A sense of involvement at Birtley House
PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 May 2016
For most of us, interactions with the local community are the norm and probably something we take for granted.
Our involvement in various activities evolves throughout our lives: doing the school run and attending school events; shopping; attending church; trips to the cinema, theatre or an exhibition; the option to join a wide variety of clubs and groups specific to our personal interests and hobbies. We probably never even consider how these interactions make our lives varied, colourful and fulfilling. Equally, we probably never consider what our life would be like without this involvement.
Consider then how it would feel if these life-enhancing activities were taken away from you or became beyond your reach. Feelings of isolation and a lack of sense of worth could soon follow. It is this thought that helps drive the passion at Birtley House Nursing Home to make lives of residents as fulfilling as possible. Rated as Outstanding by CQC, Birtley House is innovative in its approach to the activities for Residents. The activities range from a varied daily activities programme which includes talks and performances from those in the local community, to ad-hoc activities throughout the day to enrich the lives of residents and reduce any feelings of isolation. Trips out and about, according to personal requests, can also be catered for e.g. a desire to eat fish and chips on the seafront once again or a visit to a local beauty spot – simply to admire the view.
Adding a real buzz to the atmosphere are the regular large events held in the gardens and parkland which can bring in hundreds of visitors of all ages. Although it’s not easy for many residents to go out into the community, they aim to bring in the community in to visit Birtley instead to help reduce any feelings of isolation. Residents feel a real sense of pride in the fact that so many people want to come and visit the grounds of their home. Birtley held the Rare Plant Fair in April with specialist growers from across the country selling their plants to visitors. Some residents enjoyed browsing around the stalls, while others were content to sit and watch the colourful scene. The annual Sculpture Garden exhibition is held throughout May and brings in thousands of visitors to see over 150 sculptures within the grounds, while during the exhibition they hold an open-air concert of children’s choirs. In October, the Surrey Hills Wood Fair brings in a whole host of stalls, demonstrations and activities throughout the parkland. Many residents are happy to just sit and soak up the atmosphere but Birtley House ensure that even less mobile residents can visit the fair if they desire by taking small groups around in adapted vehicles.
Looking forward, 2017 will be the 85th Anniversary of the registration of the Nursing Home. With the same family running the Home throughout all those years, the occasion will provide the ideal opportunity for the local community to celebrate and enjoy Birtley along with our Residents.
Birtley House, Birtley Road, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 0LB; 01483 892055; www.birtleyhouse.co.uk