Merryfield, Portrait of a Life, Wellbeing

Portrait of Joe’s life

Learning the stories of our resident’s lives and celebrating their achievements is one of the greatest joys in all of our Peverel Court Care homes. Read on to discover more about Joe’s remarkable life.

Discovering our resident’s life stories is one of the most wonderful aspects of supporting them in their latter years. Lives that have been lived to the full, with twists and turns, achievements, joys and sadnesses, weave together to create a tapestry that is unique to each individual. We aim to celebrate this glorious individuality in everyday life in all of our care homes, with the knowledge of the person that we gain from talking to them and their family being absolutely fundamental to us providing truly person and relationship centred care.

 

Residents who’ve lived in different parts of the country and had interesting work experiences teach us a lot about what life used to be like. These are fascinating insights that our younger staff in particular are often captivated by, and Jo’s story is one such example.

 

Joe has lived at Merryfield since February 2022. He was in the Navy during the Second World War, worked at the Morris Motors car factory in Oxford and has been the lead singer in a band. Joe has kindly shared his story with us as follows:

 

 

“I was born in Rossington, Yorkshire on 25th May 1926. Rossington was a mining village near Doncaster.

 

My Mother, Fanny, lived in Yorkshire. My Father Wilfred was a coal miner whose job was known as a ‘Sinker’ because he was the first person to dig the hole in the ground. I was the eldest of three children; my brother Bill and sister Yvonne have sadly died now.

 

I went to Rossington Grammer School, a huge school where the girls and boys were separated. I enjoyed playing cricket and football and learnt to dance. When I was 13 I did junior coal mining, but my father didn’t want me to go into mining full time. I also worked on a farm harvesting. At 14 I was Head Boy and the Second World War had just broken out.

 

I have fond memories of Yorkshire and I like to chat about life there. I remember going to ‘The Pictures’ when a new cinema was built during the war. It was called The Hippodrome and about 5000 people went there a week. I went with my family regularly, there were always cowboy films, Westerns and musicals to watch. I particularly liked the cowboy films. 

 

 

 

I joined the Navy aged 16 as an Apprentice Motor Mechanic. My first ship was a minesweeper ship – it’s still a very dangerous job! I served in the Navy on three different minesweepers. I even went to Singapore, meeting Prince Phillip when he came to inspect my ship. I left the Navy in 1947 having achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. 

I then moved to Oxfordshire so I could get a job at the Morris Motors car factory with my Uncle Pete who lived in Marston, Oxford. When I moved to Marston I fell in love with the neighbour’s daughter, Aileen, and she would later become my wife. We were married in July 1949 and had three sons Peter, Paul and Phillip. Aileen and I always said it was an easy job labelling their school clothes as they were all P.Burton!

 

 

I worked in the car factory in Oxford for 34 years, leaving the job as a Superintendent of The Trim Shop in 1984. I then worked for a kitchen unit manufacturer in Abingdon for 10 years and Thames Valley Saws as a delivery driver. I eventually retired aged 86 having worked for a total of 72 years!

I have a very close relationship with my sons and my grandchildren and they all visit me regularly. I was very close to my wife; I like to talk about her and sometimes I forget that she has died.

I’ve had many hobbies and interests throughout my life including the snooker club, sports, animals and gardening. I’ve always liked cars too. As soon as I was anywhere near a car I knew my bearings and I knew how to make them go! 

Music is my biggest passion though. I was the lead singer in a band called The Wayferers. We met at the Munchery Farm Country Club and formed our band, going on to sing in clubs in and around Oxford.  One of my favourite songs is ‘Only you’ by The Platters

Joe’s wonderful story now continues with the support of our Merryfield colleagues. Joe says of living at Merryfield:


I like joining in with the activities at Merryfield, especially when singers visit, and participating in reading, painting, scrabble, bingo, and watching snooker and films. I like to go out to the pub for lunch and a pint.”

With Joe’s varied career background, we’ve been really keen to gather his thoughts on being in the military, singing in The Wayferers and what his favourite memories of Yorkshire are.

We caught up with Joe to find out more about his life and his thoughts:

 

Joe, what was life like living on a warship?

“Living on a warship was pretty rough! My memories of the Navy are that you cleaned anything that could be scrubbed and you looked shiny! You were always on high alert as you were constantly put on quick short runs of trouble. You never knew when you would get bombed – my area was a hot target for the Germans.”

What are your fondest memories of Doncaster? What was the best thing about growing up, living and working in Doncaster?

“It had a mighty good Air Force, a good town centre, a football pitch, rugby pitch and there was always something going on in the community, whether it was horse racing or special events. I remember when they opened the pictures (cinema) – it was the place to be! Doncaster was just an all-rounder of a town with lots of variety. It was a smashing town for me.”

What did you sing in The Wayferers band? 

“Oh yes the Wayfarers! [laughing]. All the songs we enjoyed singing were either Naval or what was popular at the time. People would stand up and shout song requests at us.”

Joe, having had three children, what would be your advice for parents today?

“Stay true to yourself and your personality. Try to better what your children are learning by sharing your own experiences. And know your place, especially in Yorkshire!” [laughing]

 

A huge thank you to Joe for sharing his story with us.

 

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

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, 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, Community, Stone House, Wellbeing

Pawside Puppy Visit – Bartlett’s and Stone House

The benefits of Animal Therapy in Care Homes

Why?

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 Pawside Yoga to Stone House Nursing Home.

Making invaluable connections and partnerships with organisations, such as Pawside Yoga, 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.

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.

Who?

https://pawsideyoga.co.uk/

Our Mission – Pawside Yoga

We are a friendly + welcoming group who are passionate about sparking inner peace, conversation & connection through the ancient art of yoga to create a health and fitness class whilst adding our special element combining adorable puppies with creating the most blissful experience you’ve ever been to. We are committed to creating safe spaces that are inclusive & respectful of a diverse community.

Our Values – Pawside Yoga

  • LOVE is our underlying frequency. We have a genuine love for our yogis & we are passionate about uniting humanity through our classes.
  • COMMUNITY Our people (team and students) are at the core of what we do, we strive to learn new perspectives by listening to, learning from & educating our community.
  • LEARNING We use physical practice to spark conversation, curiosity & connection to the body, mind & soul. We aim to cultivate a sacred space for diverse bodies through intentional movement & mindfulness.
  • THE INDIVIDUAL JOURNEY We aim to give you space to explore through the various aspects of yoga & then journey back with a newfound sense of self-connection & appreciation for yourself & others as well as being given the added element of the best cuddles ever with our gorgeous fur babies.
    Outcome

Feedback from residents and carers about Pawside’s visit was overwhelmingly positive, with most residents asking to hold and fuss the puppies. Their eyes lit up and smiles beamed as they saw staff enter the lounge and bedrooms with the litter. Most residents needed little encouragement to engage and ask questions during this visit. They were welcome to cuddle as many puppies as they could, with owner Shani on hand to answer any queries they had. Common questions included how old they were, how many were in the litter, how many boys/girls there were. This provided a heart-warming experience for the residents, with many reminiscing family pets, recalling their names and how long they owned them. This was a happy and expressive session that set an example for future per therapy activities at Stone House.

Testimonials from Bartlett’s

Resident – Denis J:

What did you think of the experience? – “It was great, I got to hold three puppies at once! They were so cute and soft.”

Would you like to experience it again? – “Yes, definitely, I like the animals visiting me in my room!” [laughing]

Resident – Laurie K:

What did you think of the experience? “I loved it, it made my day! The puppies were so small and cute” [laughing]

Would you like to experience it again? “Oh yes, they are welcome any time!”

Resident – Elaine A:

What did you think of the experience? “It was a nice afternoon, they were so lovely and well behaved, they fell asleep in my arms!” 

Would you like to experience it again? “Of course, it was a lovely surprise! I’d like to see them again.”

 

Testimonials from Stone House

Resident – Eunice:

What did you think of the experience? – “They were lovely and ever so cute, I really loved holding them.”

Would you like to experience it again? – “Yes, definitely, I didn’t want to give them back!” [laughing]

Resident – Sheila:

What did you think of the experience? “I loved it, I wanted to keep one!” [laughing]

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes definitely, they were so cute!”

Resident – Heather L:

What did you think of the experience? “It was lovely, I really enjoyed seeing them, my daughter just got a puppy!” 

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, of course, I really like dogs. I’ve always owned them.”

Stone House, Uncategorized, Wellbeing

The benefits of Flower Arranging in Care Homes

Stone House Nursing Home – January 2023

Who?

Bishopstone Blooms – formally Hearts and Flowers Interiors. Established in the beautiful village of Bishopstone, Deborah and her team have over 29 years of floristry and horticulture experience. (locally community business – care for our community)

www.hearts-interiors.co.uk

Why?

Making invaluable connections and partnerships with organisations, such as Bishopstone Blooms, helps to enrich the lives of those residing with us, many of those living with dementia. Activities such as flower arranging engages the senses, provides cognitive and sensory simulation, improves motor skills, and instils a sense of independence and accomplishment. It is an excellent way to preserve quality of life for a population that may struggle with finding such.

When visiting our homes, Bishopstone Blooms 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.

Outcome

Using a variety of beautiful flowers, residents enjoyed a sunny afternoon creating their own personalised flower displays in the home’s conservatory.

Getting creative with their flowers and foliage, the residents created a number of striking displays, whilst listening to music and chatting with one another over tea and biscuits.

Research has proven that there are many benefits of flower arranging for older people. As well as enabling residents to be creative and use their imagination, it also encourages use of fingers and hands and is a great stress reliever, promoting a calm atmosphere.

Our flower arranging activities provide the perfect opportunity for some of our residents to create floral displays around the home.

Testimonials

Resident – Sheila:
What did you think of the experience? “I enjoyed it, I have put the flowers with the ones my family gave me! I have a lot of them now!” [laughing] Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, thank you, I enjoy flower arranging!”

Resident – Stuart:
What did you think of the experience? “It was good thank you, I just watched, but the nice lady made flowers I could give to my wife when she visits!”
Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, I would, it was nice!”

Resident – Valerie:
What did you think of the experience? “I like flowers, so it was fun to do!”
Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, thank you, I enjoyed it! I got help doing it as well.”

Events, Merryfield, Uncategorized, Wellbeing

Wheelchair Ice-skating

Merryfield House Nursing Home

Who?

“Operated by Fusion Lifestyle, our popular ice rink in the heart of Oxford can play host to fantastic activities including Skating sessions, Skate School, plus much more!”

https://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/oxford-ice-rink/ 

Why?

Activity helps to sustain both physical and mental health. It is important that people living in care homes are able to maintain their interests and have opportunities to develop new ones. 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’s 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.  

Outcome

Esther and Joe had never experienced being on the ice before, and by the look on their faces they were having “the time of their lives” with big smiles and lots of laughter. 

Esther tried pushing herself round for a while as she wanted to give it a try, then, a member of staff, Tim, offered to take over and give her a spin. He spun her round and they went faster round the rink! Esther really enjoyed this, she was fully engaged laughing and smiling, joking with Tim.

When Joe was asked if he wanted to go ice-skating, he said “oh wow. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before, ok”. When Joseph arrived, he was pointing and laughing saying “look at all that ice”. When Martha pushed Joe’s chair round the ice-rink, he was cheering and exclaimed “woo [laughing] well done dear!”

Residents benefit from social interaction and communication. Sharing their expertise and experiences which is enjoyable for them. 

Time spent by our activity teams in discovering an individual’s passions can help them to find events which each resident would enjoy. 

Testimonials 

Residents – Esther:

What did you think of the experience? “I thoroughly enjoyed myself, that was the best trip I’ve ever had!”

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, I feel like a normal person again, I get to see the real world and get to do normal things.”  [laughing]

Resident – Joseph: 

When we asked Joe if he enjoyed himself and he said “I’m afraid I really did” [laughing] “it was lovely, thank you ever so much” [smiling]

Would you like to experience it again? “Yes, why not!” [smiling]

Bartletts, Community, Events, Merryfield, Real life, Stone House, Wellbeing

A visit from Brush Party: how art benefits our residents

A visit from Brush Party: how art benefits our residents at Peverel Court Care

 

At Peverel Court Care, we’re always looking for new and exciting activities to stimulate and engage our residents. We also love working with local businesses as part of our commitment to our company value to Care For Our Communities. So when we found out about Aylesbury-based Brush Party, who run group painting events, we knew that we had found a match made in heaven.

 

Why is art used in care homes?

Art in care homes can provide many opportunities for residents to use their imagination, make connections and reminisce. Arts participation offers a chance for residents to express themselves, learn a new skill (or return to an old one), and form a stronger sense of personal identity that can sometimes be diminished in care.

 

A visit from Brush Party

We arranged for Brush Party to visit Stone House Nursing Care Home in Aylesbury, and our residents enjoyed a fantastic fun art-based event. Afterwards, we decided to speak to Becky Carpenter from Brush Party to find out more about the business and their visit to Stone House.

 

Tell us a little about your business and how you came to be doing what you’re doing.

”Brush Party is all about giving people the opportunity to get creative and learn how to paint through fun and easy to follow step by step tuition. Since starting in 2016, we have grown enormously and are so grateful for the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people.”

 

How did you come to work with Peverel Court Care?

”Our little red van was spotted driving around Aylesbury. When we were contacted by Peverel Court Care we couldn’t wait to work with you and take our Brush Party events down a new route.”

 

What are the benefits for older adults?

”There are so many benefits to painting – it’s stress relieving, fun and also hugely rewarding. It’s such a mindful activity and yet we often find that most people are fairly nervous when it comes to picking up a paintbrush. We love being able to put people at ease and allow themselves to get creative in a fun and supportive environment.”

 

What impact and outcomes did you see for the residents?

”A lot of the residents were incredibly engaged throughout the events and seemed to really enjoy the different aspects; from singing along to the music and occasional tapping of the feet to getting involved to really understand the techniques of the different brush strokes. When speaking with the residents during the session a lot had said that they hadn’t painted for years and that it brought back fond memories for them. Some told stories of family members who were artists too and that was really lovely to hear.”

 

How did you find spending time with our residents?

”They have all been so welcoming and it’s been lovely to get to know them and listen to the stories. It’s also been amazing to see how pleased they have been with their paintings at the end of the sessions.”

 

What did you think of the art created by our residents?

”There has been a lot of fabulous artwork created by the residents, there have been lots of vibrant colours and bold brush strokes that have made each one so unique and individual.”

 

Did you hear about the art exhibition we held at Stone House after your visit?

“The staff did tell us about the art exhibition and we think this is such a fab way to showcase the wonderful work created by the residents!”

 

We asked some of our lovely residents for their feedback on the Brush Party visits:

What did you think of the experience?

Joan: “I really enjoyed it, it was relaxing!”

Rosemary: “Yes, I thought it was fun!”

 

And would you like to take part again?

Rosemary: Yes, I would! I need to improve my painting skills” [laughing]

 

After the initial visit from Brush Party, we held an exhibition at Stone House of the artworks created by our residents.

 

Stone House Art Exhibition

 

Brush Party now regularly visit all three of our award-winning care homes in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire as part of a continuing partnership.

 

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, Care Awards, Merryfield, Stone House

Lola Vintage Ice Cream Van Activity

To celebrate Peverel Court Care being recognised by carehome.co.uk as a Top 20 Care Home Group in the UK in their 2022 Awards, we hired the Lola vintage ice cream van to visit us to serve delicious ice cream to both our residents and staff. 

 

Lola, the vintage ice cream van (link to: https://www.lolaicecreamvan.co.uk/), was born in 1973. She’s been serving delicious ice creams and waffles for private events, weddings, anniversaries, special birthdays and corporate events ever since. They cater for all dietary requirements, with treats suitable for vegetarians, dairy intolerance and gluten free. 

Reminiscing about the past

Our resident Christopher James was one of many of our residents who thoroughly enjoyed trying various ice creams from the vintage van.

Christopher reminisced about working as a cold store porter for Wall’s ice cream in the 1970’s. He worked 3 summers in a row between July and September for £20 a week! He laughed explaining: “£20 a week was a lot back then!”

Christopher enjoyed the quiet village areas as he travelled between north and south Oxfordshire delivering stock. He said he preferred the ice cream back then: “it’s not as creamy as it once was!”

 

 

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 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.

Best Care Practices, Business, Care Home Recruitment, Leadership & Management, Real life, Social Care Strategy

Values based interviewing

Values based interviewing at Peverel Court Care

 

At Peverel Court Care, we are partnering with Skills for Care to embed values-based interviewing into the recruitment process across all of our care homes. This is part of a wider recruitment project, and underlines our commitment to a tried and tested method which helps enable us to demonstrate our core values in everything we do.

 

The underlying principle of taking a values-based approach to recruitment is to ensure a strong alignment between the culture and values of our business with the values and behaviours of potential members of staff. Utilising the well-established framework and processes of the values-based interviewing process gives us critical insight into whether a candidate is a good fit for our business and the values upon which we base our care service provision.

 

Values-based recruitment

Skills for Care describe values-based interviewing as:

Values-based recruitment is a values-based approach to the attraction, selection and induction of staff and volunteers which enables employers to understand an individual’s values, behaviours and motivations and assess whether they align with the values, culture and expectations of the individual or organisation.

There are five key steps involved in the successful implementation of a values-based approach, each of which plays a key part in attracting, selecting and embedding new employees to the business who will be a good fit for the values of the organisation. 

Skills for Care define these as:

  • Articulate – how the employer or organisation identifies what its values and associated behaviours are and crucially how it communicates and articulates these values and behaviours to potential and existing staff, volunteers and other stakeholders. 
  • Attract – how the employer or organisation uses its values and behaviours to target the sort of people they want to apply and to give those people a realistic preview of the culture, values and expectations of the employer in adverts, on their website and in other recruitment activities. 
  • Apply – how the employer or organisation designs its application process to ensure that candidates understand and can demonstrate the employer’s values and behaviours in the application process to encourage candidates to self-select themselves. It’s also how the employer focuses on shortlisting only those candidates who share the same values and who will fit with the culture. 
  • Assess – how the employer or organisation uses a range of selection tools including values interviews, role plays, client/person supported interactions and psychometric tests to assess whether candidates have the values, behaviours and attitudes that the employer is looking for. 
  • Assimilate – how the employer or organisation takes the information it discovers about new recruits through the assessment process and uses that information to inform the way in which the individual is inducted, supervised, trained and managed. It’s also how the employer sets clear expectations of all staff and volunteers about their behaviour in the workplace, ensuring people understand and role model that behaviour once recruited.

 

Our core values

Several years ago we invited all of our employees to complete a core values survey, where they were given the chance to rank a shortlist of suggested core values in the order which they felt was the closest match to the company they wanted Peverel Court Care to be.

The resulting values are different to those of many other organisations because they carry real weight. The entire business was involved in their creation, and they have been discussed and agreed by everyone across the organisation. This means they have total buy-in from top to bottom of the company.

Our chosen values are:

  • Resident Focus – Commitment to putting our residents first. We develop relationships that make a positive difference in our residents’ lives.
  • Passion – Care about our work and taking pride in what we do. Committed in heart and mind.
  • Integrity – We uphold the highest standards of integrity in all of our actions. Behaving with the highest levels of integrity is fundamental to who we are.
  • Service Quality – We provide an unsurpassed service that delivers exceptional care to our residents and their families.
  • Care For Our Communities – We serve and support a local experience. The unique character of each home is a direct reflection of a community’s people and culture.

 

Values-based interviewing

In line with the values-based recruitment process, at Peverel Court Care we are ensuring that our core values are a fundamental part of our recruitment process from start to finish. By ensuring that our values appear in our job adverts and role descriptions, we are facilitating a self-selection process amongst prospective applicants. 

We also utilise a number of values-based questions within our application process, re-enforcing the connection between the values we’re looking for in future employees and those by which we operate the business on a day-to-day basis.

During the interview process, we include a values-based interview, during which we’re able to further explore, and get examples of, the kinds of values which are inherent to the interviewee, and to measure how closely these align to those of the business.

Finally, as part of our onboarding and induction process, the values are further demonstrated both in terms of the standards and expectations that are communicated, but also in the way those delivering the induction exhibit the Peverel Court way of doing things.

 

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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