Join us for Barton Lodge’s Open Day to celebrate our extensive redevelopment

We warmly invite you to our open day at Barton Lodge on Friday 8th March, from 12-5pm.

It will be a fantastic event to celebrate the extensive redevelopment of our award-winning care home.

Don’t miss the Mayor’s ribbon cutting ceremony at 2pm

We will be welcoming New Milton Town Mayor & Chairman of New Milton Town Council, Cllr David Hawkins, to officially open the new areas of our home, with a not-to-be-missed ribbon cutting ceremony at 2pm.

Incredible live music & delicious food

Enjoy incredible live music and sample our scrumptious local fayre created by our talented in-house chefs.

Tours of our new spaces

Join us for guided tours showcasing our enhanced ground-floor residential space and our new dedicated dementia area on the first floor, both boasting stunning views of the Isle of Wight, Barton Golf Course and The Needles.

Our entire home has been completely transformed, featuring a new activities room, an upgraded hair salon, welcoming drinks area and updates such as new flooring, wallpaper, furniture, lighting, themed corridors and bedroom schemes.

     

We’re excited to share these changes with you!

Date: Friday 8th March 2024

Time: 12-5pm (Don’t miss New Milton Town Mayor cutting the ribbon at 2pm!)

Address: Barton Lodge, Barton Common Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5PR

We expect this event to be very popular. To avoid disappointment, please email rsvp@lovingcare-matters.co.uk to reserve your place by Monday 26th February.

Woodley Grange awarded ‘Top 20 Care Home’ for the seventh year in a row!

We are thrilled that Woodley Grange has been recognised as one of the ‘Top 20 Care Homes’ in the South East, for the seventh year running, by leading care home reviews site, carehome.co.uk. What an incredible achievement and very well deserved!

Manucourt Ltd was also named as a ‘Top 20 Small Care Home Group’ in the UK for the seventh year in a row! To receive these awards for the seventh consecutive year, really highlights our ongoing commitment to our residents’ outstanding quality of care.

Rizwan Walji, Manucourt’s Director of Operations said: “We are immensely proud and grateful to all our staff for their outstanding efforts.”

Liliana Macieira, Woodley Grange’s Registered Manager added: “We’d like to say a massive thank you, receiving a 10 out of 10 rating from residents and families reviews is incredible and really shows how valued our staff are!”

To read the full article, published in the Hampshire Chronicle, please click here.

 

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Joan's sweet shop trip

Resident Joan relives sweet memories thanks to Barton Lodge team

Barton Lodge’s lovely resident, Joan Fuggett, 99, has very fond childhood memories of growing up above the family chocolate shop!

To help Joan take a walk done memory lane, the Barton Lodge team arranged a very special trip to Truffles in Lymington, home of traditional pick ‘n’ mix and delicious truffles.

Joan's person-centred activity
Special trip

On the day, Joan met owner Bev and reminisced about her time working at the family business as a girl.

Joan was so happy to see all the old sweet jars and was given a box of chocolates to take back with her – which didn’t last long!

Joan’s story

Joan was born in London and grew up in Reading where her father’s shop, The Chocolate Box, was based before it became a fish and chip shop in recent years.

She moved to New Milton with her father, where she met husband Charlie and the pair bought a house in nearby Bashley.

Joan reflects on happy childhood memories

“I really loved visiting the shop and it was amazing to see all the sweets in big screw top jars, like I remember them being. The smell in there brought back so many happy memories!

“It made me think of the chocolate bar sandwiches I had as a child. My favourites were always the Nestle milk chocolate bar, butterscotch or just a quarter of mixed sweets.

“My dad never used to let me help myself to anything there even though it was tempting! But I was always given anything I asked for and so were my friends when they came to visit.

Joan added: “It was such a lovely day out and I’m so thankful to everyone for arranging it for me. The whole thing brought back so many fond memories!”

Excellent reminiscence therapy

Barton Lodge’s Care Home Manager, Amanda Cooper, said: “Our team love to find new and exciting ways for our residents to relive their most cherished childhood memories.

“We all know how fondly Joan remembers her days living in the shop as a girl and since she’s come back she can’t stop smiling about it.

“Moving into a care home doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things that you love and we were all delighted to arrange this for Joan.

“It’s so important for all of our residents to be able to continue having new experiences but also to be able to reminisce about the wonderful memories they have.”

For more information about the exceptional care Barton Lodge provides, please contact our dedicated team on 01425 209235.

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Residents received the royal treatment at our Jubilee parties

We were very lucky that the sun shone on our Jubilee parties at Woodley Grange and Barton Lodge earlier this month, making them the perfect celebrations fit for the Queen!

At Woodley Grange, Romsey’s Mayoress, Celia Dowden, opened the street party for the residents, their family members and our neighbours. Guests were treated to an afternoon of traditional games, entertainment from a local singer Mike Sideway, as well as a pop-up bar!

One of our Woodley Grange residents said: “It was the best day ever. The music, the food and the decorations were all fantastic.”

Another said: “It was a lovely day indeed – what an amazing thing to do!”

We also held a raffle which raised £137 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Our Jubilee street party at Woodley Grange was even featured in the Romsey Advertiser! Click here to read more.

Leading up to the celebrations, the residents at Barton Lodge helped with preparations, colouring in different decorations and accessorising different T-shirts. On the day, everyone had a fantastic time wearing crowns and dancing away to guest singer Stephen’s tunes.

Rizwan Walji, Manucourt’s Director of Operations remarked: “We would like to thank the families and local residents who joined us for our Jubilee parties, it was great to celebrate together.

We must also give a big thank you to all our wonderful staff, who worked incredibly hard to make the day so memorable. The residents had a fantastic time!”

Baby chicks bring back egg-cellent memories for Barton Lodge resident

Baby chicks bring back egg-cellent memories for Barton Lodge resident

Barton Lodge recently brought back treasured memories for one of its residents, a former chicken farmer, by hatching a brood of chicks.

Kathy took over her farm in 1998 where she looked after around 700 chickens, ducks, sheep, and cows.

When our activities team at Barton Lodge discovered more about Kathy’s background in farming they decided to organise eggs for Kathy and the other residents to hatch.

Kathy said: “I was extremely excited to see the chicks. Working on the farm was very hard but lots of fun.

“My greatest love was always incubating the eggs and watching the chicks hatch. This experience has brought back such lovely memories of my time on the farm.”

Kathy’s farm also had a large poly tunnel where they grew fresh produce to sell to local businesses and she even helped to set-up the Sway Farmers Market.

As she got older, Kathy cut back her involvement in the farm before moving to Barton Lodge in 2019.

The eggs were donated by a local farm and staff lovingly incubated the eggs over a three-week period before seven beautiful chicks finally hatched.

Barton Lodge Manager, Amanda Cooper, said: “Raising these chicks has been a wonderful experience for all our residents and we’re so grateful to our staff for organising this wonderful initiative.

“For Kathy it brought back some amazing memories of her time on the farm and this kind of reminiscence is so important.

“It’s been wonderful to see her smiling when they finally hatched.

“The chicks will eventually return to a local free-range farm, but we all wish we could keep them here with us!”

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Barton Lodge residents take a trip down under to celebrate Australia Day

Barton Lodge residents take a trip down under to celebrate Australia Day

On 26th January, also known as Australia Day, Barton Lodge residents fully embraced Aussie culture, to celebrate the international holiday which honours the first European settlement in Australia.

To make the day extra special, the staff transformed Barton Lodge with Australian themed decorations, including Australian flag bunting and placemats, kangaroo and shark table decorations, plus a wonderful display showcasing Australia’s indigenous animals.

Jenny, Barton Lodge’s Activities Co-ordinator said; “None of the residents had been to Australia before, so this was the perfect opportunity to experience Australia and learn new things.”

Throughout the day the residents enjoyed learning about Australian animals, Australian music and Australian TV, before having a good old Australian sing song!

The residents were treated to a special Australian Day menu for lunch, which consisted of: ‘Pie Floater’, a very tasty meat pie, which was served on a bed of pea soup and topped with tomato sauce; ‘Barbequed snags’, a big crowd pleaser of sausages served in barbeque sauce, which was finished with a delicious pavlova for dessert.

Barbara, Activities Co-ordinator added; “All of the residents and staff had a fantastic time learning about Australia and sampling the food! We’re now thinking of ideas for our next country visit.”

The residents are already looking forward to visiting the next country! To find out more about the special activities held at Barton Lodge, please click here.

Barbados comes to Barton Lodge

Sitting on a beach with golden sand and watching the waves and tide flow in and out whilst enjoying delicious food sounds like a dream for many people.
This dream came true for Jo, one of our residents, as she enjoyed a ‘Caribbean surprise’ recently.

Bon voyage! Residents set sail on their ‘world cruise’

Bon voyage! Residents set sail on their ‘world cruise’

While most of us have been mourning cancelled holidays this year due to COVID-19, our residents at Barton Lodge have been setting sail to dreamy destinations (via their armchairs) on their luxury cruise liner, ‘Barton at Sea’.

First stop on their world cruise this year was China, just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year. Residents made their very own Chinese lanterns out of paper and tucked into a delicious stir fry.

Our residents then sailed back to Europe and took a trip to beautiful Spain, where they enjoyed a Spanish lunch consisting of paella, omelette and milk pudding. Everyone agreed that the cuisine was delicious! The lovely Rita and Maddie even put on their dancing shoes and entertained the crowds with their Spanish moves. It was the best Flamenco we’ve seen!

After a fantastic trip to Spain, it was time for our residents to get back onboard ‘Barton at Sea’ and brush up on their Italian, ready for their stop in sunny Naples. On their trip to southern Italy, residents made pizza and enjoyed some spaghetti!

Where do you think we should sail to next?

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The benefits of gardening for older people

The benefits of gardening for older people

With spring now in full swing, our residents at Barton Lodge and Woodley Grange have been making full use of our beautiful, landscaped grounds. From potting, digging and pruning, to helping water the plants, our residents love to give a helping hand. Not only is this a fun activity for all abilities to enjoy, it’s great for their health too. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Stimulating

Gardens are sensory places where the scenery is constantly changing. The herbs and flowers in summer and crisp golden leaves in autumn can be very stimulating for residents, which is why both our Homes have their very own sensory gardens. These are home to colourful flowers, aromatic herbs and feeding stations for visiting birds to help stimulate senses through touch, sight, scent, taste and hearing.

Encourages physical movement

As we get older it becomes more important than ever to make sure that physical movement is a part of life. Gardening works all of the major muscle groups. This makes it a good way for older people to continue with the aerobic and strength building exercises they need to stay mobile, helping prevent falls.

Improves mental health

While gardening has many physical benefits, it can also positively impact your mental health. After all, science has proven that people are happier in nature. Those who experience depression, which is more common as we age, can improve their mood when they come into contact with soil. When people inhale a certain bacteria that lives in the soil, it increases serotonin levels and reduces anxiety.

Gardening also allows our residents to focus on something that will give them a feeling of true achievement. There’s nothing more rewarding than watching something you have planted grow and blossom into something beautiful.

Vitamin D exposure

Vitamin D is a crucial component of healthy aging. Gardening outside in the sun exposes older people to a natural source of vitamin D. While this is good news, it’s also important to ensure that protective measures are taken to avoid the dangers of exposure to sunlight and problems with dehydration.

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Jo becomes Barton Lodge’s very own Mary Berry for the day

Jo becomes Barton Lodge’s very own Mary Berry for the day

Before joining us at Barton Lodge, our talented resident Jo used to make and decorate cakes for her friends and family.

From Christmas to weddings, Jo’s cakes were a must-have for all special occasions. So, when our activities team asked Jo what her wish would be for our Wish Maker campaign, she naturally turned to her passion for all things cake!

For her wish, Jo asked to share her skills with Barton Lodge by giving everyone a demonstration on how to decorate a cake. Jo’s wish was granted and she became our very own Mary Berry for the day.

Jo wanted to stick to a more traditional way of decorating, so chose to use butter icing, grated chocolate and fresh fruit to create her scrumptious masterpiece.

After the demonstration, Jo made sure the cake made its way onto the tea trolley for all the residents to enjoy.

Commenting on her wish, Barton Lodge’s activities team said; “Jo has lots of very happy memories of her cakes and how thrilled people were to receive them from her. Although she thought she had become “a little rusty”, she thoroughly enjoyed this experience (especially not having to wash up afterwards!).”