Brendoncare was founded in 1984 by Sir Ronald Gibson, a GP who championed the rights of older people. His firm belief was that they were let down by society and he was determined to change that. In the early days, The Brendoncare Foundation included Woodhayes (Exeter), The Old Parsonage (Otterbourne) and Froxfield (near Marlborough), and in 2006, Brendoncare merged with another charity, Club Hampshire, to establish the Brendoncare Clubs service. The organisation has grown considerably since then, and now impacts the lives of over 2000 older people across the South of England.
In its 35 years, Brendoncare has developed its care homes to offer a full range of services including nursing, residential, dementia, respite and end of life care. It also offers housing with care to enable individuals and couples to remain living together. Brendoncare provides an extensive community based service to support people living at home, preventing loneliness and isolation seven days of the week. Most recently, it was the first organisation in the UK to combine these services under one roof to offer families living with dementia a future together whilst being supported. The Foundation’s aim is to always meet people’s needs, and to adapt as they change.
Brendoncare is passionate about positive ageing and now, in its 35th year, the charity continues to fundraise and work hard to support older people. People are coming to care homes much later in life, with greater care needs than ever before. People are staying at home longer, living independently in the community. The need for charity has never been greater.
During its anniversary year, The Brendoncare Foundation would love to hear your stories and memories about the charity, both current and past. To share your story, please email email@example.com, or call central office on 01962 852133.