British Food Fortnight

British Food Fortnight starts on Saturday 23rd September and up and down the country organisations, supermarkets and businesses will celebrate, putting British produce at the heart of their campaigns.

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Carnival fun at Ashridge Court

On Thursday 24th August, residents and staff had a ball for their Carnival Extravaganza day. The Garden Lounge was decorated with balloons, bunting and Carnival masks, hand-made by the residents.

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Henpower at Parkfield

Parkfield House Nursing Home in Uxbridge, became one of the 40 homes across the UK to be part of project HenPower. This innovative project was created from the Equal Arts Charity, with their aim being ‘henergising older people’s lives’. The Charity created the idea from a 12-month study by Northumbria University in 2012-13. Results from the study revealed that hen-keeping improved not only the health and well-being of older people, but reduced depression and loneliness in care homes. (reference https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/28/hen-keeping-therapy-older-people)

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Grosvenor Unit at Tunbridge Wells

The Grosvenor unit at Tunbridge Wells has been transformed, with four new display areas for the dementia residents. It includes two corner shops complete with pre decimalisation till and replica every day products from 50’s onwards.

These displays promote mental stimulation from a period in the residents lives that are most prevalent to them. With many kinds of dementia, it is the long-term memory that comes to the fore and the displays are there to help relieve some of the anxieties that also come with dementia. The new café area which was created for some of our residents who find other areas a little too noisy, now have a quieter area of the unit to enjoy and it is already being used by these residents when it comes to meal times.

To find out more about the facilities Tunbridge Wells Care Centre can offer, visit the website here.

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Memorial Service at Maples

On Sunday 25th June, Maples held its first memorial service of thanksgiving and remembrance. Local vicar Sue and assistant Jo, led the service, both of whom are regular visitors to the home.

Family and friends of residents who had passed in the past year were invited to the home to remember their loved ones. Everyone joined in on the short service of prayers, lit candles of remembrance and were invited to place a heart with their relative/friend on the memorial wall.

Tea and a beautiful hand-made cake was then served to all visitors, with many relatives taking time out to visit other residents on each unit to say hello.

A wonderful afternoon filled with memories of those residents the home has lost, they will always be remembered.

Visit Maples website for more information about the home and the friendly, caring staff.

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Trip down Memory Lane…

On the 19th June, Barty House resident Olive, took a trip down memory lane and went to visit Hollingbourne Primary School.

For the duration of her working life, Olive had been a school teacher working in Tottenham, London. She had a small break to have her two daughters and then had a list of things to go off and do with her life once they started school themselves. Except the day after her last child went to school Olive got a telephone call asking her if she would like to come back to work, and she just couldn’t turn it down.

Olive visited four classes at Hollingbourne where the children were eagerly waiting with lots of questions for her! Olive had all the answers and even sang a little song that she remembered singing to her own class. It was a wonderful experience for both Olive and the children, both learning from each other.

Read on about the changes Olive noticed when visiting the school, on the Barty House website.

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Care Home Open Day – what the homes got up to!

Care Home Open Day on Friday 16th June, gave local friends and residents the opportunity to see the fantastic facilities at Canford Healthcare homes across the country. Meeting with the Home Manager and extended team for a personable first experience. Each home pulled out all the stops with a great selection of entertainment.

Follow the links below to find out what our homes did on the day to celebrate.

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Care Home Open Day

To mark National Care Home Open Day, Canford Healthcare Homes across the country will open their doors to the public. Welcoming visitors into each home to showcase the facilities, high standards of care and offering a chance to meet some of the residents. Each home is pulling out all the stops with a great selection of entertainment, from a Mad Hatter’s Tea party to a Rock N Roll themed diner/disco.

Care Home Open Day gives the chance for local friends, family and residents the chance to see the fantastic facilities at the homes, as well as meeting with the Home Manager and extended team for a personable first experience in the each home.

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100th Birthday Celebrations at Cedars

Cedars resident, Reg (known as Pops) celebrated his 100th birthday on Tuesday 6th June!

All the residents and staff celebrated with bucks fizz, birthday cake and music from the ‘2 Johns’ orchestra. Reg was also paid a special visit from the postman, delivering his card from the Queen.

A big happy birthday from all of us at Cedars. Please watch a short video showing Reg’s time spent at the home.

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Getting the Cedars Garden Ready for Summer

Cedars Care Home Manager Victor, along with Wendy, Debbie and Nicky, have been busy in the Cedars garden, making sure it is in tip-top condition for the summer. There have been lots of lovely comments from residents and families and their hard work has certainly paid off. 

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