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Rose Lodge in UK top 20

Last month we were voted in the UK  top 20 small care home groups by our residents and their families. That is quite some honour and we are jolly pleased with it! It comes on top of our CQC Outstanding award and a Gold award for dementia design from Stirling University.

We are particularly pleased with this latest award as it is based on ratings which are provided by residents and families at carehome.co.uk which is the UK’s leading independent care home advisor. For us it demonstrates that having two smaller communities for people at the different stages of dementia is really working for our residents. Here’s a picture of residents and staff with our award.

The garden is open for business, When Harry met Ron and Bunny and Spring

Bliss, finally a beautiful day. Morning  fitness with Mick, and there was a dash to the beach.  The sun so warm we spilled out straight after lunch and it was only rain that pushed us back inside at 3.15pm! Gerry and Reg took a walk and fed the fish. Meg helped with sweeping.

Ethel and Ethne loved listening to the spring sounds  and views (yes, daffodils!) , Kay and Betty chatting away and all four watching men at work.  And men we did have! Ron continued with digging out what was a very big and prickly shrub and Harry helping out and supervising. And as you would expect they moved after that to discuss the important aspects of wisteria 🙂  It was great to see both Harry and Ron enjoying doing something they love and enjoying each other’s company. And if that was not enough Harry has now got a second garden mate – Bunny. Where do you find Bunny on the terrace? Under the raised beds cleaning the paving 🙂

And the gardening was followed by another wonderful live music session / music quiz. As usual Eileen and Clare enjoyed the music tremendously watching John’s playing. We all had a super day!Let’s pray for more days like that…

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Rose Lodge’s First Babies

Yes, it is true. We have had our first babies at Rose Lodge. It seems we have either two or three baby doves – difficult to know exactly as they still have not left the dovecot! We have been watching them this afternoon looking at the big world from their nests.

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Helping hands

The desire to help others does not discriminate. And it will present itself across all boundaries.
Today Rene took care when someone else felt lost by spending quiet time in the garden, John was a gentleman when walking with Joy, and then with Harry made sure Kay was safe when they took to the sun.

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3 hours in the life of the garden

Our living spaces work so well as we keep on improving them or their use. The beauty salon is such a success, the lounge feels homely and at the same time vibrant and active, and the garden is an extension of our indoors. With good weather we seem to be living there. The range of different spaces our garden offers, together with the different products for active living and the social environment make it a wonderful space which continues to delight all of us. From quiet time on your own reading, snoozing or watching the world go by, to taking a stroll, playing games, socialising and debating, listening to music, working out, gardening and working, lunching and drinking tea/coffee, entertaining friends and family…….. we can keep going on. Starting in the morning the garden takes us through to the evening allowing different people to enjoy it in their own way at the same time. In the words of Kay – an elegant living.

These postcards of “The afternoon in the life of the garden” were taken this afternoon after lunch (in the garden of course!).

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