A year at Birtley House
PUBLISHED: 11:53 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:53 24 November 2015
Birtley House have been involved in a monthly advertorial in Surrey Life that has shown readers the diversity that makes Birtley House so different.
The choice of nursing homes available can be quite overwhelming and finding somewhere that fulfils all of the individual criteria can seem an impossible task. At Birtley, residents feel that they are part of a large family and the ‘home from home’ ethos that pervades is down to the staff who, in many cases, look upon the residents as friends who need assistance. All types of care are available, from those living in the mews flats who are very independent and who may just require a helping hand every now and again, through to respite care, rehabilitation, general nursing and palliative care. Each resident has an individually-tailored care plan as everyone is different and has varied needs. A holistic approach is applied that looks at all aspects of a residents’ personal requirements to maintain dignity and a sense of purpose.
Birtley are very involved with the local community and this is what they got up to this year:
Innovation and investment in the future are important for the growth of a business and in January 2015, they hosted and part-sponsored the first awards ceremony for the ‘Elizabeth Care Project’ which is a purpose-designed training programme for elderly care, run by 360 Degrees Forward, in association with Surrey University and Care England.
At Birtley they have tried to create an environment where people feel they are still ‘at home’. Staff training and physical environment contribute to this but these cannot, by themselves, replace the community interaction that one gets in one’s own home. Inviting people to interact with residents during activities gives a great deal of pleasure but has only limited impact, but by arranging community events in the house and grounds, residents are able to foster a feeling of engagement and pride in their home. An example of this is the sculpture garden, run annually during the month of May which this year had 170 sculptures by 58 sculptors from across the UK. Another annual event when Birtley invite members of the community to come and join with residents is the Macmillan Coffee Morning, held in September, where there is a tombola, home-made cake & produce stall and delicious cakes made by kitchen staff. Funds are raised for this very worthwhile cause and residents have the chance to socialise with friends and family.
At Birtley, all aspects of care are carefully considered, amongst which they aim to provide a dining experience that caters for individual needs, where the taste & aroma of appetising food that is nutritionally balanced is provided at every mealtime. Seasonal fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden feature extensively on the menu and during the summer months, a farm shop within the grounds sells produce from the estate such as cider, pork, plants, alongside other locally produced goods.