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Life at Wentworth Court is tailored to the likes and needs of every resident – from individualised bedrooms, meal plans and activities, to the delivery of high-quality daily care and nursing support.
We place great emphasis is on person-centred care – ensuring that we meet the individual needs of each resident.
Our supportive team, who have all undertaken specialist dementia training, are committed to developing a stimulating environment for residents where they can do as much or as little as they like – with daily opportunities for socialising and engaging with others, should they wish.
We help our residents to live their lives to the full by turning periods of inactivity into meaningful moments.
Whether this is by offering opportunities to enjoy social events with others, or having one-to-one engagements, we believe that looking through a newspaper with one of the team or joining in a rousing sing-along are equally beneficial activities.
Wentworth Court’s experienced and dedicated team of four activity facilitators work with the wider team to provide a ‘whole home approach’ to activity provision.
All teams work closely with residents and their families to understand changing needs and wishes, taking care to learn about individuals’ preferences and pastimes that they have enjoyed throughout their lives.
Research shows how beneficial activities can be to individuals’ when needs are met, and we see first-hand the evidence of happier and healthier residents following from meaningful activity.
Our activities programme is designed to be positive and person-centred – offering a wide range including music and movement, reminiscence, pamper sessions, arts and crafts, trips out, gardening, and films in the cinema room.
We have been trained to lead gentle Oomph exercises, that help residents’ physical and mental well-being by strengthening muscles and helping to lift mood, either in group sessions or one-to-one using props that are colourful and sensory.
Linking with our community has resulted in a regular church service in the home, monthly coffee mornings, sing-alongs with Mindsong charity volunteers, weekly exercise sessions with GFitness, seated dance exercise with Golden Toes and great entertainers coming into our home.
We are committed to engagement with our local community and in particular intergenerational work with local schools. Watch our video about the English Garden Party project that we recently developed in partnership with the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and Hester’s Way primary school.
“At Wentworth Court, we believe a healthy balance of self-care, work and play activities is essential for our residents to prolong their physical and mental well-being, consequently improving the quality of their lives.
“Our timetable of weekly events takes into consideration – physical, sensory, cognitive, emotional and social components while carefully selecting appropriate activities.”
Suzanne Meadows, Activities Coordinator
Weekly activities include:
Music and singalongs
Arts and crafts
Visits from local schools and community groups
Hair and beauty therapy
Walks to local shops and parks
Trips out in our minibus
Exercise sessions with GFitness
Pat dog visit from Pets as Therapy
Church and faith services
"The staff are friendly and open and my input valued which is a relief. There is a friendly, hospitable atmosphere, even the chefs come out to welcome you and chat."
- J K W via www.carehome.co.uk
Our new minibus is a regular sight out and about in the county, enabling residents to enjoy activities in small groups outside of Wentworth Court.
Recent trips have included plane-spotting at Gloucestershire Airport, picnics by the River Avon, shopping trips, visits to garden centres and the local swimming pool.
We also ensure that we make the most of opportunities that are offered locally for people living with dementia, such as river trips provided by the Willow Trust on the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal, dementia walks at Stratford Park in Stroud and adapted performances at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre.
Mealtimes are something to look forward to at Wentworth Court. We understand that enjoying a tasty meal with good company is one of life’s simple pleasures, which is why we aim to create this experience every day.
Eating a healthy plateful is vital for health and well-being. With a wide variety of meals including traditional Sunday roasts and fish Fridays, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
We cater for diets influenced by illness, culture, religion, ethical choice, or personal preference. Recipes are prepared with input from a dietician and nutritionist to ensure that everyone can enjoy the food they need – we often see residents’ appetites improve and their weight increase to a healthy level once they are settled with us.
There are always freshly baked cakes and tasty treats available for elevenses and afternoon tea, prepared by our creative chefs.
While residents can opt to take their meals in their rooms, we encourage everyone to dine together to promote conversation and interaction with friends and the team.
“Dad spent the last five months of his life at Wentworth following a hip fracture. We discovered a very dedicated and friendly team who always make time to talk with family, Wentworth Court really did become like an extended family to us… Dad enjoyed the freedom he was given here and relaxing in the wonderful garden with the chickens…
“This home is doing ground-breaking work for those that suffer with dementia and they really make a difference to those affected with this heart-breaking condition and their families. If you are looking for someone to place your loved one with dementia, Wentworth Court would be our recommendation for you.”
– RC via Facebook
Taking a holistic approach by keeping up to date with best practice and involving families in care planning.
All our staff are committed to making Wentworth Court a vibrant and enjoyable place to live and work.
For International Women's Day 2023, we asked families of residents to share
A report from Healthwatch Gloucestershire based on an unannounced visit to Wentworth
Residents at a dementia-specialist nursing home in Cheltenham enjoyed a visit from