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Each month, we will be sharing a range of stories, information and opinion on topics relating to older people. We would love you to get involved in these discussions so please do log on and post your comments and questions. If you have suggestions for future blog posts, please get in touch.

Irene’s story

From loss and financial struggle, on a journey towards friendship and support, Irene's story shows how Brendoncare Clubs makes a real difference to the lives of club members.

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Celebrating 35 years of care, friendship and community, Chief Executive

Celebrating 35 years of care, friendship and community

2019 is our 35th birthday year, and we have been marking the milestone with a series of celebrations and special fundraising challenges. In this month’s blog, Brendoncare’s Chief Executive, Carole Sawyers looks back over our birthday year so far.

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The Truth About Making a Will

Remember a Charity in Your Will Week runs from 9th to 15th September 2019. This month's blog post looks at some of the common myths and misconceptions around making a will.

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Crafting a Better Care Environment, Activities Coordinator

Crafting a Better Care Environment

There is always lots going on in our care homes. Each home is committed to providing a wide range of activities, and arts and crafts prove consistently popular. Emily Heath, Activities Co-ordinator at Brendoncare Alton, shares her thoughts on how "everything is possible" when it comes to craft activities, with just a little thought and preparation.

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I ache, I’m sore, but I did it!

Trish Harris, Home Manager, at Brendoncare Chiltern View in Stone, ran an amazing 14 half-marathons in 14 days, to increase awareness for people living with dementia, and to raise money for activities and improvements at Chiltern View. This is her personal account of those 14 days.

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The Importance of Care

“I have good thoughts for this HOME, it is important to me. I share it with many others and I consider the staff to be the integral service that gives the quality of ‘our care’.”

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National Care Home Open Day 2019

Come and join us at a Brendoncare home near you, on Friday 28th June for National Care Home Open Day. Each of Brendoncare’s homes is looking forward to welcoming visitors with a range of different activities, as well as providing the opportunity to meet and chat with staff and managers.

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Fibre – Are You Getting Enough?

Good health stems from good dietary habits. Read how fibre can affect your health in many ways.

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In celebration of International Nurses Day, meet the Park Road nursing team!

With 86 years of nursing experience between them, meet the nursing team at Brendoncare Park Road!

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Side by side

On International Nurses Day, we meet two nurses, past and present, both currently at Brendoncare Stildon. Anne, a resident, is a former nurse and Jenny has been nursing at Stildon for fifteen years.

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Helpful Tips When Working With People With Dementia

This month we wanted to share a list of helpful tips for those working with and caring for people with dementia.

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Benefits of Gardening For Our Ageing Population

As we enter our twilight years, it’s the perfect time to engage in stimulating activities that promote wellbeing, whilst also providing a fun workout – gardening certainly ticks all those boxes!

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Ten Things To Do This Christmas

This month, we’ve compiled a list of activities across Hampshire and Dorset for older people to do during the Christmas season.

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Thank you Stildon

The staff ensure residents are comfortable and happy whilst promoting independence. This is a valuable thing to see as a student nurse.

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FAQs on Care Home Funding and Finance

Brendoncare’s Chief Financial Officer, Rachel McIlroy, answers some common questions on funding and finance within the sector.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

It was wonderful to see people come to life talking about their past.

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Nursing - why do it?

International Nurses Day
12th May 2018

Nursing is so much more rewarding than I imagined; life enriching and a constant learning curve - I love it!

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Care home entertainment

To see a care home resident suddenly light up…is absolutely magic!

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My journey to becoming a care home manager

This is a personal story, my journey to becoming a care home manager.

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It’s not all about the money!

A fundraising challenge gives me an opportunity to do something that pushes me out of my comfort zone.

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Care homes – a positive choice?

Care homes are as individual as the people who live in them.

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Working at The Old Parsonage

I try to make each person a priority, giving them the time and attention they deserve.

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What to eat for good bone health

How to get the best from your diet to help ward off osteoporosis.

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Defeated by the Park Road Bandits

Would anybody like to join us for a game of Scrabble or a hand of Rummy?

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Benefits of exercise in older age

Getting active is not just about adding years to your life, it’s about adding life to your years.

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Experience isn’t everything, HR Manager

Experience isn’t everything

It’s more than using the right words like dignity, respect and choice; it’s about talking with passion about older people.

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Confronting a diagnosis of dementia,

Confronting a diagnosis of dementia

I used to live in Pimlico, London with my wife. I still live there now, by myself.

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Forging links with the local community, Chief Executive

Forging links with the local community

Care Home Open Day is a national event taking place this year on Friday 16 June.

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A Two-Way Street,

A Two-Way Street

As a volunteer, you can play a vital role in providing a friendly environment where members have fun, make friends and feel welcome.

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Hats off to nurses everywhere!, Head of Care Services

Hats off to nurses everywhere!

International Nurses Day

In honour of International Nurses Day I wanted to take time to celebrate all the good things that the nurses I work with do everyday to make our residents’ days well lived.

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Understanding what makes people tick

International Nurses Day

Understanding what makes people tick means I can manage and respond to residents’ needs and care for them better.

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How is it that when I left school, all I ever wanted to be was an architect and I ended up nursing?,

How is it that when I left school, all I ever wanted to be was an architect and I ended up nursing?

International Nurses Day

I feel incredibly proud to be a mental health nurse and one of the very many hardworking and committed nurses caring for vulnerable people in the world today.

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The best of both worlds, Nurse

The best of both worlds

International Nurses Day

Hand on heart, I’ve genuinely got the best work/life balance – I’m happy at work and I’m happy at home.

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10 tips for avoiding loneliness, Head of Club Services

10 tips for avoiding loneliness

With over one million older people in the UK reporting that they are chronically lonely, loneliness is a major challenge for our country. Edwin Ingleton shares his top 10 tips for avoiding loneliness.

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The important role of a home manager

I was never a very musically talented person, but I have learned to appreciate the skills of the conductor of an orchestra. “What has this to do with being a care home manager?” I hear you ask. Good question!

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