The Brendoncare Blog

The Brendoncare blog showcases important stories, information and opinion on topics relating to the lives of older people and our employees from across our organisation.

Our homes, and our organisation as a whole, are a very active place with lots going on across many different departments. To reflect this, we’re publishing regular blogs, with each one kindly written by a mixture of healthcare professionals, volunteers, trustees, community club members and staff to showcase some of the wonderful work they do here at Brendoncare.

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Brendoncare celebrates a summer of sport with a unique inter-homes tournament designed to improve wellbeing, encourage exercise and stimulate the mind amongst our residents and staff.
Charlotte Gilbert is the General Manager at Brendoncare Knightwood. Her care staff team works tirelessly to keep the home running smoothly and ensure residents and staff are thriving. Here, Charlotte provides first-hand insight into the highs and lows of her role.
Care Home Open Week reminds people that every Brendoncare home is filled with wonderful characters, and run by special people that really do care. Come and take a closer look at our care homes and find out why people want to work for Brendoncare.
Dr. Kellyn Lee, a chartered psychologist and research fellow at the University of Southampton (Ageing and Dementia) and a Brendoncare trustee, has developed Material Citizenship, a new approach to dementia care which aims to ensure people with dementia enjoy a meaningful life.
Men’s Health Week at Brendoncare highlights opportunities to improve the wellbeing of men working across our organisation. From checking in to regular exercise, here are five ways we can all support the men in our lives.
Between June 14-20th, we encourage all our residents to take part in this special annual event, with better physical and mental health on the menu. Find out more.
Brendoncare offers a number of care services across our homes. Maybe you’ve thought about giving yourself a break? It might just be what you or your loved one needs. Let’s look at how to get respite care in Hampshire.
Brendoncare works with a number of organisations to offer care and support residents living with dementia and their families. One of those is Dementia-friendly Alton, who organise a calendar of dementia-friendly activities for Brendoncare residents and the local community.
Brendoncare organises sessions at our Froxfield home with dementia care mapper and trained music therapist. Meet the man behind the music, Arash Bazrafshan, and discover why music can be such a powerful aid.
Care home activities have a vital role to play in the health and wellbeing of residents’ lives at Brendoncare. Our activities team cater for everyone, organising an active calendar of social, lifestyle and physical events to suit all ages and abilities.
The impact of seeing loved ones on the morale across our homes cannot be underestimated, and it is with that in mind that we are now introducing the role of ‘Essential Family Caregiver’.
Intergenerational projects bring a wealth of benefits for both the residents and children. They can boost confidence, knowledge and skills amongst young people and children, and can even change their attitudes towards ageing.
A new impact report has been published detailing how its vision has helped improve the lives of older people and their families since it first opened back in 2018.
Our clubs’ service has seen unprecedented change ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began back in March. Our volunteers have taking things digital to help keep our members connected and made regular essential journeys to deliver food to some of our most vulnerable older people. Read Gwen’s story.
Choosing a care home, whether for yourself or an older loved one, is one of the most important life decisions you will ever make. It’s important to find somewhere that provides the best care, and that feels comfortable and safe.
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.