Manucourt celebrate triple award win
We’re delighted to announce that Barton Lodge and Woodley Grange have both been recognised as ‘Top 20 Care Homes’ in the South East by carehome.co.uk – the leading care home reviews site. Manucourt Ltd has also been named as a ‘Top 20 Small Care Home Group’ in the UK!
This year marks the first year Barton Lodge has received this award by carehome.co.uk and the fourth year running for Woodley Grange & Manucourt Ltd.
We would like to say thank you to our residents, their family members and friends who have all taken the time to leave a review on carehome.co.uk, which has helped us achieve the perfect review score of 10/10 and our latest awards.
Commenting on the awards, Manucourt Operations Director, Rizwan Walji, said; “This recognition is extremely important to us, as it is based on the real experiences of families, friends and residents for whom Barton Lodge and Woodley Grange, is their home. We’re delighted that the dedication and commitment of our fantastic team has been acknowledged. Winning awards like this would not be possible without them.”
Barton Lodge welcome new Head of Care
Barton Lodge are delighted to introduce our new Head of Care, Lauren Moorehead. Lauren has a wealth of experience in her field and will be a fantastic addition to our team.
Get to know more about Lauren below:
Lauren Moorehead – Head of Care
Lauren has several years’ experience working in care homes – having worked alongside the Head of Care at her previous home; giving her a valuable insight into the managerial responsibilities of working as a senior carer. As well as this, Lauren holds a Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification and hopes to start working towards her Level 5 qualification soon.
Lauren is already settling in well at Barton Lodge and has spent lots of time getting to know the residents and their individual care needs. If you’re a regular visitor to Barton Lodge you can expect to see her around the home or out and about in the New Milton community, continuing to build the excellent relationships we have with local organisations.
Outside of work, Lauren plays darts twice a week, so we’re sure she’ll be getting involved in our regular games sessions! As well as this, Lauren is a big animal lover and she shares six cats with her partner.
To find out more about our members of staff, go to our team page here.
Woodley Grange Manager qualifies as a Mental Health First Aider
As a care home group committed to the wellbeing of our staff, and in a society where mental health is becoming ever more prevalent, we’re delighted to announce that Woodley Grange Manager, Amanda Cooper, has recently completed her Mental Health First Aider course.
The two-day course, developed by Mental Health First Aid England and St Johns Ambulance, gave Amanda an in-depth look at mental health in the workplace, helping her understand the factors affecting wellbeing and how to spot the signs of mental illness, as well as giving her the confidence to be able to support staff both at Woodley Grange & Barton Lodge with their wellbeing.
Commenting on the two-day course, Amanda said, “I was really pleased to see so many people in attendance and found the knowledge gained invaluable.”
With Amanda’s new qualification, we have set up a confidential email address for both Barton Lodge & Woodley Grange, where staff can send their concerns free of judgement, in order to receive the support they need.
Amanda is also currently formalising our mental health policy, so that staff can be provided with an easy-to-understand resource on how they go about getting support from Amanda and where to go if they need professional help.
In the coming months, we also hope to send a member of staff from Barton Lodge to complete their Mental Health First Aider training, to provide staff at Barton with their own on-site Mental Health First Aider.
Woodley bring together two generations for weekly arts sessions
The positive social effects of older generations spending time with young children are well documented, so here at Woodley we have developed an excellent relationship with Imagine This! – a local company who carry out workshops at the home; bringing together our residents with local children for weekly art sessions.
Each session has a different theme. In the past we’ve had a dinosaur, seaside and a safari inspired ‘walk on the wild side’ theme. In the next few weeks we’ll be getting in the festive spirit with Christmas themed workshops, which we’re particularly excited for.
The residents enjoy the sessions immensely, as do the children, and it’s been great to see the improvement in our residents’ wellbeing since introducing the sessions earlier this year.
To keep up with our weekly Imagine This! workshops, like the Woodley Grange Facebook here to see our daily activities posts
Using innovative technology to improve cognitive wellbeing
Here at Barton, we focus on activities which are not only enjoyable for our residents, but also have a positive impact on their physical and mental wellbeing.
As we continue to invest in our activities at Barton, we’ve been particularly interested in the benefits of smart technologies for the elderly. One of the technologies we’ve been recently trialling is the Tovertafel projector; which has been designed specifically to give the elderly a fun, immersive experience, while also helping to improve their memory skills. The projector provides residents with a variety of activities – from word searches and colouring tasks, to beautiful fireworks displays. Our residents particularly enjoyed the galaxy activity, which allows them to explore the solar system!
Over the coming week’s we’ll be trialling several other devices, including the Omi Interactive – a projection systems with games, music and social activities to engage and motivate the residents. You can keep up with how the trials are going over on our Facebook page!
If you’d like to find out more about the activities taking place at Barton Lodge, like our Facebook page to receive daily updates.
For the third year running Barton Lodge & Woodley Grange have won the ‘Top 20 Care Home Group’ award from the leading care home reviews site, carehome.co.uk
We are very fortunate as a company to have such fantastic staff who make winning awards like this possible. It is also our residents and their friends and family who through submitting reviews of our homes give us our high review scores on carehome.co.uk. It is because of our residents we do what we do, so please do continue to submit your reviews and if you have any suggestions that could help us improve our offering or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Shabbir Walji, Managing Director;
I am truly humbled, honoured and absolutely delighted to receive this amazing award for the third year running with consistency to the highest standards of loving care that the managers and their team have accomplished. I am extremely proud of your fabulous achievement and dedication to the beloved residents. On behalf of my family and the company I wish to thank you all immensely for continually sustaining the best quality of care with sensitivity, love and admirable family ethos.
Amanda Hopkins, reviews manager of carehome.co.uk;
“Care home groups, which put compassion, dignity and kindness at the heart of their care, are making a profound difference to residents’ lives.
“Our reviews, which are written by residents and their family and friends, show that Manucourt provides high quality care throughout its homes and we would like to congratulate it on being a top care home group! We feel it is a huge achievement to be named as one of the Top 20 care home groups in the UK.
The Zoo Visits Barton Lodge
Recently at Barton Lodge we have had an “animal handling experience” from Zoolab. Creatures from faraway places came to visit our residents and proved very therapeutic and gave our residents knowledge and sensory stimulation from the animals. Animals included were: a giant African land snail, a giant African millipede, a corn snake, a Peruvian guinea pig and more. All the residents thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to their next visit planned in July. Pet therapy has been proven to help give people a positive focus, sharper mind, less stress and a better mood.
We have some new visitors at Barton Lodge
Chewton Common Playgroup will be holding a morning activity session with our residents each Month. There will be 22 little people here making, baking and playing alongside our residents and they have all been making great new friends. The residents really enjoy all the happy laughter and noise and love to join in. Research has shown that intergenerational activities promote health and wellbeing and seeing our residents enjoying the environment around them with the children, the lift in mood and well- being is obvious to see.