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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 - 2019
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.

Getting our groove on in a unique way
On Thursday 1st August, we held a completely different kind of event for our residents, their friends and family members – you’ll never guess what it was…

A silent disco!

If you’re not familiar with the concept, a silent disco is where people dance to music that they’re listening to through headphones rather than using a speaker system. It’s great fun and it’s hilarious watching people dance when you can’t hear the music!

We called in the experts from the Silent Disco Company, the UK’s leading LED Silent Disco Hire Company. They brought state-of-the-art LED wireless headphones with them, and people taking part had an absolute blast.

Everyone was dancing along to a wide variety of songs, with hits from various decades being played on their headphones. Some people were sitting down but got their arms in the air when their favourite songs played. It was a joy to see everyone having so much fun.

Thank you to the Silent Disco Company for such a great event – everyone had a great time! Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to hold another silent disco in the future.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming events by following us on Facebook.

Cumnor Hill House British Summer Party
Last Saturday, we held another spectacular summer party here at Cumnor Hill House care home in Oxfordshire, complete with donkey rides, a Punch and Judy show, singers and more! While the weather was not entirely with us, everyone had a great time.

We capped our day off with our fantastic raffle prize draw, featuring all sorts of wonderful prizes from Aldi, Pets at Home, Mobile Genie and many more local and national brands.

If you came along, we hope you managed to win something nice! Thanks to everyone who came along and joined in the fun. 

Mod-cons and top technology in our Cumnor care home
Having all sorts of technology at our fingertips is something we can often take for granted in our day-to-day lives, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that members of the older generation aren’t always overly familiar with all the technology available in the modern day – but here at Cumnor Hill House, residents benefit from some of the latest technology. And it really does make a difference to what life is like here.

What technology do we have in our care home?

Well, where to start?! We have top-of-the-range Sonos speakers in all our shared spaces and these are connected by Wi-Fi to iPads. The Sonos speakers are installed in the walls to help create an inbuilt, integrated sound system, and using Sonos app on the iPads, residents can choose the music they’d like playing in each communal room at the touch of a button.

We also have a few other iPads floating around for people to use, which make it easy to surf the web – they are also great for playing games like scrabble and doing crosswords as they offer the ability to zoom right in and enlarge letters and numbers. The iPads also have Skype and FaceTime, so residents can speak to friends and family members no matter where they are in the world – we even have people who love taking selfies!

Virtual reality is a wonderful thing and we use it here in our CQC-rated ‘Outstanding’ care home in Cumnor to assist residents who struggle to travel. It allows them to be transported to the beach, to go for a thrilling ride on a rollercoaster, see the Big Smoke from the London Eye, to go swimming with dolphins… the choices are out of this world, and our residents can experience them all from the comfort of our home.

How does it make Cumnor Hill House care home a great place to live?

Our iPad-controlled Sonos speakers promote choice – they let residents listen to the music they like, so they’re not stuck with the same songs on the local radio station day in, day out. Able to stream music through Spotify, the musical world is our residents’ oyster.

With other iPads available for use, we’ve opened all sorts of doors for our residents, who can play games whenever they’d like to, stay in touch with friends and family more easily and learn new things – after all, we never stop learning.

Virtual reality is simply amazing. It provides our residents here at Cumnor Hill House with a valuable added source of engagement and stimulation. It has been proven to help entice those living with dementia to interact more, and they’re free to try out new things in a safe environment.

If you’d like to find out more about the wide range of technology we use here in our care home in Cumnor, please pop in and speak to a member of the team. And we’re always open to new ideas, so please do make suggestions if you think of anything that could enhance our offering!


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