Q: What eats 28,000kg of strawberries and drinks 330,000 cups of tea? A: The crowds at Wimbledon and at Edenmore Nursing Home, Ilfracombe

Watched by 300 million viewers in 200 countries, and with 500,000 spectators in attendance over the 2-week period, Wimbledon is the largest annual sporting event in Europe, with the cheapest seats for the finals currently costing around £4000, if you can get them!

It is much loved by audiences in the UK’s 11,300 Care Homes, too, with packed seats watching the matches in the build up to the Women’s final on 14th July and the men’s final on 15th.

At Edenmore Care Home, near Ilfracombe, the residents, are referred to as Family Members, and have matches viewable in numerous lounges and may be served traditional strawberries and cream and perhaps even a glass of something stronger than tea, to celebrate the finalists’ successes. The home has a speciality in caring for those living with dementia, and watching sport is thought to have a beneficial effect on that condition.

But what is it about this fascinating game that attracts so many viewers?

Perhaps it’s our pride in our own tennis stars, or the fact that it is the most famous tennis tournament in the world. Or is it the out-and out “Britishness” of it all with the strict, all-white uniforms, Henman Hill, and of course, the Royal Box?

When asked why they liked watching tennis, family members often cited the classic 1980 final between Borg and MacEnroe as the ultimate Wimbledon Final. MacEnroe saved 7 match points before finally losing to Borg in the 5th set.

This year, the only break in excitement levels at the Home­­­­­­­ is going to be when the call, “New balls please” is heard

Roll on Wimbledon. Now where’s my scone gone?

Jerry Short

Having her Jam and Eating it

For most people, spreading a slice of toast with jam is a task that takes but a moment from our busy lives, but for Audrey Payne, an 85 year old, living with dementia, this prosaic act is unusual as is frowned upon by some care homes. Audrey resides at the Edenmore Nursing Home in Ilfracombe, where they provide award winning nursing and dementia care for 47 older people. They are part of the Bristol based, Evolve Care Group.

They refer to their residents as “family members” and treatment is based on the six paragons of Comfort, Identity, Occupation, Attachment, Inclusion and Love. These are part of their “Household Model of Care” which aims to promote enablement wherever possible. One of the most confusing aspects that make living with dementia difficult, are changes to routines.

Audrey came to Edenmore, in March, after living on her own for many years, and her former breakfast routine always included tea, jam and toast. Minimising change was considered essential if her care was to be effective, so she was carefully assessed to be capable of making toast and using a butter knife, without posing a risk to herself or to others. A staff member is always on hand, keeping a respectful distance away, but giving Audrey enough space to feel like her routine is unchanged.

To foster inclusion, “Family members” are encouraged to eat together, sat around family style tables, in a relaxed way. To an observer, anyone watching Audrey’s slight smile as she carries her breakfast plate to her chosen table, her expression may not seem important, but it is not the look of somebody worrying about changes they do not understand. It is the smile of somebody looking forward to nicely browned toast, laden with scarlet raspberry jam.

Edenmore Nursing Home, Ilfracombe are Jumping For Dementia

Two of the marketing team from Edenmore Nursing Home, in Ilfracombe, Devon, have just raised around £1000 for the Alzheimer’s Society in two sponsored tandem parachute jumps. 99% of those being cared for at Edenmore live with dementia and Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.

Jessica Caine and Luke Barnett took to the sky on Sunday 5th August, from Dunkeswell Airfield in Devon, and jumped, each attached to their instructors.

Jessica had parachuted once before and said the views were incredible, but it was Luke’s first jump. Prior to taking off, he admitted to being terrified of heights, preferring his feet planted firmly on the ground. Shortly after landing he said “It was all over so quickly, I didn’t have time to be scared”

They jumped from 15,000 feet, any higher would need an oxygen supply, and within seconds, they were plummeting downwards at 120mph, in a tandem jump, which is the easiest of all skydives. It requires only 30 minutes of training before jumping, each strapped to a British Parachute Association Tandem Instructor. Jessica and Luke said that jumping was a truly unforgettable experience, and a fantastic way to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society

They raised enough money to pay for 2 years’ worth of clinical trial drugs to search for an effective treatment for vascular dementia. Speaking afterwards, they said the day was a total success for both Edenmore Nursing Home, and for Alzheimer’s Society.

Jerry Short, Evolve Care Group

3 Surprising Parachuting Facts

  • There is a sport called Banzai Skydiving. You throw the parachute out of the airplane first and then jump out after it and put it on whilst freefalling. The world-record wait before jumping out is 50 seconds!
  • Afraid of flying, Muhammad Ali spent his first flight praying with a parachute strapped to his back. He was heading to Rome
  • In the 1940s the Idaho Fish and Game Dept relocated beavers into the wilderness by dropping them out of airplanes with parachutes

Mothering Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who recently celebrated Mothering Sunday!

We had a wonderful day here at Edenmore Nursing Home. We had so many beautiful bunches of flowers delivered from friends and family that perhaps live further away or that just wanted to send something extra special – we had enough to open up as a local florist!

Everyone enjoyed a delicious Sunday Roast, and so many relatives and friends visited and celebrated with us. Our whole home was full of love!

Mum’s are so special, and it was a fabulous day celebrating them, together here at Edenmore Nursing Home.

Julie celebrates 30 years at Edenmore!

Edenmore Nursing Home, recently celebrated it’s longest serving team member, Julie Balment. Julie joined the Edenmore care team on Christmas Eve in 1987 and has spent the last 30 years taking care of family members living at Edenmore.

Home Manager, Tina Edwards, told us: “We are so grateful for Julie’s 30 years of service; she is an integral part of our Edenmore family and it is my pleasure to work alongside her.”

Julie originally came to work at Edenmore on night shifts when her children were young, and in 1989 her mum Carol joined the team and has also worked there ever since. At one point in time Julie’s daughter Hannah worked at Edenmore as well.

Julie commented: “I have very much enjoyed my 30 years here at Edenmore. We truly are one big family, and I can’t imagine going to work every day, anywhere else.”

If you would be interested in learning more about coming to work or live at Edenmore Nursing Home, please call 01271 865 544 or email beds@edenmorenursinghome.com

“Full marks” for Edenmore Nursing Home

Edenmore Nursing Home in Ilfracombe, which provides award winning nursing and dementia care for 47 older people, has recently been highly rated by the Care Quality Commission, which inspects health and social care services.

Inspectors found that "people were protected because risks for each person were identified and managed" and that there were "sufficient staff on duty...to keep people safe.”

The inspection report goes on to note that  "staff were sitting and chatting with people and some were holding people's hands...they were supporting people, who sometimes had challenging behaviour, in a safe way which respected their dignity and protected their rights. When people became distressed or agitated, staff responded promptly and dealt with this in a calm, skilled and respectful way."

"When one person became agitated staff quickly went to reassure them, sat with them and were calm and non-confrontational in their manner.”

One relative of someone living at Edenmore told inspectors "I would give them full marks!"

The home manager, Liz Thompson, told us "we love the people that live with us and we try our best to ensure that they are happy. We have developed an amazing new dementia training programme which is free for local nurses, care workers and families who are interested in learning more about how to provide better care for someone living with dementia.”

If you would like to find out more about this training or more about Edenmore Nursing Home please call 01271 865 544 or email us at beds@edenmorenursinghome.com

Care group offers best possible support to those in need

It has been estimated that more than 900,000 individuals live with dementia in the UK, and this number is anticipated to more than triple in the next decade. Studies also show the economic costs to the UK alone are upwards of £26 billion, which is more than the costs associated with stroke, heart disease and cancer combined. This means that, for those who live with dementia and their families, finding the best quality care is is often stressful and costly.

With this in light, Edenmore Nursing Home & Heanton Nursing Home have been offered access to a unique subsidy fund by Evolve Care Group. The group has always worked with the community, such as its donations to the homeless over the festive season and special events for members of North Devon’s aging community. They hope the special fund will dramatically reduce the cost of care to those most in need. As part of the fund, healthcare experts will be on hand to conduct a free clinical assessment with those interested in accessing the fund to ensure the best possible support is on offer.

Helping individuals with cases like this is at the very heart of what Evolve Care Group, Heanton Nursing Home and Edenmore Nursing Home offer. A revolutionary new model of care offers those that live in the home services that recapture their home environments, rather than just providing them an institutional service. There are individualised fresh produce menus, luxurious décors and occupations centred around what those in the home want to do.

Cake contest!

A cake baking competition was held this week at Edenmore Nursing Home for everyone to show off their culinary skills. Those who live in the home made the cakes with a little help and advice from those that live there. The competition was judged by Liz Thompson, the home’s manager, and the winner was XXX’s delicious chocolate orange sponge. There were all kinds of other entries, from a rich chocolate and cherry cake to the classic Victoria sponge.

Liz commented “making cakes is a popular past time for virtually everyone who lives in the home. Many good stories were shared of individuals baking with their parents or even their own children. We were all very keen to see this continue when they’ve moved into their new home, so decided to have a friendly competition. We were definitely all winners in the end as we all got to enjoy some delicious homemade cakes!

Life is flourishing

Evolve Care Group, who support 12 sites across the South West of England and Wales, have been implementing a brand new model of care over the last 18 months, which has drastically changed the lives of people living in these homes for the better.

Termed, the Household Model of Care, this approach gives ownership of the home back to the individuals living there and puts them at the centre of each and every decision. Staff have been focusing on filling days with meaningful occupation and individualised person-centred care; and the effect it’s having on those living in the homes, is undeniably positive.

One of the six homes, Edenmore Nursing Home, is located in the beautiful town of Ilfracombe in North Devon. Everyone has been involved in a greenhouse challenge in recent months, by growing their own fruit and veg. Whilst the garden is blooming; relationships and quality of life in the home are flourishing as well.

Edenmore’s Home Manger Liz Thompson said: “everybody here at Edenmore has noticed a remarkable difference in the home since implementing this new model of care. We had several individuals who always really enjoyed gardening before moving to Edenmore, so we built a brand new greenhouse and helped them rediscover their green thumbs. We’ve been enjoying garden-fresh strawberries and tomatoes; and our whole Edenmore family feels happy, settled and truly fulfilled.”

If you’re thinking about the possibility of moving into a care home but perhaps nervous about the change, give Evolve Care Group a call today on 0117 938 7768 and see if they can ease your concerns.

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