BBC Somerset Music and Dementia with Karen Tidy

A Dementia expert from Frome is promoting the use of music to assist those living with the condition. Karen Tidy is a Senior Nurse at Frome Care Village, the 60 bed nursing and care home that has recently been rated all Good by Care Quality Commission. She spoke to the BBC about her research and findings and the positive  role music can play within dementia care.

 She became interested in music as a therapy tool after noticing the powerful effect it had on people living with dementia. It seems that the memory of music heard as a young person or a teenager, seems to remain  intact, many decades later, even when that person is diagnosed with dementia  and can no longer remember who their friends or family are. Here she talks on BBC Radio Somerset about it.

We look forward to your visit!

We are taking part in National Care Home Open Day on Saturday 21st April and you’re invited!
 
 
 
 

This year’s theme to the National Care Home Open Day is ‘Linking Communities’ and it aims to connect care homes with their local community. Here at Frome Nursing Home, our doors are of course always open to anyone who would like to visit, however this year we will be joining in with this nationally recognised celebration of community and care, on Saturday 21st April.

Throughout the day there will be refreshments, scrumptious home-make cakes, music and no doubt some dancing, a visit from ‘Pets as Therapy’ and a raffle full of prizes you won’t want to miss!

There will also be an opportunity to meet our team members who will be on hand to answer any of your questions and to proudly boast about our home. They will be able to take you on a tour, showing you all of the redecoration works we’ve completed over the past few months.

Our principal focus here at Frome is wellbeing; ensuring everyone who lives with us has a sense of family and belonging at all times. Everyone at Frome is treated as an individual and our care and support is tailored to that person—we are not one size fits all! We see the person, not the diagnosis.

To this end, we simply finish off by pledging “Frome Nursing Home is a home, not just a care home” so please feel free to visit on the 21st or any other day if this date doesn’t suit.

International Woman’s Day

Around the world, people have been celebrating International Women’s Day by calling for a more inclusive and gender-equal world. Frome Nursing Home has been celebrating in its own way by remembering the fantastic stories of the women who live there and celebrating their achievements.

Sharing stories is an important part of life at Frome Nursing Home to help create a close-knit family group but also as part of the personalised model of care, which puts individuals and their past at the centre of every decision. For International Women’s Day there was a particular interest in the stories of Wendy Mills and Eve Wells, who live in the home and were pioneers in their respective fields of employment.

As a child, Wendy was inspired by the stories of Peter Pan and Wendy Darling to try and take flight herself. She joined the WRAF during the Cold War as a fighter plotter, and eventually managed to break the glass ceiling to become one of the first female pilots in the RAF. Maggie Rhodes, Manager at Frome Nursing Home said to us “Everyone loved listening to Wendy’s stories of her time as a pilot for parachute drops and as a flying instructor. She had a particularly exciting time once she managed to get equal treatment at work!”

For International Women’s Day everyone at Frome Nursing Home also listened to stories of Eve Wells’ time as a successful landlady in Bognor Regis. It was particular thematic since the stories were told in the home’s very own sensory pub, which has its own glasses, taps and stools etc to create the perfect environment. Maggie told us “Eve’s pub is always popular, but was even more popular than usual due to the fascinating stories about her time as a landlady and about the unique stories of those who visited her pub.”

Frome Nursing Home supports up to 60 individuals with various nursing and residential needs. Frome Nursing Home currently also has room to expand its family. If you would like to find out more about Frome Nursing Home, please email margaret.rhodes@fromenursinghome.com or call 01373 468 020.

Eggs, Flour and Milk with a Pinch of Frome

The community once again visited Frome Nursing Home as it celebrated Pancake Day and the start of lent. Visitors and those who live in the home had the opportunity to make and flip their very own pancakes, before adding their own unique toppings.

Maggie Rhodes, Manager at Frome Nursing Home, said “Everyone had great fun making their own pancakes. The batter making was a bit messy but fun none the less! There were a few unusual toppings choices, but all plates went back clean!”

Those who live and work at Frome Nursing Home are always keen to invite their neighbours into their newly redecorated homes for great events like these. Maggie said “We also challenged those who attended to give some things up for lent. We can’t wait to hear people’s progress.”

Frome Nursing Home supports up to 60 individuals with various nursing and residential needs and is currently recruiting nurses and care workers from the community to join its award winning team.

Frome Nursing Home currently also has room to expand its family. If you’d like to find out more about Frome Nursing Home, please call 01373 468 020 or email margaret.rhodes@fromenursinghome.com.

Frome Nursing Home Celebrates National Love Your Pet Day

Research has shown that for those living with dementia, being surrounded by pets is highly beneficial. In light of this, those who live at Frome Nursing Home were particularly keen to celebrate National Love Your Pet Day. Everyone shared their memories of owning pets as well as giving Boots, the home’s cat, even more love and attention than usual.

Frome Nursing Home is committed to creating the perfect homely environment so is keen to let Boots enjoy the home and spend time with those who live there, as well as organising a number of free events for the community and undergoing an extensive refurbishment.

Maggie Rhodes, Manager at Frome Nursing Home, said “So many of the individuals who live in Frome Nursing Home used to work on farms, so the day was a great chance to share memories of these times as well as dishing out love for Boots. She enjoyed the attention, though typically for a cat she pretended not to be bothered! We bought her a lovely treat to thank her for the enjoyment we get from her relaxing presence in the home.”

Frome Nursing Home supports up to 60 individuals with various nursing and residential needs and is currently recruiting nurses and care workers from the community to join its award winning team. Frome Nursing Home currently also has room to expand its family. If you’d like to find out more about Frome Nursing Home, please call 01373 468 020 or email margaret.rhodes@fromenursinghome.com.

Love is in the Air

Frome Nursing Home Was All Loved Up For Its Free Valentine’s Day Lunch
Love was in the air for Frome Nursing Home as it celebrated Valentine’s Day with a free lunch for the community. Those most in need of delicious homemade food and good company were invited to the newly redecorated home for the celebrations.
Those who live in the home, their families and visitors to the home enjoyed homemade Hunters Chicken, prosecco and ice cream as well as the loving atmosphere. The single red rose for everyone was very popular too. The team at Frome Nursing Home are always organising exciting events to ensure the creation of a home, to make people’s care journeys as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Maggie Rhodes, Manager at Frome Nursing Home, said to us “It was great to see love in the air as people celebrated Valentine’s Day. One of the visitors even brought along gifts for everyone, which was a really nice touch. We loved the heart-warming poetry and songs about individuals’ loves of the past and present too! We all really enjoy welcoming visitors into the home for fantastic events like these. We can’t wait for our celebrations of Pancake Day with the community.”

Burns’ Themed Lunch

Frome Nursing Home is opening its doors once again, this time in celebration of Burns Night for a free homemade lunch. The community is invited to come along to the recently redecorated home for a lunch celebrating the life and times of the Scottish poet. Maggie Rhodes, Manager at Frome Nursing Home, said to us “We’ve really enjoyed welcoming the community into the home for our previous events. It has been a great chance to get to know our neighbours and welcome guests into our home. Burns’ Night has always been an important celebration for those living in the home, so we were really keen to continue the celebrations with them.” The free Burns Night Lunch all kicks off at 1pm in the newly redecorated Woodlands building. Guests will get to enjoy a two course meal made in the home by the chef using local ingredients as well as bagpipe music. If you or someone you know would like to come along to the free lunch then please get in touch. For more details please email margaret.rhodes@fromenursinghome.com or call 01373 468 020. Frome Nursing Home supports up to 60 individuals with various nursing and residential needs and is currently recruiting nurses and care workers to join its award winning team. Frome Nursing Home currently also has room to expand its family.

Frome’s Juicy January

People decided to start the year off in a healthy way, as part of Frome Nursing Home’s Juice January. The free event held by the home, was a chance to enjoy homemade smoothies and home-grown fruit and veg. Frome Nursing Home decided to help the public refresh their bodies, since it has just undergone a refresh itself with new decor and a new model of care. Maggie Rhodes, Home Manager, said to us “We had a great turn out to the event. Everyone who came along really enjoyed the chance to start the new year in the right way. The drinks made by our specialist smoothie barista were really popular! We were also lucky enough to be able to taste the delights of some of the fruit and vegetables grown by those who live at Frome Nursing Home. It’s a great chance to show off their hard work, as well as to help them continue doing what they love.” Frome Nursing Home supports up to 60 individuals with various nursing and residential needs and is currently recruiting nurses and care workers to join its award winning team. Frome Nursing Home currently also has room to expand its family. For more details please email margaret.rhodes@fromenursinghome.com or call 01373 468 020.

Christmas Carries On At Frome Nursing Home

Residents and staff at the award-winning Frome Nursing Home in Frome have decided to keep Christmas going into the New Year!
Frome Nursing Home provides 24hr care and support with residential care available in a recently refurbished home.

The Manager, Maggie Rhodes, told us “Christmas is no time to be alone. We were fortunate to have many delicious treats, festive decorations and lots of laughter. Unfortunately, many elderly and vulnerable people in the Community had to spend Christmas alone. We therefore decided to keep our decorations up and keep the festive cheer going into the New Year so local people who missed out can have some Christmas fun!”

She went on to say that if readers know of any elderly neighbours or friends who were alone at Christmas they should contact the team at Frome Nursing Home who will be delighted to arrange a special belated Christmas with all the trimmings.

The team at Frome Nursing Home have recently been trained in a new model of care, which aims to provide better outcomes for those living with dementia.
Maggie went on to tell us “The Evolve Household Model of Care has completely changed our approach and resulted in much better experiences for those living with us. We have a few free places on the course and local Care Workers or nurses are invited to contact me for more details”.

To contact Maggie email Margaret.rhodes@fromenursinghome.com or call 01373 468 020.

Frome Nursing Home Offers FREE Christmas Meals

Christmas can be a very tough time for those living alone. The festive season is a time to be with family and friends, so Frome Nursing Home is opening its doors for a free Christmas meal. If you are living alone and are over 65, then come along!

The home is already feeling really festive, but on the 22nd December it will be particularly festive for the annual Christmas dinner. We’ll be pulling the crackers at half twelve, before moving onto lovely homemade Christmas dinner.
Maggie Rhodes, Manager at Frome Nursing Home, said to us: “We’re all really looking forward to the Christmas meal, particularly as we can ensure everyone enjoys the festive season as much as possible. Our chef, Ben, always cooks some great homemade food, but he will be pulling out all the stops for the meal.”
The over 65s who live alone are invited for the FREE meal at Frome Nursing Home. To book a place, please email admissions@fromenursinghome.com or call 01373 468 020.
Frome Nursing Home supports up to 60 individuals with various nursing and residential needs and is currently recruiting nurses and care workers to join its award winning team. Frome Nursing Home currently also has room to expand its family.

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