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Rose Lodge chickens featured by BBC Radio 4

(as reported by Exmouth Journal 17 March 2011) 



Roosting in the gardens at Rose Lodge

Cold feet!

The chickens at Rose Lodge, East Devon’s specialist dementia care home,  are being featured in a BBC4 radio programme about the give-and-take relationships between chickens and humans.  The programme’s producer found stories about the chickens on the Dementia Care Devon website and phoned Rose Lodge to understand why they chose to have chickens, and how the chickens benefit the residents. “It is a very interesting fact of dementia that people retain expert skills like singing, gardening, and chicken keeping, well into their dementia. Beyond the pleasure of seeing the chickens around the gardens, they also provide interesting topics for conversation. Some of our residents kept chickens themselves and so this helps them to contribute real knowledge and skills to the life of the community at Rose Lodge” said Peter de Groot, owner of Rose Lodge. The radio programme, called ‘Attila the hen’  will be broadcast on Tuesday 29th March 11.00 am on Radio 4.

Ground floor room available at Rose Lodge from 1 April



Ground floor room with door onto the gardens

We will have a recently redecorated ground floor room with direct access to the garden available from 1 April for respite or long term care. Please call us if you may be interested in joining us at Rose Lodge. You can contact Peter or Karen on 01395 227071. 

A Packed programme for people with dementia

(as reported by Exmouth Journal 17 February 2011)

An exciting programme of community events are planned by Rose Lodge, East Devon’s dementia care specialists. To pick just a few of the many events on offer in the next few months:

In March, some of the residents will be on stage at the Blackmore Theatre, performing for family and friends under the guidance of Mazlen George of the First Stage Drama School, who runs a popular weekly drama club at Rose Lodge. At Easter, residents and staff will do a sponsored 5 mile run along the beach front.

In June Rose Lodge will host it’s very popular garden party and open day, and throughout the season children from the Beacon School will be growing vegetables with the residents at Rose Lodge. The very successful Artist In Residence week and art exhibition will also be held again this year.

“Being engaged with our community is a really important part of our work at Rose Lodge. Not only do our residents really enjoy these events but we also think it is important that we work to reduce some of the misconceptions associated with dementia” says Karen Bousher, manager at Rose Lodge.

All Aboard Rosemobile

As reported by Exmouth Journal 16 November 2010:


Exmouth Care Home Rose Lodge now has its own resident transport. Rose Lodge, a leading dementia care home, had relied on Apollo Taxis’ minibus to take residents to hospital, GPs and other outings. But he cab firm which operated the only wheelchair-adapted minibus in Exmouth, decided to sell it. So the home bought it and named it the Rosemobile.

“Having our own Rosemobile means we can be much more responsive to our residents’s transport need, and it is already proving invaluable to people who want to use our day care service” said Karen Bousher, the home’s manager.

Varied activities programme at Rose Lodge

As reported by Exmouth Journal 21 October 2010

Rose Lodge, East Devon’s specialist dementia care home, have a varied activities programme that helps residents stay connected to the wider community. The appreciation of beauty is an important strand of the programme, as research has shown that this ability stays with people as their dementia progresses. Next week, Rose Lodge is exhibiting a series of compelling portraits by artist Anamaria Marzec-Smith, who spent a week at Rose Lodge as ‘artist in residence’, getting to know the residents, sketching, and participating in daily life. She has now worked up her sketches into a series of compelling portraits, beautifully capturing their personalities. Rose Lodge will be exhibiting these portraits in their quiet Lounge, on October 26 and 27, from 2 pm to 4 pm. There will be an opportunity to talk with Ana about ther work at Rose Lodge, and of course to join the residents and staff for a cup of tea. Ana said “This has been the best experience in my life. I have experienced emotions I didn’t know I would feel, and met people I never thought I would meet”.