Abbey Lifestyle

Our homes offer a wide range of activties and trips tailored to our residents preferences and interested. This includes a range of trips to local attractions, cinema nights, exercise classes to improve wellbeing, through to live performances from musicians and bands, and pets visiting the home.

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East Ham care home pet dog therapy for dementia patients

9 July 2024

A shaggy old arthritic dog named Ted is being used as a therapist for patients with dementia in a care home in East Ham.

The 12-year-old Shi Tzu is taken to Manor Farm care home each week to encourage residents to be active and help them feel calm and relaxed.

Ted lets them walk, cuddle, feed and groom him in exchange for a good play. Using pets for therapy is becoming common practice in care homes with research showing they aid communication and involvement. Dog-walking also helps patients reduce swelling and aids blood circulation.

 

Why not read more of the published article from either Romford Recorder or This is Local London, just click the links:

https://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/23799917.east-ham-care-home-pet-dog-therapy-dementia-patients/

https://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/23799917.east-ham-care-home-pet-dog-therapy-dementia-patients/

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Huntingdon Town Rowdies Cromwell House Care Home sponsorship

21 February 2024

Football fans in the 66-bed home on High Street were eager to support their local youth team after the club was desperately in need of a kit sponsor.

Sylvia Duz, Manager of the Abbey Healthcare home, said: “The club got in touch to see if we would be interested in supporting one of their teams as they rely on the support of local businesses.

“When we told our residents, they were really excited about being able to help a local youth team, and more, so that they might be able to watch a game – we have some very keen football fans.”

Why not read more of the published article from The Hunts Post, just click the link – https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/24130710.huntingdon-town-rowdies-cromwell-house-care-home-sponsorship/

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Elmcroft Care Home residents Christmas joy with school art

25 December 2023

Residents at Elmcroft Care Home, in Tolleshunt Major, had a surprise delivery of cheery artwork from a primary school almost 90 miles away.

The residents at the 52-bed care home were delighted to receive colourful pictures of rainbows and animals sent as a random act of kindness from King’s Oak Primary School in west London.

The school spent the last few weeks creating Christmas pictures of their own to send to their new young friends as a thank you.

Why not read more of the published article from Maldon Standard, just click the link – https://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/24008670.elmcroft-care-home-residents-christmas-joy-school-art/

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Cola cubes and sherbet lemons revive cherished childhood memories for residents with Alzheimer’s

14 December 2023

Residents at the 60-bed Primrose Hill Care Home in Huntingdon have been taking regular trips down memory lane thanks to the new addition of an old-fashioned sweet shop trolley and scents that stimulate their senses.

Talcum powder, shoe polish, flowers and candyfloss are among the smells evoking memories of going to school and trips to the seaside in the holidays.

Amanda Favell, Care Home Manager, said: “Reminiscence is important for all our residents, especially those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, because it takes them back to comforting memories of their childhood days or to particular moments in their lives. Being able to remember empowers them and gives them confidence.”

Why not read more of the published article from Peterborough Telegraph, just click the link – https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/people/cola-cubes-and-sherbet-lemons-revive-cherished-childhood-memories-for-residents-with-alzheimers-4445348

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Pupils’ penpal scheme for Lake District care home residents

12 December 2023

Primary school pupils are writing their way into 2024 after popping into Kendal Care Home to share letters they had written to residents.

Armed with homemade Christmas decorations, 19 pupils aged seven to 11 from St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary in Windermere read letters they had written about their summer holidays.

Fergal said: “Having the children visit and starting a penpal friendship is amazing for the residents, especially those with dementia.”

 

Why not read more of the published article from the Cumbria Crack, just click the link – https://cumbriacrack.com/2023/12/12/pupils-penpal-scheme-for-lake-district-care-home-residents/

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Huntingdon: Chicks hatched at Cromwell House Care Home

10 October 2023

The residents of Abbey Healthcare’s Cromwell House Care Home watched as the chicks hatched and, after feeding and caring for them for only a day, have decided to make them permanent residents.

Sylvia Duz, Manager of the 66-bed home on High Street, said: “Recent research shows how hens can improve wellbeing and reduce any loneliness and depression by giving people a chance to sense, feel and express their emotions and affection. So, this was a therapeutic initiative that we wanted to offer for the benefit of our residents, and we saw the impact straight away. ”

 

Why not read more of the published article from The Hunts Post, just click the link – https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/23844211.huntingdon-chicks-hatched-cromwell-house-care-home/

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Huntingdon: Abbey Healthcare’s Primrose Hill Care Home walk

15 September 2023

Four staff from Abbey Healthcare’s Primrose Hill Care Home strode out in their walking boots on one of the hottest days of the year to raise money for two therapy dolls for their residents with dementia.

Complete with cribs, pushchairs, bottles, and nappies the baby boy and girl dolls are now being enjoyed by residents on the 16-bed dementia floor.

Danielle Keeble, dementia unit manager at the newly-refurbished home on Thames Road, said: “It’s well documented that sensory activities and therapeutic treatments like dolls can help people with dementia, especially if they’ve been parents in the past.

“The ‘caring’ role empowers them to find comfort in those memories of caring for a baby, so we wanted to raise money and buy our own pair.”

Why not read more of the published article from The Hunts Post, just click the link – https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/23790018.huntingdon-abbey-healthcares-primrose-hill-care-home-walk/

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Hooray we shout! Already for the Coronation Parade and Picnic

5 May 2023

Our Heron Hill Care Home all ready with their flags a waving high and excitement building as they join Heron Hill Primary Schools KS2 for their Coronation parade and picnic!

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A right royal affair!

4 May 2023

With their banners and flags up and the tables laid our Farnworth Care Home residents are set and ready for a right royal knees up!

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Good afternoon your Majesty, will you be joining us for tea?

3 May 2023

It’s going to be a posh affair at our Aaron Court Care home with a true celebration in style. Residents, families and friends in posh attire in readiness for a beautiful 3 course luncheon. Chink chink everyone