We have regular visits from expert professionals who run activities designed to promote mental engagement and wellbeing. There is general noise and nonsense during the weekly ‘Music For Health’ sessions, while the structured reminiscences run by a qualified therapist encourage the residents to talk about the past, often by engaging them with themes tied in with current events, such as Wimbledon or the arrival of a new royal baby.
One of our staff members, who has a real flair for engaging the residents and encouraging interaction between them, has two days per week set aside to run activities. She is guided by what the residents want to do – favourites include board games, playing with balloons and crafts. She is currently creating life books with each of them, researching and recording their life history and family.
We have weekly visits from a hairdresser, a chiropodist who comes in every six weeks and twice monthly visits from the local vicar. We also have a visiting GP who calls in regularly and an optician and dentist who visit as required.
The staff promoted people’s independence and encouraged people to do as much as possible for themselves.
We provide regular excursions to places of interest for our residents. Highlights have included trips to the beach at Hastings, Hever Castle, Hadlow College, Teapot Island and garden centres. Favourite destinations often include beautiful gardens and a cream tea!
Nothing is too much trouble.
Residents and staff at Birchwood enjoy any excuse to celebrate! There are always cakes and decorations galore for our residents’ birthdays, as well as other key events such as wedding anniversaries, Easter and Halloween.
Christmas is a very special time at Birchwood. We enjoy lots of visitors, including choir singers, bell ringers and the Girl Guides, and our residents also host a lively Christmas party for their relatives. Needless to say, our chef goes to town on Christmas Day, with smoked salmon in the morning and all the works for Christmas dinner.
We also hold a summer garden party, when our grounds are at their most colourful, providing an opportunity for our residents to invite their relatives to come and join them for one of our cream teas.
Five stars, the care my mother receives is superb; they are all trained well