VIBRANT AND RESTFUL
life in our homes
From trips to our in-house hairdresser, coffee in the cafe and classic movie screenings, to jigsaws in the lounge and contemplative strolls around the garden, there’s always something going on.
There are few things in life more enjoyable than the simple pleasure of meals with friends and companions.
Delicious, varied and healthy menus are central to our approach to care, and our chefs serve up a regularly changing selection of traditional dishes, familiar favourites and popular modern choices. When visitors arrive, there’s always a slice of homemade cake and pot of tea to share.
We understand the importance of nutrition in older age. Provenance is key, so we use as many local suppliers and as much fresh produce as possible, some of it grown in our own gardens, with a little help from residents. (At Windmill House, honey and apple juice come from the bee hives in the orchard.) As well as adapting recipes to provide the right nutritional balance for later life, we will happily accommodate any dietary requirements or preferences, so that everyone looks forward to mealtimes.
We know our staff are at the heart of all we do. We take great care selecting new members of the team – prizing compassion, capability and kindness at every level of the organisation – and provide ongoing training and development to ensure life in our homes is comfortable, meaningful and dignified.
Our home managers are truly exceptional, and lead staff in a culture where respect and compassion are properly rewarded.
If you’d like to join our team, please visit the careers page.
Moving house doesn’t mean you have to give up your hobbies. We believe it is important that you continue doing the things you have always enjoyed, as well as sharing new activities with friends.
For some of our residents, it is the regular cake baking sessions that appeal most. For others it is woodworking, craft projects or animal visits (ducklings and ponies are frequent visitors) that give the greatest satisfaction. A perennial source of pleasure for many of our residents is working – or perhaps just advising staff – in the garden.
Our activity coordinators work closely with residents to arrange the fulfilling and fun events that encourage everyone to get involved with home life and forge new friendships. The vibrant programme of events is designed to nourish the mind body and soul. A broad range of quizzes, armchair yoga, flower arranging, painting, music recitals and gardening are all carefully curated to stimulate physical, cognitive and social wellbeing.
You can choose to join in with our vibrant programme, or we’ll help you continue pastimes you’ve always enjoyed.
Outings and events
From our annual garden party and barbecues, to our trips to the seaside and regular outings to local garden centres, there are always opportunities for a change of scenery.
We’ve got a specially adapted minibus ready to take residents to the theatre, boat trips and on shopping trips so they can stay connected to local life. For those that prefer to stay at home, we bring the outside in with themed parties and regular film nights.
Local history groups come in to give interactive lectures, choirs and music groups bring recitals to us, and falconry displays take place on the lawn. We’ve got links with other care homes for conversation and activities, and regularly host a neighbouring nursery for play and storytime in our ‘Oaks and Acorns’ scheme.
See Our community for more information on our links in the neighbourhood.
Nothing lifts the spirits like a glimpse of flowers in full bloom or birds darting about the garden, and we know how important connections with the natural world are for wellbeing. Each of our homes include beautifully landscaped gardens (of varying sizes) where residents can take a stroll, play a game of lawn croquet, help tend the plants or simply sit and enjoy the scents.
As a former country house, the gardens at Windmill House are the most extensive; the pond is host to rare crested newts and local apiarists keep bee hives in the apple orchard.
Keeping in touch
Normally visitors are always welcome in our homes, and we’d invite you to drop in for a cup of coffee and a catch-up in one of our cosy lounges or to join us for an activity. However while the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing, visiting is restricted to keep our residents safe: speak to the homes to make an appointment.
In the meantime, we know how brilliant technology is in helping to keep in touch, especially with relatives who are far away. We’ve got WiFi in all our homes and tablet computers at your disposal; we can help you to send emails, look through photos or make a video call, so you can keep in touch with friends, no matter what the distance.