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Pod Launch

It has taken a lot of time and research to find the best solution for residents and families to meet for quality time together since the start of lockdown. The time is finally here – Swarthmore has officially launched the visitor Pod. The visitor Pod is a purpose built meeting space that provides a safer environment with improved protection for residents and their families by reducing the risk of infection. One of our residents, Tessa, was the first to experience the new space, chatting with her family in warm and cosy surrounds. The Pod provides a comfortable space with windows for ventilation and doors with ramps for easy wheelchair access. When using the space, residents can safely ‘socially distance’ from their visitors thanks to a thin, robust perspex panel with a two-way intercom. Emergency call points have been installed on both sides of the Pod. Sanitisers are also provided in the room for visitor use. The Pod will be ventilated and sanitised between each visit and deep cleaned daily. A booking system is co-ordinated by our Admin team, ensuring visits are well-managed. The facility is limited to two visitors at any one time, ensuring both residents and their families are as safe as possible. We would like to thank Paul Upward, a local photographer who kindly donated two pieces of his work for the internal walls of the Pod. Photographs of Bluebells in Welders Lane and Sunrise at Market Place, Chalfont St Peter. We continue to follow Government Guidelines to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible. We will continue to send email communications to family and friends of our residents. Please do get in touch with us directly if you would like to discuss anything with us in relation to visiting. We thank you all for your continued support for our residents and staff. We hope that you can now enjoy your visits in comfort and look forward to your feedback.

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Working alongside local businesses

We recently ran a promotion alongside Fego in Gerrards Cross. We purchased warm drinks at Fegp for locals eating in the restaurant. We hope this will build awareness around the importance of supporting local companies during these difficult times. Swarthmore shopping bags  and leaflets were also handed to people that may help spread the word. We would like to thank Natalie and her team for supporting our campaign. We hope to see our shopping bags filled whilst supporting local businesses in Gerrards Cross.

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Halloween Party

Ann Marie put together a lovely Halloween Party on Friday. We started the party with lots of singing and dancing and of course our regular Dancing Queen showed us all how to boogie.  The residents played pass the parcel, lots of sweet surprises wrapped inside the parcel which ended in a gift box of creams and soaps for one lucky winner.  Our care team joined in the entertainment, dressed to suit the day!. The afternoon ended with Halloween cakes and a lovely cup of tea. 

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Rotary donation of Crocus Corms

I was recently contacted by the local Rotary Club. They explained that one of their campaigns to eradicate polio, involves the purchase of hundreds of crocus corms. The Rotary thought it would be a good idea to offer some of the bulbs to local care homes. For over 35 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The Purple4Polio activities suggested by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland are to raise funds and awareness for End Polio Now, Rotary’s global campaign to eradicate polio across the world.  Ann Marie our Activities Co-ordinator took the initiative to use the corms as an activity. Our residents took part in planting the crocus corms in decorative pots which are now standing on our patio wall. We are looking forward to the beginning of Spring when the beautiful purple flowers bloom. Thank you Rotary.

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September Activity at Swarthmore

It was a busy month for birthdays – lots of lovely ladies had a special cake made for the occasion. Exercise is so important so our very own Sarra is running her weekly exercise classes in the lounge. Lots of residents are taking part, fun had by all. Its important for everyone to keep moving, exercise our body so we can move around as long as possible. Lots of participating residents – we look forward to more pictures. Quaker Meetings are held on Sunday’s via Zoom live from Jordans Quaker Meeting Room. Residents at Swarthmore can attend the weekly meeting in our Quiet Room. This gives time to reflect, continue their meetings and they can see their fellow friends. Thank goodness for technology during these testing times. We held our Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning without visitors. We received cake donations from Waitrose and Tesco. Members of staff made cakes and we were able to enjoy and raise money for Cancer Awareness. Thank you to everyone who donated. Ann Marie and Torrie managed to arrange a couple of ladies to sing to the residents from the gardens. Residents and staff sat inside whilst Heidi and Emily sang from the outside. Thank you for delivering a super choice of songs and beautiful voices. This was a wonderful experience enjoyed by Residents and staff. The residents danced along with staff and sang their hearts out. We have also experienced armchair visits to Brazil and other countries, exploring all sorts of knowledge. Shirmin, one of our Senior Carer's shared the knowledge of her stamp collection with the residents. Lots of stamps to view with interesting facts.   A big thanks to our Head of Housekeeping, Louise.  She has stepped in as our hairdresser during these difficult times. This has kept our lovely ladies looking glamorous as ever and our gents looking spick and span. A big thank you for your extra hard work.

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Sports Day

Here at Swarthmore Residential Care Home our Activities Staff organised a Sports Day for the first time. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather in Gerrards Cross as the sun came out. This meant that the residents could come outside and enjoy the sunshine and join in the fun. Lots of games and races were arranged such as a wheelchair race, sack race, football, hula hoops and more …………….. The staff also held races of their own, such as a football exercise which was put together by our own football coach Mr Doherty. I think the sack race was the most entertaining; staff attempting to get to the finishing line! At the end of the games we held an award ceremony. Winners of races received a medal, everyone who attended the day received a rosette or badge, so celebrations were enjoyed by all. To finish off a fun afternoon, a local ice cream van arrived, and everyone enjoyed an ice cream or two to celebrate the day. Thanks again to Ann Marie and Torrie for organising a super day.

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Pod Launch

It has taken a lot of time and research to find the best solution for residents and families to meet for quality time together since the start of lockdown. The time is finally here – Swarthmore has officially launched the visitor Pod. The visitor Pod is a purpose built meeting space that provides a safer environment with improved protection for residents and their families by reducing the risk of infection. One of our residents, Tessa, was the first to experience the new space, chatting with her family in warm and cosy surrounds. The Pod provides a comfortable space with windows for ventilation and doors with ramps for easy wheelchair access. When using the space, residents can safely ‘socially distance’ from their visitors thanks to a thin, robust perspex panel with a two-way intercom. Emergency call points have been installed on both sides of the Pod. Sanitisers are also provided in the room for visitor use. The Pod will be ventilated and sanitised between each visit and deep cleaned daily. A booking system is co-ordinated by our Admin team, ensuring visits are well-managed. The facility is limited to two visitors at any one time, ensuring both residents and their families are as safe as possible. We would like to thank Paul Upward, a local photographer who kindly donated two pieces of his work for the internal walls of the Pod. Photographs of Bluebells in Welders Lane and Sunrise at Market Place, Chalfont St Peter. We continue to follow Government Guidelines to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible. We will continue to send email communications to family and friends of our residents. Please do get in touch with us directly if you would like to discuss anything with us in relation to visiting. We thank you all for your continued support for our residents and staff. We hope that you can now enjoy your visits in comfort and look forward to your feedback.

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Working alongside local businesses

We recently ran a promotion alongside Fego in Gerrards Cross. We purchased warm drinks at Fegp for locals eating in the restaurant. We hope this will build awareness around the importance of supporting local companies during these difficult times. Swarthmore shopping bags  and leaflets were also handed to people that may help spread the word. We would like to thank Natalie and her team for supporting our campaign. We hope to see our shopping bags filled whilst supporting local businesses in Gerrards Cross.

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Halloween Party

Ann Marie put together a lovely Halloween Party on Friday. We started the party with lots of singing and dancing and of course our regular Dancing Queen showed us all how to boogie.  The residents played pass the parcel, lots of sweet surprises wrapped inside the parcel which ended in a gift box of creams and soaps for one lucky winner.  Our care team joined in the entertainment, dressed to suit the day!. The afternoon ended with Halloween cakes and a lovely cup of tea. 

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Rotary donation of Crocus Corms

I was recently contacted by the local Rotary Club. They explained that one of their campaigns to eradicate polio, involves the purchase of hundreds of crocus corms. The Rotary thought it would be a good idea to offer some of the bulbs to local care homes. For over 35 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The Purple4Polio activities suggested by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland are to raise funds and awareness for End Polio Now, Rotary’s global campaign to eradicate polio across the world.  Ann Marie our Activities Co-ordinator took the initiative to use the corms as an activity. Our residents took part in planting the crocus corms in decorative pots which are now standing on our patio wall. We are looking forward to the beginning of Spring when the beautiful purple flowers bloom. Thank you Rotary.

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September Activity at Swarthmore

It was a busy month for birthdays – lots of lovely ladies had a special cake made for the occasion. Exercise is so important so our very own Sarra is running her weekly exercise classes in the lounge. Lots of residents are taking part, fun had by all. Its important for everyone to keep moving, exercise our body so we can move around as long as possible. Lots of participating residents – we look forward to more pictures. Quaker Meetings are held on Sunday’s via Zoom live from Jordans Quaker Meeting Room. Residents at Swarthmore can attend the weekly meeting in our Quiet Room. This gives time to reflect, continue their meetings and they can see their fellow friends. Thank goodness for technology during these testing times. We held our Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning without visitors. We received cake donations from Waitrose and Tesco. Members of staff made cakes and we were able to enjoy and raise money for Cancer Awareness. Thank you to everyone who donated. Ann Marie and Torrie managed to arrange a couple of ladies to sing to the residents from the gardens. Residents and staff sat inside whilst Heidi and Emily sang from the outside. Thank you for delivering a super choice of songs and beautiful voices. This was a wonderful experience enjoyed by Residents and staff. The residents danced along with staff and sang their hearts out. We have also experienced armchair visits to Brazil and other countries, exploring all sorts of knowledge. Shirmin, one of our Senior Carer's shared the knowledge of her stamp collection with the residents. Lots of stamps to view with interesting facts.   A big thanks to our Head of Housekeeping, Louise.  She has stepped in as our hairdresser during these difficult times. This has kept our lovely ladies looking glamorous as ever and our gents looking spick and span. A big thank you for your extra hard work.

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Sports Day

Here at Swarthmore Residential Care Home our Activities Staff organised a Sports Day for the first time. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather in Gerrards Cross as the sun came out. This meant that the residents could come outside and enjoy the sunshine and join in the fun. Lots of games and races were arranged such as a wheelchair race, sack race, football, hula hoops and more …………….. The staff also held races of their own, such as a football exercise which was put together by our own football coach Mr Doherty. I think the sack race was the most entertaining; staff attempting to get to the finishing line! At the end of the games we held an award ceremony. Winners of races received a medal, everyone who attended the day received a rosette or badge, so celebrations were enjoyed by all. To finish off a fun afternoon, a local ice cream van arrived, and everyone enjoyed an ice cream or two to celebrate the day. Thanks again to Ann Marie and Torrie for organising a super day.

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Pod Launch

It has taken a lot of time and research to find the best solution for residents and families to meet for quality time together since the start of lockdown. The time is finally here – Swarthmore has officially launched the visitor Pod. The visitor Pod is a purpose built meeting space that provides a safer environment with improved protection for residents and their families by reducing the risk of infection. One of our residents, Tessa, was the first to experience the new space, chatting with her family in warm and cosy surrounds. The Pod provides a comfortable space with windows for ventilation and doors with ramps for easy wheelchair access. When using the space, residents can safely ‘socially distance’ from their visitors thanks to a thin, robust perspex panel with a two-way intercom. Emergency call points have been installed on both sides of the Pod. Sanitisers are also provided in the room for visitor use. The Pod will be ventilated and sanitised between each visit and deep cleaned daily. A booking system is co-ordinated by our Admin team, ensuring visits are well-managed. The facility is limited to two visitors at any one time, ensuring both residents and their families are as safe as possible. We would like to thank Paul Upward, a local photographer who kindly donated two pieces of his work for the internal walls of the Pod. Photographs of Bluebells in Welders Lane and Sunrise at Market Place, Chalfont St Peter. We continue to follow Government Guidelines to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible. We will continue to send email communications to family and friends of our residents. Please do get in touch with us directly if you would like to discuss anything with us in relation to visiting. We thank you all for your continued support for our residents and staff. We hope that you can now enjoy your visits in comfort and look forward to your feedback.

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Working alongside local businesses

We recently ran a promotion alongside Fego in Gerrards Cross. We purchased warm drinks at Fegp for locals eating in the restaurant. We hope this will build awareness around the importance of supporting local companies during these difficult times. Swarthmore shopping bags  and leaflets were also handed to people that may help spread the word. We would like to thank Natalie and her team for supporting our campaign. We hope to see our shopping bags filled whilst supporting local businesses in Gerrards Cross.

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Halloween Party

Ann Marie put together a lovely Halloween Party on Friday. We started the party with lots of singing and dancing and of course our regular Dancing Queen showed us all how to boogie.  The residents played pass the parcel, lots of sweet surprises wrapped inside the parcel which ended in a gift box of creams and soaps for one lucky winner.  Our care team joined in the entertainment, dressed to suit the day!. The afternoon ended with Halloween cakes and a lovely cup of tea. 

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Rotary donation of Crocus Corms

I was recently contacted by the local Rotary Club. They explained that one of their campaigns to eradicate polio, involves the purchase of hundreds of crocus corms. The Rotary thought it would be a good idea to offer some of the bulbs to local care homes. For over 35 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The Purple4Polio activities suggested by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland are to raise funds and awareness for End Polio Now, Rotary’s global campaign to eradicate polio across the world.  Ann Marie our Activities Co-ordinator took the initiative to use the corms as an activity. Our residents took part in planting the crocus corms in decorative pots which are now standing on our patio wall. We are looking forward to the beginning of Spring when the beautiful purple flowers bloom. Thank you Rotary.

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September Activity at Swarthmore

It was a busy month for birthdays – lots of lovely ladies had a special cake made for the occasion. Exercise is so important so our very own Sarra is running her weekly exercise classes in the lounge. Lots of residents are taking part, fun had by all. Its important for everyone to keep moving, exercise our body so we can move around as long as possible. Lots of participating residents – we look forward to more pictures. Quaker Meetings are held on Sunday’s via Zoom live from Jordans Quaker Meeting Room. Residents at Swarthmore can attend the weekly meeting in our Quiet Room. This gives time to reflect, continue their meetings and they can see their fellow friends. Thank goodness for technology during these testing times. We held our Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning without visitors. We received cake donations from Waitrose and Tesco. Members of staff made cakes and we were able to enjoy and raise money for Cancer Awareness. Thank you to everyone who donated. Ann Marie and Torrie managed to arrange a couple of ladies to sing to the residents from the gardens. Residents and staff sat inside whilst Heidi and Emily sang from the outside. Thank you for delivering a super choice of songs and beautiful voices. This was a wonderful experience enjoyed by Residents and staff. The residents danced along with staff and sang their hearts out. We have also experienced armchair visits to Brazil and other countries, exploring all sorts of knowledge. Shirmin, one of our Senior Carer's shared the knowledge of her stamp collection with the residents. Lots of stamps to view with interesting facts.   A big thanks to our Head of Housekeeping, Louise.  She has stepped in as our hairdresser during these difficult times. This has kept our lovely ladies looking glamorous as ever and our gents looking spick and span. A big thank you for your extra hard work.

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Sports Day

Here at Swarthmore Residential Care Home our Activities Staff organised a Sports Day for the first time. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather in Gerrards Cross as the sun came out. This meant that the residents could come outside and enjoy the sunshine and join in the fun. Lots of games and races were arranged such as a wheelchair race, sack race, football, hula hoops and more …………….. The staff also held races of their own, such as a football exercise which was put together by our own football coach Mr Doherty. I think the sack race was the most entertaining; staff attempting to get to the finishing line! At the end of the games we held an award ceremony. Winners of races received a medal, everyone who attended the day received a rosette or badge, so celebrations were enjoyed by all. To finish off a fun afternoon, a local ice cream van arrived, and everyone enjoyed an ice cream or two to celebrate the day. Thanks again to Ann Marie and Torrie for organising a super day.

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Community links

We are proud of the long-standing relationships we have built within our community here in Gerrards Cross and further afield.

We work closely with Jordans, a world-famous local Quaker village with a 16th Century meeting house.

Jordans Quaker Centre

We have a link with St. James’ Church here in Gerrards Cross.

St. James' Church

Care Home Friends and Neighbours (Care Home FaNs) is a national project that is helping care homes to connect meaningfully with their local community to enhance the quality of life of older people and those that support them.

Care Home FaNs