A Whole New Perception of Residential Care | Family-Centred Care Home in Surrey

This week, at our family-centred care home in Surrey, we’re thrilled to unveil our brand new road signs!

Depicting dancing silhouettes of elderly individuals, our new signs aim to reimagine the perceptions of older people - and deliver a brand new view of dementia care.

At the estate, our aim is to enable and to deliver freedom - and we love how our new signs show that age is no barrier to a joyful life.

Our Family-Centred Care Home in Surrey: The Inspiration Behind Our New Signs

Our sign designs were inspired by the winning entry of a competition hosted by Centre for Ageing Better, which saw SwaG Design recreate the crossing sign with energy enthused older people. Running with the theme, we’ve opted for people dancing together to emphasise the energetic, jubilant lives enjoyed by many of those living on our estate.

Silhouettes of two residents dancing - new road signs at family-centred care home in Surrey

Charlie, our director, said: “Older people are all too easily pigeonholed as being frail, slow-moving and often simply weary of life. The truth is though that’s far from the case. In fact, if you had driven down our drive last week, you would have had to be mindful of dozens of people dancing in our car park during a lively outdoor concert. There’s no such thing as being over the hill when you have so much life left to live and we wanted to emphasise that.”

He continued: “We loved the sign examples that won the Centre for Ageing Better’s competition and wanted to pay tribute with our own versions here on our private road. They’re amongst the first things people see when travelling up our drive and we like to think it sets the tone for the rest of their visit, or indeed their residency, should they choose to live with us.”

New road sign at family-centred care home in Surrey - two residents dancing

At our family-centred care home in Surrey, we’re all about creating a home-from-home for our residents. When it comes to our clinical handwashing signs, for example, we’ve adapted them to look like a picture in a frame, with the handwashing instructions bordering a black and white image from an old movie. This helps to take the clinical edge off the signs, whilst still conveying the necessary instructions.

Charlie added: “When you take a step back and reflect on your approach to care it helps to open up your mind to ways of adapting all sorts of things. It would be easy to simply take health and safety signs, print them out and put them up, thereby ticking the necessary boxes. The truth is though, whilst necessary in a care setting, people don’t have health and safety signs scattered around their homes under normal circumstances. By doing this, we look to ensure we deliver safe care but in a way that enhances a space rather than detracts from it, helping to create a truly homely environment.”

We’re proud to be fully accredited as complying with The Butterfly Approach and Dragonfly Approach to care, which support those with dementia and non-dementia respectively, and seek to put the individual at the heart of care provision by creating a person-centred care culture.

The care models value emotional intelligence, domestic household living, and the core belief that everyone has a unique story that has meaning and matters. It is about putting the focus back on people and their emotions by helping carers access the interior world of the person they are caring for.

If you’d like to find out more about our family-centred care home in Surrey, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.

Do You Need Help With Dementia Care? | Our Top 5 Tips

 

Do you care for a loved one at home?

 

Perhaps you’re looking for some help with dementia care?

 

A dementia diagnosis is life-changing for the individual affected and their families. Many people wish to care for their loved ones at home since this is the environment in which they feel most comfortable. 

 

If your loved one is living with dementia and you’d like to find out how you can support them at home, keep reading:

 

Incorporate Simplicity into their Daily Life

The mind of someone living with dementia is often disoriented – particularly as they progress towards the later stages. This can lead to unpredictable emotions, and the individual may find it hard to make decisions – particularly when they are presented with too much choice.

 

To prevent feelings of overwhelm, try to simplify your loved one’s day-to-day life as much as possible. When faced with decisions such as their outfit for the day, or what they’re going to have for dinner, try narrowing their choices down to two options. 

 

So, each morning, perhaps present your loved one with two outfits, or two choices for breakfast. This way, your loved one retains enough autonomy to live independently, but with a manageable number of options.

 

Woman choosing two outfits: dementia care at home

 

Live in Their Reality

As your loved one’s dementia progresses, they’ll likely experience realities different to yours. This may prompt them to see, hear and experience things that you may not. It may be tempting to try and reassure them that their experiences are just hallucinations, but doing so may actually have an adverse effect and cause confusion.

 

Rather, it’s better to accept your loved one’s experiences and live in their reality. At Huntington and Langham Estate, we’re proud to be Butterfly accredited – and this means that we take a family-centred approach to dementia care.

 

From wearing their own pyjamas to sourcing medication from personalised cabinets, our nurses work hard to create a home-from-home experience for our residents living with dementia.

 

Created by Meaningful Care Matters, the Butterfly Approach is the next step in dementia care. 

 

Watch their latest video to find out more:

 

Ensure Your Loved One Lives a Healthy Day-to-Day Lifestyle

The key to caring for most health conditions is ensuring that the individual has access to a healthy day-to-day lifestyle. 

 

If you’re unsure about how to provide your loved one with a healthy, balanced diet, this NHS article demonstrates the importance of a high protein diet with plenty of fluids – and advises on the best ways to incorporate them.

 

Try to encourage your loved one to engage in light exercise, too. A brisk walk or some simple stretches, such as these, can help to increase mobility and regulate mood.

 

Create a Memory Box With Your Loved One

If your loved one receives a dementia diagnosis, it could be a good idea to gently encourage them to create a memory box or book with you.

 

On difficult days, you can help your loved one to try and relive happy memories by flicking through old photos and diary entries. Don’t forget to label the photos with names and dates!

 

Elderly lady looking at old pictures - dementia care at home

 

Seek Professional Care Options

Caring for a loved one at home can be incredibly difficult, particularly when these responsibilities are juggled alongside a full-time job and childcare.

 

It’s important to take time out as a caregiver, too; if you become exhausted, your health may become compromised and your loved one may not receive the care they really need.

 

If you feel that a break from your caregiving responsibilities could be beneficial for you, why not try respite care options? Temporary day and/or night care can help you and your loved one decide whether permanent professional care could be the right option. Alternatively, you may find that a few respite breaks a year may give you the time you need to rejuvenate.

 

If you’d like to find out how we can help with dementia care, just contact a member of our team.

 

Alternatively, why not find out all about the completion of our extension in our previous blog?

Our Extension is Complete! | Dementia Care Home in Surrey

After months of hard work and dedication, we’re delighted to announce that the extension of our dementia care home in Surrey is finally complete!

We’re thrilled to now be able to provide 11 extra bedrooms for new residents, as well as offering enhanced living space that includes three new living areas purpose-built for our residents’ needs.

We’re now in a position to welcome a dozen new residents, with four rooms already reserved. Alongside the new bedrooms, three additional communal areas have also been added as part of the renovation work, while the incorporation of a new wheelchair friendly road now allows for better access to more areas of our estate - including our animal grazing fields, lake and parts of the woodland.

The extension has been fully signed off by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is now officially certified as meeting the requisite standards.

Charlie, our director, said: “Actually being in the extension to Langham Court is incredible. It’s been a concept for years, so to be able to physically enter is wonderful. It’s turned out so much better than I’d ever hoped. It offers calmness and a great sense of wellbeing, with views of the South Downs and the sheep grazing on the estate providing a real feeling of peacefulness and contentment. It’s surpassed everything we could’ve hoped for and we’re delighted with the outcome.”

Charlie continued: “One thing we always encourage our residents to do is to bring lots of personal possessions with them to make the space feel more homely. This isn’t limited to the bedrooms; we encourage this personalisation to spill out to our hallways and day rooms too. Langham Court is an accredited Butterfly home, which means it follows a model of care that focuses on the individual, valuing their emotional intelligence and delivering relationship-based care. Creating a space with personality enthused décor plays a large part in capturing the essence of the Butterfly model, which sits at the heart of what we do.”

At our dementia care home in Surrey, we’d be delighted to welcome you through our doors. If you’d like to find out more about our extension, or you’d like to enquire about our care, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.

Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog, which focuses on our collaboration with Parkinson’s UK?

Parkinson’s Therapy: Taking a Look Back at Our Collaboration With Parkinson’s UK

April marks #ParkinsonsAwarenessMonth – and at Huntington and Langham Estate, we’re proud to offer Parkinson’s therapy to those in our community that require it.

 

Last year, we were delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Parkinson’s UK to produce an insightful article series about Parkinson’s Disease, helping to raise awareness of the impacts it can have on the lives of those affected.

Elderly woman and young woman holding hands 

From raising awareness of important warning signs to offering top tips on coping mechanisms, our article takes a holistic perspective on the condition. Whether or not you’re affected by Parkinson’s, we hope that this article will offer you some consolation and/or give you a better understanding.

 

So, without further ado, here are some highlights from our Parkinson’s UK collaboration:

 

What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. It’s the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world, and currently, around 145,000 people are living with Parkinson’s in the UK. 

 

Some of the less well-known symptoms include:

– Stress and anxiety

– Chronic pain and fatigue

– Loss of smell

– Changes in digestion or sleep.

 

How Can Parkinson’s Affect Day-to-Day Life?

There is no ‘typical day’ with Parkinson’s. It is a fluctuating condition, so it can change day-to-day or for some people, hour-to-hour. Because of the range of symptoms involved in Parkinson’s, it also impacts everyone with the condition differently. 

 

With medication and small adjustments, some people can maintain the same standard of life they had before diagnosis for a long time. However, for some people the effects on their daily life will be considerable, for example including pain, not being able to sleep, anxiety and even being unable to move at all for short periods (freezing).

 

As Parkinson’s is a degenerative condition, people will see their symptoms become worse over time and respond less to medication. This means the impact on daily life will be more noticeable, and ultimately many people will eventually need regular support from health and care professionals.

 

What are People’s Biggest Misconceptions About Living With Parkinson’s?

There are many misconceptions about Parkinson’s; one of the main ones being that people can no longer achieve what they used to. However, with the right support (i.e. physiotherapists, speech and language therapy), many can continue living their lives independently, meaningful, enriched and as safe as possible.

 

Care and support from a family member are invaluable. They know you better than anyone else; your likes and dislikes, and parts of their personality that they may not reveal to anyone else.

 

They’re likely to trust you more than anyone else they know, so take care to listen wholeheartedly. Often, people with Parkinson’s will open up to their trusted loved ones rather than anyone else.

 

How has Parkinson’s research developed? Is a cure looking likely?

As a charity, we want to develop better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s in the shortest possible time frame. In the past 50 years, vital discoveries have been made that have revolutionised our understanding of Parkinson’s and the brain.

 

Now, thanks to this progress, breakthrough new treatments are being tested in clinical trials that have the potential to slow, stop or even reverse Parkinson’s. The more we are able to invest in developing these new and better treatments, the faster we’ll get there. Given the right investment, we believe improved treatments are possible in years rather than decades. This year, we will be launching our new strategy and as part of that, we hope that we can deliver a breakthrough treatment by 2024.

 

At Huntington and Langham Estate, we’re huge advocates of The Butterfly Model, and it takes precedence in our approach to care. Taking a holistic viewpoint, the model focuses on each individual as a whole, and puts ‘Feelings Matter Most’ at the centre of its ethos.

 

To read our full collaboration with Parkinson’s UK, click the links below.

Understanding Parkinson’s – Part 1

Understanding Parkinson’s – Part 2

 

Alternatively, if you would like to contact a member of our team to find out how we can help you, just visit the ‘Contact’ page on our website.

The Therapeutic Benefits of Gardening: Creating Beautiful Spaces

 

Did you know that, according to a thrive.org study, 80% of people experience improved mental health after engaging in gardening activities?

 

The therapeutic benefits of gardening are endless, with many keen green-thumbed individuals experiencing reduced anxiety and a surge in happiness and motivation.

 

Whether you enjoy tending to a few indoor succulents, or you have plans to create your very own at-home nature reserve, there are no limits to the benefits that gardening offers.

 

So, without further ado, grab yourself a warm beverage and find out all about how gardening can improve your mental and physical health:

 

Therapeutic Benefits of Gardening: Boosts Self Esteem and Provides a Sense of Purpose

Gardening is widely appreciated for its ability to boost self-esteem and offer a sense of purpose, particularly for those who experience loneliness.

 

The manual process of planting, growing – and in some cases, harvesting – is therapeutic to many, and allows gardeners to experience the amazing feeling of nurturing a living organism. 

 

Watching a plant grow as a result of your dedication is highly rewarding, offering individuals a chance to find purpose at a time that they may be struggling to do so.

 

Spending time amongst nature and wildlife also offers an invaluable sense of perspective, instilling gratitude and comfort.

Therapeutic benefits of gardening: Ladies hands planting a purple flower on a blue wooden table

Gardening Encourages Physical Activity

In addition to providing a healthy dose of fresh air, gardening also encourages you to engage in physical activity.

 

For some, the thought of exercise is a little daunting – but gardening offers a great opportunity to get your body moving without thinking too much about it.

 

If you’re passionate about gardening, you’ll likely be more focused on the task at hand – blissfully unaware of the physical exertion required to shovel soil, plant seeds and water your array of plants.

 

Gardening also offers a great incentive to exercise, too, since you know that it’s necessary to perform regular maintenance if you are to keep your plants alive.

 

Therapeutic Benefits of Gardening: Reduces Stress and Anxiety

When combined with mindful breathing, gardening can help to instil tranquillity and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

 

Being surrounded by green space, fresh air and an array of colours can work wonders for our mental health, restoring a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Combined with the task of nurturing plants and/or fresh produce, the act of gardening is a great way to keep our cognitive health in check, too.

 

For many, successful gardening brings joy and accomplishment – and, in turn, positive reinforcement. This stimulates the release of endorphins, our feel-good hormone, which reduces the perception of pain and increases pleasure.

Therapeutic benefits of gardening: Man tending to a patch of green vegetables

 

Gardening Provides Socialising Opportunities

If you’re fortunate enough to be a member of a community garden, you’ll likely be spending much of your time around like-minded individuals. This offers an invaluable opportunity to make friends and engage in regular interactions.

 

Linked closely to increased self-esteem and boosted cognitive function, regular social interactions are incredibly beneficial to mental and emotional health.

 

Vegetable/Herb Gardening Encourages Healthy Eating

If you enjoy growing your own produce, you’ll likely know how this can positively influence your eating habits.

 

By enduring the time and effort it takes to grow vegetables and herbs, you’ll likely be anticipating the day that you can finally harvest them, before transforming them into a tasty meal. Many vegetable patch owners enjoy creating seasonal dishes, such as homemade root vegetable soups or casseroles.

 

At Huntington and Langham Estate, we love exploring the therapeutic benefits of gardening – from watching our produce grow first-hand, to the endless opportunities it provides for spending time amongst our beautiful wildlife.

 

If you’d like to find out more about the activities we enjoy at the estate, or you’d like to arrange a virtual tour, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team or take some time to browse the website.


5 Ways Residential Assisted Living Can Improve Quality of Life

Are you thinking of seeking residential assisted living options for your loved one?

 

Facing the prospect that your loved one may need additional assistance can be a difficult reality to accept. Caring for a family member at home is rarely easy, particularly if you’re trying to juggle it with other responsibilities.

 

Whether you’re simply looking to take a short break, or you’re looking for more permanent options for your loved one, learn how residential assisted living options could improve quality of life.

 

Boosted Security and Peace of Mind

Having the ability to feel safe and secure in your home environment should never be underestimated. If you’re unsure as to whether your loved one would benefit from residential assisted living, consider whether their current home environment is suitable for their needs. Depending on their personal requirements, you may feel that they would be safer under professional supervision.

 

If you feel your loved one would be more comfortable in their familiar surroundings, however, it’s important to take some time to assess the space. Think about whether they need the addition of mobility aids, larger gaps between furniture, non-slip materials, etc. You can find more information about adjusting your loved one’s home on the Age UK website.

residential assisted living: mobility aids at home

Companionship and Friends For Life

Over the past year, loneliness has, unfortunately, taken prevalence in many of our lives; particularly for older people who live alone. 

 

At Huntington and Langham Estate, we think that no-one should ever feel lonely. Companionship is something we focus on heavily, and we regularly encourage our staff and residents to take part in group activities.

 

At a residential assisted living facility, you really do make friends for life. It offers an invaluable sense of companionship that your loved one may be otherwise missing.

Residents Benefit From a Personalised Care Plan

With a professional care team on-site 24/7, at a residential assisted living facility, your loved one can rest in the peace of mind that their personal needs are attended to as and when needed.

 

With a tailored, person-centred care plan to support their care, any support your loved one receives will always be designed around their individual needs, whilst always looking to provide them with a positive experience.

 

24/7 Access to Nutritious, Tailored Meals

Keeping your loved one well-fed with three nutritious meals a day can be incredibly challenging when you’re balancing caregiving responsibilities with a part-time job.

 

At our estate, we take this pressure away from at-home caregivers by providing nutritionally dense, delicious home-cooked meals to our residents on a daily basis.

 

Designed to meet dietary preferences, our meal plans strike a balance between providing tasty, wholesome meals, and a sense of indulgence with attention given to personal favourites.

residential assisted living - healthy dish

Fun, Stimulating Activities in a Home-From-Home

Many residential assisted living facilities curate stimulating, carefully designed activity plans that help to keep their residents engaged.

 

At our estate, we try to include a good mixture of on-site and off-site activities that stimulate different aspects of the human body. For example, arts and crafts are great for fine motor skills – whilst a stroll around our grounds is ideal for building muscle strength.

 

Residential assisted living facilities offer a bounty of benefits to older people, as well as their loved ones. They’re designed to offer the best possible care to residents, whilst making daily life as enjoyable as possible.

 

If you’d like to find out more about us and our care, do take a few minutes to browse our website. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of our team if you’d like to arrange a virtual tour.

 

Whilst you’re here, why not find out all about how we celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Day?

Random Acts of Kindness Day: How We’ve Been Spreading Cheer!

 

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day! 

 

Here at the estate, we’re passionate about embracing any opportunity to spread joy within our home, and throughout the community.

 

The past year has been a rollercoaster ride – and so, we think it’s more important than ever that we clutch to little nuggets of happiness whenever they arise.

 

So, sit back, relax and enjoy reading all about the random acts of kindness we’ve been exhibiting throughout February.

 

Random Acts of Kindness Day: Surprising Our Care Team

To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, we’ve taken the opportunity to show our gratitude to our care team for all the hard work they do each day.

 

So, we surprised each member of the H&L team with either a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates. It’s safe to say that they were delighted with their gifts!

Surprising care staff at H&L Estate for Random Acts of Kindness Day

 

Spreading the Love on Valentine’s Day 

Last Sunday, we donned our creative hats to celebrate the day of love.

 

Three members of our wonderful team clubbed together to create mini hand-made Valentine’s cards for the H&L family. A small act of kindness really does go a long way; our residents were overjoyed with the gesture!

H&L Estate getting crafty for Random Acts of Kindness Day

 

Random Act of Kindness: Getting Crafty

It’s not just our staff that love getting creative; it turns out that our residents do, too! We were delighted to see their enthusiasm for making Valentine’s cards and sending love to their nearest and dearest.

Doing arts and crafts at H&L Estate for Random Acts of Kindness Day

 

Random Act of Kindness: Baking Sweet Treats

At the estate, we think there’s little better than a tray of warm, freshly baked goodies.

 

We were delighted to discover that one of our residents had decided to treat us with a delicious array of shortbread, moulded into heart shapes in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Baking sweet treats at H&L Estate for Random Acts of Kindness Day

 

We Have a Secret Hairdresser Among Us…

This may come as a surprise to some of you… Bess, one of our team leaders, has a special talent (aside from her wonderful caring nature!); she’s actually a qualified hairdresser!

 

Hairdressing at H&L Estate for Random Acts of Kindness Day 

 

During lockdown, Bess has very kindly been putting her skills into practice, making our residents feel special with a fresh haircut.

 

Thank you to all our staff and residents for continuing to spread kindness and joy at our home, and throughout the community. It truly does make all the difference at a time that’s so difficult for us all.

 

How did you celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day? Let us know via our social media channels.

 

Alternatively, take a look at our previous article for our latest extension updates.

Expanding Our Care Home in Hindhead: See the New Billboard!

 

More staff, more space, more sheep…

 

We’re delighted to show you our latest billboard!

care home in Hindhead new billboard

At our care home in Hindhead, we’re expanding, and we want you – our community – to know all about it!

 

We’ll have more space to offer each resident, allowing us to further integrate our family-oriented approach to care.

 

Our friends come in all shapes and sizes at the estate, too – with a whole family of sheep inhabiting our extensive grounds.

Sheep at Huntington and Langham Estate

Building works are underway, and we can’t wait to show you the final results! Watch this space…

 

In the meantime, why not find out a little more about our extension? Read our previous blog, which also features some beautiful drone imagery.

 

To find out more about our care home in Hindhead, do take a few minutes to explore the website.

Could You Be Part of Our Family?: Expanding Our Care Home in Surrey [New Drone Imagery]

At our care home in Surrey, we’re thrilled to be expanding our space.

With more space per resident, and more staff than most other dementia homes, we’re proud to offer a family-centred approach to care.

 

Our friends come in all shapes and sizes at the estate, too – with a whole family of sheep inhabiting our extensive grounds.

After the difficult year we’ve all experienced, we’re delighted to be undertaking an extension. It will see 12 new bedrooms added to our offering, alongside two additional lounges for our lovely residents to enjoy. In addition, a new wheelchair friendly road will provide access to more areas of our estate, including our animal grazing fields and parts of the woodland.

We can’t wait to share the results with you. Watch this space… we’re anticipating project completion by spring 2021!
 

If you’d like to make an enquiry or book a virtual viewing of our home, please do contact a member of our team

 

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the concept of ‘family-centred care’, and what it means for all of us at the estate. Take a look at our previous article to find out more.

How We’re Celebrating Christmas 2020 at Our Home | Residential Care, Hindhead

At our residential care home in Surrey, we can’t quite believe we’ve reached the end of another year – it seems to have flown by, although it’s undoubtedly been a rollercoaster ride for many.

 

We’re not letting the final few weeks of the year pass us by without a celebration or two – and so, in anticipation of the festive season, we’ve been taking the opportunity to accessorise our home and indulge in some Christmas-sy arts and crafts.

 

Creating a Festive Window Display

We began our festivities, of course, by creating displays around our home for all to see. We dressed our window sills with winter village-themed scenes, offering a visual treat for those inside and outside.

 

Appreciating the Natural Beauty that Surrounds Us

Neigh-d we say more?

 

Enjoying a Special Visit From Local Carol Singers

This month, we were very fortunate to receive a very special visit from a group of local carol singers. What better way to get in the Christmas spirit?

 

Connecting With Our Local Community

At our residential care home in Surrey, we were absolutely delighted to receive a hand-painted wreath from a very talented group of little artists.

 

Some of the children from the local preschool were kind enough to send us a wonderful piece of artwork this month, created with their very own small hands. It’s certainly brought a wealth of festive joy to all at the estate!

 

Making Our Very Own Christmas Crowns

Who said there could only be three kings?

 

This year, we’ve been turning all of our residents into royalty. They’ve loved making their very own shiny crowns, before modelling them – and, of course, enjoying a well-deserved glass of wine!

 

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

And, of course… not forgetting the all-important Christmas tree. 

 

This year, we’ve not only decorated our tree… we’ve created our own ones, too, to be displayed around the home!

 

Adding the Finishing Touches…

Once we had enjoyed the beginning of our festive celebrations, we still had a few decorations to dot around. After scattering a few twinkling fairy lights, dressing our mantlepiece and embellishing a few more window sills, our home had officially become a winter wonderland!

 

A Festive Throwback…

We couldn’t finish this article without sharing a wonderful festive throwback. Here’s a reminder of Christmas 2016 at the estate, where our residents enjoyed a visit from one of our furry friends!

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Last week, we shared our latest drone imagery of our exciting new extension. If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to check out our previous blog post.

 

Alternatively, to find out more about what we’ve been getting up to, don’t forget to take a look at our social media channels.