Introducing our new Lifestyle Lead: Elizabeth Penman-Green Elizabeth, known as Lizzie, brings a fun, enthusiastic energy and a wide smile to the team. As Lifestyle Lead, her role includes planning activities to help Birchwood House residents live the best day-to-day experience – one of her favourite sayings is “don’t count the days, make the daysContinue reading “Introducing our new lifestyle lead: Elizabeth Penman-Green”
Here at Birchwood House, every day is dedicated to nurturing not just the physical health of our residents, but also their mental well-being. We celebrated World Mental Health Day on October 10, which was established on the same day in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health. As decided by the World Health Organisation,Continue reading “Mental Health Day 2023”
Living with the seasons in care homes Care homes play a vital role in helping residents to experience the beauty and benefits of every season. By understanding the impact of each unique season on residents’ health and wellbeing and implementing thoughtful strategies, we can create a warm and nurturing environment that enhances their quality ofContinue reading “Living with the seasons in care homes”
Proactive fall prevention in care homes For mature adults, small accidents like tripping on carpet or slipping in the shower can have a much bigger impact. Falls can lead to broken bones and incur serious or long-term health problems. The NHS report that one third of people over 65 – and half of people overContinue reading “Proactive fall prevention in care homes”
Celebrating Good Care Month at Birchwood House “Good Care Month” encourages the care community to take a moment to appreciate the heroes behind community care and wellbeing. It was founded by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association and is a great reminder of the compassionate people whose work sits at the heart of Birchwood House. TheContinue reading “Celebrating Good Care Month at Birchwood House”
Staying cool in the English summer: How to help the elderly beat the heat The English summer brings a refreshing change to dreary weather, with sunshine and warmth filling the months mid-year. As beautiful as this season is though, it can also pose challenges for our residents and other aging adults, who may be moreContinue reading “How to help elderly people beat the heat”
Supporting mental wellbeing in our home The care industry plays a vital role in supporting the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of individuals. Mental wellbeing, in particular, has become increasingly important in recent years, with growing recognition of the impact that mental health issues can have on people and society as a whole. In thisContinue reading “Supporting mental wellbeing in our home”
Raising Awareness of Race Against Dementia Day 2023 Race Against Dementia is a global charity that was founded in 2016 by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE. This year Race Against Dementia Day falls on January 21st. The organisation aims to raise awareness and funds for research and development in the search for a cure or treatmentContinue reading “Raising Awareness of Race Against Dementia Day 2023”
5 gift ideas for your loved ones in a care home Finding the perfect Christmas gift can be hard and so today we wanted to share some ideas for what you might like to gift your elderly loved ones this year. Art supplies or craft kits Many care homes, including us here at BirchwoodContinue reading “5 gift ideas for your loved ones in a care home “
3 reasons to consider respite care this Christmas Respite care can be a nice way to help ensure everyone in your family is able to relax and enjoy the festive season. After all, we know that while caring for loved ones is very rewarding, it can also be challenging at times and incredibly demanding. Sometimes it can evenContinue reading “3 reasons to consider respite care this Christmas”
Celebrating the healing powers of animals Enchanted forest event You might already know that here at Birchwood House we host a number of exciting events and activities for our residents to enjoy. Our most recent event, themed around the enchanted forest, was really successful. The residents enjoyed the beautiful autumnal scenery and wildlife. To addContinue reading “Celebrating the healing powers of animals”
Why choose a residential care home? Choosing a residential care home can be a difficult choice to make and we completely understand the concerns you may have regarding yourself or your loved one moving in. In today’s blog post we hope to ease your worries by sharing all of the wonderful benefits of choosing residentialContinue reading “Why choose a residential care home?”
Five ways to create friendships at an older age On Saturday, 30th July we’ll be celebrating International Friendship Day 2022. It’s incredibly unfortunate to hear that according to Age UK, more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go forContinue reading “Five ways to create friendships at an older age”
How the elderly can benefit from Gardening With the Summer solstice approaching and the sun shining just a little more often here in Kent, we’re getting our green fingers ready for a summer of gardening. There are ample benefits to getting outside and gardening, particularly for the elderly. From improving dexterity to reducing symptoms ofContinue reading “How the elderly can benefit from Gardening”
National Smile Month is upon us and here at Birchwood House, we’re all about sharing a friendly smile. Back in December of 2020, we launched Birchwood Smiles. It was a difficult time for us all, with the pandemic a major concern for many vulnerable people. With all staff in PPE, we wanted to make sure Birchwood House residents were still able to see a friendly face and so every team member wore a lanyard around their neck, with a large picture of their smiling face on it.
This month we travelled back in time and turned the clocks right back for an afternoon of vintage 1940s fun. We enjoyed fabulous vintage-styled live entertainment, historically themed displays, and the nostalgic taste of wartime Britain during our 1940s-inspired Tea Dance.
Whether you’re looking for respite or permanent residential care Birchwood House warmly invites you to our Spring Open Day on Saturday 7th May from 12 – 4 pm. All key members of staff will be available to meet you as well as give a tour of our beautiful residential home on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells.
There’s a spring in our step! The flowers are blooming, and the skies are turning blue. Spring is on its way and there’s also a new spring in our step at Birchwood House. We’ve celebrated a number of exciting events so far this March and we can’t wait to share them with you. Firstly, we’dContinue reading “There’s a spring in our step at Birchwood House”
As many adults enter the later stages of their life, they often need either extra care, help and support and want to be around those in a similar situation or position to them from an age and health perspective.
Would you like to be a winner? We’re giving away a Harvest Vegetable Hamper with the October issue of Birchwood Care. We get all our fresh fruit and vegetables from Pembury Greengrocers in Pembury, so we have partnered with our local supplier to offer you this great prize. Harvest festivals are traditionally held to celebrateContinue reading “Win a harvest vegetable hamper”
Our residents sipped on fruit cocktails and were served an array of Mexican food such as pork carnitas, guacamole, pickled red cabbage, churros and flavoured tortilla chips and dips, all of which were prepared by our care home chef, Erminio.
Respite care is a short-term stay, often around one to two weeks, in a care home, such as Birchwood House, and is usually arranged to give a carer a holiday from their care-related duties. These breaks can be planned or, in cases of emergency, unplanned or at short notice. This is particularly common when friends or family members are acting as a carer and allows them time to look after their own health and well-being.
Finding the right care home for a loved one can be a stressful and challenging experience, and often one that people only do once or twice in their lifetime. The location of a care home is therefore critical for a number of reasons. Here we take you through some useful points to consider when choosing a care home for a loved one.
We are delighted to announce that Birchwood Care will be hosting an Open Day on Saturday 26th June from 2 to 4pm. The Open Day will take place in our beautiful nine-acre gardens at Birchwood House in Speldhurst, on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells.
We’re giving away a Cream Tea for Two with the May issue of Birchwood Care and on our Facebook page. Our Chef at Birchwood House is Anne and she comes up with tasty and nutritionally balanced meals for the residents each day. As well as meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Anne really enjoys bakingContinue reading “Cream Tea Giveaway – who will you invite for tea?”
Since the arrival of Covid-19 and having to live through lockdown in the last 12 months, the reliance on the internet and technology has massively increased and become the norm. Staying in touch with friends and family using communication platforms like Zoom and Facetime has seen huge adoption, fast-tracking their way into our everyday lives.
Families going through the emotional stress of placing a spouse or relative into care, often tell us they find the terminology confusing so this blog aims to help explain the different types of care available. Understandably, most elderly people want to live independently in their own home for as long as they can. But many people are not aware of what their local options are.
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