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Entering a Care Home With Peace of Mind

A full service care centre that can embrace the needs of individuals from retirement home to assisted care, to the more demanding needs within nursing care can offer a seamless transition to living that addresses not only physical abilities and needs but also mental and emotional abilities and needs.

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Thanks to the Wonderful Gloucestershire Community

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been hard for us all. We have all been working harder to ensure our community remains safe and in the best health.

5 Reasons Why a Healthy Diet Can Promote Overall Health

There is no denying that there are many benefits to sticking to a healthy diet. In fact, this list most certainly could be longer. Here at the Hollies, we pride ourselves in offering a wide and varied menu every day, catering to the preferences and dietary requirements of our residents.

6 Ways to Stay Healthy Right Now

Something that seems to be at the forefront of every mind right now is staying healthy – and that makes sense, especially now. But sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what your body and mind need in order to maintain your good health, especially in times of uncertainty when stress runs high.

How to Support Your Loved Ones in a Care Home – Even When You Can’t Visit

It’s normal to worry for your loved ones – especially when an illness outbreak prevents you from being able to visit as frequently as your normally would. However, we came up with a few ideas that give you ways to support your loved ones in a care home, even when you can’t visit.

How to Prevent Cold and Flu in a Care Home

Physical activity has the potential to reduce inflammation and chronic disease. It can also reduce stress and levels of stress hormones within the body. This, in turn, will accelerate the circulation of disease and illness-fighting white blood cells, which can prevent cold and flu from taking hold.

10 Ways to Communicate With Someone Who has Dementia

Dementia is a disease that gets worse as time goes on. Gradually, communication will become more difficult and understanding conversations will become harder as well. Though their mind may be more closed off and it continually may become difficult to recognise you or their other loved ones, know that they are still the same person – their mind just now works in a different way.

What is Residential Care?

Often, residential care is popular option for those that do not have the medical needs to enter a facility such as a memory care unit or a nursing home. However, this does not mean that every residential care facility is the same.

What is Sundowning Syndrome?

Like any other condition that you could be experiencing, symptoms for Sundowning Syndrome can range in severity. Often these symptoms are noticed in pairs – and whilst some experience them during certain times of the day, others may be more sporadic and only for 1-2 hours.

What is Dementia Care?

Dementia is more than just memory loss, so being realistic about the progression of the disease will help you cope with it in your loved one and will help you in being able to support them through its progression.

Gold Standards Framework Accredidation

We are happy to share that we have been a recipient of the Gold Standards Framework Accreditation, an award that our care home and staff are very proud of.

The Benefits of Independent Care

No matter your loved one’s interest, there’s usually something scheduled that would interest them. Keeping your loved ones active and participatory when in a care home or independent living facility has even been shown to help seniors live longer and in better health.

Continuing the Tradition of High Standard Care

In order to receive the accreditation, care homes must undergo a rigorous training process, as well as embedding the Gold Standards Framework care standards in their respective care homes. The training programme itself is nine months long, and after both of these tasks have been completed, the accreditation process begins.

The Best Ways to Support Your Loved One in a Care Home

Moving your loved one into a care home and helping them adjust isn’t just a big change for them, it’s a big change for you as well. If you’re used to the way things were when they lived in their own home, you may find yourself wondering if your loved one is happy, if they’re adjusting well and feel an overall sense of concern for them in their new environment.

Diets and Healthy Eating Tips for Dementia Patients

The studies conducted in this research were observational, so it is important to note that simply changing your or a loved one’s diet is not a surefire way to prevent dementia or lessen the damage already caused to brain cells from dementia. However, we’re taking a look at foods and diets that have the best potential to reduce the risk of dementia and its effects.

Respite Care – FAQs

Respite care is temporary care, typically in a care facility, for an elderly, ill or handicapped person – providing relief for the person(s) that are their usual residential caregivers. There are a wide range of benefits for both the person receiving care and their primary caregiver – respite care exists to allow the peace of mind that you or a loved one will have the care that you/he/she needs if ever a primary caregiver is not around.

Where to Start When Looking for a Nursing Home

Choosing a nursing home does not have to be a daunting task if you know where (and how) to begin your search. There are many things to consider: proximity, cost, location and high-quality care. If you or a loved one is beginning a search for a care home, here are some tips that will hopefully aid you in your search of finding the right care home for you or a loved one.

High Standards of Care at The Hollies

Caring for our residents is our top priority, and we are devoted to ensuring that the last years of their lives are filled with support, comfort and premium care. The Gold Standards Framework allows our staff to receive training in order to provide the coordinated, personalised care that we are known for.

Bringing Interactive Dance to The Hollies with World Jungle

Here at The Hollies, we strive to provide top-level care for all our residents – including different forms of therapy sessions and activities for our residents to enjoy. Recently, we have begun working with World Jungle to bring interactive dance to our facility.

Benefits of Respite Care

Caregiving can be a challenging responsibility, even if it is also a rewarding one. Because of this, it’s very understandable that the primary caregiver may need an occasional break – whether it be for leisure, business travel or vacation. Respite care is a win-win situation for both the caregiver and their loved one.

How to Spot the Early Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

Whilst Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are slightly different – the early signs of being able to detect them are quite similar. If you notice these signs in someone that you know or even in yourself, please consider seeking help from a doctor or your care provider to arrange dementia care if needed. Dementia is not […]

Why Maintaining a Healthy Diet is Crucial for those with Dementia

Eating well and staying properly hydrated is an important aspect of staying healthy – it improves quality of life and contributes to overall health. It is even more so important when it comes to dementia care.   Not eating well/enough can cause Weight loss Malnutrition Fatigue Higher risk of infection Less muscle strength   This […]

Introducing Sensory Music Sessions

The sensory and intellectual simulation of music is known to increase or maintain a person’s level of physical, mental and social/emotional functioning. We hope that the sensory music sessions will be therapeutic and interactive fun for our residents…

Considerations to a Loved One with Dementia

Language and communication problems will vary and become more challenging overtime for somebody living with dementia. A poor choice of language can leave the person with the condition frustrated as he/she finds it hard to recall a specific word. Therefore, it is important to be aware and know how to communicate considerately with a person […]

Keeping Your Loved Ones Active While in a Care Home

As people age, remaining active becomes a necessary element for both the physical and emotional wellbeing of our loved ones. While the need for independence is in demand at this stage, the difficulty to remain engaged increases, making it challenging for them to stay active especially on their own. There are many activities that could […]

Our hopeful helper, the Tovertafel machine

Through our fundraising and donations, we are excited to announce the purchase of a Tovertafel machine, better known as the “magic table”, which will be up and running by mid-May! Developed by PhD student Hester Le Riche, the Tovertafel machine was created to stimulate physical, mental and social activity in people with later stage dementia. […]

A Ride With The Willow Trust

There is a very exciting trip coming up at the Hollies! We will be having a lovely boat trip down the canal with The Willow Trust on the 18th of April. The Willow Trust aims to provide therapeutic days out on the water primarily for disabled people of all ages and types of disability or […]

Enjoying the wildlife in Gloucestershire

With spring just around the corner, and the evenings getting lighter each day, there is no better time to enjoy the British countryside near Dursley. The Hollies Care Home is ideally situated in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, thus being the perfect location to appreciate beautiful surroundings and local wildlife. In this area there are a […]

CQC Inspection Results

We are delighted to share our latest CQC inspection results with you as we maintained our “GOOD” status. The Hollies were found to offer safe service with sufficient staffing levels to ensure safe care and treatment to support people. Our staff were also considered to be well skilled and created an adaptable environment in order […]

High Spirits in August

Our August activity calendar is awash with the zest for life we all love here at The Hollies. As always we have great fun exercising with Tanya, and we strengthen both body and mind with Mark’s Tai Chi classes. As the greats of Tai Chi say, ‘If you mind is empty, it is always ready […]

What makes a great care home?

In light of the current poor inspection results hitting the news recently, we decided to take a look at some of the important attributes that contribute to a great care home: Feeling safe is key to any good care home. Both from a security point of view but also in feeling safe and cared for […]

Discover Derek’s story

Brought to you by remarkable lives. “I was born 5th October 1927 in Annfield Plain, a village in County Durham. Actually, that’s not quite true. I was born in the ambulance. It had to stop in a place called Norwood. My full name is Derek Norwood Richards. My father sent me to Durham School when […]

Jean Rigby

“I was born in 1930. I had a very happy childhood. Went to a Quaker boarding school – a wonderful experience. Because I enjoyed school so much It determined my future career as a school teacher. If I hadn’t been a teacher I would have been a stand-up comic! But in those days, there was […]

Embroidery at its best

On November 11th, we had a special visit with Liz from Willow Trust to see Jean and her amazing embroidery as pictured here. Jean has a great passion for embroidery and has created many beautiful pieces of work. Embroidery is not something new, but some of its benefits may have been forgotten. Importantly the activity […]

Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising at The Hollies

We had a wonderful time for a great cause at our Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser this weekend. Thank you to all who participated in this event, and thank you Debris Music Productions for joining us!

Bringing gardening activities indoor

During November at The Hollies we organised a few crafting workshops for our residents and many have created some amazing products. Residents have worked intently on their own projects from pasting bird seeds on a pinecone bird feeder to planting bulbs and winter flowers in wheelbarrows. So here at the Hollies even in the winter […]

Enjoying her 12th decade at The Hollies

Nora, who has lived in Dursley in Gloucestershire all her life is now enjoying her 12th decade at The Hollies Care Home. Nora was a toddler of two and a half when the Titanic sank, can remember the First World War and was already 33 when the Second World War broke out. She went to […]

The Willow Trust

Each year around 7,000 disabled and seriously ill children and adults spend a day on board with The Willow Trust. Fundraising work continues all year round to ensure trips remain free of charge. Established in 1989 the Willow Trust charity operates both its fully equipped purpose-built boats from April to October in pursuit of providing […]

The top floor ‘Memory Lane’

If you have not yet had the opportunity to venture onto the top floor at The Hollies, then please do pop up and have a look. We have been working hard to improve the environment by introducing lots of memorabilia including a wind up gramophone! We are on the hunt for some more records to […]

Golden Age Club

Unfortunately, our local Golden Age Club in Dursley lost their venue recently. We have been able to step in at The Hollies and are delighted to be able to host the Golden Age Club, which will ensure that the Club can continue to thrive. The Club will now be held here at The Hollies on […]

Highgrove outing

Highgrove was our special outing in the month of August. We had a tour of the gardens and a look around the lovely shop and then ended the day with a delicious cream tea in their tea room. We have a host of other activities going on throughout August, the schedule can be found on […]