Community, Events, Outings

Giving our communities a BOOST

 

At the heart of our core values is care for the communities that our care homes are part of. Read on to find out more about our latest initiative to strengthen the ties between Peverel Court Care and Age UK.

 

Being part of a care community is something we are very proud of at Peverel Court Care. We take every opportunity to engage with organisations and individuals in our localities who can enrich the lives of our residents or who can benefit from the many events and activities we arrange. It is the feeling of being part of such a vibrant community that makes living in a Peverel Court Care Home so special.

 

Our partnership with Age UK Buckinghamshire

We partnered with Age UK Buckinghamshire at the beginning of 2023 after Preet Shergill, our Associate Director, met with Mark Russell, CEO of Age UK Buckinghamshire. Recently, Allicia Maclean joined Age UK Buckinghamshire as their Community Engagement Manager and Allicia visited us to tell us about the BOOST programme.

BOOST sits alongside Age UK Buckinghamshire’s Befriending Plus Service and is aimed at older people who are isolated and lonely. It enables individuals who join the programme to develop peer-to-peer friendships with those in similar situations, and access local community groups or activities like those we provide at Peverel Court Care.

 

Sharing the joy of a festive theatre trip

We loved the idea of getting involved with the BOOST programme, and our planned trip to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre to see the 1938 classic, A Christmas Carol, was an ideal way to kick off our involvement in BOOST. 

Four members of our local community who are part of the BOOST programme, alongside Age UK Buckinghamshire volunteer Tricia, joined our residents from Bartlett’s and Stone House for this festive outing.

Tricia said of the Theatre trip:

We took some of our BOOST clients to the Christmas Theatre screening of ‘A Christmas Carol’. It was a real treat and a fantastic opportunity for our clients to meet in a safe and supportive space, reminiscing about Christmases past whilst enjoying the performance. It was great to see our BOOST clients get excited about socialising and it was thoroughly enjoyed by them all. Thank you Peverel Court Care for inviting us.

 Our residents Patrick and Pearl said:

I hadn’t seen that film in a long time, it was great to enjoy it again with friends and mince pies!

 

I enjoy going to the theatre. I like that Christmas film, it was good to watch it again. I ate a lot of chocolate! [laughing] 

 We are planning more participation in the BOOST programme in 2024 which will be a mixture of outings and in-house events at our care homes. Like the theatre trip, all will continue to be funded by Peverel Court Care in addition to our monthly donation to assist with Age UK Buckinghamshire’s community work.

 

Why is community so important to us?

In the past care homes have been viewed as standalone facilities in some communities and there has been little engagement between residents or their care home neighbours. This goes completely against what we believe, which is that the best care homes should be the vibrant heart of our communities. 

We have a huge amount to offer people of all ages within our care communities, all focused around the simple but vital joy of social interaction. Whether it’s Debutots visiting us for some preschool fun, or our sports, arts, music or animal therapy events, all provide the chance to bring the community into our care homes and spark interactions for everyone involved which boost wellbeing and mental health.

Being engaged with and forming mutually beneficial relationships with neighbours and friends within Buckinghamshire is transformative for all who engage in the initiatives we are involved with, which alongside our partnership with Age UK Buckinghamshire includes our sponsorship of a local football team and our partnership with Aylesbury Homeless Action Group.

 

Combatting isolation and loneliness

Being connected to others is something we all need as human beings, and we should never underestimate the damage of feeling cut off from each other. None of us can forget what the isolation of COVID entailed and the negative effects so many people endured as a result, which proves just how vital promoting and supporting social interaction is for us all.

We are all potentially at risk of isolation and loneliness, the effect of which on mortality is comparable to the impact of well-known risk factors such as obesity, and has a similar influence as cigarette smoking (Holt-Lunstad, 2010). Loneliness is also associated with an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke (Valtorta et al, 2016), it increases the risk of high blood pressure (Hawkley et al, 2010), and lonely individuals are also at higher risk of the onset of disability (Lund et al, 2010).

Christmas is often strongly related to people feeling acutely lonely and isolated, especially if they live on their own. Age UK wrote about this in their recent blog, ‘Looking out for loneliness this winter’, and we know through our connections at Age UK Buckinghamshire that they are encouraging anyone in our localities who is feeling lonely to get in touch with them.

We would also signpost any older person who is feeling alone to The Silverline, which is run by Age UK, Independent Age and the useful advice the NHS offer. Know too that if you are near to one of our Peverel Court Care Homes, our door is always open.

 

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, Community, Events

Bartlett’s charity walk for Age UK

On 15th September 2023 at 2pm, Bartletts residents and staff are taking part in a charity walk around the home to help fundraise for Age UK.

Peverel Court Care is proud to sponsor Age UK Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Age UK is a well-known charity dedicated to supporting older adults, promoting well-being and tackling loneliness and isolation. They offer a wide range of services including befriending, social activities and practical assistance, which aligns perfectly with our focus on providing holistic care to our residents.

As you know, our mission extends beyond providing exceptional care services to our residents. We believe in supporting and enriching the lives of those in need around us. This partnership allows us to extend our reach and work together with these organisations, combining our efforts for a greater collective impact.

Please join us in supporting Age UK by sponsoring us on our JustGiving page. Together, we can create a positive impact and bring about meaningful change.

Bartletts, Events, Food & Drink, Wellbeing

Enjoying Cheese and Wine Tasting

 

We love sensory experiences for our residents and we’ve taken this to a new level thanks to our partnership with wine professional Kelly Sullivan. Read on to find out more about our inaugural event with Kelly where some of our residents living with dementia enjoyed delicious wines and cheeses from around the world.

 

A few weeks ago our residents at Bartlett’s participated in our first Cheese and Wine Tasting event as part of our new partnership with wine professional Kelly Sullivan.

We’ve partnered with Kelly to build on the work we do around promoting sensory stimulation across Peverel Court Care Homes. We aim to provide sensory stimulation regularly and in a variety of ways, including using everyday sounds, foods, objects and other items to awaken the senses and elicit a positive response or feeling. This contributes to improved quality of life, one of our core commitments to everyone who lives with us.

 

Sensory support for our residents living with dementia

Sensory support is especially beneficial for people who are living with dementia because it can help the person to live in the moment and interact with their current surroundings. Studies have shown that when done on a regular basis, sensory stimulation can be helpful in supporting memory loss. It can also improve daily functioning and other cognitive symptoms when all five senses are engaged and different ways to communicate can be explored.

 

 

Our first Cheese and Wine Tasting

Some of our lovely residents at Bartlett’s – Denis, Paul, Rosemary, John, Barbara, June and Doug – joined Kelly in the upstairs lounge where Kelly provided all of the cheeses and wines to try, sharing insights and knowledge of where they were sourced from as part of an eclectic round-the-world sensory experience. 

John chose to sit close to the window, overlooking views of the Chilterns, as he drank the wine and ate the cheeses independently, while Denis was pleased to learn about the various wines and the different countries they originated from, asking Kelly if she had visited any vineyards in New Zealand before. 

Paul reminisced while drinking wine with his friends. He was very engaged in the activity, keen to share his own knowledge and learn more from Kelly by asking various questions regarding locations and temperatures. Paul told us he enjoys wine and would like to do this activity again.

 

 

Why we will be doing more events with Kelly

We found that all of our ladies and gentlemen who shared the Cheese and Wine event with Kelly were very happy and keen to participate. This was a fabulous experience because our residents could be independent in a relaxed, adult-focused activity that some had enjoyed in their earlier life, exercise choice about what they wanted to taste, and experience both sensory enjoyment and supportive conversation.

Paul said: 

“I have visited many vineyards with friends, so it was nice to share stories with Kelly. It was a lovely experience – we all had a good time and the wines were very nice.” 

John said: 

“It was very nice to sit around with everyone enjoying fine wines – I really enjoyed myself. They went down very easily!” [laughing]

 

About Kelly

Kelly is a trained wine professional who has worked as a wine writer for various leading publications including Good Housekeeping, Decanter and Stylist. Kelly’s years of experience and deep passion for wine helped her to guide our residents through the tasting experience, supporting everyone to appreciate the intricate flavours and stories behind each bottle.

 

 

We caught up with Kelly to ask her some questions about her passion for wine and her work:

 

Kelly, what ignited your passion for wine and led you to becoming a wine professional?

Kelly: “Everyone has that one great bottle of wine that piques their interest and sparks a passion for wine. I was working in publishing at the time and doing weekly blind tastings for a magazine. I decided to take my professional wine exams to sharpen my knowledge and as a result it led me down a path of sharing my passion with other wine lovers and making wine more accessible for everyone.”

 

How did you choose the wines to share at our wine event?

Kelly: “To kickstart our series of wine tastings, I went with a ‘classic styles’ theme. This way we know there are styles in there that everyone will like or at the very least will have tried as it opens up conversation and makes it less daunting.

My selection of wines was based on reliable and popular producers, so I could guarantee quality. I chose approachable wines I felt the residents would enjoy.”

 

How did you choose the cheeses to pair with the wines? 

Kelly: “I chose the cheese based on what would best complement the wines and enhance their flavours. I wanted to find as many local, British cheeses as I could and to share the stories behind them.”

 

What are the benefits for people living in care homes from having Cheese and Wine Tasting events?

Kelly: “Cheese and wine tastings are a great thing to do in groups. It brings people together, opens discussions and gets you thinking, especially when you’re trying to pinpoint different tasting notes.”

 

What do you like most about engaging with our residents during these events?

Kelly: “The residents always have great stories to share about wines they have tried and the styles they love. It’s really interesting hearing their life stories and getting to know them better.”

 

What advice would you give care homes who want to engage their residents in sensory experiences like Cheese and Wine Tasting?

Kelly: “I would really encourage it. It’s a nice thing to do with an afternoon and it really engages the senses. I would advise care homes to make it accessible to residents by ensuring residents have the best set up and help they need.”

 

Many thanks to Kelly for a really positive experience for our residents at Bartlett’s. We look forward to hosting more Cheese and Wine Tasting events with Kelly soon.

 

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”

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.”

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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!”

Bartletts, Community, Intergenerational, Wellbeing

A visit from Green Ridge Academy pupils to Bartlett’s

Why?

Benefits of Intergenerational Activities

As care specialists, improving the quality of life for our residents is our core commitment. Activity helps to sustain both physical and mental health. Intergenerational activities have been proven to energise older adults and give a sense of purpose, especially when they’re 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.

 

Who?

Mr. Aaron Wanford – Head Teacher
Green Ridge Primary Academy

At Green Ridge we aim to provide an exciting, broad and engaging curriculum, which encourages our children to become confident and resilient life-long learners. We want our children not just to achieve, but to exceed expectations and attain the very best results they can, academically, creatively and personally. We offer a safe, nurturing and creative learning environment, which enables us to ensure our children are supported, challenged, inspired and motivated through a breadth of learning experiences and opportunities. We aim to develop trusting, strong and sustaining partnerships with families and the wider local community.

Green Ridge Academy Website

 

Outcome

Residents at Bartlett’s Residential Home, welcome pupils from Green Ridge Primary Academy as part of our programme to build intergenerational relationships.

Our residents are delighted to be visited by some of the pupils, and we have seen the engagement between our residents and the students growing each month. This is something we are really passionate about at Peverel Court, and we will continue to partner with local organisations in order to benefit our residents.

After the students sang a selection of songs from Bob Marley to their school hymns, they had an opportunity to have a juice and chat with the residents. Everyone had a lovely time, with residents clapping and cheering “bravo, bravo” as the students finished singing. Everyone was asking when they would be visiting again!

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.

 

Testimonials

Resident – Georgina R:

What did you think of the experience? – “They were so good! I was cheering and clapping bravo! I was very impressed!” [laughing]

Would you like to experience it again? – “Yes I would, it is lovely to see them.”

Resident – Janet F:

What did you think of the experience? – “They were a joy to watch! It was lovely for them to visit regularly, I really enjoyed it, bless them!”

Would you like to experience it again? – “Yes, definitely. They were very sweet, their singing was very good!”

Resident – Beryl C:

What did you think of the experience? – “They were lovely, I enjoyed meeting them today!”

Would you like to experience it again? – “Yes, I would, their singing was lovely, I even joined in on some of the songs!” [laughing]

 

 

 

Bartletts, Events, Wellbeing

Mortimer Alpacas – Bartlett’s Residential Care Home

The benefits of Animal Therapy in Care Homes

Why?

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

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

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

Who?

https://mortimer-alpacas.co.uk/ 

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

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

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

Outcome

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

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

Testimonials 

Resident – Janet:

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

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

Resident – Rosemarie:

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

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

Resident – Jill:

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

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

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