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Residents Reminisce with Primary School Pupils for Radio Show 
We recently welcomed children from Hindlip and Tiberton Primary Schools to Fernhill House to spend time with our residents and record a show for their radio club.   

On their first visit, residents shared their childhood memories of growing-up and how life was a little different back then! In turn, the pupils spoke about what it’s like to be a kid right now and all their favourites things to do, watch and play.  

The get-together went so well that the two schools returned for a second visit of inter-generational chat (as well as some cake and biscuits in our café!). Having thought of some further questions since their last visit, the pupils sat down with residents Irene, Sheila and Marion to find out more about life when they were children themselves.   

Irene went first and described her memories of the house she grew up in, including an icy-cold outside toilet and no central heating inside!   

Find out what else the residents had to say about their fascinating younger years by listening to the radio show recorded by the pupils here (simply copy and paste the link below into your browser): 

https://soundcloud.com/letts-talk/tibberton-and-hindlip-radio-club-dementia-programme-no-quiz

Our resident's top tips on how to keep smiling all year round
The smile is a powerful thing. It can make you feel happy, even when you’re not, helps you de-stress and makes you look more attractive too. This isn’t just hearsay either; research has proven that when we smile, our brain releases feel good hormones called endorphins, which help us feel better all over. Breathing and heart rate are slowed, eyes begin to twinkle, and we become more attractive to the opposite sex. 

Smiling is contagious too. Have you ever been with someone who’s just had something amazing happen to them? It’s almost impossible not to feel some shared euphoria too, thanks to the empathic part of our brain. When we see another person smiling, even if it’s a stranger in the street, our facial muscles activate to replicate the smile, without us even realising it. Whichever way you look at it, smiling is good for you and for those around you too. If you need some help on how to keep smiling all year round, here are some top tips from the smiliest people we know… 

One resident, Sheila, said: “I like sitting down exercise classes as I can wave my arms like everyone else. They always bring a smile to my face”.   

And Marion is always smiling when visiting our in-home cinema:   

“I love to go to the cinema. Never fails to make smile. It reminds me of when I used to go as a young girl and the lovely memories”   

So, there you have it. There really is no reason to feel down in the mouth, as this all-round mood booster is available for you use every day of the year, and at no cost to you. Take advantage of your own power to create happiness in yourself and others, and smile! 

Reminiscence Rendezvous: Coming Soon
Join us in our café on alternate Wednesdays of each month from 10.30am-14.30pm. A welcoming gathering for carers and people living with dementia to unwind, make new friends and access help and advice from our friendly team over a light lunch and a cuppa or two. To book your place, call us on 01905 679 300.
Fernhill House named one of the West Midlands’ top 20 care homes
Fernhill House has been named one of the top 20 recommended care homes in the West Midlands.   

The award comes from the go-to website of the care profession, carehome.co.uk, which has announced its 2018 winners in each region of the UK.   The awards are based on the 75,000 review scores give on its website by residents, family and friends.   

Fernhill House was recently given a 10 out of 10 rating on the site, a TripAdvisor style facility for care homes countrywide.   

Fernhill House manager Mike Dearn was thrilled – but not at all surprised – that the home has achieved such a title, beating many of the 22,000 care homes across the country.   

“Fernhill House is a fun, lively and vibrant place in which to live. Everyone who comes here says they can’t believe it’s a care home. In fact, a BBC broadcaster who visited recently said it was more like a posh country house hotel or an ocean-going liner!   

“The interior is pretty staggering – with beautiful décor, an indoor pub, a bar bistro, tea room, sitting rooms, hairdressing salon, art deco style cinema and even a warm beautifully equipped indoor potting shed and vintage style shop. We also sit in two arces of grounds, have a sensory garden and grow our own veg.   

“We also have our own award-winning chef who is passionate about home grown organic food and has appeared on MasterChef! His meals are legendary.   

“And as if that’s not enough our price package means every who lives here can invite friends and family to join them for meals and drinks as often as they like – to ensure that we remain very much part of the wider community and not a separate enclave.   

“We have excellent links with the village and even hosted Christmas lunch for people who would otherwise have spent the day on their own.”   

Reviews on the carehome.co.uk website included comments such as: “This is how all homes should be”, and “What an amazing home. Nothing is too much trouble for anyone. I would love to move in myself.”

Opening of our shop on Clover with Regency High School
Regency High school came to visit us on Friday 16th March and kindly cut the ribbon on our official opening of Fernhill House shop on Clover.  It was sweets all round and served by our home manager Mike.  Thank you Regency for your visit we had a great time.

 

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