News at Cumnor Hill House in Oxfordshire


Building healthier lives at Cumnor Hill House
We always go above and beyond wherever we can here at Cumnor Hill House, and with such a great team here, we have the opportunity to do something special when it comes to exercise and taking care of our residents’ wellbeing.

Recently, we’ve started focusing on Otago, which is based on building healthier lives. We all know that the benefits of exercise are plentiful, and Otago – which is specifically designed for the older generation – is an evidence-based, individually tailored strength and balance retraining programme.

With three experts here, these being Dot, our personal trainer, Sue, our physiotherapist and Charlie, our beauty and massage therapist, our residents really do receive the royal treatment; with Sue’s instruction, Dot’s practical input and Charlie’s support in preparing or unwinding with a sports massage, what more could we want?

The exercise programme helps residents to improve their balance, muscle strength, general fitness and wellbeing. Each resident performs their prescribed exercises three times a week with Dot and Sue’s guidance, but they don’t have to be done in one go and can be broken up to make the plan more manageable.

Exercises include walking forwards, backwards, sideways and turning around, head, neck, trunk and ankle movements, back extension, knee strengthening, side hip strengthening, calf, heel and toe, knee bends, one leg stand, sit to stand and stair walking. By performing these exercises and improving their strength and balance, we’re minimising the risk of our residents having a fall in our home, which makes life more enjoyable and less stressful for our residents and helps them to maintain their independence.

Speak to a member of the team if you’d like to find out more about Otago.

Spotlight on Sue, our fantastic physio
Cumnor Hill House isn’t your average care home… here in our home, we go the extra mile whenever and wherever we can, and we help you to do the same. You’re probably wondering what we mean by that, but unlike most other care homes, we have a state-of-the-art in-house gym, complete with a visiting physiotherapist!

Sue Sanders-Clarke is the Cumnor Hill House physio, and her wealth of knowledge – paired with our brilliant equipment – certainly sets us apart from other care homes, whether it’s here in Cumnor, Oxfordshire or further afield.

Sue’s career started out at St. Mary’s in London back in 1983, moving to the Churchill Hospital upon qualifying. With Heatherwood in Ascot, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and St. Luke’s Hospital in Oxford all featuring on her impressive CV, we’re delighted that Sue’s part of the Cumnor Hill House team. She has helped so many people get back on their feet – quite literally!

Sue helps our residents in many ways, including assisting chair-bound residents to improve mobility, posture and seating, boosting residents’ confidence and helping to maintain good circulation and movement; she really does work wonders and promotes independence, which does wonders for our residents’ confidence.

If someone keeps on sliding down in their chair, Sue works out why this is happening by looking at both their chair and their posture – it may be that specialist seating is required, such as a one-way slide seat, or they may need repositioning more regularly. Additionally, if someone’s in need of a wheelchair, Sue can submit the referral.

When people have been hospitalised following a stroke, if they’re not well enough to go straight home, they often stay in a care home to recover. Without the proper assistance and equipment, it can be a struggle to return to full health, but here at Cumnor Hill House, we have done as much as we can to make this a possibility and we really do try to help people get their lives back to normal.

About her role, Sue said: “I love my job, I just love meeting people and working with them, trying to help them. They genuinely appreciate the opportunity to improve, and I get to motivate and rehabilitate them. It’s such a pleasure to see the smiles on their faces when they reach targets and milestones.”

Find out more about the equipment Sue uses with residents in our recent article on the Cumnor Hill House gym – and if your friend or family member is living with us here at Cumnor Hill House and isn’t already benefitting from this fantastic service, speak to a member of the team today to find out how we can help.

Last but not least, thank you to Sue for all that she does for the people living here at Cumnor Hill House!

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 – 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

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 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 or 01865 415185.


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