Blenheim Care Home in Bournemouth provides affordable high-quality residential, end-of-life and palliative care for older people with dementia.
We have a wealth of specialist experience of caring for people with mixed dementia, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.
At Blenheim, we don’t label people. We treat everyone as an individual. As their needs change, so do the level and type of care they receive from us. Blenheim is their home.
As well as caring for our residents we care about their families too. We don’t have set visiting times, and our door is always open for a chat. We also have a quarterly residents’ and families’ forum and listen to feedback and suggestions.
We’re proud that the CQC has given Blenheim a rating of ‘good’ right across the board (May 2017).
We’re tucked away in Talbot Woods – a lovely quiet and leafy part of Bournemouth. There are lots of local amenities within easy reach, including 11 GP surgeries.
We’ve created a relaxed and homely environment for all our residents. On the ground floor we have a large lounge with TV and plenty of room for activities. You’ll also find our dining room and conservatory, which look out onto the garden.
On the first floor there’s a smaller lounge. It’s a good spot for quieter activities and reminiscing. We’ve gathered lots of objects to stimulate memories and conversations, including books, records, knitting patterns, tea sets, old magazines and Royal Family memorabilia.
Residents and visitors are welcome to use the free Blenheim Wi-Fi. All our care homes have an iPad for residents to use – Skype calls work really well – and for families to use when they visit.
There are 27 bedrooms, four of which are double rooms and could accommodate couples.
All but one of our bedrooms has an en-suite toilet and vanity unit. One bedroom has an ensuite wetroom and one an ensuite bathroom. All our rooms have accessible bathrooms nearby.
Many of the bedrooms look out onto the garden, and most of our ground-floor bedrooms have direct garden access.
We encourage residents to personalise their rooms with their own photos and furniture. Personal possessions help residents feel at home, and provide extra stimulation and time for reminiscence.
We have two lovely enclosed and secure gardens: one at the front and one at the back of the house. There are planters and raised beds for flowers and vegetables, plus plenty of room to sit out.
Our residents love to watch the wildlife in the garden, encouraged by our bird feeders.
But the liveliest creatures in the garden are our eight bantam chickens – two of which we raised from eggs! These bantams supply us with delicious eggs, which our residents can have for breakfast.
Denise Chrippes is the registered manager of Blenheim Care Home in Bournemouth.
I love my job, my residents and my staff. It’s very rewarding caring for people the best that I can. Many of us have been here for a good few years – we’re like a family.
We know that people have a choice of care homes. We like to take the time to really get to know and understand our residents. I think it speaks volumes that relatives of former residents still come to help out at our fete and open day.
Some examples of how our staff go the extra mile for our residents:
All our staff go on an intensive three-day Agincare induction and training before starting at Blenheim and we also have have excellent support from our local GPs and district nurses.
We like to be sociable. And when we have parties, we have parties! Christmas is big at Blenheim, with bingo, a party and Secret Santa.
Our residents love having animals to visit. Staff bring their dogs in – the manager’s whippet Apico is a regular visitor. We’ve even had donkeys in!
Singing and dancing are favourite activities at Blenheim, with regular singers performing a variety of music. We pick and choose activities enjoy from a long list of ideas from pottery and bingo to trips out to the garden centre and the big Marks and Spencer store at Castlepoint Shopping Centre.
We can also provide hairdressing and chiropodist services.
Good, wholesome home-cooked food is essential at a care home. Our cooks prepare traditional and seasonal meals. And they always ask for feedback from our residents, and are more than willing to adapt menus. Our kitchen staff have received a 5* ‘Very Good’ rating from the Food Standards Agency.
Mealtimes are really important to us. We encourage our residents to eat together as there are so many social and nutritional benefits. However, people can choose to eat their meals in private too, if they prefer.
We have picture and written menus, but we always re-offer before serving, to check our residents haven’t changed their minds about what they’d like to eat.
The home is very friendly and the staff are very good at looking after all the residents in their care. A great home. Thanks.
Blenheim is a lovely homely home, with pleasant surroundings. Whether sitting in the lounge, at a dining table, in the conservatory, or on a nice warm day, out in the garden on a visit with my mum. It is a clean, warm, comfortable and safe environment.
Blenheim is a lovely home with very caring staff. They demonstrate respect and compassion at all times as well as being friendly, helpful and fun. Residents are involved in regular activities which stimulate exercise and are fun.
All the staff at Blenheim Care Home looked after our Mam with love and a caring attitude. She was only with them a short while but was well cared for.
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