At home with Glebe House
PUBLISHED: 09:41 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:41 23 May 2016
From fostering their own chicks to hosting talks on Hollywood stars and displaying their menu’s on bistro-style blackboards, there’s plenty to enjoy at Chaldon’s Glebe House. General manager, Sue Guyon, tells us more…
Tell us a bit about the kind of building you are based in?
Glebe House is a large, late Georgian and Victorian house which has many of its original features, a real home from home , set in a peaceful residential location.
And how about the wider setting?
The house is surrounded by secluded grounds featuring lawns, mature trees and shrubs and sensory garden. Glebe House also has a large conservatory. There are extensive views over the surrounding farmland and an historic church with a famous Doom painting is two minutes’ walk away.
What kind of activities do you have on offer there?
We try to incorporate a bit of everything for everyone, music is a great all round favourite that brings everyone together as well as chair based exercises. Arts & crafts, group games, pet therapy and gardening feature quite highly on our activities ‘to-do’ list, but sometimes we like to mix things up a little and do something different! We recently ‘fostered’ some eggs from the Live Egg Company and enjoyed watching the eggs hatch and transform into super cute chicks. It was a great activity for all residents as they could choose how hands on they wanted to be and participate in the feeding and handling.
Do you ever have any visiting speakers at all?
We have a regular speaker who entertains the residents with shows full of background information, film clips and music on exciting subjects like ‘The Wild West’, ‘Hollywood Stars’ and various historical events. We have a regular ‘Pets as Therapy’ volunteer who visits on a regular basis and in the near future we hope to welcome National Trust volunteers into the home to present regular features on National Trust properties and gardens.
How about the style side of things?
Julie Flint our hairdresser has been coming to Glebe House for 17 years she is equipped with her own salon which our resident really get the feel of visiting a real hairdressers and enjoy the experience.
How much do you involve friends and family in life at your care home?
We welcome family and friends to join us on any of the entertainment programmes that we run on a weekly basis. We really like to capture the moment by taking lots of photographs for our residents, their families and friends to cherish. Family and friend are actively involved in our annual events.
What sort of things do you have on your menu?
Our Menus are displayed clearly on Bistro chalk boards.The presentation of our chefs food is outstanding. All our food is home cooked and delicious cakes are made. We welcome family member to dine with their loved ones. We also supply fresh fruit platters, non-alcoholic fruit cocktails and savoury snacks to tempt some of the frailer residents.
Which would you say is the most popular dish?
Fish n’chips is our Residents favourite, they really enjoy the good old fashioned traditional dishes, we like to serve these up on traditional newspaper and scampi n chips in baskets.
How about the little luxuries…?
We have an excellent selection of fine wines that are offered at meals times, along with a variety of soft non-alcoholic drinks.
Finally, what is it that makes you stand out from the rest?
Committed, loving staff and a beautiful setting.