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LETS HELP COMBAT LONELINESS

Let us help you or your loved one combat loneliness… We are all social creatures who thrive when interacting and connecting with others. As we age, many of us find ourselves more alone than we were in our younger years, often leading to loneliness. This can result in a state of vulnerability and social isolation. Loneliness is not just a fleeting feeling, it can be crippling both mentally and physically, bringing with it the risk of depression, cognitive decline, and heart disease. The most common reasons for loneliness are the loss of a partner or spouse, separation from friends or family, lack of mobility and retirement. Over the last year we have experienced the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been an immense contributor to loneliness as socialising is currently restricted. As we become older, the reliance on the outside world increases and we crave company more so than ever to avoid feeling lonely. Swarthmore Residential Care Home, in Gerrards Cross, provides a way of living that reintroduces that vital ingredient to a happy life. We provide Residential, Respite and End of Life Care. Swarthmore is set in beautiful grounds with a truly homely feel, and a focus on person centred care Engaging in meaningful activities with fellow residents can make a huge difference to our mental health and wellbeing, giving us a natural mood boost and a sense of purpose which in turn improves our cognitive functioning. Anyone feeling lonely may also have a weakened immune system, which could have an impact when the body encounters infections and viruses. Key Statistics according to Age UK: 1 million older people in the UK say they are lonely (pre Covid-19) 49% of 65 years+ (UK) say that TV or pets are their main form of company Loneliness can be as harmful for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day People suffering from loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to people with a lower degree of feeling lonely 6% of older people (nearly 600,000) leave their home only once a week, if at all 30% say they would like to go out more often 41% of people age 65 and over in the UK feel out of touch with the pace of modern life.  This rises to 72% from the age of 85 Older women say they feel lonelier than men How Swarthmore Residential Care Home helps combat loneliness: Befriending - build friendships in small groups or choose to have one to one visits from our activity team. We introduce you to like-minded residents so you can share your interests. Making friends with our fellow residents and care team helps remove feelings of loneliness. Birthdays – we love a reason to celebrate – a special cake is presented, and our super carers are always on hand to sing that birthday song and have a dance. No-one spends their birthday alone! Communication - families are being forced to spend time apart during the pandemic. Different methods of communication have been introduced to our daily life. Here, at Swarthmore we introduced WhatsApp video calls, Skype and Zoom meetings, so everyone can keep in touch. We also hold activities alongside other care homes so we can interact with others who are having similar experiences. Visiting - To combat loneliness and isolation, we have purchased a new Visitor Pod. This is a purpose-built, private visiting space that provides a safer environment for residents and their families, by significantly reducing the risk of infection. The Visitor Pod is a comfortable place with windows for ventilation and ramps for easy wheelchair access. When using the pod, residents can safely ‘socially distance’ from their visitors thanks to a clear screen with a two-way intercom. Emergency call points have been installed on both sides of the Pod which is sanitised between visits and a daily deep clean. The facility is limited to two visitors at any one time, ensuring both residents and their families are as safe as possible. The pod has already provided countless hours of private, safe visiting time for our residents and their loved ones. We continue to follow Government Guidelines to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible. Activities - We have a range of activities available twice a day, such as musical entertainment, movie afternoons, arts and crafts, poetry, quizzes with prizes, exercise classes and much more – refer to Activity Schedule on our website for more information. Meals – Healthy and nutritional home cooked food is presented in our cosy dining area along with afternoon teas and much more. Here you can enjoy your meals with fellow residents. You also have the choice of eating in your room if you prefer. Landscaped Gardens – Swarthmore’s gardens have been designed to suit all seasons, so you can enjoy the views throughout the year. You can relax on the patio during glorious weather or view the landscape through the bay windows in the cold winter months. A variety of wildlife like to visit the garden, so you will never be lonely. Care Team – here at Swarthmore Residential Care Home, we provide kind, compassionate care, tailored to each individual. We believe in treating our residents with respect, dignity, equality, and integrity. We respect your independence and hope that you will find peace and friendship within our community. We all know that all family members may not live locally to each other which can bring added stress and worry for everyone. We are all juggling life under difficult circumstances at present, due to the current pandemic. We may not be able to visit our loved ones or be visited by them. Concern about elderly relatives and their well-being is paramount in family’s minds. Intervention is sometimes required to ensure security and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Family and friends may identify signs to suggest relatives are not coping. Loneliness can play a significant contributor in the decline of well-being. Please contact Swarthmore Residential Care Home - we are here to discuss all your needs and concerns and help you to make the next move as worry free as possible. For an informal chat, please contact Sally Warminger, Sales Manager on 01753 885663, Option 1 New Care Enquiries Let’s combat loneliness together….. …

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January Highlights

Where did January go? Swarthmore activities continues to celebrate memorable dates with our residents throughout the month. Here's a summary of what we celebrated in January:New Years Day  We celebrated with a wonderful feast and a glass of wine to bring in the New Year.  Happy New Year to Everyone.Elvis Presley - January 8th   We celebrated Elvis Presley’s birthday today. The ‘King of Rock and Roll’ was remembered at Swarthmore Residential Care Home. He was one of the most revolutionary cultural icons of the 20th Century, his musical and theatrical legacy continues to rock the world today. His first single ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ 1956, began a string of number one hits that radically changed the American music. Elvis became the forefront of Rock and Roll. In 1958 he was drafted into the army and served in West Germany. Some time later, he began an acting career which then pushed him to perform live on stage. We have many fans of Elvis hear at Swarthmore including staff. An afternoon of songs and dancing was held in the lounge, who could resist a little boogie!!! I can name one lady who would definitely be on the dance floor! We had an afternoon of residents and staff appearing around the home wearing an Elvis face mask to help celebrate. International Flower Day – 19th Jan   International Flower Day promotes the connection that people share with each other and to show love and appreciation towards friends, family and even strangers, expressed through the gift of flowers. It all began in Tasmania, January 2013 when a father and daughter (Rohan and Brooke Levy) were strolling through a market in Hobart and were stopped by a stranger, who gave them a bunch of flowers. This act of kindness took them completely by surprise and they in turn spent the rest of the day giving flowers to more than 280 complete strangers! Flowers brighten a person’s day they do not need to be in a bunch of flowers, it could be a plant or shrub in your garden. Each time you see a flower, it may bring back memories that bring joy. Memories of your wedding, birth of a child, a place or just that special scent from a particular flower.  What is your favourite flower?  Next time you see a flower make sure you research its meaning. Make someone smile by sending flowers ………Burns Night – 25th January   A Burns Night supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, 1759-1796. Burns suppers may be formal or informal, ranging in full costume with traditional dancing and music or a gathering for a family dinner. A typical supper includes a haggis (traditional Scottish dish) which contains sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs) minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices and salt mixed with stock encased in the animal’s stomach. This is often substituted by an artificial casing. The dish is normally served with neeps and tatties. The evening is usually celebrating with a sounding of the bagpipes too. The residents enjoyed a lunch together which included haggis. The afternoon was then spent reading poems and watching a DVD ‘White Heather’ tour. This was all presented by our very own Scottish Ann Marie. Winter Scenes – 26th January Snow arrived for the second time this year. Beautiful scenes from the bay windows at Swarthmore. We also asked others to send in their wintry scenes. We didnt get enough snow to make a snow man, maybe next time.…

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Christmas Donations

Violets GiftsWe were recently contacted by Emily at Violets Gifts with a kind offer of providing Christmas gifts to residents with no loved ones. Emily started the project in 2015 after her own grandmother went in to a care home. She eventually became aware of the amount of people in care homes without loved ones. To follow this touching story please click here. Emily partnered with another registered charity ‘Small Acts of Kindness’ who have been trained by the NHS to ensure their processes are Covid-secure. This allowed volunteers to drop the gifts outside homes, wearing a mask and keeping at a 2m distance. On Thursday 17th December, we were presented with a sack of christmas gifts for residents at Swarthmore Care Home, who are without loved ones. The gifts will be distributed to our residents by the one and only 'Santa Claus' on the big day. I am sure this will put smiles on faces and light up their day.We would like to say a great big thank you for all your dedication and efforts in reaching out to care homes at this time of year. Waitrose GiftsWe would also like to thank our local ‘Waitrose’ store in Gerrards Cross for the donations of mince pies and chocolates for staff and residents here at Swarthmore Care Home. We are all looking forward to enjoying the delights during morning coffee.  Thank you to Ketki, Partner & Community Lead at Waitrose who has organised donations throughout 2020. …

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Swarthmore presents - 'Sleeping Beauty' Pantomime

This year has been difficult for everyone! Christmas in the home would normally be very busy with people coming and going and entertainers performing for the residents. As we know none of this is possible due to government guidelines, due to Covid-19. Ann Marie decided Swarthmore was not going without a Christmas Pantomime this year! So off she went to find a production script and before we knew it, scripts were flying around, and the team were allocated roles to perform in ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The cast included a Narrator, King, Queen, Nanny, Jester, Fairies, Fairy Godmother, Evil Fairy, Prince and Princess and a Minstrel. Costumes were provided for everyone taking part. The performance took place in the lounge of the home and a backdrop for the stage area was created. Dixon mastered amazing signage for the performance.  Everyone involved had a part to learn and some were able to enhance their voice.  Avril was the most amazing  Evil Fairy who had the best cackle ever! Jess and Rebecca choreographed amazing moves for the production – hats off to the girls.  I believe we have a few talented staff that may end up in the West End next year! During the interval, choc ices were served in style with a homemade theatre ice cream tray. The cast went off to change costumes for Scene 2  and the residents had their ice cream. Claire narrated the second half of the story dressed an an elf.  The afternoon came to an end with a bit of a sing song for everyone including the residents. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I believe it left everyone feeling the ‘Spirit of Christmas’. The residents applauded and thanked everyone for their hard work and a wonderful performance. I believe this was a special moment; being able to take part in a performance for our very own residents was a pleasure for everyone involved. Claire thanked Ann Marie for her efforts and managing to put together such an amazing pantomime.  We couldnt have done this without you. Merry Christmas Everybody.......... …

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Picture News Christmas Campaign - #heartsforhomes #heartsforschools

A campaign was inspired by Gee Cross Holy Trinity School and has become a National Campaign. This Christmas time, we would like to help share some joy following what has been a very difficult year for many. This campaign was inspired by Katrina Cole and the children at Gee Cross Holy Trinity School following one of the news stories during lockdown – ‘Should visits to care homes be allowed’? Year 2 children were inspired to reach out to the local community after discussions were held between the pupils and their teacher. Katrina contacted a local care home and organised a safe visit to deliver heart-warming messages to the residents. This trip was very emotional for everyone involved and great lessons have been learnt by many from reading the story and being involved.  To read the story in full click here Swarthmore received the information about getting involved in the campaign, so we contacted a local school, St Marys Girls School in Gerrards Cross. We were naturally delighted when they said ‘yes’. On Wednesday 9th December, teachers and pupils took a short walk to Swarthmore Care Home and delivered amazing artwork which contained lots of warm wishes. The residents sat in the dining room, peering through the windows, waiting in suspense for the girls and teachers to arrive. As they approached the dining room window, we saw smiling faces and waving hands appearing in the distance. The arrival of new faces brought delight, happiness, and tears of joy. The residents were amazed that these girls took the time to come and wish everyone a ‘Merry Christmas’.  The girls performed a dance and sang ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ which was wonderful and very much appreciated by all our residents and staff at Swarthmore. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Head of St Mary’s Girls School and Ann Marie, our Activities Co-ordinator, for arranging this special moment. During times of National Crisis its amazing to see the support from local communities and how we all adjust in times of need. Merry Christmas to Everyone from Swarthmore Residential Care Home.…

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Pod Launch

It has taken a lot of time and research to find the best solution for residents and families to meet for quality time together since the start of lockdown. The time is finally here – Swarthmore has officially launched the visitor Pod. The visitor Pod is a purpose built meeting space that provides a safer environment with improved protection for residents and their families by reducing the risk of infection. One of our residents, Tessa, was the first to experience the new space, chatting with her family in warm and cosy surrounds. The Pod provides a comfortable space with windows for ventilation and doors with ramps for easy wheelchair access. When using the space, residents can safely ‘socially distance’ from their visitors thanks to a thin, robust perspex panel with a two-way intercom. Emergency call points have been installed on both sides of the Pod. Sanitisers are also provided in the room for visitor use. The Pod will be ventilated and sanitised between each visit and deep cleaned daily. A booking system is co-ordinated by our Admin team, ensuring visits are well-managed. The facility is limited to two visitors at any one time, ensuring both residents and their families are as safe as possible. We would like to thank Paul Upward, a local photographer who kindly donated two pieces of his work for the internal walls of the Pod. Photographs of Bluebells in Welders Lane and Sunrise at Market Place, Chalfont St Peter. We continue to follow Government Guidelines to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible. We will continue to send email communications to family and friends of our residents. Please do get in touch with us directly if you would like to discuss anything with us in relation to visiting. We thank you all for your continued support for our residents and staff. We hope that you can now enjoy your visits in comfort and look forward to your feedback. …

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Working alongside local businesses

We recently ran a promotion alongside Fego in Gerrards Cross. We purchased warm drinks at Fego for locals eating in the restaurant. We hope this will build awareness around the importance of supporting local companies during these difficult times. Swarthmore shopping bags  and leaflets were also handed to people that may help spread the word. We would like to thank Natalie and her team for supporting our campaign. We hope to see our shopping bags filled whilst supporting local businesses in Gerrards Cross. …

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Halloween Party

Ann Marie put together a lovely Halloween Party on Friday. We started the party with lots of singing and dancing and of course our regular Dancing Queen showed us all how to boogie.  The residents played pass the parcel, lots of sweet surprises wrapped inside the parcel which ended in a gift box of creams and soaps for one lucky winner.  Our care team joined in the entertainment, dressed to suit the day!. The afternoon ended with Halloween cakes and a lovely cup of tea. …

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LETS HELP COMBAT LONELINESS

Let us help you or your loved one combat loneliness… We are all social creatures who thrive when interacting and connecting with others. As we age, many of us find ourselves more alone than we were in our younger years, often leading to loneliness. This can result in a state of vulnerability and social isolation. Loneliness is not just a fleeting feeling, it can be crippling both mentally and physically, bringing with it the risk of depression, cognitive decline, and heart disease. The most common reasons for loneliness are the loss of a partner or spouse, separation from friends or family, lack of mobility and retirement. Over the last year we have experienced the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been an immense contributor to loneliness as socialising is currently restricted. As we become older, the reliance on the outside world increases and we crave company more so than ever to avoid feeling lonely. Swarthmore Residential Care Home, in Gerrards Cross, provides a way of living that reintroduces that vital ingredient to a happy life. We provide Residential, Respite and End of Life Care. Swarthmore is set in beautiful grounds with a truly homely feel, and a focus on person centred care Engaging in meaningful activities with fellow residents can make a huge difference to our mental health and wellbeing, giving us a natural mood boost and a sense of purpose which in turn improves our cognitive functioning. Anyone feeling lonely may also have a weakened immune system, which could have an impact when the body encounters infections and viruses. Key Statistics according to Age UK: 1 million older people in the UK say they are lonely (pre Covid-19) 49% of 65 years+ (UK) say that TV or pets are their main form of company Loneliness can be as harmful for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day People suffering from loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to people with a lower degree of feeling lonely 6% of older people (nearly 600,000) leave their home only once a week, if at all 30% say they would like to go out more often 41% of people age 65 and over in the UK feel out of touch with the pace of modern life.  This rises to 72% from the age of 85 Older women say they feel lonelier than men How Swarthmore Residential Care Home helps combat loneliness: Befriending - build friendships in small groups or choose to have one to one visits from our activity team. We introduce you to like-minded residents so you can share your interests. Making friends with our fellow residents and care team helps remove feelings of loneliness. Birthdays – we love a reason to celebrate – a special cake is presented, and our super carers are always on hand to sing that birthday song and have a dance. No-one spends their birthday alone! Communication - families are being forced to spend time apart during the pandemic. Different methods of communication have been introduced to our daily life. Here, at Swarthmore we introduced WhatsApp video calls, Skype and Zoom meetings, so everyone can keep in touch. We also hold activities alongside other care homes so we can interact with others who are having similar experiences. Visiting - To combat loneliness and isolation, we have purchased a new Visitor Pod. This is a purpose-built, private visiting space that provides a safer environment for residents and their families, by significantly reducing the risk of infection. The Visitor Pod is a comfortable place with windows for ventilation and ramps for easy wheelchair access. When using the pod, residents can safely ‘socially distance’ from their visitors thanks to a clear screen with a two-way intercom. Emergency call points have been installed on both sides of the Pod which is sanitised between visits and a daily deep clean. The facility is limited to two visitors at any one time, ensuring both residents and their families are as safe as possible. The pod has already provided countless hours of private, safe visiting time for our residents and their loved ones. We continue to follow Government Guidelines to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible. Activities - We have a range of activities available twice a day, such as musical entertainment, movie afternoons, arts and crafts, poetry, quizzes with prizes, exercise classes and much more – refer to Activity Schedule on our website for more information. Meals – Healthy and nutritional home cooked food is presented in our cosy dining area along with afternoon teas and much more. Here you can enjoy your meals with fellow residents. You also have the choice of eating in your room if you prefer. Landscaped Gardens – Swarthmore’s gardens have been designed to suit all seasons, so you can enjoy the views throughout the year. You can relax on the patio during glorious weather or view the landscape through the bay windows in the cold winter months. A variety of wildlife like to visit the garden, so you will never be lonely. Care Team – here at Swarthmore Residential Care Home, we provide kind, compassionate care, tailored to each individual. We believe in treating our residents with respect, dignity, equality, and integrity. We respect your independence and hope that you will find peace and friendship within our community. We all know that all family members may not live locally to each other which can bring added stress and worry for everyone. We are all juggling life under difficult circumstances at present, due to the current pandemic. We may not be able to visit our loved ones or be visited by them. Concern about elderly relatives and their well-being is paramount in family’s minds. Intervention is sometimes required to ensure security and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Family and friends may identify signs to suggest relatives are not coping. Loneliness can play a significant contributor in the decline of well-being. Please contact Swarthmore Residential Care Home - we are here to discuss all your needs and concerns and help you to make the next move as worry free as possible. For an informal chat, please contact Sally Warminger, Sales Manager on 01753 885663, Option 1 New Care Enquiries Let’s combat loneliness together….. …

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January Highlights

Where did January go? Swarthmore activities continues to celebrate memorable dates with our residents throughout the month. Here's a summary of what we celebrated in January:New Years Day  We celebrated with a wonderful feast and a glass of wine to bring in the New Year.  Happy New Year to Everyone.Elvis Presley - January 8th   We celebrated Elvis Presley’s birthday today. The ‘King of Rock and Roll’ was remembered at Swarthmore Residential Care Home. He was one of the most revolutionary cultural icons of the 20th Century, his musical and theatrical legacy continues to rock the world today. His first single ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ 1956, began a string of number one hits that radically changed the American music. Elvis became the forefront of Rock and Roll. In 1958 he was drafted into the army and served in West Germany. Some time later, he began an acting career which then pushed him to perform live on stage. We have many fans of Elvis hear at Swarthmore including staff. An afternoon of songs and dancing was held in the lounge, who could resist a little boogie!!! I can name one lady who would definitely be on the dance floor! We had an afternoon of residents and staff appearing around the home wearing an Elvis face mask to help celebrate. International Flower Day – 19th Jan   International Flower Day promotes the connection that people share with each other and to show love and appreciation towards friends, family and even strangers, expressed through the gift of flowers. It all began in Tasmania, January 2013 when a father and daughter (Rohan and Brooke Levy) were strolling through a market in Hobart and were stopped by a stranger, who gave them a bunch of flowers. This act of kindness took them completely by surprise and they in turn spent the rest of the day giving flowers to more than 280 complete strangers! Flowers brighten a person’s day they do not need to be in a bunch of flowers, it could be a plant or shrub in your garden. Each time you see a flower, it may bring back memories that bring joy. Memories of your wedding, birth of a child, a place or just that special scent from a particular flower.  What is your favourite flower?  Next time you see a flower make sure you research its meaning. Make someone smile by sending flowers ………Burns Night – 25th January   A Burns Night supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, 1759-1796. Burns suppers may be formal or informal, ranging in full costume with traditional dancing and music or a gathering for a family dinner. A typical supper includes a haggis (traditional Scottish dish) which contains sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs) minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices and salt mixed with stock encased in the animal’s stomach. This is often substituted by an artificial casing. The dish is normally served with neeps and tatties. The evening is usually celebrating with a sounding of the bagpipes too. The residents enjoyed a lunch together which included haggis. The afternoon was then spent reading poems and watching a DVD ‘White Heather’ tour. This was all presented by our very own Scottish Ann Marie. Winter Scenes – 26th January Snow arrived for the second time this year. Beautiful scenes from the bay windows at Swarthmore. We also asked others to send in their wintry scenes. We didnt get enough snow to make a snow man, maybe next time.…

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Christmas Donations

Violets GiftsWe were recently contacted by Emily at Violets Gifts with a kind offer of providing Christmas gifts to residents with no loved ones. Emily started the project in 2015 after her own grandmother went in to a care home. She eventually became aware of the amount of people in care homes without loved ones. To follow this touching story please click here. Emily partnered with another registered charity ‘Small Acts of Kindness’ who have been trained by the NHS to ensure their processes are Covid-secure. This allowed volunteers to drop the gifts outside homes, wearing a mask and keeping at a 2m distance. On Thursday 17th December, we were presented with a sack of christmas gifts for residents at Swarthmore Care Home, who are without loved ones. The gifts will be distributed to our residents by the one and only 'Santa Claus' on the big day. I am sure this will put smiles on faces and light up their day.We would like to say a great big thank you for all your dedication and efforts in reaching out to care homes at this time of year. Waitrose GiftsWe would also like to thank our local ‘Waitrose’ store in Gerrards Cross for the donations of mince pies and chocolates for staff and residents here at Swarthmore Care Home. We are all looking forward to enjoying the delights during morning coffee.  Thank you to Ketki, Partner & Community Lead at Waitrose who has organised donations throughout 2020. …

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Swarthmore presents - 'Sleeping Beauty' Pantomime

This year has been difficult for everyone! Christmas in the home would normally be very busy with people coming and going and entertainers performing for the residents. As we know none of this is possible due to government guidelines, due to Covid-19. Ann Marie decided Swarthmore was not going without a Christmas Pantomime this year! So off she went to find a production script and before we knew it, scripts were flying around, and the team were allocated roles to perform in ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The cast included a Narrator, King, Queen, Nanny, Jester, Fairies, Fairy Godmother, Evil Fairy, Prince and Princess and a Minstrel. Costumes were provided for everyone taking part. The performance took place in the lounge of the home and a backdrop for the stage area was created. Dixon mastered amazing signage for the performance.  Everyone involved had a part to learn and some were able to enhance their voice.  Avril was the most amazing  Evil Fairy who had the best cackle ever! Jess and Rebecca choreographed amazing moves for the production – hats off to the girls.  I believe we have a few talented staff that may end up in the West End next year! During the interval, choc ices were served in style with a homemade theatre ice cream tray. The cast went off to change costumes for Scene 2  and the residents had their ice cream. Claire narrated the second half of the story dressed an an elf.  The afternoon came to an end with a bit of a sing song for everyone including the residents. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I believe it left everyone feeling the ‘Spirit of Christmas’. The residents applauded and thanked everyone for their hard work and a wonderful performance. I believe this was a special moment; being able to take part in a performance for our very own residents was a pleasure for everyone involved. Claire thanked Ann Marie for her efforts and managing to put together such an amazing pantomime.  We couldnt have done this without you. Merry Christmas Everybody.......... …

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Picture News Christmas Campaign - #heartsforhomes #heartsforschools

A campaign was inspired by Gee Cross Holy Trinity School and has become a National Campaign. This Christmas time, we would like to help share some joy following what has been a very difficult year for many. This campaign was inspired by Katrina Cole and the children at Gee Cross Holy Trinity School following one of the news stories during lockdown – ‘Should visits to care homes be allowed’? Year 2 children were inspired to reach out to the local community after discussions were held between the pupils and their teacher. Katrina contacted a local care home and organised a safe visit to deliver heart-warming messages to the residents. This trip was very emotional for everyone involved and great lessons have been learnt by many from reading the story and being involved.  To read the story in full click here Swarthmore received the information about getting involved in the campaign, so we contacted a local school, St Marys Girls School in Gerrards Cross. We were naturally delighted when they said ‘yes’. On Wednesday 9th December, teachers and pupils took a short walk to Swarthmore Care Home and delivered amazing artwork which contained lots of warm wishes. The residents sat in the dining room, peering through the windows, waiting in suspense for the girls and teachers to arrive. As they approached the dining room window, we saw smiling faces and waving hands appearing in the distance. The arrival of new faces brought delight, happiness, and tears of joy. The residents were amazed that these girls took the time to come and wish everyone a ‘Merry Christmas’.  The girls performed a dance and sang ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ which was wonderful and very much appreciated by all our residents and staff at Swarthmore. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Head of St Mary’s Girls School and Ann Marie, our Activities Co-ordinator, for arranging this special moment. During times of National Crisis its amazing to see the support from local communities and how we all adjust in times of need. Merry Christmas to Everyone from Swarthmore Residential Care Home.…

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Pod Launch

It has taken a lot of time and research to find the best solution for residents and families to meet for quality time together since the start of lockdown. The time is finally here – Swarthmore has officially launched the visitor Pod. The visitor Pod is a purpose built meeting space that provides a safer environment with improved protection for residents and their families by reducing the risk of infection. One of our residents, Tessa, was the first to experience the new space, chatting with her family in warm and cosy surrounds. The Pod provides a comfortable space with windows for ventilation and doors with ramps for easy wheelchair access. When using the space, residents can safely ‘socially distance’ from their visitors thanks to a thin, robust perspex panel with a two-way intercom. Emergency call points have been installed on both sides of the Pod. Sanitisers are also provided in the room for visitor use. The Pod will be ventilated and sanitised between each visit and deep cleaned daily. A booking system is co-ordinated by our Admin team, ensuring visits are well-managed. The facility is limited to two visitors at any one time, ensuring both residents and their families are as safe as possible. We would like to thank Paul Upward, a local photographer who kindly donated two pieces of his work for the internal walls of the Pod. Photographs of Bluebells in Welders Lane and Sunrise at Market Place, Chalfont St Peter. We continue to follow Government Guidelines to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible. We will continue to send email communications to family and friends of our residents. Please do get in touch with us directly if you would like to discuss anything with us in relation to visiting. We thank you all for your continued support for our residents and staff. We hope that you can now enjoy your visits in comfort and look forward to your feedback. …

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Working alongside local businesses

We recently ran a promotion alongside Fego in Gerrards Cross. We purchased warm drinks at Fego for locals eating in the restaurant. We hope this will build awareness around the importance of supporting local companies during these difficult times. Swarthmore shopping bags  and leaflets were also handed to people that may help spread the word. We would like to thank Natalie and her team for supporting our campaign. We hope to see our shopping bags filled whilst supporting local businesses in Gerrards Cross. …

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Halloween Party

Ann Marie put together a lovely Halloween Party on Friday. We started the party with lots of singing and dancing and of course our regular Dancing Queen showed us all how to boogie.  The residents played pass the parcel, lots of sweet surprises wrapped inside the parcel which ended in a gift box of creams and soaps for one lucky winner.  Our care team joined in the entertainment, dressed to suit the day!. The afternoon ended with Halloween cakes and a lovely cup of tea. …

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LETS HELP COMBAT LONELINESS

Let us help you or your loved one combat loneliness… We are all social creatures who thrive when interacting and connecting with others. As we age, many of us find ourselves more alone than we were in our younger years, often leading to loneliness. This can result in a state of vulnerability and social isolation. Loneliness is not just a fleeting feeling, it can be crippling both mentally and physically, bringing with it the risk of depression, cognitive decline, and heart disease. The most common reasons for loneliness are the loss of a partner or spouse, separation from friends or family, lack of mobility and retirement. Over the last year we have experienced the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been an immense contributor to loneliness as socialising is currently restricted. As we become older, the reliance on the outside world increases and we crave company more so than ever to avoid feeling lonely. Swarthmore Residential Care Home, in Gerrards Cross, provides a way of living that reintroduces that vital ingredient to a happy life. We provide Residential, Respite and End of Life Care. Swarthmore is set in beautiful grounds with a truly homely feel, and a focus on person centred care Engaging in meaningful activities with fellow residents can make a huge difference to our mental health and wellbeing, giving us a natural mood boost and a sense of purpose which in turn improves our cognitive functioning. Anyone feeling lonely may also have a weakened immune system, which could have an impact when the body encounters infections and viruses. Key Statistics according to Age UK: 1 million older people in the UK say they are lonely (pre Covid-19) 49% of 65 years+ (UK) say that TV or pets are their main form of company Loneliness can be as harmful for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day People suffering from loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to people with a lower degree of feeling lonely 6% of older people (nearly 600,000) leave their home only once a week, if at all 30% say they would like to go out more often 41% of people age 65 and over in the UK feel out of touch with the pace of modern life.  This rises to 72% from the age of 85 Older women say they feel lonelier than men How Swarthmore Residential Care Home helps combat loneliness: Befriending - build friendships in small groups or choose to have one to one visits from our activity team. We introduce you to like-minded residents so you can share your interests. Making friends with our fellow residents and care team helps remove feelings of loneliness. Birthdays – we love a reason to celebrate – a special cake is presented, and our super carers are always on hand to sing that birthday song and have a dance. No-one spends their birthday alone! Communication - families are being forced to spend time apart during the pandemic. Different methods of communication have been introduced to our daily life. Here, at Swarthmore we introduced WhatsApp video calls, Skype and Zoom meetings, so everyone can keep in touch. We also hold activities alongside other care homes so we can interact with others who are having similar experiences. Visiting - To combat loneliness and isolation, we have purchased a new Visitor Pod. This is a purpose-built, private visiting space that provides a safer environment for residents and their families, by significantly reducing the risk of infection. The Visitor Pod is a comfortable place with windows for ventilation and ramps for easy wheelchair access. When using the pod, residents can safely ‘socially distance’ from their visitors thanks to a clear screen with a two-way intercom. Emergency call points have been installed on both sides of the Pod which is sanitised between visits and a daily deep clean. The facility is limited to two visitors at any one time, ensuring both residents and their families are as safe as possible. The pod has already provided countless hours of private, safe visiting time for our residents and their loved ones. We continue to follow Government Guidelines to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible. Activities - We have a range of activities available twice a day, such as musical entertainment, movie afternoons, arts and crafts, poetry, quizzes with prizes, exercise classes and much more – refer to Activity Schedule on our website for more information. Meals – Healthy and nutritional home cooked food is presented in our cosy dining area along with afternoon teas and much more. Here you can enjoy your meals with fellow residents. You also have the choice of eating in your room if you prefer. Landscaped Gardens – Swarthmore’s gardens have been designed to suit all seasons, so you can enjoy the views throughout the year. You can relax on the patio during glorious weather or view the landscape through the bay windows in the cold winter months. A variety of wildlife like to visit the garden, so you will never be lonely. Care Team – here at Swarthmore Residential Care Home, we provide kind, compassionate care, tailored to each individual. We believe in treating our residents with respect, dignity, equality, and integrity. We respect your independence and hope that you will find peace and friendship within our community. We all know that all family members may not live locally to each other which can bring added stress and worry for everyone. We are all juggling life under difficult circumstances at present, due to the current pandemic. We may not be able to visit our loved ones or be visited by them. Concern about elderly relatives and their well-being is paramount in family’s minds. Intervention is sometimes required to ensure security and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Family and friends may identify signs to suggest relatives are not coping. Loneliness can play a significant contributor in the decline of well-being. Please contact Swarthmore Residential Care Home - we are here to discuss all your needs and concerns and help you to make the next move as worry free as possible. For an informal chat, please contact Sally Warminger, Sales Manager on 01753 885663, Option 1 New Care Enquiries Let’s combat loneliness together….. …

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January Highlights

Where did January go? Swarthmore activities continues to celebrate memorable dates with our residents throughout the month. Here's a summary of what we celebrated in January:New Years Day  We celebrated with a wonderful feast and a glass of wine to bring in the New Year.  Happy New Year to Everyone.Elvis Presley - January 8th   We celebrated Elvis Presley’s birthday today. The ‘King of Rock and Roll’ was remembered at Swarthmore Residential Care Home. He was one of the most revolutionary cultural icons of the 20th Century, his musical and theatrical legacy continues to rock the world today. His first single ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ 1956, began a string of number one hits that radically changed the American music. Elvis became the forefront of Rock and Roll. In 1958 he was drafted into the army and served in West Germany. Some time later, he began an acting career which then pushed him to perform live on stage. We have many fans of Elvis hear at Swarthmore including staff. An afternoon of songs and dancing was held in the lounge, who could resist a little boogie!!! I can name one lady who would definitely be on the dance floor! We had an afternoon of residents and staff appearing around the home wearing an Elvis face mask to help celebrate. International Flower Day – 19th Jan   International Flower Day promotes the connection that people share with each other and to show love and appreciation towards friends, family and even strangers, expressed through the gift of flowers. It all began in Tasmania, January 2013 when a father and daughter (Rohan and Brooke Levy) were strolling through a market in Hobart and were stopped by a stranger, who gave them a bunch of flowers. This act of kindness took them completely by surprise and they in turn spent the rest of the day giving flowers to more than 280 complete strangers! Flowers brighten a person’s day they do not need to be in a bunch of flowers, it could be a plant or shrub in your garden. Each time you see a flower, it may bring back memories that bring joy. Memories of your wedding, birth of a child, a place or just that special scent from a particular flower.  What is your favourite flower?  Next time you see a flower make sure you research its meaning. Make someone smile by sending flowers ………Burns Night – 25th January   A Burns Night supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, 1759-1796. Burns suppers may be formal or informal, ranging in full costume with traditional dancing and music or a gathering for a family dinner. A typical supper includes a haggis (traditional Scottish dish) which contains sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs) minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices and salt mixed with stock encased in the animal’s stomach. This is often substituted by an artificial casing. The dish is normally served with neeps and tatties. The evening is usually celebrating with a sounding of the bagpipes too. The residents enjoyed a lunch together which included haggis. The afternoon was then spent reading poems and watching a DVD ‘White Heather’ tour. This was all presented by our very own Scottish Ann Marie. Winter Scenes – 26th January Snow arrived for the second time this year. Beautiful scenes from the bay windows at Swarthmore. We also asked others to send in their wintry scenes. We didnt get enough snow to make a snow man, maybe next time.…

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Christmas Donations

Violets GiftsWe were recently contacted by Emily at Violets Gifts with a kind offer of providing Christmas gifts to residents with no loved ones. Emily started the project in 2015 after her own grandmother went in to a care home. She eventually became aware of the amount of people in care homes without loved ones. To follow this touching story please click here. Emily partnered with another registered charity ‘Small Acts of Kindness’ who have been trained by the NHS to ensure their processes are Covid-secure. This allowed volunteers to drop the gifts outside homes, wearing a mask and keeping at a 2m distance. On Thursday 17th December, we were presented with a sack of christmas gifts for residents at Swarthmore Care Home, who are without loved ones. The gifts will be distributed to our residents by the one and only 'Santa Claus' on the big day. I am sure this will put smiles on faces and light up their day.We would like to say a great big thank you for all your dedication and efforts in reaching out to care homes at this time of year. Waitrose GiftsWe would also like to thank our local ‘Waitrose’ store in Gerrards Cross for the donations of mince pies and chocolates for staff and residents here at Swarthmore Care Home. We are all looking forward to enjoying the delights during morning coffee.  Thank you to Ketki, Partner & Community Lead at Waitrose who has organised donations throughout 2020. …

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Swarthmore presents - 'Sleeping Beauty' Pantomime

This year has been difficult for everyone! Christmas in the home would normally be very busy with people coming and going and entertainers performing for the residents. As we know none of this is possible due to government guidelines, due to Covid-19. Ann Marie decided Swarthmore was not going without a Christmas Pantomime this year! So off she went to find a production script and before we knew it, scripts were flying around, and the team were allocated roles to perform in ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The cast included a Narrator, King, Queen, Nanny, Jester, Fairies, Fairy Godmother, Evil Fairy, Prince and Princess and a Minstrel. Costumes were provided for everyone taking part. The performance took place in the lounge of the home and a backdrop for the stage area was created. Dixon mastered amazing signage for the performance.  Everyone involved had a part to learn and some were able to enhance their voice.  Avril was the most amazing  Evil Fairy who had the best cackle ever! Jess and Rebecca choreographed amazing moves for the production – hats off to the girls.  I believe we have a few talented staff that may end up in the West End next year! During the interval, choc ices were served in style with a homemade theatre ice cream tray. The cast went off to change costumes for Scene 2  and the residents had their ice cream. Claire narrated the second half of the story dressed an an elf.  The afternoon came to an end with a bit of a sing song for everyone including the residents. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I believe it left everyone feeling the ‘Spirit of Christmas’. The residents applauded and thanked everyone for their hard work and a wonderful performance. I believe this was a special moment; being able to take part in a performance for our very own residents was a pleasure for everyone involved. Claire thanked Ann Marie for her efforts and managing to put together such an amazing pantomime.  We couldnt have done this without you. Merry Christmas Everybody.......... …

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Picture News Christmas Campaign - #heartsforhomes #heartsforschools

A campaign was inspired by Gee Cross Holy Trinity School and has become a National Campaign. This Christmas time, we would like to help share some joy following what has been a very difficult year for many. This campaign was inspired by Katrina Cole and the children at Gee Cross Holy Trinity School following one of the news stories during lockdown – ‘Should visits to care homes be allowed’? Year 2 children were inspired to reach out to the local community after discussions were held between the pupils and their teacher. Katrina contacted a local care home and organised a safe visit to deliver heart-warming messages to the residents. This trip was very emotional for everyone involved and great lessons have been learnt by many from reading the story and being involved.  To read the story in full click here Swarthmore received the information about getting involved in the campaign, so we contacted a local school, St Marys Girls School in Gerrards Cross. We were naturally delighted when they said ‘yes’. On Wednesday 9th December, teachers and pupils took a short walk to Swarthmore Care Home and delivered amazing artwork which contained lots of warm wishes. The residents sat in the dining room, peering through the windows, waiting in suspense for the girls and teachers to arrive. As they approached the dining room window, we saw smiling faces and waving hands appearing in the distance. The arrival of new faces brought delight, happiness, and tears of joy. The residents were amazed that these girls took the time to come and wish everyone a ‘Merry Christmas’.  The girls performed a dance and sang ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ which was wonderful and very much appreciated by all our residents and staff at Swarthmore. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Head of St Mary’s Girls School and Ann Marie, our Activities Co-ordinator, for arranging this special moment. During times of National Crisis its amazing to see the support from local communities and how we all adjust in times of need. Merry Christmas to Everyone from Swarthmore Residential Care Home.…

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Pod Launch

It has taken a lot of time and research to find the best solution for residents and families to meet for quality time together since the start of lockdown. The time is finally here – Swarthmore has officially launched the visitor Pod. The visitor Pod is a purpose built meeting space that provides a safer environment with improved protection for residents and their families by reducing the risk of infection. One of our residents, Tessa, was the first to experience the new space, chatting with her family in warm and cosy surrounds. The Pod provides a comfortable space with windows for ventilation and doors with ramps for easy wheelchair access. When using the space, residents can safely ‘socially distance’ from their visitors thanks to a thin, robust perspex panel with a two-way intercom. Emergency call points have been installed on both sides of the Pod. Sanitisers are also provided in the room for visitor use. The Pod will be ventilated and sanitised between each visit and deep cleaned daily. A booking system is co-ordinated by our Admin team, ensuring visits are well-managed. The facility is limited to two visitors at any one time, ensuring both residents and their families are as safe as possible. We would like to thank Paul Upward, a local photographer who kindly donated two pieces of his work for the internal walls of the Pod. Photographs of Bluebells in Welders Lane and Sunrise at Market Place, Chalfont St Peter. We continue to follow Government Guidelines to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible. We will continue to send email communications to family and friends of our residents. Please do get in touch with us directly if you would like to discuss anything with us in relation to visiting. We thank you all for your continued support for our residents and staff. We hope that you can now enjoy your visits in comfort and look forward to your feedback. …

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Working alongside local businesses

We recently ran a promotion alongside Fego in Gerrards Cross. We purchased warm drinks at Fego for locals eating in the restaurant. We hope this will build awareness around the importance of supporting local companies during these difficult times. Swarthmore shopping bags  and leaflets were also handed to people that may help spread the word. We would like to thank Natalie and her team for supporting our campaign. We hope to see our shopping bags filled whilst supporting local businesses in Gerrards Cross. …

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Halloween Party

Ann Marie put together a lovely Halloween Party on Friday. We started the party with lots of singing and dancing and of course our regular Dancing Queen showed us all how to boogie.  The residents played pass the parcel, lots of sweet surprises wrapped inside the parcel which ended in a gift box of creams and soaps for one lucky winner.  Our care team joined in the entertainment, dressed to suit the day!. The afternoon ended with Halloween cakes and a lovely cup of tea. …