Although not an easy two years and although mother was not very communicative I am sure the individual attention and cheerfulness of all those who helped her maintained the best possible quality of life.
— A Canford Resident's Daughter
Exotic animals at Maidstone Nursing Home
Snakes and reptiles visiting? And why not!
Residents at Barty House Nursing Home, Bearsted, were suprised, delighted and actually quite amused by our recent visitors.
They were not phased by the snakes, reptiles and spiders when the local reptile club popped in to visit us to show the creatures AND allow everyone who wished to, to handle them, with careful supervision.
Residents that are bedridden certainly did not miss out because we ensured those that were interested also had a room visit from a creepy crawly of choice!
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Gardening club enjoyed at Barty House
Spring may be finally here and it means we can get outside more often to enjoy the lovely grounds here at Barty House Nursing Home. As we have our own gardening club, members are chomping at the bit to get planting.
Not only is this a fun hobby that helps us to keep active, it provided an excuse for an outing recently - not that we need an excuse for a little trip out!
Gardening club members went off to Dobbies garden centre to buy the seeds and plants ready to 'spring' into action!
Last year was a great success as we concentrated on our allotment, with runner beans and courgettes thriving. It was not so good for our tomatoes though- better luck this time!
Many of the residents that went on the trip also wanted the opportunity to buy something for their family or themselves, oh and not forgetting the proverbial gallons of tea and cake!
A stop at the cafe is always a highlight!
Easter 2013 at Maidstone Nursing home
We do like a bit of fun at Barty House Nursing Home, so we found two members of staff game for a laugh, and they dressed up in Easter fancy dress to visit residents.
Easter eggs and Easter cards were taken around to each and every resident after breakfast, and those who are unable to come to the lounges were not forgotten - they had a visit to their room. Families were invited over to have an Easter egg hunt around the grounds, and this was a lovely way to make sure the children were having a great time, and could enjoy visiting grandparents.
Suppertime was a high tea and a variety of homemade cakes from cream horns to scones were laid out - what a spread. Yum!
I think one of the highlights does have to be Brenda Clayton and Mary Grant dressed as a chick and a rabbit..
Thanks ladies for being great fun, and thanks also to our families and friends for visiting and making this a happy sociable occasion!
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20 years service for Maidstone Nursing home carer
Gill pictured centre with bouquet
At Barty House Nursing Home, Beasrsted, we like to think we have a super working environment, and pride ourselves on retaining our staff, and so we were delighted to celebrate a really long service award recently.
Staff gathered together to acknowledge 20 years of dedicated service from the loyal, hardworking and forever chirpy Gill.
Manager Jacqui Butler praised Gill's dedication and said that that it was down to staff like GIll that we were able to provide such an excellent, stable and happy environment for our residents.
Gill joined Barty House on 7th March 1993 as a carer. Not only has Gill found a great place to work, but she has also found love in her time here!
Gill worked alongside carer Michael. When they struck up a friendship this blossomed and on 24th May 2003 they were united in marriage.
Gill and Michael still happily work alongside each other at Barty House.
Jacqui would like to publicly thank GIll for everything she has brought to the home.
Red Nose Day at Barty House Nursing Home
Barty House Nursing Home would like to thank all those who donated and participated in our coffee morning on Thursday 14th March. All our residents had a wonderful time sampling a variety of delicious homemade cakes. All donations went to the Red Nose Day Appeal. Thank you for your support.
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You understood his needs and issues, and were all professional in the way you helped him and us cope with what was a very difficult time.
— A Canford Resident's Family