Community, Wellbeing

Intergenerational Days Are A Huge Success At Peverel Court Care

It all started as an experiment in Wales. Filmed for a TV programme, elderly people and children were brought together so that experts could analyse the mental health benefits for both, which it turns out were copious. Evidence suggests that intergenerational socialising increases confidence and improves language skills in children and improves the mood of elderly people.

At the same time plans were being completed to open the first nursery in Britain that shares its site with a nursing home. It opened in London in September. Bringing children and elderly people together is the latest trend in forward-thinking care provision for both.

Based on these successes, we’ve already started bringing local children and our residents together for a series of intergenerational days. We hosted one intergenerational day in August and another in November, bringing children from local Stone School to our premises to spend time with our residents and staff. We also invited the children and grandchildren of some our residents to participate in the day, which involved several games of balloon tennis, Snakes and Ladders and Fetch The Ducks. The day was a resounding success, and it will certainly be something we’ll be carrying on into the future.

The effect of the initial TV experiment and the resulting actions were so good that there are calls across the country to integrate child and elderly care permanently.We will keep an eye on how this develops over the next few years. We are and always will be about providing the best possible elderly care we can. This is our specialist area and it’s what we are good at. But if we know that something as achievable as bringing younger people onto the premises can have such a great impact on those we’re providing care for, then, of course, we will go out of our way to do it.

Our intergenerational days are part of Peverel Court Care’s ongoing commitment to offering effective care that increases the quality of life and is based on the best available evidence. Since we’re aware that there are so many benefits for our residents when they spend time with the younger generation, this is certainly something we’ll be looking to make a staple part of the provision of our care, available for any of our residents to take part in if they wish to.

And, let’s face it, it’s nice to see younger and older people coming together to make each other happy and spend quality time with one another. Perhaps these types of activities will tear down generational boundaries and pull everyone closer together.

Bartletts, Stone House

Bartlett’s and Stone House an integral part of the Aylesbury/Buckinghamshire community

Image 1Located in the heart of Buckinghamshire, Bartlett’s Residential Care Home and Stone House Nursing Care Home are an integral part of the Aylesbury and Buckinghamshire community. Both homes believe that exceptional care also involves playing an important role in the community.

Bird’s eye view of Aylesbury and Buckinghamshire

The town of Aylesbury started out as a Saxon settlement called Aegel’s burgh. After being a large village for centuries, the town transformed into an administrative centre in the medieval era.

In the 20th century, Aylesbury got its first museum and electricity supply, and by the 1950s, the town had an open-air swimming pool, a hospital and technical school. Once the town became a spillover for London, its population grew. Today, Aylesbury is a thriving town with Bourg Walk Bridge and Waterside Theatre.

Aylesbury’s location in Buckinghamshire offers easy access to the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Chiltern Hills run through the south of Buckinghamshire and attract cyclists, nature lovers and walkers. The characteristic flint and red brick buildings still stand in many parts of the Chilterns.

Embracing the local community

Both Bartlett’s and Stone House are part of the local community and make it a point to participate in as many local events as possible. This interaction not only allows our residents to mingle with the local community but also helps the community understand the role we play.

Some of the events that our residents, their families and our exceptional staff are looking forward to include:

  • Tiptoppling Wonka Hats on 8th April 2016 at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
  • Easter Holiday Fun: Teddy Bears on 8th April 2016 at Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury.
  • Tom, the play, on 9th April 2016 at Waterside Theatre.
  • Haddenham Screen, the community cinema at the Youth Community Centre in Woodways, will be screening The Lady in the Van on 12th April 2016 at 8.00pm.
  • Come and Sing on 16th April 2016 at St. Mary’s Church to support Cancer Research UK.

The vibrant and welcoming Aylesbury/Buckinghamshire community has so much to offer locals and visitors, and it is indeed a pleasure to be part of this warm and active community.

Stone House

Christmas cheer comes to Stone House Nursing Care Home

Burning lanternResidents from Stone House Nursing Care Home eagerly waited for the Christmas festivities to begin. It was a wonderful sight to see them enthusiastically make tree decorations on December 1 and then spend the entire day decorating the tree. For everyone involved it was a day filled with laughter and joy, and we have to applaud the creativity of our residents – they came up with beautiful decorations that made the tree the highlight of the home.

Christmas cheer

After the tree was decorated, it was time to think about the goodies. So, in the afternoon on December 3, our residents were busy making a pie and the Christmas cake. Everyone pitched in to give their take on both the pie and the cake, and the end results were simply delicious.

Stone House Nursing Care Home residents love music, and that is why on December 8 they, along with the staff, enjoyed some Christmas singing, while a Christmas choir performed on December 10. We loved seeing our residents swaying and tapping their toes to the songs!

Our residents also participated in a Christmas quiz; their enthusiasm was infectious, with both staff and guests joining in and testing their knowledge.

The Christmas celebrations in Stone House Nursing Care Home will climax on December 21 with a special Christmas party for the residents, followed by Christmas cake decorating on December 23. On Christmas Eve there will be a Christmas sing-along in the morning followed by the screening of a Christmas film in the afternoon.

Tickled Pink comes to Stone House

For many our residents the brilliant performance by Tickled Pink Productions was the highlight of the Christmas festivities; it was extremely interactive and had our residents laughing with joy.

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