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Christmas lunch to help combat loneliness in the community
It might sound a little early to be talking about Christmas – we’ve barely had a chance to enjoy the summer sunshine! – but we want to make sure we spread the word about our festive plans for the community, reaching as many lonely people as possible.

For most of us, Christmastime conjures up joyful images of family and friends celebrating, exchanging gifts, enjoying the usual excited chatter and delicious food. For some, it can be a dreaded, sad and lonely time.

Nobody should be alone at any time of the year, and loneliness isn’t just experienced at Christmas, but it does provide us with an opportunity to identify those within our community who are most isolated and offer further support throughout the year.

After all, there’s so much going on here at Cumnor Hill House and we’re always encouraging locals to come and join in the fun. And especially at Christmas, we’d like to bring joy and companionship to people who would otherwise be alone.

Make this Christmas one to remember at Cumnor Hill House

Here in our care home in Cumnor, we really do understand how difficult Christmas can be for those struggling with loneliness. We don’t want anyone to have to spend Christmas alone if they don’t want to, which is why we’re inviting them to join us for a festive lunch on Wednesday 18th December, completely free of charge! If you know anyone who is vulnerable to loneliness, such as a person of an older age who may have few or no family or friends around, we’d like to invite them to join us for a Christmas lunch and make them feel part of our Cumnor Hill House family.

Would you like to come and join us for Christmas dinner? If you’d like to join us for a festive celebration on Wednesday 18th December 2019 here at Cumnor Hill House, please get in touch. We can support you with transport to and from our festive lunch if required, and on arrival, you’ll receive a very warm welcome and will be introduced to fellow guests.

Everyone sits together to enjoy a leisurely three-course meal, sharing stories and making friends – at the end of the meal, each guest is given a hamper to unwrap, which for many is their only Christmas gift.

Please note, this is a closed event for pre-booked individuals only. Numbers are limited, so be sure to contact Cumnor Hill House at your earliest convenience to secure your place. Call us on 01865 415185 or email info@cumnorhillhouse.com – we look forward to hearing from you.


Cooking with the next Generation
Last week Cumnor Hill House made a visit to Cumnor C of E Primary School to help them with their cooking for an international banquet.

As Cumnor C of E Primary School were getting ready to celebrate the ancestry and international links that their students have, we at Cumnor Hill House felt that we should lend a hand. So our head chef Andy, along with our general manager Louise and our head administrator Sam went down to help with the cooking.

As our staff taught the children some of the secrets that go into the Outstanding cooking here at Cumnor Hill House, the students taught us about their family histories. But the fun didn't end there! On the day of the banquet itself, we brought some of our residents along to judge for themselves the efforts that the children went to.

Going the Extra Mile with the Care Workers Charity
In just under a month's time, from Monday 22nd until Sunday 28th July, the Care Workers Charity is holding ‘Going the Extra Mile’ and here at Cumnor Hill House, we’re delighted to be taking part. This week-long campaign is dedicated to celebrating care workers and care teams across the country who go the extra mile every day – will you be coming to join in?

So much hard work goes on in the care sector and in recognition of this, we are ‘Going the Extra Mile’ to raise awareness of the outstanding effort put in each and every day. Whether you choose to walk, run, bounce, wheel or even skip a mile with us, we would really appreciate you coming along to show your support for this great charity at Cumnor Hill House.

If you can’t make it to our wonderful home to complete your mile, you can still do it while you’re out and about to show your support – we don’t mind at all! We just want everyone to recognise the work that goes on in the care world, so it’ll be great to see our residents, team, friends and family members all coming together for the Care Workers Charity. To find out more, ask next time you visit or get in touch by calling 01865 415185 or emailing info@cumnorhillhouse.com.


July Events at Cumnor Hill House
We have four incredibly exciting events taking place here at Cumnor Hill House in July, and we really hope you can join us for some fun, complete with food and drink.

On Thursday 4th July, David will be joining us to dazzle everyone with his magic and ventriloquism! On Thursday 11th July, it's the Golden Toes Summer Show, which is sure to be thoroughly entertaining. We're then holding a Cliff Richard Tribute Night on Thursday 18th July, which we're really looking forward to, then we're rounding the month off with a Summer Show with James! James will be here on Thursday 25th July to sing us some bright and breezy songs. Will you be joining us?

Please RSVP to events@cumnorhillhouse.com or 01865 415185 to let us know you're coming.

MOTOmed and more helping our home keep fit
You may remember when the Cumnor Hill House gym first opened a year ago – you can see our original article right here – and we’re pleased to say that it is still incredibly popular with residents in our Oxfordshire care home.

We’re continually investing in our offering to ensure our residents can access all that they need to stay as fit and healthy as possible, and that’s why we’ve recently added a new piece of equipment to the gym. It’s the MOTOmed Viva 2 full body exercise machine, complete with all the bells and whistles. With the assistance of our physiotherapist, Sue, and our personal trainer, Dot, residents can make the most of all our gym has to offer.

The MOTOmed is a firm favourite and it’s easy to see why; with features including symmetry training and motivational programmes, users can set targets and measure their progress. And with MOTOmed, you can ride the world – the screen can show all sorts of scenes, so you can cycle while viewing a series of beautiful and stimulating locations around the world for motivation.

It’s an expensive piece of kit, but it’s well worth the cost as the results are undeniably positive. In fact, there are many papers written on the benefits of improving all aspects of disabilities and illnesses in the elderly: muscle disease, spastic paralysis, diabetes, early mobilisation, COPD, hypertension, dementia, stroke and Parkinson’s, just to name a few.

This is what Dot, our personal trainer, has to say about the MOTOmed:

“I'm extremely passionate about our MOTOmed as I've witnessed incredible results. The MOTOmed bike isn't just one piece of equipment – it's a bicycle but also an arm bike providing passive movement for those who cannot move. We can monitor progress with each limb and measure spasticity.

“It's the bike most recognised by those residents at Cumnor who have had any sort of rehab as it's a specialist type of machinery important for our kind of home, and it’s the bike most used in every hospital and rehabilitation facility.

“Most visitors being shown around the home also recognise the machine and are extremely pleased that this is available. It's two pieces of equipment that my members enjoy using the most, especially those that can activate soft tissue through passive work, something that cannot be done on any other bike.”

If someone you know is living here at Cumnor Hill House and they aren’t making the most of our gym and the MOTOmed, speak to a member of the team today and we can arrange an induction for them.


The Cumnor Hill House Open Day!
Have you ever driven past our home and wondered what’s down the driveway? Well, if you fancy taking a sneak peek behind our doors, we’ve got good news…

We are offering tours of our wonderful CQC-rated ‘Outstanding’ home for one day only, complete with a glass of fizz on arrival and followed by a luxurious cream tea. All this is just a taste of what we have to offer at Cumnor Hill House.

On Saturday 20th July, we’re opening our doors so you can come and see what our home’s all about. Come and find out all about our permanent residential and dementia care, respite stays and day care sessions, meet the team and speak to our residents about what life is like here. If the sun is shining, why not have a look around the garden too?

With a limited number of spaces available, please get in touch to book your tour and cream tea, as we wouldn’t want you to miss out on our exclusive open day.

RSVP to events@cumnorhillhouse.com or 01865 415185.


Let's Talk Loneliness Awareness Week
This week is Loneliness Awareness Week so here at Cumnor Hill House, we want to help raise awareness of the fantastic work carried out by the Marmalade Trust. This charity is dedicated to recognising loneliness across society and helping people to make new friendships!

We’ve been trying emulate the work of the Marmalade Trust as the work they do in society is so vital; they provide that all-important link between lonely people in the community, and our home is here to help too.

Here at Cumnor Hill House, our door is always open – if you’re feeling isolated or lonely, there’s all sorts of things you can come and join in with here in our home. We hold all sorts of regular events, including a coffee morning on a Tuesday, entertainment on Thursday evenings, exercise classes and much more, and you’re welcome to come along to all of them.

Please do get in touch to find out more as nobody should ever have to feel lonely with our wonderful ready-made community right here at Cumnor Hill House.


How we work with Mind, the mental health charity
Mind is a fantastic charity that provides advice and support to help empower those experiencing mental health problems. Over more than 60 years, they have been campaigning to promote understanding, raise awareness and improve services, touching millions of lives in the process.

Mind’s ethos: We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Here at Cumnor Hill House, we fully support this fantastic charity and the importance of taking mental health seriously. That’s why every other Tuesday afternoon, Ben and one of his colleagues from Oxfordshire Mind pay us a visit and take the time to have a chat with the residents here in our home.

It’s not just a chinwag about random things – it’s about getting through the day, setting goals, learning coping strategies and having meaningful social interaction. It’s Mind’s aim to actively improve the lives of people in the older adult community, and that precious time Ben spends with our residents really does make a difference.

The local branch of Mind here in Oxfordshire is 70% NHS-funded, 20% council-funded and the last 10% of cash needed to keep it running comes from fundraising. If you are able to support this wonderful charity at any time, please do so, as the work they do is so, so important.

We really appreciate all that Ben and the rest of the team at Oxfordshire Mind do for us here at Cumnor Hill House.


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