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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.
Glad to Care Week is an opportunity to share some of the amazing stories of extraordinary care from our homes. Charlotte Gilbert, General Manager at Brendoncare Knightwood, recalls an emotional story from her home that shows the lengths our staff will go to, to provide the very best support to older people and their families.
Cooking for One volunteer David Higgins has been creating home cooking videos during lockdown. Here are links to all of the videos and recipes.
With more than 13 million people estimated to be providing unpaid care to a relative or friend, it may help to know that Brendoncare’s homes are still able to offer respite care at this time.
Friday 8 May 2020 marks 75 years since Nazi Germany’s formal surrender at the end of the Second World War. On VE (Victory in Europe) Day in 1945, millions took to the streets to celebrate peace after years of devastating war.
Born on 29th March 1908, Bob Weighton celebrates his 112th birthday today. He’ll be celebrating by staying at home in his apartment at Brendoncare Alton, and chatting to friends and family via Facetime.
We’ve created this page as a place to share some useful community information, resources and links that people have been passing on to us. Please feel free to share the link with anyone you know who may be self-isolating, either as a precaution or because they or someone in their household are ill.
During the festive period, the change in routine and expectations to have a great time can prove stressful and confusing, particularly to people living with dementia. Here are some simple steps you take to have a Christmas enjoyed by all.
This Christmas we are working hard to raise funds and awareness of the difficulties which can face older people over winter. We’d like to thank two members of the Weeke Friendship Club, Mary and Rose, for telling us about how the winter months affect them, and how their club helps to cheer them up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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’.”
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.
Good health stems from good dietary habits. Read how fibre can affect your health in many ways.
With 86 years of nursing experience between them, meet the nursing team at Brendoncare Park Road!
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.
This month we wanted to share a list of helpful tips for those working with and caring for people with dementia.
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!
This month, we’ve compiled a list of activities across Hampshire and Dorset for older people to do during the Christmas season.
The staff ensure residents are comfortable and happy whilst promoting independence. This is a valuable thing to see as a student nurse.
Brendoncare’s Chief Financial Officer, Rachel McIlroy, answers some common questions on funding and finance within the sector.
It was wonderful to see people come to life talking about their past.
Nursing is so much more rewarding than I imagined; life enriching and a constant learning curve – I love it!
To see a care home resident suddenly light up…is absolutely magic!
This is a personal story, my journey to becoming a care home manager.
A fundraising challenge gives me an opportunity to do something that pushes me out of my comfort zone.
Care homes are as individual as the people who live in them.
I try to make each person a priority, giving them the time and attention they deserve.
How to get the best from your diet to help ward off osteoporosis.
Would anybody like to join us for a game of Scrabble or a hand of Rummy?
Getting active is not just about adding years to your life, it’s about adding life to your years.
It’s more than using the right words like dignity, respect and choice; it’s about talking with passion about older people.
I used to live in Pimlico, London with my wife. I still live there now, by myself.
Care Home Open Day is a national event taking place this year on Friday 16 June.
As a volunteer, you can play a vital role in providing a friendly environment where members have fun, make friends and feel welcome.
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.
Understanding what makes people tick means I can manage and respond to residents’ needs and care for them better.
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.
Hand on heart, I’ve genuinely got the best work/life balance – I’m happy at work and I’m happy at home.
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.
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!