News at Cumnor Hill House in Oxfordshire


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.

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.

Have you met Ernie, our resident entertainer?
Ernest – or Ernie as he prefers to be called – is from the lovely village of Horspath, just east of Oxford, and he now lives with us here at Cumnor Hill House.

Everyone who has met Ernie will agree that he’s a real character, but one thing that some people don’t know is that he is an entertainer through and through! And here in our home, we were lucky enough to hear Ernie perform a few weeks ago.

We hold regular entertainment here on Thursday evenings at Cumnor Hill House – you can sign up to our mailing list to receive updates and invitations by emailing us at At one of our recent events, Ernie was enjoying himself so much that he was singing along to the songs and ended up performing a solo in front of residents, staff and guests! The audience was captivated, and Ernie was in his element. It was such a joy to see.

Ernie has also been known to play melodies on his harmonica for everyone, putting smiles on people’s faces – as a matter of fact, Ernie used to be in a harmonica band as a child! A local chap invited Ernie and his friend to join the band, so they used to sit in front of the main group, playing in places such as the Ritz Theatre in Oxford, the Town Hall and the Sports Club.

Come along to our Thursday evening entertainment and you never know, you may be lucky enough to enjoy one of Ernie’s fine impromptu performances. Ask about our events next time you’re here or get in touch to find out more.

This week is Carers Week, so we're celebrating at Cumnor Hill House!
It's Carers Week 2019 and this year, we’re adding our own special OUTSTANDING twist. That’s because the people involved in making Cumnor Hill House a real home aren’t just the carers…

Here we have chefs, cleaning and laundry staff, nurses, a physiotherapist, personal trainer, a gardener, activities coordinators, bar staff, a driver, maintenance, admin and management as well as carers – and without any one of these key roles, our home wouldn’t run as seamlessly as it does. No matter what the title or job role, just by working here, each person contributes to the care of those living here.

That’s why we’re grabbing Carers Week with both hands and we’re raising the bar, going further to include everyone who participates in caring in our celebration of the care industry and its importance in society.

This year, the focus of Carers Week is on getting carers connected – and we thought how better to do that than throw a staff party? We want to thank our wonderful team for all that they do for our residents and each other. And because working in care affects people’s home lives, the invitation is extended to family members too.

Family members support our staff to carry out their roles to the best of their ability. If someone’s late home, their significant other makes the dinner. If someone’s had a bad day, their family is there to lend an ear or give them a hug. It’s a real team effort when it comes to care, and we want to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved with a staff party this summer.

The story behind the staff party

The staff party on Friday 21st June is being funded by an incredibly generous donation from the family members of one of our residents.

In December last year, Marjorie sadly passed away. Her family were so grateful for the excellent care that Marjorie received whilst she was at Cumnor Hill House that they gifted an incredibly kind donation to put towards a staff party.

As some members of the team will be working at Cumnor Hill House when the party’s taking place, they will each be given a voucher to share with their loved ones instead, so nobody will miss out.

We’re incredibly thankful to have such a wonderful team here who are appreciated by our residents, and we’re so lucky to have such lovely residents who are a pleasure to care for. It’s a great community here at Cumnor Hill House and we’re incredibly proud of it. If you would like to be a part of it in any capacity, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Keep fit with Cumnor!
Exercise is so, so important for both our physical and mental wellbeing, which is why we encourage the people living here at Cumnor Hill House to partake in weekly exercise classes in the comfort of their home.

You may have heard about our state-of-the-art gym, which opened a year ago, and the brilliant equipment here is available to use, along with assistance and advice from Sue the physio and Dot the personal trainer.

We still try and go the extra mile in addition to this great facility, and that’s why twice a week, there’s something else here at Cumnor Hill House to help everyone keep fit.

Every Monday, we hold keep fit sessions with a dance instructor – she carries out a number of different classes suitable for all abilities, and everyone has a giggle!

Dot, our personal trainer, holds exercise classes on each floor of the home. She starts off from 2-3pm on the top floor, then 3-4pm on the middle floor and 4-5pm on the ground floor. Dot adapts each movement to suit the needs and capabilities of her audience, so people of all ages and abilities are welcome to come and join us.

If you live nearby, why don’t you come along to our classes? Simply pop in, give us a call on 01865 415185 or send us an email at to find out more about joining our dance or keep fit sessions, completely free of charge. It’s time to keep fit with Cumnor!

The Great Guide Dogs Tea Party at Cumnor Hill House
On Friday 28th June – which also happens to be National Cream Tea Day! – we are holding a Summer Tea Party here at Cumnor Hill House to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss, and by 2050, that’s expected to rise to almost four million. We’re trying to do our bit this summer by enjoying a delicious tea party in our lovely garden to raise money for this wonderful charity, and we’d love for you to come.

Blindness is close to us at Cumnor Hill House, as one gentleman who lives here is registered blind. But that certainly doesn’t stop him from having fun! His twin brother lives locally and often brings his guide dog in for visits. It really is amazing what he’s able to achieve with the assistance of his loyal canine, and without the dog, he probably wouldn't be able to live independently.

Please do come along and support us on 28th June from [start time] to [end time] and please donate generously to this incredibly worthy cause that really does change lives.

Please RSVP to or call us on 01865 415185 – we’d love to see you here at the Great Guide Dogs Tea Party.


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