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Lovely feedback from one of our families on 
"Our mother has been in Blenheim for over five years - after a difficult start, she is now very settled and happy. The care staff are amazing and so kind, gentle and loving to her. They are also very supportive to myself and my sister, as are the management team. We visit regularly and are always greeted warmly. The environment is clean and very homely. We were very sad to have to make the decision for mother to go into a home but we are very happy that we chose Blenheim as we know that she is being well cared for with dignity. Thank you to everyone for giving us peace of mind."

Bailey Blenheim Therapy Dog

Rivermead School and Blenheim House
#BlenheimHouse has been making friends in the #community and has partnered up with #RivermeadSchool. This is the start of a wonderful friendship between our Residents and these wonderful children & staff of Melksham and surrounding villages and towns. In our first visit the children met and chatted to our residents, had a cuddle with our #therapypuppy Bailey, had cookies & milk baked by own chefs George and team, had a look at the flower bed we have #donated to them, had a good run around the grounds and waved to the Residents out on the balcony. One of our Residents Peter used to be a teacher at #GeorgeWardSchool and so is going to talk to the older ones about poetry, Peter can’t wait! Life is varied, stimulating and about community and wellbeing. If you know someone home alone who would benefit from staying at #BlenheimHouse, whether it’s for #Nursing #Dementia or #Residential call me on 01225896200 or come to our #OpenDay on the 25th of May. Let us give you and your family peace of mind.

Bailey the Blenheim Therapy Puppy
Bailey is our latest addition to the Blenheim Family. She is currently a baby French bulldog, named after a cherished resident and now spends her days having cuddles and playing with the residents. “Pets hold a special place in many people’s hearts and lives, and there is compelling evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that interacting with pets can be beneficial to the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of humans,” says Lori Palley, DVM, of the MGH Center for Comparative Medicine. “Several previous studies have found that levels of neurohormones like oxytocin – which is involved in pair-bonding and maternal attachment – rise after interaction with pets, and new brain imaging technologies are helping us begin to understand the neurobiological basis of the relationship, which is exciting.” More details of Lori’s research and report can be accessed by looking at Bailey will live at Blenheim during the week and take part in the daily activities with the residents across the home, she will not be at Blenheim during weekends or at night. Although the overwhelming majority of people are happy with the arrival of Bailey, we respect the view of all, so for those few people who do not wish to be involved, we will be ensuring that she doesn’t make any contact with them.

10 ways to exercise fine motor skills
As our loved one’s age, you’ll start to notice that their fine motor skills may start to decline. It may be that they have trouble fastening the buttons on their coat, or that their handwriting isn’t as clear as it used to be.

Loss in fine motor skills can be caused by many things, such as if your loved one has Parkinson’s or is recovering from a stroke, but it can also be caused by the neurons in the brain not sending messages to parts of the body effectively.

When an older person’s fine motor skills start to decline, it can have a drastic impact on their daily life; it can be the difference to someone leading a completely independent life, to needing constant help with daily tasks.

With a focus on hand-eye-coordination, exercising a person’s fine motor skills on a regular basis will help strengthen the communication from the brain to the different parts of the body, ensuring your loved one can lead an independent life for as long as possible.

Our activities coordinators are on hand to put together a varied calendar of activities for our residents, giving them the chance to keep exercising their fine motor skills when they join us, from gardening clubs to art classes.

We’ve put together a list of 10 simple ways to help your loved one exercise their fine motor skills without causing too much disruption on their lives, many of the points are often practiced in a person’s daily routine, for example fastening buttons while getting dressed and opening doors to go into a different room.

1. Planting seeds and gardening
2. Knitting
3. Pulling open doors and cupboards 
4. Turning door handles and taps
5. Putting pegs on and off a washing line
6. Buttoning and unbuttoning clothes
7. Crafting with pipe cleaners, small buttons etc
8. Opening and closing a padlock with keys
9. Puzzles and precision games
10. Using a rubber band to stretch fingers