Merryfield, Personalisation, Workforce Development

An Incredible CQC Rating For Merryfield House Nursing Home, Witney

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Merryfield House Nursing Home has been given a wonderful rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after an unannounced inspection in October.

Unannounced inspections play a very important role in making sure the service provision that is seen is what is happening in the care home every day – not just on a day when everything has been prepared for an inspection. They are the best way to make sure that services are providing high-quality care to residents at all times.

We were visited in October 2017 by an inspector, who spoke to six residents of Merryfield and three family members. They also spoke to three relatives outside of the inspection time. They found our service to be ‘good’ across four inspection categories, finding us safe, effective, caring and well-led. We were rated ‘outstanding’ for our responsiveness.

In our report, we were praised by the inspector for showing a commitment to personalised care.

“The responsiveness of the service was outstanding. Care planning was fixed upon having the individual at the heart of their care. Relatives said support was extremely responsive because staff really understood the principles of outstanding personalised care. People were encouraged to pursue personal interests and hobbies and to access activities in the service and community. Changes in people’s needs were immediately recognised and appropriate; prompt action taken, including the involvement of external professionals where necessary. People were encouraged to raise any complaints or concerns and were given opportunities to do so.” 

At Peverel Court Care we are dedicated to providing personalised care and we are thrilled that this came across in our most recent inspection. When people come to live with us we invest a lot of time in pulling together personalised care plans to make sure that our residents have a high quality of life and are comfortable and happy.

Associate Director Preet Shergill said, “We are proud to say that we are surrounded by staff who constantly want to see Merryfield be the best we can be. They strive for continuous improvement, innovation and to provide exceptional elderly care. The very positive CQC inspection result is testament to the outstanding work of the Merryfield team, volunteers and the Witney community”.

We would like to extend our congratulations and thanks to our hardworking and dedicated Merryfield House Nursing Home team. We recognise that without their professionalism and commitment, this would not have been possible.

Bartletts, Merryfield, Stone House

10 Tips For Spring Gardens From The Peverel Court Care Gardening Team

The spring is upon us and the early bloomers are out in force. In the last couple of weeks you’ve probably seen splashes of yellow in the country verges in the form of daffodils, a true sign that the weather is changing and the temperature is on the up.

We see daffodils as a bit of a sign; when they start to appear we know it’s time to start tending properly to our gardens ready for the summer. All three of our premises have expansive gardens. They take a lot of work, but they’re worth it; our residents derive such pleasure from helping us tend to them, walking around them and sitting in them.

They’re particularly important for residents with dementia. When we designed a new garden for Bartlett’s, we made sure that the transition from inside to outside is seamless and unthreatening, that there are no sudden ends to pathways and that there are lots of sights and smells to keep our dementia residents intrigued and entertained.

As we’re starting our gardening in the coming weeks, we thought this would be a good opportunity to present any keen gardeners reading this article with some of our top tips for a beautiful summer garden.

  • Clear out your borders, hedges and greenhouse ready for your new plants and flowers. There’s nothing like a clean and clear garden to provide you with some inspiration.
  • Look for any hibernating pests who might cause you difficulty later in the year by eating all your plants, such as slugs and snails. Clear out pots full of last year’s compost, as there may be pest hiding in the pot and feasting on old roots.
  • Start planning for years to come by making a compost heap. You can buy a ready-made bin for cheap from a gardening centre, or you can construct one yourself by enclosing an area of your garden. Toss in vegetable waste, woody clippings, grass and paper. When it all breaks down you’ll have some excellent compost to plant future bulbs in.
  • Pick a theme. Contemporary or cottage? Bustling and busy or minimalist and monochrome? Once you have decided how you want your garden to look it will be easier to pick the plants you want.
  • Plant a mixture of early and late bloomers. There are many plants that bloom in the Autumn and thrive in the winter, so you can have a colourful garden through all four seasons if you plan your planting properly.
  • Shine up your paving. You’ll be amazed by the difference clean paving can make. Look for dedicated outdoor cleaning products like Jeyes Fluid.
  • Don’t forget to water! Start with a good long soak once a week, then extend the time period between watering to help your plants become independent. If the weather is hot then make sure you take your hosepipe outside more often.
  • Use plant food. It really does make all the difference, ensuring your plants get all the nutrients and minerals that they need.
  • Don’t forget your hanging baskets and potted plants. Dotting these around your garden can really enhance the overall look and feel of your outside space. If you haven’t got any turf (perhaps you only have a yard) then potted plants and hanging baskets are a great way to brighten up any outdoor areas.
  • Invest in some wildlife attractions. There is nothing nicer than watching the bees buzzing around your beautiful flowers, but there are other great ways to attract nature to your garden. Why not put out a bird table, feeder or bath? To attract hedgehogs, look at hedgehog houses and specialised feed, or attract badgers with unsalted nuts, seeds, fruit and root vegetables. Stay away from bread and milk, as this is very bad for wild animals.

We hope you’ll find our tips useful for your own gardening and, whether you have green fingers or not, we hope you’ll find the time to come and enjoy our gardens with us this summer.

Merryfield, Wellbeing

From Family Home To Nursing Care – Merryfield House

Merryfield House Has Been Providing Comfortable Lodgings In Witney Since 1927.

Peverel Court Care is a longstanding family business. With three sites across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, we have a reputation for providing first class, high quality care.

Long before we turned our grounds into the functional care facilities they are now, these buildings already stood upon them. Merryfield Nursing Care Home is an impressive 94 years old.

The smallest of our residences, the building was originally constructed as a manor house. It has been sitting within the Witney community for nine decades. Originally called Merryfield House, the building was commissioned by Sidney Smith for the sum of £6,000, an impressive figure in the 1920s. It was architected by Oliver Hill, who was widely praised for the design of the building. Those involved said he was most concerned with how beautiful the building was, something that certainly shows. There are not many people who do not make a remark about how beautiful the Merryfield House building is when they first behold it.

In 1927, Sidney Smith and his wife Dorothy moved into the property. Who knows what the many walls of this stunning building have born witness to across all that time.

Built from strong stone and on solid ground, Merryfield stood the test of time, allowing us the privilege of turning it into a care facility in the year 1988. Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting hundreds of residents with us here. It’s an honour to own the building and to be able to invest in it now as we head into the future.

Our residents and their families love Merryfield’s arched doorways, its grey stone walls and the incredible gardens it sits within, so it was really important to us that we were in keeping with the building and the grounds it sits on when we began planning our extension, which will be completed in 2018.

Despite our extension, Merryfield Nursing Care Home will still be the smallest of our residences with 24 beds, and we happen to like it this way. Recently the Care Quality Commission reported that smaller care homes were performing better in their inspections.

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the CQC, told Care Home Professional, “We are seeing that the smaller and medium sized care homes are having much more positive ratings, in terms of Good or Outstanding, compared to the larger or very large services.”

And we can see why that might be. A smaller environment means that everyone knows one another. It increases social interaction and intimacy, and makes creating a family atmosphere and an environment that feels like a home much easier. This is something we strive towards at all three of our residences, and we know that it helps our residents to live fulfilling, happy and comfortable lives. One of our family members recently said that he is convinced that Merryfield’s was the reason his aunt made it to her 100th birthday.

“Without Merryfields caring staff and warm ambiance I doubt whether my aunt would have reached her 100th birthday. Needless to say, all the staff got together to give her a wonderful party with a delicious buffet, beautiful cake, singing, dancing and a gorgeous book of memorable photographs.”

This type of atmosphere was something we specified must always be at the heart of our property when we talked to our architects about investing in an extension on the grounds. The home must remain intimate, cosy and scenic.

We’ll have more information on our upcoming extension in the future, and hopefully there will many more careful adaptations made to our buildings and their grounds over the years, but always with careful consideration for the ambience and tone of our care homes. It’s important not just to our residents, but to Witney and to Oxfordshire, that we make sure this historical building is functional and atmospheric long into the future.

We plan on being here for a long time yet.

Bartletts, Food & Drink, Merryfield, Stone House, Wellbeing

Winter Warmers – Recipe 1 from the Peverel Court Kitchens

“First we eat, then we do everything else,” is a famous quote by MFK Fisher, a prominent American food writer. We agree with her. Mealtimes are a part of the day looked forward to by most of us, not just for the tasty grub that comes with them, but for the socialising that eating brings with it.

Most events we go to will include some sort of food, whether it’s catching up with friends or family members, weddings, birthdays and, of course, Christmas – a time when most of us will eat way more than we need to. We do this because most of us love to eat. In fact, the very success of an event or celebration often resides in whether people enjoyed what they ate. It’s the first thing people will ask you wherever you have been, even if you’ve just been on holiday. “How was the food?” they’ll say.

It’s often one of the first questions we get asked at Peverel Court Care. Family members and prospective residents want to know what type of food we serve here because it’s such an important part of a person’s life. When it comes to food, people want two things mainly, quality and choice. We’re proud to provide both of those here.

We work conscientiously to provide our residents with variety, often using food we have harvested from our very own gardens. On special occasions such as birthdays, our residents get to choose whatever they would like to eat, and we will prepare it in our kitchen or arrange for it to be delivered to them.

As an added treat, we’re now often visited by chef’s from Creed, who are one of our suppliers. They meet with our own chefs and, based on resident requests and feedback, produce a recipe on our behalf. This month they created a delicious and healthy butternut squash soup. Made from just six ingredients, it’s easy to make and incredibly satisfying. We received great feedback from our residents.

Peverel Court Care has always been about making life as enjoyable as possible, and we know that, for our residents, food contributes immensely to their happiness. Our chef’s are fantastic and always encouraged to produce inspired and tasty dishes, and anything we can do to help this inspiration we will do.

We look forward to sharing further recipes from Creed with you in the future.

Bartletts, Merryfield, Stone House

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Christmas is most people’s favourite time of year. Everything just seems better at Christmas. The season is a great opportunity to bring families and friends together, enjoy more food than one normally would, indulge in the odd party and get involved in the local community.

We love welcoming Christmas into the Peverel Court Care grounds. Our atmosphere, already cheery and peaceful, becomes even more enjoyable as our staff go out of their way to encourage the good tidings.

So far this Christmas we’ve had a musical visit from the wonderful Launton Handbell Ringers, as well as children from Stone School, who came to sing us Christmas carols.

We’re heading out and about, too. On the 16th of December some of our residents are visiting Aylesbury town to see the Christmas lights and do some shopping. Others have already visited the Methodist Chapel in Stone for their Christmas party.

Christmas is also a time for doing as much as you can for others. We’ve already made soup for the community on one occasion this December, and we’ll be doing the same again before Christmas. So far this has raised £216. Last week we held a Christmas shop and raised £225.50 for the Alzheimer’s Society by selling arts and crafts made by our residents whilst we listened to festive music. We’ve also donated some of these items to the Florence Nightingale Hospice so that they can sell them and raise money through their arts and crafts fairs.

There’s only just over a week to go, but we still have lots to look forward to, including a Christmas party on the 19th of December.

Our staff will work tirelessly between now and Christmas, often postponing their own personal preparations to make sure everything is perfectly festive for our residents. On Christmas day some of those we give care and support to will be joined by their relatives, who’ll be having their Christmas dinner with us at the home. This dinner will be specially provided and prepared by the staff of Bartlett’s Residential Care Home. In the afternoon, some of our residents will leave the grounds and spend a few hours with their families. Other relatives have told us they’re coming to visit us at our premises on Christmas morning instead.

It’s always a busy time, but it’s always the best time. Our staff go out of their way to make sure that every one of our residents has a jolly festive period, full of all the delights you’d expect to find in any home at this time of year. We’d like to extend a special thank you to our staff, who’ll be working to take care of our residents all across the Christmas period, and to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas from all of us at Peverel Court Care.


Merryfield, Safeguarding

Merryfield House Nursing Home receives excellent review

We’re delighted to announce that Merryfield Nursing Home has received an excellent review of our services after an inspection by Oxfordshire County Council.

The Monitoring Officer, who uses a traffic light system to rate care homes in the area on the quality of the services provided, marked Merryfield House as green, the best possible, across every single one of their monitored categories. These include ‘Safeguarding’, ‘Leadership and Management’ and ‘Health and Safety’.

Though it’s vital that we are performing well under every single category, we were most pleased at the comments we received about the personalisation of our care.

At Peverel Court Care, we recognise that every one of the people we care for is different. Whilst some of them like to be social and join in activities, others do not. Some like to watch TV in communal rooms, others like to read quietly in their bedrooms or watch their television in private. This means that people should not be receiving the exact same care package, because to give the best care we should be tailoring their care to their own personal preferences.

We work hard in all of our care homes to make sure that our staff recognise the importance of personalisation for all of our residents. It’s something that we promote from the induction of new staff, and that everyone must take responsibility for – from frontline care staff up through to management. For example, if someone we care for has a nickname they prefer, we expect everyone who works in our home to address this resident by their chosen name. These little touches mean the world to people. Nobody wants to feel like a number.

We were happy to see that Oxfordshire County Council recognised the work we put into personalisation. They noted our ‘My Story’ documents, which contain detailed information about our residents and their childhood, their social interests and religious beliefs – even their preferred appearance. This information helps us to make sure our residents are living their lives as they would want to if they were in their own homes. Where possible, we accommodate everyone’s wishes. For example, if we know a lady likes having her hair cut in a certain way, but she reaches a point where she can’t communicate this as well because of dementia or Alzheimer’s, we can refer to these notes and make sure the lady is happy.

On the day the Monitoring Officer from Oxfordshire County Council attended Merryfield House, our Activities Coordinator was taking part in a morning activity of reminiscence with some of our residents. This involves selecting props personal to individuals and their past, then discussing these items in a group. This exercise is a great stimulation for our residents, who enjoy telling each other tales from their past as much as they enjoy listening to one another. The Monitoring Officer was moved enough by this activity to mention it in her report.

Operating a safe and comfortable care home takes a lot of work from lots of people. The lives of individuals are in our hands. Allowing officials into our grounds is a scary but exhilarating experience. For us, it’s a chance to show the officials the excellent care that we are providing, as well as the happiness of our residents and our staff.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the management and staff of Merryfield House Nursing Home for their outstanding work.

Bartletts, Merryfield, Stone House

Five of the best things about Peverel Court Care

We know that often people are searching for care in a crisis situation; their loved one has been taken ill and it’s obvious that they can no longer take care of themselves.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the best aspects of Peverel Court Care. We think we’re the next best thing for your relative; a home away from home. We hope you’ll agree with us.

Beautiful surroundings

Merryfield Nursing Care Home is in Oxfordshire and our other two homes, Bartlett’s Residential Care Home and Stone House Nursing Care Home, are both in Buckinghamshire. All three of our residences are set within acres of beautiful land and surrounded by well-tended gardens. That means that incredible outdoor beauty is never far away.

As well as this, our buildings are impressive in themselves. We work incredibly hard to make sure that our care homes are a comfortable, beautiful place to live.

Fully furnished en-suite rooms

All of our bedrooms are fully furnished and come with en-suites. All residents have an electric bed, television and Sky TV, and there’s internet connection throughout all of our care homes for both residents and their visiting family members. There are also iPads and easy Skype access, so that residents can stay in touch with family who live far away.

Where possible, we like to personalise accommodation, so we invite them to bring their own furniture. We’ll then do our best to alter the décor in their room so that it matches their own personal style and taste.

Religious services

We can cater for the religious beliefs of your family member. Once a month a Church Minister travels to Stone House to visit some of our Catholic ladies, but we’ll do our best to make arrangements for your relative no matter what their religion.

Paul D, our local vicar, has said of our services: “I visit Stone House about once a month and take communion to five ladies who live there. I am always impressed with how well cared for they are. Its obvious when you enter the building it is run by caring and devoted staff.”

Skilled and friendly care team

Our staff are skilled, capable and supported, but we don’t only recruit based on the qualifications and experience. For us, it’s just as important that our staff have the right core values. During our recruitment process we get to know our applicants to make sure that providing care and support is something they’re passionate about. It’s the only way to make sure that we’re providing the best care. If your relatives live with us, you can be sure they are being looked after by people who are not only qualified, highly skilled and talented, but also compassionate and genuinely kind hearted.

Personalised care

For our residents, nothing is too much. We provide a range of activities to keep them entertained and offer hairdressing and physiotherapy services. We also provide meals prepared from fresh, local produce, which your family member can choose to eat in their room or in our communal lounge. When you visit you can eat with them, too!

Personalised care packages and services are something we’re incredibly proud of. We’ll do everything we can to make sure your loved one feels happy, comfortable and at home. We can even, on occasion, accommodate pets.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the services we offer or you would like to come in and get to know us a little bit better, please get in touch with us through our contact us page.


Careers at Peverel Court Care

Careers ConceptPeverel Court Care is renowned for its compassionate and caring philosophy, which has allowed us to set a benchmark in exceptional elderly care. The history of Peverel Court Care goes back to 1986, when a former nurse at Brighton General Hospital acquired Stone House and converted it to Stone House Nursing Home.

Stone House quickly established a reputation for personalised care and high standards. This paved the way for Merryfield House Nursing Home, followed by Bartlett’s Residential Care Home. The three homes have been consistently rated excellent by national and local regulators, but this amazing achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the diligence and hard work of our staff.

Staff matters

Peverel Court Care realises the importance of well-trained and dedicated staff. We believe in constant staff development and training at the three homes, which are managed by efficient and empathetic registered nurses.

Investing in staff development and training helps us achieve our vision of exceptional elderly care while making sure our staff enjoy job satisfaction and are happy with their work and the amazing results they achieve. It also allows us to identify elite performers, who are crucial to our success.

We welcome you

Peverel Court Care is passionate about delivering superior personalised care. We believe in finding, developing and retaining the brightest talent in the care industry so that we establish a benchmark in premium care. Each one of us takes pride in setting a high-quality standard of care and finding happiness looking after our wonderful residents.

Besides an outstanding working environment and continuous training and development, we also make sure our team members enjoy a range of benefits. You can look forward to:

  • Attractive remuneration package.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Company contribution to your pension.
  • Reward and recognition schemes.
  • Long service award.
  • Relocation allowance.
  • Company-sponsored professional and academic qualifications.

If you are keen to join forces with us to create the ultimate Peverel Court Care experience, contact us to find the latest vacancies. Alternatively, check out our LinkedIn profile to learn more about the exciting and fulfilling job opportunities we have for chefs, nurses, carers, activity co-ordinators and housekeepers.


Merryfield Nursing Home embraces the community of #Witney

unspecifiedLocated in the heart of the Cotswolds in Witney, Merryfield Nursing Home oozes character and charm. It was constructed in 1922, and boasts an informal and friendly ambience, with an emphasis on exceptional elderly care.

Merryfield Nursing Home believes exceptional care goes beyond the four walls of the care home. That is why the home has forged a strong relationship with the #Witney community, whose history dates back to the Iron Age and Roman settlement.

Enthralling history of #Witney

Queen Emma endowed the Bishops of Winchester an estate in Witney in 1044, and this ownership was listed in the Domesday Book. A palace was constructed next to the parish church, and a street in the estate was named after the queen. It was called Queen Emma’s Dyke, a reference to the granting of the estate.

#witney blanket industry is legendary, and records from 1277 show that there was at least one fulling or cloth mill in the area. By the Middle Ages, Witney had turned into a market town with a flourishing blanket and glove making industry. The last blanket mill in the area shut in 2002.

Today, Witney’s famous blanket industry is showcased at the Cogges Manor Farm Museum, where visitors can get an insight into the blanket market, which saw blankets being exported to American Indians in exchange for pelts and furs.

Present-day Witney is a thriving, close-knit community that hosts many events for visitors and the local communities.

Events at #Witney

The vibrant neighbourhood of Witney has many events to keep people entertained. Some of the wonderful events in the area include:

Natural History on the Evenlode

Combe Mill

17th April 2016 from 10am to 5pm

Free Canal Boating

Anglo Welsh Boat Centre

17th April 2016

#Witney Beer Festival

St. Mary’s Church

30th April 2016


Finstock Village Hall

7th May 2016 from 8pm to 11:45pm

Craft Day @CoggesWitney

7th May 2016 from 10am to 4pm

#WMF2016 – Witney Music Festival

27th May 2016 to 7th June 2016

Free Vintage Bus Rides

First and third Sundays of the month

Near Woodstock, Oxfordshire


The quintessential beauty of the Cotswolds

Merryfield Nursing HomeLocated in the midst of the Cotswolds, Merryfield Nursing Home provides personalised and exceptional elderly care. The informal and friendly ambience of the nursing home coupled with the surrounding beauty can be soothing, rejuvenating and relaxing not just for our residents but also for their relatives and friends.

The Merryfield advantage

Merryfield Nursing Home is a Cotswold manor that has distinctive charm and character. Built in 1922, the manor has been discerningly converted into a residential nursing home for the elderly, and is equipped to provide world-class care to residents with varying needs.

Besides the exceptional elderly care that Merryfield is renowned for, it also provides an opportunity to imbibe the mesmerising beauty of the surrounding Cotswolds.

The undulating “wolds” run through five counties, including Oxfordshire, and offer a range of attractions and activities throughout the year. @CDCTourism provides constant updates and the latest news on the activities and happenings in the Cotswolds.

The magnetic appeal of the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds offers something for everyone. Spending a day here can be relaxing, thrilling and exciting. You can take a walk and explore the rolling hills, wildflower meadows and ancient woodlands peppered with farmland that is divided by the historic Cotswold stone walls.

The lush countryside boasts some of the finest gardens and arboretums in the country. Hidcote Manor Gardens, close to Chipping Campden, is renowned for its stunning beauty, and Sezincote will leave you entranced with its vibrant design.

The Cotswolds’ amazing history is revealed through its numerous museums, and each boasts its own individual charm and character. The Cotswolds Woollen Weavers and the award-winning Corinium Museum can be enlightening and relaxing.

Be sure to take a ride on the Cotswold heritage steam railway, which will take you from Toddington to Cheltenham as it meanders through the glorious countryside.

The Cotswolds has a huge variety of attractions, and @CotswoldsInfo is a repository of information that reveals the allure of the region.

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