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.

Social Care & Society

The importance of being involved

Over the next few weeks there aren’t many people in the country who won’t be watching the Euros 2016.

Whether you’re a regular football fan or not, there’s something special about the World Cup and the Euros. Everyone, sport lovers and the usually uninterested, seems unable to resist getting behind the boys as they go head to head with other great nations on the field.

At Peverel Court Care we’re as enthusiastic as the rest of the nation by the footballing festivities. Our residents and our staff are extremely excited by the idea that England might win the competition, though we have had, and continue to have, residents who weren’t born here living with us.

We know how important it is for the mental health and wellbeing of our residents to be included in activities they would participate in if they were still in their own homes. The Euros is a small part of that. In their own homes, residents would be able to choose whether they wanted to watch the football or not, and in which atmosphere they wished to participate. Giving our residents these same choices is extremely important. For us, it’s about making sure they don’t feel as though there are things they can’t do, and we would hate for them to feel forced into anything either.

We know that many residents will use their own televisions in the privacy of their rooms to watch (or avoid) the competition. Every room in our luxury accommodation comes fully furnished with a television and optional Sky TV.

If they would prefer a group atmosphere, our residents can also choose to put the football matches on in our spacious, specially designed lounges.

And for those who want to get a little bit more involved, we’re making sure that there is plenty of football related fun happening whilst the competition is taking place. Last week our activities coordinator arranged for our residents to decorate paper flags in the shapes and colours of all of the teams. Many of our residents chose to take part in this activity, which was wonderfully social and communal.

We’d like to wish everyone taking part in the Euro 2016 tournament the very best of luck. We at Peverel Court Care will enjoy watching you and taking part in the festivities with the rest of the country. Whatever happens, whether our team wins or not, the Euros will bring our residents and their families together in great spirits. We’re very grateful for that.

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