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Blenheim House Memory Care Cafe
Are you supporting someone who is living with a dementia? If the answer is yes, then you are invited to our memory care café at Blenheim House. We open the doors on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month & we provide entertainment, refreshments & that all important place to have a chat with those in similar situations. You will be able to use the amazing Tovertafel activity, relax & enjoy the entertainment over a cup of tea or catch up with friends whilst your loved one is busy with the activities.
Some of our favourite autumn recipes
The colder months are well and truly upon us, and as the winter frost sets in, so does our desire for all things warming and delicious. 

Our talented team have two delicious recipes that are perfect to prepare when the family is coming over for dinner, or you want to treat visiting friends to a tasty homemade treat. 

Studies have shown that the fatty acids found in salmon contribute to healthy brain function, as well as the wellbeing of the heart and joints, making it the perfect fish to enjoy in our older years. Our Salmon en Croute is the perfect autumnal dish, serve with roasted new potatoes and sautéed greens for the perfect family supper. 

Serves approx. 5 people 

55g unsalted butter 
3 large shallots 
100g washed spinach leaves 
450g chestnut mushrooms, sliced 
675g salmon fillets, skinned and sliced 
1 lemon, juice only 
1 large bunch fresh dill 
1 tbsp olive oil 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
Splash of white wine
1 large free-range egg, beaten 
550g frozen puff pastry 

1. Put half the butter in to a frying pan and heat until foaming 

2. Add finely chopped shallots and fry until golden brown 

3. Add mushrooms and fry until slightly cooked. Add spinach then take off the heat and set aside 

4. Put salmon in a bowl and combine with lemon juice, dill, olive oil, salt and pepper 

5. Roll out the pastry until it’s a few millimetres thick, spoon the shallot, mushroom and spinach mixture on to the pastry and spread evenly 

6. Place the salmon (juices discarded) in a row, just off centre, on top of the shallot, mushroom and spinach mixture 

7. Sprinkle white wine over salmon and dot the remaining butter over 

8. Roll the whole thing up tightly (like a sausage roll), and coat in egg wash 

9. Cook at 180 degrees Celsius for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown

10. Rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving 

Chocolate brownies are the perfect sweet treat all year round and a definite crowd pleaser! Serve with winter berries and a scoop of ice cream for a delicious dessert that the whole family will love. 

Makes approx. 20 portions
462g unsalted butter
462g good quality dark chocolate
212g plain flour
100g cocoa powder
125g milk chocolate
7 large eggs
687g golden caster sugar 

1. Melt the butter and dark chocolate in a bowl over simmering water

2. Beat the sugar and eggs together until the mixture starts to thinking and look creamy

3. Once the chocolate has melted and cooled, gently fold with the egg and sugar mix, trying not to knock the air out.

4. Sieve in the flour and cocoa powder, break the milk chocolate and gently combine until it forms an even colour and consistency

5. Pour the mix into lined baking trays, about 1 ½ inches deep

6. Cook in oven for approx. 25 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius

7. Leave to cool before portioning and serving 

Parent & Toddler Group
Once a month Blenheim House care home in Melksham opens its doors & welcomes parents & children in to spend time with the residents. From 1030 until 1230 the children & their parents can play, sing & talk with our residents in a fun & relaxed environment. If you are interested in joining us then please send a message or pop in & see the team at Blenheim House. See you soon
Children in care homes: a good idea?    
Deciding whether or not to bring young children to visit a loved one in a care home can be a difficult decision. Some parents may not think it’s appropriate for their little ones to be in a care setting. 

However, there have been many studies about the benefits of the older and younger generation socialising. Much like Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, young children visiting care homes can usually have a positive impact on residents emotional, social and physical wellbeing.  

We welcome visitors with open arms at Blenheim House, and that includes children too! If your loved one has recently moved in to a care home and you want to take your children to visit them, consider the following: 

Explain the situation
It’s always a good idea to sit and explain to your child about why their loved one has moved in to a care home, especially if they have never visited a home before. Try getting them to think of it as a lovely big house, filled with lots of new friends and plenty for your loved one to do, so it doesn’t sound boring or scary! 

Prepare them for what they might see
If they’re old enough to understand, you may need to explain that there are lots of people living at the care home and some of the people living there might be unwell. It’s always best to prepare them so they don’t feel uneasy about what they see or hear. People living with dementia often have bad days, so if your loved one has dementia you may want to explain that their relative may be acting a bit different than usual, but it’s still the same person that they know and love. 

Give them things to do
It’s no secret that children can get bored easily, so making sure your little one has something to do to keep them occupied is a great way of making them feel comfortable. Bring some of their favourite toys along so they can play, or some colouring or a board game so your loved one can join in too. 

Blenheim House Memory Care Cafe
Are you supporting someone who is living with a dementia? If the answer is yes, then you are invited to our memory care café at Blenheim House. We open the doors on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month & we provide entertainment, refreshments & that all important place to have a chat with those in similar situations. You will be able to use the amazing Tovertafel activity, relax & enjoy the entertainment over a cup of tea or catch up with friends whilst your loved one is busy with the activities.

 

May