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11th July

What's the difference between respite care and day care?

Whilst caregiving can be rewarding, it can also be extremely demanding – both physically and mentally. When a loved one becomes ill, it’s almost by instinct that we want to take care of them – but in doing so, it can be all too easy to forget about our own health and wellbeing, particularly if this is juggled alongside a full-time job and looking after children. Taking time out to look after yourself, as a carer, is important for your caregiving responsibilities, since being exhausted can prevent you from providing the best care possible.

 

Respite and day care options can be ideal for those who both provide and require at-home care, giving the carer a much needed break and their loved one opportunities to interact with others whilst receiving support.

 

Respite care

Respite care options are ideal for carers who are looking to take a short break away from their day-to-day responsibilities. Available for 1-4 weeks at a time, respite care at Huntington House and Langham Court offers full-time care to those who need it, allowing their carers to take some time out. Whether you’ve planned a holiday or you’re needed elsewhere at short notice, respite care offers help in both emergency and pre-planned situations.

 

At The Huntington and Langham Estate, we realise the importance of carers dedicating some time to boosting their own physical and mental health. Carers can relax in the knowledge that their loved ones are looked after in their absence, as they’re offered an exciting selection of activities, freshly cooked meals with locally sourced ingredients and beautiful gardens. We encourage all of our residents – no matter their length of stay – to get involved and make new friends, whilst being as independent as possible.

 

Day care

Similarly to respite care, day care is usually given as an opportunity for at-home carers to take some time out for themselves – a day at a time, rather than a whole week or more. At Langham Court, we open our day care doors twice per week, welcoming people from all walks of life who need extra support with daily routines. Our day care service provides visitors with opportunities to meet new people, a nutritious three course meal, refreshments and homemade cakes. We like our visitors to feel part of a community, no matter their length of stay.

 

Although caring for a loved one is an important responsibility to take on, you should never feel that it has to consume your whole life, or feel guilty for taking time out. Your health and wellbeing, as a carer, is equally as important. To speak to a member of our team about our care options, please click here.

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Young and old play
14th February

Here at the Huntington & Langham Estate, age really is just a number

Many people think that care homes are just for the older generation – but they couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, if you tried to work out the average age of people who walk through our doors, you’ll probably find that it’s around 30! Let us explain…

Here at the Huntington & Langham Estate, we’re here to provide expert care for those in need of a helping hand in our homes. But one other key thing that we focus on is community. That includes sponsoring local events, supporting local businesses and building great relationships with local schools.

That’s why you’ll quite often see local children laughing, learning and playing here in our homes, and we love seeing our residents thrive when spending time with the youngest generation. Our links with local schools bring so many benefits to the people who live here, and we believe this quality time is a key part of our residents being able to lead truly fulfilling lives. In our eyes, it’s something every care home should consider if they’re not already.

We are lucky enough to have great links with fabulous schools. The children come in every week and fill the home with much laughter, along with a unique energy, spirit and openness that’s so refreshing. They don’t see wheelchairs, they don’t see dementia and they don’t see age – they simply experience fun, connections, friendships and cake!

We have had a strong relationship with St. Edmund’s School in Hindhead for over 30 years and over the past 18 months or so, we have been lucky enough to host their reception classes here in our home. Every week in term time, the school’s reception pupils come along to learn, and our residents love having them here. The class alternates between our two homes, and the children usually spend time singing, chatting with our residents, reading books and getting stuck in with arts and crafts, and we also have all sorts of fun things like dressing-up boxes and games. The teachers bring in everything needed to hold each class here, but mostly, it’s about letting the children completely be themselves in the company of our residents.

This is what Karen Bailey, Head of Early Years at St. Edmund’s School, has to say about holding classes here in our home: “The relationship between the two generations is something truly special that just happens naturally. Our visits link young and old through play, giving us a greater understanding and appreciation of another generation that we may not otherwise have regular contact with. The children cannot wait to see their friends every week.”

More recently, we have welcomed the children from PK Preschool. They visit us once a month with their parents to sing, draw, read and play games. The interaction is a delight to see and most importantly, the experience is beneficial to both young and old.

If you are connected to a local school or nursery in the Grayshott area and would like to get involved, we’re always keen to build new relationships; we believe this quality time here in our home is just as beneficial for children as it is for the people who live here, so why not get in touch? There’s nothing quite like seeing these two generations come together and it really does show that age is just a number.

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Day Care
28th January

A warm, welcoming Day Centre offering fun and friendship

The Day Centre here at the Huntington & Langham Estate has gone from strength to strength over the past 18 months and continues to offer all sorts of activities for everyone. During the summer months, we spent a great deal of time outside tending to the high raised beds – we were growing lettuce and beetroot that was later enjoyed as fresh filling for ham and salad rolls, which were both made and eaten by those attending the Day Centre.

We had a wonderful year here in 2018, with highlights including our brilliant tea dance in the summer, our day trip to Hayling Island, complete with fish & chips and ice cream, regular performances from Kevin the pianist and weekly visits from the children at St. Edmund’s School. We finished off the year by putting together shoebox gifts for members of the community, packed with all sorts of Christmas goodies, including biscuits, sweets, Christmas decorations, soup tins and an invitation to join us for afternoon tea and entertainment here at Langham Court – and we then held a Christmas party and carol concert to draw 2018 to an end.

We currently have vacancies for the Day Centre on both Tuesdays and Thursdays – if you would like to book a place, please contact Vee Hey on 01428 606 143. Sessions run from 10:30am until 3:30pm, costing just £55 per day, and include a wide variety of activities along with a three-course meal, refreshments and homemade cakes.

If you’d like to come and see the Day Centre for yourself before committing to come along, we’re pleased to announce that we’re holding an Open Day on Tuesday 19th February from 11am until 3pm, and we’d love to see you there to answer any questions you may have and show you around.

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Box folding
15th November

The Huntington & Langham Christmas Box Project

Here at the Huntington & Langham Estate, we’re taking part in this year’s Christmas Box Project to help those less fortunate than ourselves. It’s a community project that has been set up to help elderly residents in our towns and villages who live alone, as they may not receive any other presents this Christmas, and a box of goodies from us will give them something nice to unwrap.

It’s a nice gesture to make sure everyone has something this Christmas. It’s also a wonderful project for those attending our day centre to focus on, and it has been great seeing them all work together to make, fill and wrap the many boxes we have put together.

Who’s involved in the project?

The readers of the local Messenger group of newspapers fill shoeboxes with lots of lovely Christmas-themed items, then the boxes are delivered across the area in conjunction with local Age Concern groups, church projects, Petersfield Salvation Army, local hospitals, nursing homes and to individual people in the community who we believe live alone.

It really is a fantastic project to help local people; now in its fourth year, it comes back bigger and better each time. Last year, with the help of readers and local businesses, over 1,000 boxes were gifted to the elderly residents of our town and beyond.

What’s in the H&L boxes?

Inside each of the boxes we’ve been making, filling and wrapping here at the Huntington & Langham Estate, we have included a personal invitation to two free concerts being held right here in early 2019. We have also included a handmade Christmas decoration in each box, together with some delicious edible items, such as biscuits and other sweet treats, crackers and custard, soup and steamed sponge puddings! Hopefully our boxes will put smiles on the faces of those who receive them – and we really look forward to seeing each of them in the new year for our concerts.

If you would like to get involved in our day centre’s antics, please do get in touch by calling 01428 606 143 or by emailing us at langham@hlestate.co.uk – we would love to see you here at our Day Centre sometime.

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17th July

Plenty of projects to get stuck in with at day care

At day care here at Langham Court, we organise a wide range of activities for people to get involved with, such as singing, quizzes, baking, gardening, music and movement, arts and crafts, and even DIY – recently, we’ve been doing a spot of upcycling!

Upcycling is a very popular activity, and it encourages people to work together – and better yet, it doesn’t end when a project’s over, as the nest of tables you can see being sanded down in this photo will take pride of place in Langham Court when they’re finished. That means that once the tables are complete, we can all sit back, admire and even use our finished work.

In one of the photos, two gentlemen are sanding the largest of the tables, preparing the surface for the next stage, which will be a much-needed coat of paint. The plan thereafter is to decoupage the top of the table and finally, finish it off with a coat of varnish. Projects like this are a great way of empowering people and giving them a sense of achievement.

We also take great pleasure in growing our own vegetables, and the other photo shows two of our gentlemen busy preparing the soil for the lettuces and beetroot we grew. We then put the homegrown lettuce in freshly made rolls with ham and cheese! Everyone was encouraged to make their own rolls up, which made every bite taste even better. Now we just need to decide what to grow next!

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Day Care
1st June

Transitioning into day care – taking the time to trust our team

Making the decision to come along to Langham Court for day care is a big deal, as there can be many different health, mobility or confidence barriers to overcome before stepping out the door to come and join in the fun – but once you’ve arrived at the Huntington & Langham Estate, you’ll be so glad you did.

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