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Caring

My Mother’s Happiness

Claire shares what has made Bridge House, Abingdon, the right care home for her mother


She is healthier as a result of a better diet and an active lifestyle. Also getting her hair and nails done at their salon and spa gives her a real boost

My mother Mary is sociable with a great sense of humour, loves being with people and is used to having plenty going on around her. When my mother’s deteriorating memory made it difficult for her to cope, we tried several different approaches to her care but nothing quite worked.

Then we tried Bridge House Care Home, it’s near to shops and a park, it’s light, airy and feels like a boutique hotel with a homely atmosphere, so different from other residential homes.

Going to their great bistro and The Riverly Club has been a huge hit,

my mother feel as though she has ‘been out’ but feels safe and in familiar surroundings. She socialises there with other residents, their friends and families, plus people from the community who are members of The Riverly Club.


 

Another real plus is Chantelle the Activities Co-ordinator, who runs an amazing programme with fresh ideas that inspire and rekindle the ‘joie de vivre’ in my mother.

She’s has lived there for over a year now, it took time for her to settle, but relationships with the staff helped enormously and she sings their praises all the time. She is healthier as a result of a better diet and an active lifestyle. Also getting her hair and nails done at their salon and spa gives her a real boost.

She misses aspects of her life, but her memory means she can’t hang onto those for more than a moment and someone is always there at Bridge House to help.

For us, we know that she is safe, happy and ‘at home’. In fact she thinks they couldn’t manage without her there now!

 

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