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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

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.

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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