Amanda qualifies as a Mental Health First Aider

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 Art Session

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

 

Barton Technology

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.

Barton Lodge & Woodley Grange have done it again!

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.

 

 

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The Zoo Visits Barton Lodge

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

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.

Trish Gorrod and her Husband, Mike, Celebrate their Wedding Anniversary on January 22nd 2019

Trish Gorrod and her Husband, Mike, Celebrate their Wedding Anniversary on January 22nd 2019

Trish and her husband Mike celebrated their 42nd Wedding Anniversary with a private afternoon tea in the beautiful turret room at Barton Lodge. They shared their special afternoon with their youngest son Henry.

Trish had her family visit during the day and said she had very special memories of her wedding to Mike which happened in Southbourne, Dorset on January 22nd 1977 on a cold and blustery day.

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Jasmine the Barn Owl Does a Fly By

Jasmine the beautiful barn owl came to visit Barton Lodge residents this week.

Jasmine is very young, only 10 weeks old, and is getting used to all the love and attention humans can give her, much to the delight of our residents and staff. During her visit Jasmine’s very well trained owner filled us in on many interesting facts, such as:

Jasmine keeps her fine feathers in fettle on a mere 6 mice a day, which she swallows whole!

The residents always look forward to any visitors but Jasmine’s visit was a particular success. The residents were all able to hold or stroke Jasmine’s head and back if they wanted to and everyone was very keen to see such a beautiful wild animal in their home.

We thank Jasmine and her owner for visiting us and very much look forward to her next visit.

NO MICE WERE INJURED DURING THIS VISIT!

Top 20 Care Home Group Award Winner 2018

Barton Lodge and Woodley Grange Award Winners Again

Barton Lodge TeamStaff with awardManucourt Ltd Wins Care Home Award for 2 years running

 

We are delighted to announce that Manucourt Ltd has been awarded a ‘Top 20 Recommended Small Care Home Group 2018 Award’ out of nearly 19,000 care homes in the UK.

 

This is the second year running that Manucourt Ltd has won this prestigious award. The awards are based on reviews we have received from residents, their friends and relatives.

 

As a family run business, our central focus is to provide outstanding quality of care and accommodation at Barton Lodge & Woodley Grange, where our ethos – ‘loving care matters’, is at the heart of everything we do. To receive this prestigious award, for two years in a row, is a testimony to Manucourt Ltd’s dedication to provide exceptional care.

 

Of course, these awards are really dedicated to the team of dedicated staff that put their heart and soul into their work. The recent ‘beast from the east’ showed their true spirit, when staff prepared in advance and actually brought in clothing so that they could stay the night, some of them even sleeping on the floor, to ensure that they could get to work the next day. I would like to express my sincere appreciation and acknowledge Julie, Amanda and their teams’ commitment to provide the utmost compassionate care to our residents.

 

Of course, we won’t be bathing in self-pride and are back to doing what we always do – continuously striving to provide the best quality care.

Woodley Grange Team

Woodley Grange Care Home in Romsey, has been chosen by residents and their families as one of the Top 20 care homes in South East England.

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Woodley Grange Care Home in Romsey, has been chosen by residents and their families as one of the Top 20 care homes in South East England.

There are 3,054 homes in the South East of England, with the top 20 receiving an award from the leading reviews guide to care homes, carehome.co.uk.

The award is based on reviews of the care home written by their residents, as well as their friends and relatives.

Davina Ludlow, chair of carehome.co.uk, said: “It is the residents and their families and friends who have first-hand experience of what a care home is like, which is why we use their reviews to find the best care homes in the UK. Their reviews reveal that many care homes are warm and sociable places, where residents can interact with others and take part in stimulating activities, looked after by staff who are caring and compassionate.

“Woodley Grange Care Home has proved that they provide a high standard of care and we would like to congratulate them on being a Top 20 care home in South East England! It is such an achievement to be recognised for being a top-rated care home by the very people you care for. 

“Finding the right care home can be very hard. We hope our awards help to make people’s search for a care home a little bit easier.”

Amanda Cooper, Woodley Grange Care Home manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award in 2017 and now again in 2018. I am so pleased for the staff, that their dedication and tremendous hard work has been recognised by the residents and their relatives.

“Our central focus is our commitment to our ‘loving care matters’ ethos and to receive this prestigious award, is a testimony to Woodley Grange’s dedication to provide exceptional care. We are all extremely proud of this achievement.”