Life at Grace House
It can be very hard for all concerned when the recommendation is for someone to live away from home and in full time care. As Christians, we understand these emotions and will help support the client and their family to build on their Christian faith and ensure that they can transition into our care smoothly and happily.
The manager will assess each client and will liaise with the family or friends supporting the client to record their personal needs into a comprehensive care plan. This is regularly reviewed and any alterations are made accordingly, as the needs of the client change, at any time.
We like to keep a close communication and relationship with the family or friends of our clients to ensure they are well supported and happy to be with us.
Meal times are especially important to us at Grace House. Our chef prepares all our meals and snacks on the premises fresh each day and understands the nutrition needs and appetites of all our residents. A wide choice of breakfast starts the day at 8am and the resident’s choice of drink and snack (usually homemade) are served at 11am. We serve a three course lunch at 1pm, then afternoon tea (homemade cakes or biscuits and drink) at 4pm and a two course supper at 6pm.
Every meal is served in the dining room with the tables set (as most people have been used to in their own home) with tablecloth, condiments, napkins, glassware, cutlery and crockery. A Grace is said before lunch and supper. Our chef also bakes fresh bread, cakes and biscuits as well as other goodies such as marmalade and jams which are enjoyed by all the residents (and our visitors) during the meals or snacks. We love to have visitors, when it is safe to do so, to come and enjoy lunch with us as this stimulates lunch time conversations. Our visitors love to come for the delicious food.
We offer an environment of everyday family life. We pride ourselves on keeping our house as “their home”, not “a home”. Newspapers are available each day and, depending on their circumstances or abilities, our residents may be taken out by their family and friends. They may also wish to visit their own church or attend groups or other social events.
Visitors are made welcome at any time and given privacy with their resident. They are offered our home made refreshments and can stay with their relatives for lunch if they wish.
Our sitting room is a calm room where there are several comfortable chairs, including relaxer chairs. There is a large television and we have an extensive range of videos and DVDs available of old films, documentaries including National Geographic, places to visit, stories of Jesus, and many more.
On Sunday mornings church services are available on TV, on line or, if possible, for residents to go out with their family or friends to their regular place of worship.
We encourage our residents to join in activities that are arranged in the home. We encourage all our residents to try and do some exercises, especially a walk in the garden when the weather permits. We usually have a weekly session of keep fit with an expert therapist who specialises in exercise for the elderly. This is done online when not available within the home. There are many other activities for our residents to join in, if they wish, including craft, puzzles, colouring, quizzes, singing, music recitals and much more.
Birthdays & Celebrations
We enjoy celebrations at Grace House and, if the resident would like, we celebrate their birthday with a special cake with candles and singing Happy Birthday. We encourage relatives to join us, if they can, in person or by video link.
We also have enjoyable celebrations for events or days of national importance.
During the summer we use our large garden, patio areas and Paviliann building as much as we can for walking, eating outside, or just sitting in the fresh air to relax. Patio doors lead into the garden from the sitting room and the dining room so during the summer people can sit with the doors open and feel they are in the garden.
The Paviliann is a beautiful outhouse that was opened, blessed (and named) by the Bishop of Edmonton in 2015. It opens up in the summer to give a view of the garden and shade from the sunshine but also has underfloor heating so it can be used for gatherings, events and activities all year round.