Barton Lodge’s Wish Maker campaign raises the bar for resident Ron

Barton Lodge’s Wish Maker campaign raises the bar for resident Ron

As part of our extremely popular Wish Maker campaign for residents, Barton Lodge recently granted Ron’s wish to have a special brewery tour at Ringwood Brewery.

Born in Ringwood in September 1939, Ron has always lived and worked in the area and has always wanted to visit his local brewery, which was established in 1978.

On Tuesday 18th January 2022, we made his wish come true by arranging a private tour of the brewery and a special visit to the onsite pub, where Ron was treated like a VIP by Hanna.

Ron enjoyed looking around the onsite shop and purchased two bottles of his favourite beer, ‘Old Thumper’. At the bar, Hanna gave him a pint of ‘Razor Back’ beer which he thoroughly enjoyed.

As a lovely reminder of the day, Ron was treated to some wonderful souvenirs, including a hoodie and two beer glasses.

Barton Lodge’s Activity Coordinators, Jenny and Barbara said; “The staff at the brewery were incredible, they really went out of their way to make the day truly special for Ron. It was a truly memorable experience which made Ron quite emotional but extremely happy. A day he will always remember! We can’t wait to grant the next wish!”

Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see the next wish being granted.

Woodley wins care home activity competition

Woodley Grange win #KeepingResidentsActive competition!

Woodley Grange win #KeepingResidentsActive competition!

We would like to congratulate Erica and Amy from Woodley Grange’s activities team who helped the home win the December #KeepingResidentsActive competition by Person Centred Software – the digital care management system.

The campaign by Person Centred Software was set up to showcase all the wonderful activities that carers and activities coordinators do with residents and to share their amazing activities on social media using the hashtag #KeepingResidentsActive. Take a look at our winning post below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our team are delighted to receive a £50 Hobbycraft e-Voucher from Person Centred Software to help create even more engaging activities for residents.

Commenting on the competition, Woodley Grange Manager, Anish Patel, said; “Amy and Erica work exceptionally hard to create a fun and stimulating activities calendar for our residents. It’s great to see their hard work and dedication recognised – they do a wonderful job! Thank you, Person Centred Software!”

Follow Woodley Grange on Facebook here to find out more about life in our award-winning care home.

 

Barton Lodge honours Frances’ extraordinary life as a former RAF mechanic

Barton Lodge honours Frances’ extraordinary life as a former RAF mechanic

Barton Lodge staff and residents joined together with fellow resident, Frances Jeffs (97), recently to reminisce on the remarkable four years she spent serving in the RAF during World War II and to remember others who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Frances, who has lived at Barton Lodge for two years, was one of the very few women to be a flight mechanic in the RAF during World War II. Joining at 19-years-old, Frances formed a vital part of the flight crew, plotting flight paths and performing systems checks to ensure the Spitfires she was on board made smooth progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recounting her time in the RAF, Frances, whose father served in The Royal Horse Guards, said; “My favourite memories of flying in Spitfires was the thrill of taking off!

“I enjoyed being in such a prominent position and having all those responsibilities. I feel very proud to have helped our country during the war and for being one of the few women to hold the position of flight mechanic where I was based.”

Reminiscence therapy plays a key role for people living with dementia and the residents at Barton Lodge benefit hugely from this kind of storytelling.

Barton Lodge Manager Amanda Cooper said; “Frances has led an extraordinary life and it’s so humbling and interesting to hear the stories of all our residents.

“Marking the sacrifices made by all those people who have served in conflicts around the world to protect our way of life is such an important thing for us all to do.

“It’s particularly important to people of this generation and their families who have been so personally touched by the stories that we hear, it’s always a big day in our calendar.”

We hope you enjoyed hearing about Frances’ remarkable story as much as we did! To read her article in the Daily Echo, please click here.

If you would like more information about the care we provide at Barton Lodge, please contact our dedicated team here.

Woodley Grange and Barton Lodge make Remembrance Day truly special

Woodley Grange and Barton Lodge make Remembrance Day truly special

Woodley Grange and Barton Lodge marked Remembrance Day in a truly memorable way with lots of special activities for the residents.

For several weeks, residents at Woodley Grange have been making poppies, to create a stunning poppy display outside the front of the home, with families and friends joining in by knitting or crocheting poppies.

The Activities Co-ordinators at Woodley Grange, Erica Orchard and Amy Francis, commented; “We’ve had a terrific response: our poppies are all different sizes, made from wool, ribbon, the plastic bottoms of bottles and old CDs. It was great to recycle old materials and every few days a few more poppies were planted. The staff regularly took photos of the outdoor display and created a time lapse video of the impressive display gradually getting bigger.”

Woodley Grange staff have also entered a photograph of the display into the National Activity Providers Association’s (NAPA’s) Remembrance Day competition, for best display. The prize this year is a ceramic poppy, similar to the ones outside the Tower of London, which Erica and Amy remarked; “would be very appropriate, as that’s where we got the inspiration for our display from.” We are all very proud of the resident’s display and look forward to hearing the results!

On 11th November, Sheila, from one of the local churches who regularly visits, held an extra special Remembrance Day service at Woodley Grange. All of the residents wore a poppy to commemorate the occasion and enjoyed joining together and singing hymns. They each received a special copy of the service and were pleased to watch the video of their impressive poppy display.

Our Barton Lodge residents also had a very special day and enjoyed a delicious remembrance lunch together, as they reminisced about those they loved and lost during the war. Their roast was followed by cupcakes, decorated beautifully to look like poppies.

Joan, one of Barton Lodge’s residents, read out a very poignant poem – ‘In Flanders Field’ by John McCrae and the residents spent time reminiscing and remembering their loved ones who served the country. They also made a beautiful display of painted and hand-made poppies. Some of the residents had also spent the week knitting poppies for everyone to wear on Remembrance Day, which was a very touching addition to the day.

Both care homes held a one minute’s silence to remember those we loved and lost during the war.

To find out more about the special activities our homes provide, please contact our team here.

Manucourt wins three carehome.co.uk awards!

Manucourt wins three carehome.co.uk awards!

We’ve only gone and done it again! We’re delighted to announce that Barton Lodge and Woodley Grange have once again 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 second year Barton Lodge has received this award by carehome.co.uk and the fifth year running for Woodley Grange & Manucourt Ltd. What an achievement!

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our residents, their family members and friends who have all left wonderful reviews throughout the year. This has helped both Barton Lodge and Woodley Grange achieve a fantastic score of 10/10 and our latest awards. Thank you!

Commenting on the new carehome.co.uk awards, Manucourt’s Director of Operations, Rizwan Walji, said; “We are truly humbled and honoured to receive these prestigious awards and immensely proud of, and grateful to all our staff for their amazing efforts. These awards are really dedicated to them. It’s been a challenging year, but our staff have risen to the occasion with remarkable strength and resilience. If there is one thing this year has taught us, it’s that each day is a precious blessing. We’ve aimed to enrich the lives of the residents we care for, providing meaningful activities and loving care, with dignity, empathy, and kindness.

“As a family run business, our central focus is to provide outstanding quality of care and accommodation at our two homes. We feel really appreciated and valued and are delighted that our residents, and their families and friends, have taken the time to show their appreciation of our efforts. Thank you so much!”

Barton Lodge’s Registered Manager, Melanie Sellers, added; “I am extremely overwhelmed and proud of achieving this award from carehome.co.uk for the second year running. I want to say a big thank you to our team for their outstanding care and service. We are all family at Barton Lodge and we are so grateful for the love and support given by all our relatives and residents regularly. Here’s to the next award! Well done all.”

Woodley Grange’s Registered Manager, Amanda Cooper, added; “Another top 20! I am amazed by the staff every day. They make sure our residents are happy and feel at home. I am so lucky to have such a fantastic team”.

 

Woodley Grange help make Doreen’s wish come true!

What better way to spend a warm summer’s day than on a boat! As part of Woodley Grange’s Wish Maker campaign, one of our residents, Doreen, set sail on a very special trip from Southampton recently.

Doreen’s wish was to travel on a cruise ship. Unfortunately, due to many obstacles this wasn’t possible. Instead, with the help of Solent Dolphin – a registered charity that takes people with disabilities on day trips out to sea – the fantastic activities team at Woodley Grange pulled out all the stops to take Doreen on a private boat trip for the afternoon.

Setting sail from Hythe Marina, Doreen and her four guests, including other residents and her brother, enjoyed a leisurely 2-hour trip on the water, followed by a delicious lunch.

Watch our video below to experience Doreen’s special trip:

Commenting on her wish, Doreen, said: “The boat trip was excellent. It was lovely that my brother was asked if he wanted to come too. I would definitely go again if I had the chance, nothing was too much trouble for anyone. Thank you.”

Activities Coordinators at Woodley Grange, Amy Francis and Erica Orchard, added; “The trip was a big success, and it was lovely to see Doreen share this special moment with her brother. We would like to say a big thank you to Solent Dolphin for helping make this wish happen. It’s a fantastic charity that really makes a difference.”

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.”