News at Cumnor Hill House in Oxfordshire


October Events at Cumnor Hill House
Wow, do we have an amazing month ahead! We have not four but FIVE brilliant Thursday evening events in store for you this October, and we can’t wait to tell you all about them. So, without further ado, here’s what we have planned…

We’re kicking October off with a visit from Helen, a wonderful singer who’s going to take us through the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s! Remember to bring your dancing shoes along.

Next up is Tickled Pink, who are going to take us all on a wonderful adventure… you’ll have to come along to find out more.

Mid-month, Zing will be here to perform their lively, interactive show comprising songs from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as musical theatre. We can’t wait to welcome Carole and Peter to our home.

We’re delighted to welcome Marcus T back to Cumnor Hill House – we’re in for yet another great night with this talented singer.

Here to finish off the month is David Vaughn, a talented pianist who has never been to our home before. It’s going to be great so come along and join in the fun!

If you’d like to join us at any of our October events, please RSVP to or 01865 415 185. As always, our events are free of charge and include complimentary refreshments. Food options are subject to change.

Cumnor Hill House shortlisted for Caring UK Awards 2019
We’re delighted to announce that Cumnor Hill House has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the Caring UK Awards 2019!

Now in their third year, the Caring UK Awards celebrate excellence throughout the care industry and recognise team efforts across the UK, and homes shortlisted for this year’s award can be found as far north as Ballachulish in northern Scotland and as far south as Devon. We’re incredibly pleased to have beaten off competition from hundreds of others across the UK to be shortlisted in the Catering Team of the Year category in the awards.

Louise, our lovely Home Manager, said: “I’m so pleased our wonderful home has been shortlisted for a Caring UK Award – it’s a real honour to get this far. Our kitchen staff are brilliant, and we pride ourselves on the level of hospitality we provide to our residents and their visitors, so hopefully the judges will agree. Whatever happens at the awards ceremony, we couldn’t be prouder.”

Here at Cumnor Hill House, which is an all-inclusive care home in Oxfordshire, residents are given a wide choice of options at each mealtime, tasty treats are always offered around, and light bites can be ordered throughout the day at the bar bistro. Our home even features a fine dining room, which is available for residents to use with their family members and friends, whether it’s a special occasion or they just fancy a get-together – dinner and drinks for all visitors is part of the all-inclusive care, complete with all the trimmings. After all, we do offer Luxury Living & Exceptional Care here in our Cumnor care home.

The annual Caring UK Awards recognise excellence and achievement in care homes throughout the country, so we’re absolutely elated to have our excellent culinary offering acknowledged. In each category, up to seven finalists have been selected to go through to the next stage of the judging process – this is where we will be out to impress by showcasing first-hand the great work we do here in our Cumnor Hill House kitchen.

A member of the awards team will be coming to Cumnor Hill House in the near future to have a look around, speak to members of staff and residents, and submit a comprehensive report that will be passed on to an expert judging panel – they will then decide who wins each award!

Winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday 15th November at Athena in Leicester – please keep everything crossed for Cumnor Hill House!

St. Giles’ Fair came to town!
Going to the funfair is always an exciting experience, and when the fair comes to town it is a great opportunity for our residents to reminisce and explore this amazing feature in Oxford’s calendar. Eating candy floss, watching the rides, taking in the electric atmosphere…what a wonderful afternoon.

Dementia-friendly cinema screenings at Cumnor Hill House care home in Oxfordshire
Here at Cumnor Hill House care home in Oxfordshire, we’re lucky enough to have our very own in-house cinema, and we make the most of every opportunity we can to use it. This includes regular, free-of-charge, dementia-friendly screenings, complete with complimentary refreshments.

What makes dementia-friendly cinema screenings different to the norm?

Well, first of all, our cinema room at Cumnor Hill House has a big screen, luxurious high-backed chairs and plenty of space for wheelchairs – the room has been designed to be as calming and comfortable as possible for everyone in attendance.

With the lights dimmed rather than turned off, people are free to move around a little. And with the volume slightly lower than in a normal cinema, those watching can chat about the film as it plays or sing along to musicals – interaction and engagement are encouraged rather than met with a disapproving ‘shhhhh’.

What films have you shown before?

We have shown a wide variety of well-loved classics and a few more modern films too through Sky, including Casablanca, Mary Poppins, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Bohemian Rhapsody, Aquaman and Steel Magnolias. What film would you like to see in our cinema? We’re more than happy to take requests!

We believe that our dementia-friendly cinema screenings here in Cumnor work as a form of reminiscence therapy, taking viewers back in time with familiar scenes and characters, stimulating their minds with vivid memories of days gone by.

Come along to our next dementia-friendly cinema screening at Cumnor Hill House

If you’d like to join us at our next dementia-friendly cinema screening, please do get in touch to find out when our next film night is and what big screen favourite we’ll be showing.

There’s always a very warm welcome waiting here in our CQC-rated ‘Outstanding’ care home in Oxfordshire, and we’d love to see you. The only thing left to decide is whether you’d prefer popcorn or a slice of cake!

Intelligent technology to make our ‘Outstanding’ care in Cumnor even better
We recently wrote about some of the technology we have here in our Oxfordshire care home, Cumnor Hill House, but there’s a whole lot more where that came from. And the technology we’re about to tell you about helps us to take even better care of the people living here.

Droplet Hydration Cup

We make every effort to ensure our residents stay hydrated – especially when the weather’s warmer – and the Droplet Hydration Cup is a big help. Droplet cups remind people to drink, helping those who need additional support or encouragement to stay hydrated. The Droplet Smart Base fits onto the Droplet Mug or Tumbler to track how frequently someone’s drinking – and if they forget to drink, Droplet reminds them to hydrate! This can be with a reminder light or a voice message, and they even come with a night light. It has gone down a treat with our residents.


This ingenious device helps to improve confidence and quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s disease or showing similar symptoms. This self-stabilising cutlery enables people with a hand tremor to eat without stress – in fact, the chosen utensil attached to the battery-powered handle device adapts to tremor movements and shakes 85% less than the person’s hand, helping them feed themselves and retain that level of independence. With spoon and fork attachments, it’s ideal for all three meals of the day. It has really helped to improve the quality of life for some of our residents at Cumnor Hill House.


At Cumnor Hill House, we have implemented an electronic care planning system, iCare. This paperless system enables us to keep care plans up to date with real-time observations, risk assessments and incident reports. It also means there’s a single, detailed record for each client, so nothing is missed, guaranteeing consistency. The care team don’t have to duplicate any information and can see any changes to care plans as soon as they happen. It makes us a safer and more efficient care home, giving us more time to concentrate on care.

Nexus Care Solution

Gone are the days of pagers and loud alarms – making the most of the smart devices all around us, Nexus has developed a modern call bell response and alerting system. Developed by technology experts with a firm grasp of the care industry, the Nexus Care Solution is a real game-changer that delvers critical alarms and messaging for carers via a powerful messaging platform. The tool increases staff efficiency here at Cumnor Hill House and offers greater accountability and increased levels of care. And it does it all in a familiar way on a single ubiquitous smart device.

To find out more about the technology we use in our CQC-rated ‘Outstanding’ care home in Cumnor, Oxfordshire, please speak to a member of the team.

Pippa & Buddy from Britain’s Got Talent came to Cumnor Hill House!
Our Thursday evening entertainment is always spectacular, but one of our more memorable evenings took place just last week when Pippa & Buddy of Britain’s Got Talent fame came to perform for us. It is always wonderful having a gorgeous dog and a talented singer come to visit, but when the dog joins in to sing as well? It’s astounding.

September Events at Cumnor Hill House
We have four fabulous events lined up this coming month, starting with a visit from Lara Olivia on Friday 6th September! We’ll be celebrating the weekend in style with this amazing professional singer here in our midst.

Next up is something a little more interactive – it’s a Belly Dance Show & Workshop right here at Cumnor Hill House! Katie will be teaching us how to move our hips with real pizazz, so you won’t want to miss this on Thursday 12th September.

We’re following this dancing act up with Debbie’s Soul & Motown Night! Debbie has been here before and everyone loved her performance earlier this year, so it’ll great to see her back in our home on 19th.

Rounding off the month on Thursday 26th September is the one and only Bob Gessey. A firm favourite in our home, complete with his guitar, it’s always lovely to have Bob back performing some great songs we love to sing along to. 

Here at Cumnor Hill House, our home has a voice – and we’re listening
If you live at Cumnor Hill House care home here in Oxfordshire, or if you have a friend or family member living here in our ‘Outstanding’ home, we’d like to tell you about our new initiative: Home Voice.

What exactly is Home Voice?

We’re inviting our residents, their friends and family members to put their suggestions, praises and concerns forward in a new way – by speaking to Peter, who lives here at Cumnor Hill House. We believe it will ensure everyone’s voice can be heard without anyone having to worry.

How will Home Voice work?

Peter will provide that all-important link to get everyone’s thoughts over to the Cumnor Hill House team; he will be available every week at our coffee morning to sit and chat with people, noting down any ideas, commendations or concerns regarding our Oxfordshire care home.

Peter will then meet with the Cumnor Hill House management team each week to put forward all the topics raised. There’s nothing too big, too small or too silly to mention and nothing is out of bounds – Home Voice is simply an easy way of letting the Cumnor Hill House team know your thoughts. Everything raised through Peter will be considered and responded to, regardless of the outcome.

It’s important to note that Peter is not responsible for any action taken or not regarding the matters raised with him – his role is to collate any concerns and ideas people have for Cumnor Hill House and make sure they’re heard.

Why do we need Home Voice?

We want to improve the way we find out what is going on well here in our CQC-rated ‘Outstanding’ care home in Oxfordshire, and make sure we hear about anything people think needs to change.

Once we’ve heard people’s thoughts, we can then see what we can do, whether that’s making changes to improve things that aren’t gong well or implementing something new to make living at Cumnor Hill House even better. If we hear that people like something specific, we can make sure it continues happening.

We hope that this new system means that we shall be more in touch with anything that needs to change and be better able to meet the needs of everyone who lives here.

If you would like to speak directly to a member of the Cumnor Hill House team, that’s still absolutely fine as well; Home Voice just makes it that little bit easier to express your thoughts.

What are the next steps?

Home Voice has now started here at Cumnor Hill House care home in Oxfordshire, and we look forward to seeing how this new initiative works in the coming weeks and months. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to Peter or a member of the team.

Together, our aim is to make Cumnor Hill House an even better place to live.


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