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Autumn Newsletter Released for Aston on Trent

1st January 2016

Autumn Newsletter Released for Aston on Trent

The third edition of the Aston On Trent Richmond Village newsletter has now been released.

The newsletter is sent every quarter to interested parties to let everyone know the latest news, and updates on village development as it progresses to the opening of the initial phase in Autumn 2016.

This issue covers the "Cutting of the Sod" and updates you on the progress of the build here at Aston on Trent. We are also inviting interested parties to come and look at this progress at our first On-site Open Day bheld at our Marketing Suite on the 26th September 2015. ...... plus much much more.....

Any ideas or sugestions for future issues, please either call or e-mail us.

We hope you find this issue informative


Keeping warm this winter with Richmond Bede Village

2nd January 2016

Keeping warm this winter with Richmond Bede Village

Keeping warm this winter!

The government's advice on getting ready for winter aims to reduce cold-related illness and deaths. Key tips include:

Try to keep your home warm. Keep your main living room at around 18-21°C (65-70°F). If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep. You can also use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you're in bed.

Eat well. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can.

Wrap up warm, inside and out. Layer your clothing to stay warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.

Check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they're safe and well. Make sure they're warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather. If you're worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.


Tai Chi at Richmond Painswick

7th January 2016

Tai Chi at Richmond Painswick

Weekly Tai Chi Classes on Thursdays at 10.30 in the Wellness Spa Studio

Tai Chi is a class designed to improve both balance and co-ordination in a relaxing and calming way. This class does involve standing for a long period of time.

For further details please contact the Wellness Spa on 01452 810211


Balls of Energy at Richmond Painswick

8th January 2016

Balls of Energy at Richmond Painswick

Weekly Balls of Energy classes on Fridays at 11.30am - 12.15pm - Auditorium

A fun chair based exercise class to music, which involves using balls to exercise every part of the body. This class can be tailored for any resident of any ability.

 

For further information please contact the Wellness Spa on 01452 810211


Caring, sharing residents give gifts to foodbank

11th January 2016

Caring, sharing residents give gifts to foodbank

Residents at Richmond Northampton have passed on a wind fall which they received from their local supermarket "Waitrose" in Wootton.

Richmond was nominated by Waitrose as part of their isolation campaign and awarded £300.  Instead of keep the cash, kind hearted residents decided to spend the money to buy much needed items for the towns Spencer Bridge Foodbank.

See pictured Chris Rayatt-Howard and William from Waitrose.

 

 


KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

20th January 2016

KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

In a bid to conquer stroke, residents in Witney and the surrounding area are invited to a free blood pressure testing event by the Stroke Association at the Richmond Villages Marketing Suite, Waterloo Walk on the High Street on 20 January 2015. 

High blood pressure remains the single biggest risk factor for stroke, contributing to over half (54%) of strokes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. After the success of Know Your Blood Pressure day on 18 April, raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke,the team at Richmond Witney have decided to host a further event to encourage
local residents to start the New Year with a free blood pressure check.  Residents in and around Witney are invited to call in any time between 11am and 1:30pm on Wednesday 20 January to get their blood pressure checked, and receive information and advice on steps to keep it under control.

Suzi Morgan of Richmond Witney said: “We recently attended the Stroke Awareness Conference in Oxford and were told about the Know Your Blood Pressure campaign. The campaign has reached hundreds of thousands of people in the last decade, potentially saving many lives and as our Marketing Suite is well postioned in the town centre we felt it would be an ideal venue for a Know Your Blood Pressure event. It’s clear from the information provided by the Stroke Awareness that high blood pressure is far more common than you would think.” 

Laura McGuinness, who leads on stroke prevention at the Stroke Association said: “High blood pressure is often referred to as the silent killer because it doesn’t present symptoms and many people have no idea their health may be at risk. Over 9 million people in the UK are currently registered with high blood pressure but estimates suggest there could be up to almost 7 million people who are currently undiagnosed and at risk. Getting your blood pressure checked is easy and quick. We hope to see many people from Witney at this event; it’s a simple way to reducing your risk of having a stroke.”

For further information call the marketing suite on 01993 768557

 


Tai Chi at Richmond Bede Village

20th January 2016

Tai Chi at Richmond Bede Village

Bede Village recognises the importance of keeping fit & healthy so we host our own fitness classes.

There are currently NO Mobility sessions with Mel-Sue. But we hope to start these again as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, we are holding Tai Chi sessions every Wednesday throughout December at 3pm in the Abingdon Lounge. Sessions are £2 per person and must be booked and paid at Reception please.

Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is today practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise. While there's scope for more rigorous research on tai chi's health benefits, studies have shown that tai chi can help people aged 65 and over to reduce stress, improve balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.




Citizens Advice at Richmond Bede Village

21st January 2016

Citizens Advice at Richmond Bede Village

Please join us in Reception from 10.30am on Thursday 21st January, when the Bedworth Citizens
Advice Bureau will be here to show us how energy consumers can be more savvy! 

Citizens Advice has been working on the Energy Best Deal public awareness campaign with  support from the energy regulator Ofgem and major energy companies since 2008. 

Based on evaluations of other financial capability programmes, Citizens Advice expects that by spring 2015, Energy Best Deal could improved the confidence of over 350,000 domestic energy customers across England, Wales and Scotland to shop around, reduce their bills and get help if they are falling behind.

For further information, please call Richmone Bede Village on 024 76645544.


Social Media

25th January 2016

Social Media

You can now follow Richmond Northampton on Twitter and Facebook.

To find us on Twitter simply search - @RVNorthampton

To find us on Facebook simply search - Richmond Villages Northampton

Keep up to date with all activities and events that take place at the village.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.


New Year, New Home...with care and support available when you need it

25th January 2016

New Year, New Home...with care and support available when you need it

With the New Year being a time for reflection, many elderly homeowners and their families will have realised over Christmas that perhaps they need some extra help and a smaller, more manageable home.  Although it’s always a very emotional decision to sell the family home and downsize, chosen carefully, this next step can be a hugely positive experience, providing freedom from responsibilities and a great new lifestyle.

When it comes to elderly care and housing, there’s a vast array of different options available.  Retirement villages are becoming the choice of many as they provide everything you could wish for within one setting, from independent and assisted living through to 24-hour nursing and dementia care.  The best retirement villages also include superb central facilities and luxury accommodation.

For those who need a helping hand but not the 24-hour care a care home provides, Assisted Living which is sometimes referred to as extra care, is becoming more and more popular.  Assisted Living means buying your very own apartment along with an ‘independent living’ package which takes away the daily chores, allowing people more time to enjoy the things they
prefer to do.  It also means being surrounded by like-minded people with lots going on, but still with the security of owning your own home.  When families visit, they can enjoy quality time with their relatives, happy in the knowledge that their loved ones are getting all the help and support they need.  The ‘independent living’ package typically includes all meals, a daily housekeeping service, laundry and utility costs.

David Westerby, Village Manager at Richmond Witney which is due to open this summer, reiterates the benefits of Assisted Living.  “A retirement village such as ours gives the resident reassurance that help and support is available 24-hours a day, plus the peace of mind that daily chores are taken care of.  This frees them up to enjoy life to the full by taking part in the many activities and events that we organise.  It also means that when family and friends visit, they can spend quality time together.”

Recent studies, including ones by Aston University and the International Longevity Centre, have
proved that moving to a retirement village can benefit the individual in many ways.  These results include how retirement villages reduce the sense of isolation and loneliness which is a
major problem for many older people living alone; lowering the likelihood of depression; promoting greater independence; decreasing GP visits and unplanned hospital stays and providing a wider choice in planning for later life than would otherwise be available.

Such findings are showing that retirement villages can improve your health and wellbeing as well as offer wonderful accommodation and facilities; the new Richmond Witney will boast a wellness spa with swimming pool and gym, hair and beauty salon, library, IT room, terrace
café, quality restaurant and garden bar, beautifully landscaped grounds, bowling green and nature reserve. 

So why not arrange a tour of a retirement village – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!


Richmond Witney Recruitment Fair

30th January 2016

Richmond Witney Recruitment Fair

Richmond Witney Retirement Village opening in summer 2016

We are holding a Recruitment Fair on Friday 29th January 2:00pm – 9:00pm /  Saturday 30th January 10:00am – 4:00pm at Witney Four Pillars Hotel

The recruitment fair will enable you to find out more about “The Benefits” working for Richmond Villages, what positions are available, the wonderful working environment and the on-going training that we provide.

For further information, please call:- Steve Brennan, Senior Recruitment Advisor - Richmond Villages Business Services, Bridge House, Outwood Lane, Horsforth, LS18 4UP

T 0113 3816416 M 07786 622723  E steven.brennan@bupa.com

 

 

 

 

 


A warm welcome to Richmond Witney's new care team

31st January 2016

A warm welcome to Richmond Witney's new care team

Village Manager, David Westerby was delighted to welcome the new care team to Richmond Witney in November, he commented...

"It's an exciting time for all of us and I sincerely hope that all of our residents are looking forward to making new friends and enjoying great company.

It gave me a huge amount of pleasure to welcome our new domiciliary care team to their induction and training programme earlier this month. Each of them has done exceptionally well to get through our demanding four stage interview and selection process and I am sure that the Richmond Witney residents will join me in congratulating them at this early stage when they start to move in next week.

There is a great mix of characters, skills and experience amongst the team and must confess I was impressed by their knowledge and commitment to the care roles they have undertaken in the past. I am certain that our residents will also enjoy chatting with them and be reassured by the quality of care and attention to detail in service they provide.

The induction and training programme took place over a two week period and was framed around the Care Certificate, a new piece of “best practice and regulation” which is currently in the process of being deployed at all Richmond Villages. The theory was delivered at our training facility at Witney Lakes Resort and the practical took place at the Letcombe Regis Richmond Village which is a convenient 30 minutes away by car. Incidentally I had afternoon tea there and I have to say the scones lashed with clotted cream and home-made jam were scrumptious!!

Back to the training! There are 15 core subjects to be studied and wait for it…..”a jaw dropping” 110 evaluations to be completed. That’s a pretty demanding in my book! Subjects range from complex care needs to the more simplistic of tasks such as the handling of information, however everything we do at Richmond Witney will revolve around having shared genuine interests and enjoying the company of those we care for."

For further information please email: david.westerby@richmond-villages.com

 



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