It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Preparations are underway for decorating the homes ready for Christmas.  With a number of visits to the local garden centre’s and potteries this month.

Bill and Alex went on a recce trip to scout out the lights and tinsel options, as well as a little gift shopping.Christmas Decorating

Mrs Lumley, Miss Wilmott, Veronica and Alex then took a trip to Grayshott Pottery to stock up with more new decorations and of course made time for some tea and cake!

Christmas Decorations

A visit to the Forest Lodge Garden Centre by Elizabeth, June, Veronica and Alex, means we now have a bumper selection of ideas and decorations ready to get the homes into the festive spirit.

Christmas decorations

Watch this space for pictures of how our wonderful homemakers transform the homes into the festive spirit.

Children in Need 2022

For BBC Children in Need this year, the team at Langham Court had a fabulous day in fancy dress costumes of their favourite characters, with delicious biscuits baked by our lovely homemaker Niki.

Everyone made a huge effort and we were all amazed at the transformation into character, with the lovely Natasha and Amanda as Alice in Wonderland characters, Elaine as a buzzy Bee, Paula as Mary Poppins and Bente as a Nun.

Children In Need 2022

Wendy brightened the day as a cheery Pineapple, whilst Abbey was showing off her flexibility in her Spiderman suite – all great fun!

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From the lovely Natasha and Amanda as Alice in Wonderland characters, Elaine as a buzzy Bee, Paula as Mary Poppins.  When Charlie arrived on The Firebolt, from wizarding world the resemblance to harry potter was uncanny!

Raising money for Children in Need was just the icing on the biscuit for the team who entertained the residents throughout the day.

Langham Court team for Children in Need

 

Remembrance Sunday

Lest we forget

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month – we remembered them.

In preparation for remembrance Maggie created a beautiful poppy field on the lawn in front of Huntington House, with more poppies added each day in the run up to Sundays service.

Remembrance Sunday The residents decorated the window in the main lounge looking out onto the grounds with their stunning autumnal colours.  The staff created some beautiful knitted poppies from the red Huntington House wool, which were on display at reception to welcome visitors, with new smart plaques on the front door too.

Remembrance Sunday decorationsLest we forger

Walk like an Egyptian!

A big thank you to Haslemere Educational Museum for visiting us again at Huntington House.  This time we had a fascinating session all about mummies and Egyptian artefacts.

Discovering Egyptian Artefacts

It’s always a wonderful day when we have a visit from the museum as the residents have so much to talk about afterwards, especially reminiscing about travelling to Egypt and discovering the Pyramids and wonderful history in person.

 

The legacy of the Blue Cedar at Huntington House

As the air turns crisp and autumn afternoon sun casts a warming glow across the estate, our team are turning their attention to getting ready for winter, preparing the gardens and grounds of The Huntington & Langham Estate.

Each year we take this opportunity to survey the trees which overlook Langham Court and Huntington House as well as along the woodland walkways, enjoyed by many of our care home residents.

We generally anticipate a number of the trees to require some remedial surgery or indeed felling completely.  However, this year we were particularly concerned about the large blue cedar that has dominated the view from Huntington House since it was built in 1898.  During Storm Eunice it lost a large bough and has been dropping its needles ever since. Sadly, our concerns were confirmed by the tree inspector, who has reluctantly recommended for it to be felled.

After being such a dominant feature of the estate for so many years, we were keen to continue its legacy and are delighted that, it has produced cones.  We plan to harvest these before it is cut down and some of our green-fingered residents of Huntington House have kindly volunteered to germinate the seeds from the cones in an attempt to replace the once magnificent tree with its own offspring, so that its legacy can live on.

We will be posting about our attempts on our Facebook page for anyone interested in following our progress and look forward to planting our new saplings in the coming months.

A day trip to RHS Garden Wisley

One of the benefits of our base in Hindhead is the easy access to some wonderful places for day visits.  RHS Garden Wisley is a firm favourite for residents Christine, Jennifer and Elizabeth, who enjoyed an early September trip accompanied by our Homemakers and Rich.

RHS Garden Wisley

We were delighted to see despite the hot dry summer that the mixed borders were as stunning as ever and following the recommended wheelchair route made our way around the grounds to the restaurant for a well deserved cup of tea and cake!

Reminiscing with Haslemere Museum

The residents had a wonderful morning learning and reminiscing about old household items brought along by Haslemere Museum.

Founded in 1888 by Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, the aim of the museum was to encourage learning through the handling of objects.  To this day that ethos remains and we are fortunate to have the team bring along artefacts for the residents to explore on a regular basis.

These reminiscence sessions are always thoroughly enjoyed by the residents of both Langham Court and Huntington House, sharing their knowledge and memories of the items being passed around.

Learning about household items of the past

 

Advice for planning the move into a care home

When the decision has been made to make the move into a care home, there are a number of things to think about whilst planning the actual move.  Forward planning will help to ease what can be a challenging time for all involved, just as any house move can be.

Overcoming any personal concerns before the move

For the person moving home it can be a big change, so it is important for family supporting the move to be supportive and considerate of their feelings, as the thought of the move is bound to be daunting.  Whilst there will be lots to think about and organise, our advice is to remember to take time out to listen to any concerns in order to be able to find answers and offer reassurance.

We find those who visit us here at The Huntington and Langham Estate a number of times before the big day, become more familiar with their new home and by meeting the team and residents, they start to build new friendships quickly.  If time and budget permits, it is also worth considering a short respite stay, in preparation for a full time move.

Residents on the terrace

Arranging the best day to move into a residential home

For many families of a relative planning to move into a care home, due to work and family commitments the weekend is generally the best time, however not all residential care homes will take admissions over the weekend.  We are more than happy to welcome you all any day of the week.

“I love to be able to welcome our new residents and their families over a weekend, as we understand the pressures of juggling work and family commitments during the week and want to make the move a stress free for everyone”  Sarah Chapman, Director

We suggest agreeing the schedule with the wider family, as far in advance as possible so that the day itself runs smoothly.  When you arrive its easy to just stay in the new room, but at Huntington House and Langham Court we encourage families to take time to go with their loved one to meet other residents and staff members, or to spend time in the shared areas together.

Our team will be on hand to welcome you all and we are conscious how upsetting the big goodbye on the first day can be, so are happy if the family slip away whilst our homemakers involve our new resident in doing something, so there isn’t the big break.

Visitors are welcome at anytime and we can arrange to prepare lunch for guest in one of our private rooms.

Welcome to The H&L Estate

 Packing for a move into a care home

As with any move it is good to plan ahead what to bring along to your new home.

There may be some items you want to replace or treasured possession not to be forgotten.  If you are packing for someone else, it can be easy to forget or not know their favourite items of clothing for example so again, it’s good to open up the conversation well in advance, to give time to decide what is or isn’t coming.

As space may be a little more limited, it’s good to check this when you visit the home and plan how the items of furniture coming along will fit in the available space.

A few tips we share with families are:

  • As with the H&L Estate there are generally phone points in all bedrooms and private phonelines can be connected via BT, who will allocate a personal number to the room and bill in the same way as in a private home.
  • Electronic devices – any devices being taken with you into a new home will need to be in working order and in some cases checked by an expert (PAT tested) to make sure they are not a fire risk. So if there is a favourite radio or alarm clock which you plan to bring it is worth checking this in advance so not to be without it.
  • Internet – WIFI is available in each room and the team are on hand to help set up personal computers or tablets.
  • Pets – At the Estate we are happy to discuss loyal pets also joining our extended family, and will just have a few questions to check before giving the green light.
  • Clothing – It is a good idea to label clothes, as this will help them to not get muddled up in the laundry.

Top tip for making a care home feel like home

At H&L we actively encourage our residents to place items around the home, not just in their private rooms, as you will see if you visit us we have an eclectic array of artwork and photography around the walls all from our residents.

artworkProfessional Elderly Care - Cosy living room at Huntington House in Surrey

We have a great guide to help families think about how to decorate their loved one’s space as the things we have around our home generally have a memory or significance attached to them.

All of our rooms will be freshly decorated for your arrival and you’ll have a choice of colour, with new residents welcome to bring their own bedding to make their private room more familiar.

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We also encourage you to bring your own furniture and will make our best efforts to make the room available before move day to bring in any pieces of furniture into the home.

Residential Home

Let our family look after your family

We work hard to make The Huntington and Langham Estate a home away from home and empower each person to continue living how they wish to.  We don’t talk about activities and interests, we talk about life and living and have received some wonderful feedback from both our residents and their families which you can see here

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We would love to invite you to visit our beautiful estate.

Please contact us via the web form or give us a call on 01428 604600 – one of our friendly team members will be happy to help you.

 

Royal Reminiscence

Whilst there was a somewhat sombre atmosphere around The Huntington & Langham Estate since hearing the news of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the residents have been joining together in periods of reminiscence with wistful storytelling.  The joy of hearing stories that might otherwise have been lost in the sands of time, has however lifted the mood.

Parties on the high seas

A resident of Huntington House shared memories of attending parties on the Royal Yacht as a child, invited alongside her father who served as an engineer on the vessel.

Hide and Seek with a future Queen

A resident of Langham Court remembers her mother telling the story of helping to hide a young Elizabeth during a game of hide and seek while working in member of the Royal Family’s household.

Writing history

Upon hearing these unique perspectives from Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, the residents of The Huntington & Langham Estate were provided with pages from the book of condolences from Guildford Cathedral, where these stories have now been recorded and immortalised.

Hidden treasure

Over the next few weeks we will also be collecting current coins, stamps and other memorabilia, which will be buried in a time capsule in the grounds of the estate.  Alongside planting a Royal Gala apple tree, which will bear fruit around the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s death every year.

Mourning the death of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

All at the Huntington and Langham Estate are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

We’ve lowered the flag here at Huntington House for Her Majesty The Queen. She served our nation for her lifetime and will always be remembered with fondness and gratitude.

Our Condolences

Her Majesty was a truly remarkable Monarch who dedicated her life to the service of others and will be forever missed and celebrated.

We will be following the period of official mourning across the estate, supporting our residents to pay their respects and share fond memories of her reign.

We extend our sincere condolences to The King and all members of the Royal family.