and maintaining a focus on resident well-being is a key part of the service we deliver, and providing time outdoors forms an intrinsic part of that.

Therefore, with the arrival of spring, it has been the perfect time for our residents to get outside to enjoy the warmth of the spring sunshine, to take in the fresh air, and to explore the new sights and smells of the plants and flowers in our idyllic grounds.

Even for those residents who aren’t so keen to get outside exploring, the natural light that pours into the rooms on our new wing provides them with similar benefits.

 

Benefits to resident health

 

But there’s more to getting our residents to spend time outdoors than meets the eye. In fact, there have been numerous rigorous scientific studies conducted, which have all concluded that there are a multitude of benefits for elderly care home residents when they get to enjoy time in an outdoor space.

Spending time out in the grounds allows them to get exercise in the fresh air. And particularly for elderly residents, research has shown that those who enjoyed as little as 10 or 15 minutes of activity a day, saw a significant improvement in their health. Furthermore, walking outdoors has been shown to reduce levels of stress, and to increase sociability, communication and self esteem, while there is also evidence that it can help to reduce cognitive decline.

Exposure to both daylight and sunlight while outdoors is also important; as sunlight provides us with Vitamin D, which is essential for building strong bones and muscle, while sunlight helps with regulating our body clock. So our residents don’t need to get too adventurous; even just having a cup of tea and a natter out in the garden has added benefits.

 

Enjoying spring flowers in the gardens at Peverel Court Care

 

Peverel Court Care – our idyllic settings

 

Part of what makes the experience of living at one of Peverel Court Care’s three care homes in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire so special for our residents is the unique setting and location of each home. A perfect example is that of Bartlett’s, our Residential Care Home, which is set in over 18 acres of private tranquil parkland with exceptional views of The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

As our homes are all set within such charming grounds, and because spending time outdoors offers such proven benefits to our residents, it’s not surprising that the arrival of spring this year has once again been greeted with smiles by our residents.

 

Taking a walk outdoors to enjoy spring sunshine at Peverel Court Care

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Coming Soon to Bartlett’s – A Completely Unique Dementia Friendly Garden

Dementia is a difficult and uncomfortable truth. Unfortunately, many of us will experience it in our lifetime, if not because we must live with it ourselves, then because someone we love will find they have it.

Luckily, there is much research happening around dementia – how to prevent it, how to cure it and how to live with it. It’s this last part of the research we’re particularly interested in at the moment, given that many of the people we take care of are living with dementia.

Back in August, we wrote an article about our brand new dementia garden at Bartlett’s Residential Care Home, a pioneering new project in this area of Buckinghamshire, which was co-designed with the input of our residents. We’ve now sifted through those ideas, as well as the evidence and research around dementia friendly spaces, and development on the new Bartlett’s landscape will begin shortly, for completion next year. The dementia friendly elements of our garden will be subtle, but will have a massive impact on the way our dementia sufferers feel about our outdoor space. If you’re interested in which elements are specially developed, you’ll want to look for some of the following when you visit our new landscape;

The outdoor space will be an extension of the indoor space

For people struggling with dementia stark changes in scenery can be confusing and frightening. Our new garden will be complete with visual and physical access between the inside and outside, a transition between indoors and outdoors that is even under foot, an entrance to the home that is homelike and displays no confronting signage, and pathways that are consistent in colour. All of these elements should make the outdoor space easier to navigate and less confusing for those living with dementia.

Opportunities for walking

There’ll be a continuous looped path, with destination points but no sharp, sudden ends to pathways – as these may confuse or alarm dementia sufferers. The space will be long enough for meaningful exercise and therapeutic benefit, with lots of simple routes to take around the garden and many interesting journeys to have, offering a variety of different activities along the way. There’ll also be motion sensor lighting so that the garden is usable at nighttime.

A new chance for social interaction and engagement with the environment

The gardens will create a variety of new environments and give our residents places to socialise or rest within whatever their mood. There’ll be areas that catch the sun and parts of the garden that are set in the shade, raised flowerbeds to look at, sheds to explore and spaces for animals and children. The garden will be made up of large and small mixed spaces that allow for privacy, whilst also offering the ideal space for engagement with the surrounding community.

Sensory stimulation

The research behind sensory stimulation and dementia is vast. Those living with dementia are calmed and comforted by a range of sensory stimulants in the form of colours, smells and things to touch. Our new gardens will be bursting with flowers, colours, water and textures. There’ll be vegetable gardens and scented plants to stimulate memory. The gardens will be built to seasonal variation, so they’ll look, feel and smell different in the autumn than they do in the spring. The essential core elements will remain, but there’ll always be something new to look at and experience.

We already know that our new gardens are going to be an aspect of Bartlett’s we’ll be very proud of. There’s nothing like them in our local area within care home facilities, they’ll be beautiful, stimulating and easy to access. They’ll give our residents a sense of freedom and an opportunity for engagement with one another and with nature.  We hope they’ll become a favoured area of our care home and be a space where people want to relax and interact. We’d like them to host community and care home events, and witness many special occasions. We want them to provide joy, happiness and comfort to residents and visitors of Bartlett’s alike.

Our new garden will be complete in the spring. There’ll be more information and pictures on our garden transformation on our Twitter account, @PeverelCourt.

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