Time for reflection at Stonehaven
With October just around the corner, the heat of the summer is cooling and the winds have a hint of what is to come during the approaching winter. It is a good time for reflection.
Casting our thoughts back over the past six and seven months helps illustrate Stonehaven's progress. In February we saw the adventures of our group mini-bus, The Wanderer, and in particular the visit to the Who'd Have Thought It, the 16th century inn at Milton Abbott. The villagers were thrilled to see an old resident, Mary, now living at Chollacott House. A happy day for all.
In March we considered compassionate care and support for end of life care. We offered the opinion that localised care home groups such as Stonehaven, perhaps, do slightly better than the very large national groups, by possessing centralised administration, optimum flexibility and inter-group support.
This year has been a great time for British celebration and in May the Diamond Jubilee brought joy to all our residents as we saw the wonderful progress of our, no longer young in years, but very active and beautiful Queen. The residents of Cross Park celebrated in style as did those in all our other homes. In July the residents of the Manor in Exminster celebrated and of course enjoyed cream teas.
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Looking back we covered both the need for careful assessment in bringing thoughtful care and also care to the end. All 150 members of our staff are aware of our residents as individuals. Stonehaven treats them lovingly and caringly as if they were special friends or family members.
In the Stonehaven homes we take the challenges of preparing food for our elderly, and sometimes infirm, very seriously. We endeavour to provide good home-cooked food prepared with fresh locally-produced ingredients because we know that our residents can only flourish if they eat well from carefully chosen menus.
Like all the best chefs with their customers, we know that mealtimes should be sociable and fun events. We encourage our residents to look forward to mealtimes and meeting their friends, while encouraging newcomers to feel at home.