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Creating your Home from Home

18th July


Moving from your own home into a residential care home is a big step to take, and it’s natural that you’ll have mixed feelings about the transition. Not only is there an emotional wrench to deal with, but you’ll also be acclimatising to a new way of life, meeting new people and unfamiliar surroundings.

Bedroom Accommodation at Swarthmore

Swarthmore residential care home has 3 types of bedrooms, many of which offer views over our extensive gardens. Many rooms have recently been renovated to a high standard, we continue to make changes as rooms become available. All rooms have wi-fi, smart TV’s and fully furnished.

  •  Standard rooms offer pleasing accommodation complete with a vanity sink area. Nearby bathrooms to suit all needs
  •  Classic rooms with partial or full ensuite facilities. We are about to add two brand new classic rooms with ensuite to our offering.
  •  Premium Rooms are the largest we offer and have a full ensuite. Some have a patio door or juliette window offering direct access/views to the garden.
  • 4 Self Contained Studio Apartments for fully mobile residents who are able to live independently.
Whilst these rooms are decorated in a stylish, attractive way, it’s perfectly natural that residents will want to personalise their bedroom in order to make it a ’home from home’.

5 Ways Residents Personalise Their Care Home Bedrooms

Swarthmore prides itself on offering a comfortable and friendly environment that feels like home to staff and residents alike. We want residents’ bedrooms to be where they can relax and enjoy time with friends or family. There’s no ‘standard’ way of personalising your bedroom, it’s different for each of our residents, but here are some of the ways that bedrooms at Swarthmore have been adapted:

1. Create a Cosy Bedroom Space Everyone’s idea of being cosy is different, which is why we rely on residents to add the cost touches to their rooms:

  •  Cushions are colourful, cosy, and comfy; they create a welcoming space for visitors
  •  Photographs and pictures hold lots of memories
  •  Plants or flowers
  •  A recliner chair for added comfort and ease
  •  Bed linen is provided, if you have a favourite bedding bring along with you
  •  Books, laptops etc so you can pursue your routines
  •  Towels are provided
  •  If you want to add a BT line to your room we will assist with the organisation
2. Bring the Familiar With You

Our houses are full of objects that remind us of people, places, and significant moments, whether it’s a family holiday or being recognised for your work. Bring the ones that matter most with you to your new home. Residents often find that their store of memory objects soon starts to grow as they take trips out, get involved in activities and meet new friends.

3. Add Plants or Flowers to Your Room

The theme for all our décor at Swarthmore is ‘bringing the outdoors indoors’. Often our residents will add fresh flowers to their room, or plant bulbs that will flower in the spring. Our beautiful, landscaped gardens are an inspiration, and residents often join in with planting pots and hanging baskets.

4. A Family Photo Collection

Your family is always evolving and it’s a lovely idea to create a collage, or collection of photo frames that can evolve with them. Having family photos around you is a great way to make your bedroom feel like home. Maybe you’re not living as close to them as you were, but you can see them, and enjoy their presence every day.

Communal Areas

We have recently refurbished our dining room and activity space which is a delightful area to spend time together. We have a quiet room for reading and enjoying the views or relaxation. Our lounge provides a seating area to watch TV with your fellow residents.

About Swarthmore Residential Care Home

Swarthmore is an independent care home located in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. We have been providing compassionate, person-centred care to respite and long-term residents for more than 70 years. The care home is a handsome period property set in expansive, landscaped grounds. We are just a short walk away from the town centre.

Our carers take great pride in both the environment we provide for our 40 residents and the quality of care we offer. If you're seeking respite care, or residential long-term care we would be delighted to give you a tour of our home, so you can experience the friendly atmosphere first hand.

At Swarthmore we provide person-centred care. For an informal chat, or to arrange a visit, call Sally on 01753 885663, Option 1. 

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