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!”

top-secret science and technology laboratory

Roy relives top-secret MOD days

Roy relives top-secret MOD days

The team at Woodley Grange were so pleased to see resident, Dr Roy Fitzgeorge, return to the MOD’s (Ministry of Defense’s) top-secret science and technology laboratory for the first time in almost 30 years, as part of the Wish Maker Initiative.

As a former MOD microbiologist, Roy enjoyed revisiting Porton Down, near Salisbury, accompanied by his daughter. Roy, aged 92, toured the facility and met with current staff members to speak about his time with the MOD, as well as meeting some familiar faces from his old team!

 

MOD’s (Ministry of Defense's) top-secret science and technology laboratory

Woodley Grange’s Manager, Liliana Macieira, said: “Roy is so proud of his time with the MOD and is always talking about it and showing off his old pictures and stories to staff and residents.”

Since his visit, Roy remarked: “Well it’s been very nice to come back to this. I don’t think many people can say, ‘that was a lovely place to work’, but I think this is. And still is, by the looks of it. I hope it stays that way.”

Roy was amazed at how the place had expanded, continuing; “I’m so pleased that Porton Down has kept its place. It’s three or four times the size it was. I think you ought to be proud of yourselves. I’m proud I worked here.

“Thank you all for a nice episode in my life. Quite a big one.”

Woodley Granges’ Activities Coordinator, Erica Orchard, said: “He’s lived an incredible life and has done so many amazing things and we were all delighted to be able to arrange this trip for him.

“Reminiscence therapy forms a key part of what we do here at Woodley Grange and it’s so important for our residents to engage in these activities and spark such brilliant memories.

“I want to say a huge thank you to our wonderful team who arranged this for Roy as well as to the MOD for facilitating this experience. I’m sure we’ll never get him to stop talking about it now!”

Roy’s story made it into the Romsey Advertiser, click here for more details about his inspiring life.

Margaret makes her musical debut at Salisbury Cathedral thanks to Wish Maker initiative

Margaret makes her musical debut at Salisbury Cathedral thanks to Wish Maker initiative

Prior to joining Woodley Grange in December 2021, Margaret was an accomplished former music teacher, with over 50 years’ experience as a church organist. Throughout her amazing career, Margaret had one wish; to play at Salisbury Cathedral.

To help make her wish come true, Woodley Grange’s activities team organised a special visit to Salisbury Cathedral as part of the home’s Wish Maker initiative, where Margaret was given the chance to wow her daughter and care staff with a private performance on the cathedral’s organ.

As well as playing the organ at the cathedral, Margaret had the opportunity to visit a local music shop to watch her violin being repaired and gave a violin lesson to Erica, our Activities Coordinator, who really got into it.

Following her day out, Margaret said; “I had a wonderful day, I always really appreciate going into the cathedrals as they are beautiful, and it felt great to play in there.

“The sound of the organ was much lighter, and the keys were lighter than the one I play at church. It has a lovely tone.”

To read Margaret’s full story in the Romsey Advertiser, click here.

We’ve loved seeing Margaret in her element and can’t wait for the next time she shares her talents with our staff and residents! Keep an eye on our Facebook pages to see which wish will be granted next!

 

 

Woodley Grange residents get the full Burns Night experience

Woodley Grange residents get the full Burns Night experience

On 25th January, Woodley Grange residents were treated to a very special Burns Night, a well-loved Scottish tradition that celebrates the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns.

We were very lucky to welcome talented piper, Jim Stanley, who joined us in his kilt and full regalia and played several sets for us outside with the doors open. The residents thoroughly enjoyed singing along to familiar favourites of ‘Old Lang Syne’ and ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’, whilst wrapped up warm in their blankets.

Jim then came in to address the haggis, which amazingly he did all from memory! The drinks trolley was brought in to toast the haggis and in full voice the residents cheered; “To the haggis!” before sampling it. Several of our residents tried haggis for the first time and liked it so much they had it for lunch and dinner, served with neeps and tatties.

Woodley’s Activities Coordinator, Erica, remarked that “it went down really well! We had a wonderful time.”

The residents all had a fantastic time. Sheila said; “That was splendid! You wouldn’t normally get to see something like that, as good as that, outside Scotland!”

Annette remarked; “Oh it was lovely! It’s so nice to see something like that so down to earth – see it live, you know.”

Everyone at Woodley Grange would like to say a “special thanks to Jim. You were brilliant!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The residents are already looking forward to next year’s Burns Night celebrations! If you would like to know more about the events held at Woodley Grange, please click here.

hristmas shop at woodley grange

Pop-up Christmas shop spreads festive cheer throughout Woodley Grange

Pop-up Christmas shop spreads festive cheer throughout Woodley Grange 

Due to the huge success of last year’s Christmas shop and the ongoing pandemic, the team at Woodley Grange once again transformed their Romsey care home into a winter emporium for residents. The home received generous donations from staff, families and local businesses, including Becky’s Itsy Bitsy Books, Coal Newton Hand Woven Textiles and Lemon & Jinja.

The pop-up shop included an assortment of gifts for residents to choose from, such as perfume, chocolates, Christmas decorations and squeaky toys for pets. Staff were even on hand to provide a gift wrapping service.

Commenting on the Christmas shop, Anish Patel, home manager at Woodley Grange said; “Christmas shopping is an activity many of our residents look forward to, so we were determined to find a solution.

“We were amazed and humbled by the support we received from the community and local businesses. Lots of people donated a wide range of gifts which meant we were able to create our pop-up shop.

“To make it feel like a Christmas shopping experience, we had a till, shopping baskets, and fake money so the residents could ‘buy’ their presents. We also made tea and coffee, because everyone needs a break and a cuppa when they’re shopping.”

To read the full story in the Romsey Advertiser, please click here.

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Woodley Grange host a special dinner party for Sheila & friends

Woodley Grange host a special dinner party for Sheila & friends

The activities team at Woodley Grange have been working hard making dreams come true for our residents with our Wish Maker initiative. When the team asked Sheila, a resident living with dementia, what her wish would be, she replied with a simple answer – “dinner with my husband”. Unfortunately, Sheila’s husband passed away some time ago.

The death of a loved one is difficult for anyone, but it’s particularly challenging when someone is living with dementia. For us, it’s extremely important that we’re there to support our residents emotionally, through the ups and the downs, and provide vital companionship.

Unable to fulfil Sheila’s wish, the activities team at Woodley Grange wanted to do something extra special for Sheila by organising a dinner party for her to enjoy with some of her friends at the home.

As staff at Woodley Grange are well aware, socialising has great benefits, especially for residents living with dementia. Expert-led research has shown that engaging in conversations and keeping mentally active, delays and even prevents the cognitive decline associated with dementia. Socialising with friends can also improve mental health, focus and create a stronger sense of inclusion and stability.

Whilst Sheila couldn’t spend time with her husband, she was surrounded by her close-knit community that provides her with support and companionship.

To make the evening extra special for Sheila, the team cooked some of Sheila’s favourite food – chicken soup, roast chicken and ice cream sundae.

Woodley’s Winter Emporium is back by popular demand!

Woodley’s Winter Emporium is back by popular demand!

Last year, as part of our Wish Maker initiative, Woodley Grange helped grant Pat’s Christmas wish. Pat wanted to go Christmas shopping with her daughter but was unable to due to the pandemic, so the team at Woodley Grange decided to bring the shops to Pat!

The home received generous donations by staff, relatives and local Romsey businesses to help make this special wish come true. Even a till was kindly donated to help create a realistic shopping experience for the residents.

Due to the huge success of last year’s event, the team at Woodley Grange plan on running the Winter Emporium again this December.

Commenting on the Winter Emporium, Woodley Grange’s activities team, said: “Our residents had such a lovely time – they really appreciated it. We’ve been asked by family members and our residents if we can do this again, and we can’t wait. We understand Christmas can be an expensive time of year, but if you would like to get involved and send in home-made or new gifts for the store, we would be delighted! Any items need to arrive in time to be quarantined for 72 hours before the shop opens on December 6th.”

If you have any questions, please contact activities.woodleygrange@lovingcare-matters.co.uk.

Clive takes to the sky thanks to Manucourt’s Wish Maker campaign

Clive takes to the sky thanks to Manucourt’s Wish Maker campaign

Clive, a resident at Woodley Grange, wanted to fly like his son in the RAF, so the activities team reached out to the local community for help.

The team received an overwhelming response to Clive’s wish – from people offering VR headsets so Clive and other residents at the home could experience flying, to British Airway’s Cabin Crew offering to visit the home and give an inflight safety briefing. The activities team were also approached by Simon Hughes, a Consultant at Southampton Hospital and Doctor for Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, who generously offered to take Clive for a trip on his plane.

On Wednesday 25th August, Clive and Tony, another resident from Woodley Grange who used to work with Spitfires as RAF Ground Crew in Gibraltar, were invited to Popham Airfield for their first outing since before the pandemic. Clive and Tony set off on a short flight with Simon around Hampshire, taking in the breath-taking scenery.

Watch Clive’s special wish come true below:

For more information about our Wish Maker campaign, please click here.