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Christmas Donations

Violets GiftsWe were recently contacted by Emily at Violets Gifts with a kind offer of providing Christmas gifts to residents with no loved ones. Emily started the project in 2015 after her own grandmother went in to a care home. She eventually became aware of the amount of people in care homes without loved ones. To follow this touching story please click here. Emily partnered with another registered charity ‘Small Acts of Kindness’ who have been trained by the NHS to ensure their processes are Covid-secure. This allowed volunteers to drop the gifts outside homes, wearing a mask and keeping at a 2m distance. On Thursday 17th December, we were presented with a sack of christmas gifts for residents at Swarthmore Care Home, who are without loved ones. The gifts will be distributed to our residents by the one and only 'Santa Claus' on the big day. I am sure this will put smiles on faces and light up their day.We would like to say a great big thank you for all your dedication and efforts in reaching out to care homes at this time of year. Waitrose GiftsWe would also like to thank our local ‘Waitrose’ store in Gerrards Cross for the donations of mince pies and chocolates for staff and residents here at Swarthmore Care Home. We are all looking forward to enjoying the delights during morning coffee.  Thank you to Ketki, Partner & Community Lead at Waitrose who has organised donations throughout 2020. 

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Swarthmore presents - 'Sleeping Beauty' Pantomime

This year has been difficult for everyone! Christmas in the home would normally be very busy with people coming and going and entertainers performing for the residents. As we know none of this is possible due to government guidelines, due to Covid-19. Ann Marie decided Swarthmore was not going without a Christmas Pantomime this year! So off she went to find a production script and before we knew it, scripts were flying around, and the team were allocated roles to perform in ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The cast included a Narrator, King, Queen, Nanny, Jester, Fairies, Fairy Godmother, Evil Fairy, Prince and Princess and a Minstrel. Costumes were provided for everyone taking part. The performance took place in the lounge of the home and a backdrop for the stage area was created. Dixon mastered amazing signage for the performance.  Everyone involved had a part to learn and some were able to enhance their voice.  Avril was the most amazing  Evil Fairy who had the best cackle ever! Jess and Rebecca choreographed amazing moves for the production – hats off to the girls.  I believe we have a few talented staff that may end up in the West End next year! During the interval, choc ices were served in style with a homemade theatre ice cream tray. The cast went off to change costumes for Scene 2  and the residents had their ice cream. Claire narrated the second half of the story dressed an an elf.  The afternoon came to an end with a bit of a sing song for everyone including the residents. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I believe it left everyone feeling the ‘Spirit of Christmas’. The residents applauded and thanked everyone for their hard work and a wonderful performance. I believe this was a special moment; being able to take part in a performance for our very own residents was a pleasure for everyone involved. Claire thanked Ann Marie for her efforts and managing to put together such an amazing pantomime.  We couldnt have done this without you. Merry Christmas Everybody.......... 

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Picture News Christmas Campaign - #heartsforhomes #heartsforschools

A campaign was inspired by Gee Cross Holy Trinity School and has become a National Campaign. This Christmas time, we would like to help share some joy following what has been a very difficult year for many. This campaign was inspired by Katrina Cole and the children at Gee Cross Holy Trinity School following one of the news stories during lockdown – ‘Should visits to care homes be allowed’? Year 2 children were inspired to reach out to the local community after discussions were held between the pupils and their teacher. Katrina contacted a local care home and organised a safe visit to deliver heart-warming messages to the residents. This trip was very emotional for everyone involved and great lessons have been learnt by many from reading the story and being involved.  To read the story in full click here Swarthmore received the information about getting involved in the campaign, so we contacted a local school, St Marys Girls School in Gerrards Cross. We were naturally delighted when they said ‘yes’. On Wednesday 9th December, teachers and pupils took a short walk to Swarthmore Care Home and delivered amazing artwork which contained lots of warm wishes. The residents sat in the dining room, peering through the windows, waiting in suspense for the girls and teachers to arrive. As they approached the dining room window, we saw smiling faces and waving hands appearing in the distance. The arrival of new faces brought delight, happiness, and tears of joy. The residents were amazed that these girls took the time to come and wish everyone a ‘Merry Christmas’.  The girls performed a dance and sang ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ which was wonderful and very much appreciated by all our residents and staff at Swarthmore. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Head of St Mary’s Girls School and Ann Marie, our Activities Co-ordinator, for arranging this special moment. During times of National Crisis its amazing to see the support from local communities and how we all adjust in times of need. Merry Christmas to Everyone from Swarthmore Residential Care Home.

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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 Fego 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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Christmas Donations

Violets GiftsWe were recently contacted by Emily at Violets Gifts with a kind offer of providing Christmas gifts to residents with no loved ones. Emily started the project in 2015 after her own grandmother went in to a care home. She eventually became aware of the amount of people in care homes without loved ones. To follow this touching story please click here. Emily partnered with another registered charity ‘Small Acts of Kindness’ who have been trained by the NHS to ensure their processes are Covid-secure. This allowed volunteers to drop the gifts outside homes, wearing a mask and keeping at a 2m distance. On Thursday 17th December, we were presented with a sack of christmas gifts for residents at Swarthmore Care Home, who are without loved ones. The gifts will be distributed to our residents by the one and only 'Santa Claus' on the big day. I am sure this will put smiles on faces and light up their day.We would like to say a great big thank you for all your dedication and efforts in reaching out to care homes at this time of year. Waitrose GiftsWe would also like to thank our local ‘Waitrose’ store in Gerrards Cross for the donations of mince pies and chocolates for staff and residents here at Swarthmore Care Home. We are all looking forward to enjoying the delights during morning coffee.  Thank you to Ketki, Partner & Community Lead at Waitrose who has organised donations throughout 2020. 

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Swarthmore presents - 'Sleeping Beauty' Pantomime

This year has been difficult for everyone! Christmas in the home would normally be very busy with people coming and going and entertainers performing for the residents. As we know none of this is possible due to government guidelines, due to Covid-19. Ann Marie decided Swarthmore was not going without a Christmas Pantomime this year! So off she went to find a production script and before we knew it, scripts were flying around, and the team were allocated roles to perform in ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The cast included a Narrator, King, Queen, Nanny, Jester, Fairies, Fairy Godmother, Evil Fairy, Prince and Princess and a Minstrel. Costumes were provided for everyone taking part. The performance took place in the lounge of the home and a backdrop for the stage area was created. Dixon mastered amazing signage for the performance.  Everyone involved had a part to learn and some were able to enhance their voice.  Avril was the most amazing  Evil Fairy who had the best cackle ever! Jess and Rebecca choreographed amazing moves for the production – hats off to the girls.  I believe we have a few talented staff that may end up in the West End next year! During the interval, choc ices were served in style with a homemade theatre ice cream tray. The cast went off to change costumes for Scene 2  and the residents had their ice cream. Claire narrated the second half of the story dressed an an elf.  The afternoon came to an end with a bit of a sing song for everyone including the residents. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I believe it left everyone feeling the ‘Spirit of Christmas’. The residents applauded and thanked everyone for their hard work and a wonderful performance. I believe this was a special moment; being able to take part in a performance for our very own residents was a pleasure for everyone involved. Claire thanked Ann Marie for her efforts and managing to put together such an amazing pantomime.  We couldnt have done this without you. Merry Christmas Everybody.......... 

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Picture News Christmas Campaign - #heartsforhomes #heartsforschools

A campaign was inspired by Gee Cross Holy Trinity School and has become a National Campaign. This Christmas time, we would like to help share some joy following what has been a very difficult year for many. This campaign was inspired by Katrina Cole and the children at Gee Cross Holy Trinity School following one of the news stories during lockdown – ‘Should visits to care homes be allowed’? Year 2 children were inspired to reach out to the local community after discussions were held between the pupils and their teacher. Katrina contacted a local care home and organised a safe visit to deliver heart-warming messages to the residents. This trip was very emotional for everyone involved and great lessons have been learnt by many from reading the story and being involved.  To read the story in full click here Swarthmore received the information about getting involved in the campaign, so we contacted a local school, St Marys Girls School in Gerrards Cross. We were naturally delighted when they said ‘yes’. On Wednesday 9th December, teachers and pupils took a short walk to Swarthmore Care Home and delivered amazing artwork which contained lots of warm wishes. The residents sat in the dining room, peering through the windows, waiting in suspense for the girls and teachers to arrive. As they approached the dining room window, we saw smiling faces and waving hands appearing in the distance. The arrival of new faces brought delight, happiness, and tears of joy. The residents were amazed that these girls took the time to come and wish everyone a ‘Merry Christmas’.  The girls performed a dance and sang ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ which was wonderful and very much appreciated by all our residents and staff at Swarthmore. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Head of St Mary’s Girls School and Ann Marie, our Activities Co-ordinator, for arranging this special moment. During times of National Crisis its amazing to see the support from local communities and how we all adjust in times of need. Merry Christmas to Everyone from Swarthmore Residential Care Home.

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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 Fego 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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Christmas Donations

Violets GiftsWe were recently contacted by Emily at Violets Gifts with a kind offer of providing Christmas gifts to residents with no loved ones. Emily started the project in 2015 after her own grandmother went in to a care home. She eventually became aware of the amount of people in care homes without loved ones. To follow this touching story please click here. Emily partnered with another registered charity ‘Small Acts of Kindness’ who have been trained by the NHS to ensure their processes are Covid-secure. This allowed volunteers to drop the gifts outside homes, wearing a mask and keeping at a 2m distance. On Thursday 17th December, we were presented with a sack of christmas gifts for residents at Swarthmore Care Home, who are without loved ones. The gifts will be distributed to our residents by the one and only 'Santa Claus' on the big day. I am sure this will put smiles on faces and light up their day.We would like to say a great big thank you for all your dedication and efforts in reaching out to care homes at this time of year. Waitrose GiftsWe would also like to thank our local ‘Waitrose’ store in Gerrards Cross for the donations of mince pies and chocolates for staff and residents here at Swarthmore Care Home. We are all looking forward to enjoying the delights during morning coffee.  Thank you to Ketki, Partner & Community Lead at Waitrose who has organised donations throughout 2020. 

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Swarthmore presents - 'Sleeping Beauty' Pantomime

This year has been difficult for everyone! Christmas in the home would normally be very busy with people coming and going and entertainers performing for the residents. As we know none of this is possible due to government guidelines, due to Covid-19. Ann Marie decided Swarthmore was not going without a Christmas Pantomime this year! So off she went to find a production script and before we knew it, scripts were flying around, and the team were allocated roles to perform in ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The cast included a Narrator, King, Queen, Nanny, Jester, Fairies, Fairy Godmother, Evil Fairy, Prince and Princess and a Minstrel. Costumes were provided for everyone taking part. The performance took place in the lounge of the home and a backdrop for the stage area was created. Dixon mastered amazing signage for the performance.  Everyone involved had a part to learn and some were able to enhance their voice.  Avril was the most amazing  Evil Fairy who had the best cackle ever! Jess and Rebecca choreographed amazing moves for the production – hats off to the girls.  I believe we have a few talented staff that may end up in the West End next year! During the interval, choc ices were served in style with a homemade theatre ice cream tray. The cast went off to change costumes for Scene 2  and the residents had their ice cream. Claire narrated the second half of the story dressed an an elf.  The afternoon came to an end with a bit of a sing song for everyone including the residents. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I believe it left everyone feeling the ‘Spirit of Christmas’. The residents applauded and thanked everyone for their hard work and a wonderful performance. I believe this was a special moment; being able to take part in a performance for our very own residents was a pleasure for everyone involved. Claire thanked Ann Marie for her efforts and managing to put together such an amazing pantomime.  We couldnt have done this without you. Merry Christmas Everybody.......... 

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Picture News Christmas Campaign - #heartsforhomes #heartsforschools

A campaign was inspired by Gee Cross Holy Trinity School and has become a National Campaign. This Christmas time, we would like to help share some joy following what has been a very difficult year for many. This campaign was inspired by Katrina Cole and the children at Gee Cross Holy Trinity School following one of the news stories during lockdown – ‘Should visits to care homes be allowed’? Year 2 children were inspired to reach out to the local community after discussions were held between the pupils and their teacher. Katrina contacted a local care home and organised a safe visit to deliver heart-warming messages to the residents. This trip was very emotional for everyone involved and great lessons have been learnt by many from reading the story and being involved.  To read the story in full click here Swarthmore received the information about getting involved in the campaign, so we contacted a local school, St Marys Girls School in Gerrards Cross. We were naturally delighted when they said ‘yes’. On Wednesday 9th December, teachers and pupils took a short walk to Swarthmore Care Home and delivered amazing artwork which contained lots of warm wishes. The residents sat in the dining room, peering through the windows, waiting in suspense for the girls and teachers to arrive. As they approached the dining room window, we saw smiling faces and waving hands appearing in the distance. The arrival of new faces brought delight, happiness, and tears of joy. The residents were amazed that these girls took the time to come and wish everyone a ‘Merry Christmas’.  The girls performed a dance and sang ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ which was wonderful and very much appreciated by all our residents and staff at Swarthmore. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Head of St Mary’s Girls School and Ann Marie, our Activities Co-ordinator, for arranging this special moment. During times of National Crisis its amazing to see the support from local communities and how we all adjust in times of need. Merry Christmas to Everyone from Swarthmore Residential Care Home.

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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 Fego 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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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