Food & Menus
A varied menu creatively based on fresh quality produce is supplemented by fruit each day. Dietary preferences are also catered for. The range of meals includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and supper. Tea, coffee and other drinks and light refreshments are served throughout the day and also on request. Meals can be taken in the dining room or in the residents own room as required.
The cook will accommodate special requests or treats, and prepares a birthday cake for residents birthday or other celebrations. Alternatives to menu items are discussed with the resident who might not fancy the menu on offer and new suggestions are always welcomed at the resident meetings.
The gardens are used extensively, especially in the summer where they are used for functions and for our residents to enjoy any time the weather permits. The garden area’s that the residents use are secured to let them enjoy the patio gardens and grassed area’s on their own with care staff on hand.
The residents also have the use of raised planting beds where the staff help and supervise the residents to plant their own flowers and vegetables.
There are also walks in the grounds which the staff have the ability to take residents for short walks by the woodland and lawns.
Medical and nursing care is provided by the local primary care team. Residents from out of area are assisted to register with a local GP on admission. Community Nursing Staff regularly visit the home to provide nursing advice and deliver nursing care. There are regular visits by a chiropodist, dentist and an optician.
Each room has a TV point.
We are also trialing note pads for reading and to show photo’s helping the resident to reminisce. We hope that the more stimulation is provided the more content the resident will be.
Bryn Edwin Hall also provides internet for the residents to utilise and can be provided for the families when they visit. We have a number of internet based activities in the pipeline for the residents to enjoy such as skype and e-learning.
Activities, Trips and Visits
The activities are co-ordinated by all the staff at the home, we believe that it is everybody’s duty to interact with the residents and we tailor activities to suit both the individual and groups of residents, relevant to personal profiles. Individual and group activities are pursued, and residents are encouraged to continue with hobbies, as well as gain new interests. This is an important part of sustaining and promoting self-esteem, self-worth, identity and a sense of individuality.
The range of activities at the home includes
Doll Therapy & Quizzes
Arts & Crafts
Outings and Reminiscence Activities
The homes activities also include regularly booking musical entertainers who sing and play musical instruments. Clothing parties also take place to enable those individuals who cannot get out to the shops to choose their own clothing and footwear. Information regarding the activities that the residents and families can participate in is displayed on the notice boards around the home.
Family events and activities also take place and these include, Barbeques, Fetes, Buffets, Fireworks, Live Entertainment and Quiz nights.
The residents also have the use of a collection of books. We also can arrange daily, weekly and monthly newspapers and magazines available at cover price on request.
Spiritual, Religious and Cultural Support
Residents are encouraged to follow their own religion and have the right to refuse to participate in any activity. Denominational visits are arranged on request, and there is a regular visitor from the local Catholic Church and Methodist Minister.
A sensory room is extremely therapeutic. Research has shown that multi-sensory rooms can make a real difference in the quality of life for a person with dementia. In 1999, the White Top Research Unit at the University of Dundee, Scotland, carried out extensive research which showed that multi-sensory rooms can benefit a wide range of clients, including children with disabilities, special needs, autism, and mental health issues, as well as the elderly. The effects of a session in a multi-sensory room can last from a few minutes to a few days, and lengthen with an ongoing program. Typically, an individual will spend anywhere from 20 minutes up to 1 hour in a multi-sensory environment several times each week.