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How we use Technology at Blenheim House
It’s no secret that technology is becoming more advanced.  

With the launch of artificial intelligence devices such as the Amazon Alexa and Google Home, it is now easier than ever to turn your house into a ‘Smart Home’ to help you get on with your daily life, but what does this growth in advanced technology mean for people living in our care homes? 

Internet savvy older people
According to the Office for National Statistics  80% of 65 to 74-year-olds are frequent internet users, so it’s no wonder that the elderly community have taken to a bit of internet surfing. Our homes are completely Wi-Fi accessible, and with the use of touch screen devices such as iPads, it’s becoming a lot easier for residents to use their new tech-savvy skills to keep in touch with friends and family, via video call, email or even social media.  

What we already offer
To support our teams and ensure the wellbeing of residents at all times, we utilise a range of industry-leading technologies.

Electronic care and medication management software efficiently records key information at the point of delivery. These innovations allow our teams to spend more quality time with our residents, improve analysis, create alerts and allow information to be shared with loved ones using the secure family portal.  

We also use acoustic technology, which monitors residents’ wellbeing during the night without the need to undertake intrusive periodic room checks. Care teams are able to respond quickly to the needs of our residents whilst helping them to get a good night’s sleep.  

We have also introduced Tovertafel to our homes. A projection technology that shines light-based objects on to the table, residents and their loved ones can play with the projections on the table, all of which respond to movement and touch. 

What’s next?
Artificial intelligence is something that is constantly developing, with ground breaking trials currently being undertaken in the US, where a robot has been created to help nurses with simple logistical tasks, such as the gathering of medical equipment and refilling supply rooms. Also, in Japan, the government is aiming to fill a gap in the nursing workforce by introducing robotics to aid elderly people. 

Smart technology and apps changing the way we look after ourselves too, with applications such as Kaia, that aims to help back pain sufferers, also internet-connected socksenable you to be treated by a doctor from anywhere in the world. 

Technology may change quickly, but we’re constantly looking at ways we can use industry-leading tech to support the wellbeing of our residents.

The Importance of Hobbies for the Older Generation
Hobbies have always been important for the older generation, be it a form of exercise or arts and crafts. And favourite past times may now be known as a replacement for medication, thanks to something the Health Secretary is calling ‘social prescribing’. 

Matt Hancock has called for GPs to prescribe hobbies to patients with the aim to steer away from automatically prescribing painkillers and antidepressants if a person is stressed, depressed or suffering from chronic pain – the aim is to offer them activities that can reduce loneliness and improve their health. 

Our home provides an abundance of hobbies that your loved one can explore during their stay. Be it learning something new, or carrying on doing something that they already love, our social calendar offers a huge array of choice to suit all our residents. 

We have beautiful gardens that have been designed to offer a tranquil space for your loved ones. Green-fingered residents are able to continue their love of gardening with plenty of accessible planters and raised beds. We encourage our residents to be as physically active as possible, so whether it’s a spot of gardening or seated exercise, a spot of dancing or a skittles competition; there’s plenty of ways to keep moving every day. This light type of regular exercise not only improves physical development, but also helps improve cognitive and fine motor skills. 

Away from the physical activities, we also offer clubs that keep socialising at the forefront, which can drastically reduce depression in the older generation. From choirs to bridge tournaments, not only do these clubs keep the brain focused and the mind active, but they offer an important social aspect where residents can socialise and make new friends.  

For something that requires a little more concentration, our painting classes and craft afternoons provide a welcome source of calming therapy, and no matter what your ability, there is always the chance to create something beautiful! 

For more information about the daily activities we have to offer, just ask at reception or give get in touch here. 

The Misconceptions of Care Homes
Starting the journey of yourself or a loved one moving in to a care home can be a very daunting time, especially if it’s completely new territory as it can be hard knowing where to begin. 

There are many misconceptions surrounding care homes and what it will be like for you or a loved one, and these misconceptions can have a negative impact and sway your opinions of the care homes before you even set foot in one! 

We aim to dispel any worries you may have, to ensure that your care home journey is a positive one. 

‘You will be lonely’
It’s hard to feel lonely when you’re surrounded by so many people! From fellow residents to our fantastic team, there is always someone to chat to and to offer a sense of companionship. Also, we do not have set visiting times in our homes, so guests are able to have friends and family visit whenever they like. 

‘You will lose your independence’
Our aim is to ensure that you remain as independent as possible, but sometimes you may need a little assistance, and that’s OK. We have highly trained teams that will be able to help you with whatever you need, all in a dignified and respectful way. 

‘You’ll be sat in front of a TV all day’
We, like many care homes, have a full and varied activities calendar where our residents can take part and learn a variety of new things, from gardening clubs to days out, every day is different when you stay with us. 

‘You won’t receive proper care’
Our teams are trained to give our residents the highest standards of care. Not only do we have a team of registered nurses, but also physiotherapists, occupational therapists and much more. 

‘The food isn’t nice'
Our chefs work tirelessly to create a variety of dishes that are not only healthy, but also delicious. They work with our residents’ individual care plans to ensure they are getting the best quality food throughout their stay. Our team create appetising, nutritionally balanced and beautifully presented food, with varied, seasonally inspired menus. Meals and refreshments are available throughout the day. 

‘It’s a last resort’
This couldn’t be further from the truth. As we have already mentioned, many of our residents choose to spend their senior years with us so they can socialise with other people and continue to enjoy the things that they love to do, all with the comfort of knowing that help is on hand if they need it. We also offer convalescent and respite care in our homes, meaning that we will take care of you until you are back to full health.

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.
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