Residents Joan Hearmon, 99, and Edna Sewell, 94, join Victoria Prentis, MP for Banbury, on a tour of the Featherton House refurbishments.

Featherton House Care Home Residents Grill Banbury MP

The residents of Featherton House Care Home in Deddington got the chance to grill Banbury MP Victoria Prentice at the official opening of their newly refurbished dining room.

The home, which is located in the centre of the village, has recently undergone a £300,000 refurbishment programme to improve both interior and exterior areas of the Georgian property. The dining area is at the very heart of the home. Thanks to its new glass roof, it now provides residents with a beautifully light and inviting place to eat.

Victoria Prentice MP visited the home to cut the ribbon to officially open the new dining room, but also to join Featherton House resident Edna Sewell for a tour of the new accessible walled garden area. As part of the refurbishment programme, the home’s outdoor area now boasts full wheelchair access and raised flowerbeds. These will enable green-fingered residents to enjoy pottering in the garden during the warmer months.

Edna, aged 94, could not wait to get out into the garden to use the new flowerbeds, so led a trip to the local garden centre to choose plants and bulbs to get them ready for spring. Edna enjoyed showing Mrs Prentice around the new area and explaining her plans for the planters over the coming months.

Discussing Deddington and the Local Area

During the visit, the Featherton House residents also got to chat to Mrs Prentice about their views on the local area, current affairs, and what will happen following Brexit.

Talking about her visit, Victoria Prentis MP said; “It is always a joy to visit Featherton House, in Deddington. We are blessed with a variety of great care homes in North Oxfordshire, especially when they are filled with so much love and care.

“The new refurbishments are an excellent addition to an already fantastic facility. I especially enjoyed the garden and am looking forward to seeing it in the summer.”

Jessica Broadbent, 91, said: “It was lovely to have Mrs Prentis visit and see the work we’ve had done at Featherton House.

“I spoke to her about the potholes outside Featherton and she said she would look into it.”

Other recent refurbishments at Featherton House Care Home include extensive redecoration to a number of bedrooms, with the installation of state-of-the-art en-suite bathroom facilities. An attractive new resin top finish to the car park in front of the home is also due to be completed in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

Residents of Featherton House Care Home enjoy a Chinese feast to celebrate Chinese New Year, complete with fortune cookies.

Featherton House Care Home Residents Ring in the Chinese New Year

The residents of Featherton House Care Home in Deddington, North Oxfordshire, have celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Rat with a Chinese themed lunch.

On entering the home’s newly refurbished dining area, residents were greeted by traditional paper lanterns. Each table had a special menu for the afternoon and a fortune cookie at each setting.

The room was abuzz with excitement, waiting to hear what fortunes the cookies had instore for each person. Residents and members of the Featherton House team took it in turns to read their fortunes aloud, with plenty of laughs along the way.

Following this, a selection of Chinese dishes were served. These included Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef Chow Mein, Spring Rolls, Egg Fried Rice, and Prawn Crackers. After a short break, and having shared memories of Chinese meals enjoyed to mark special occasions over the years, everyone managed to find room for dessert.

In the newly upgraded Featherton House kitchen, the catering team created the perfect way to finish our Chinese New Year celebration. Each resident was delighted to be served an authentic banana fritter with lychees and maple syrup.

You Are Never Too Old to Try New Things

At Featherton House Care Home, we strive to help you celebrate events and festivals that are important to you. We also believe you should have the opportunity to experience flavours and cultures from other parts of the world.

Festivals such as Chinese New Year provide the perfect opportunity to try and learn new things. While for those who have experienced a particular culture first hand, it is a chance to reminisce and share their own stories with friends.

Our dedicated team are always happy to listen to suggestions for festivals, themes, activities, and food that you would like to try. Upon receiving a warm reception from fellow residents, many suggestions become regular additions to our activities programme at the home.

 

 

 

Featherton House Care Home residents meet therapy ponies Elsa and Lollypop.

Ponies Trot Into Featherton House Care Home

Residents at Featherton House Care Home in Deddington have spent a morning meeting two adorable Shetland Ponies. Elsa and Lollypop, therapy ponies from Lollipop Pony Parties, had quite the reception from our residents when they came to visit.

With our rural village location, many Featherton House residents grew up embracing country life. Some have lived on farms in the Cherwell area, while others have fond memories of horse riding. As a result, this visit was met with a great deal of excitement. A large number of residents assembled in the conservatory to greet the arrivals.

During the visit, residents were able to feed the ponies apples and thoroughly enjoyed spending time petting them. We strive to make our activities inclusive for all, and this visit from Elsa and Lollypop was no exception. For those unable to attend the group session, we arranged for the ponies to visit them in their own rooms.

Promoting Wellbeing

Lollipop Pony Parties provide therapy pony visits to care homes, giving residents the chance to interact with these gentle and affectionate animals. Visits from the ponies can help to promote residents’ wellbeing, social engagement, and have many other therapeutic benefits.

The sight of the animals, their smell, and the noises they make helped residents to reminisce about their younger years in the countryside. These particular ponies are used to being in a care home environment and even wear specially designed tabards to prevent little accidents!

Elsa and Lollypop’s visit has remained a favourite topic of conversation long after the event itself.

At Featherton House we build our activities programme around the things that interest you the most. Experiences from the past can hold strong and meaningful memories. This is why we often hold activities and discussions designed to help you reminisce and reconnect with your fondest memories.

 

 

 

Featherton House Care Home resident Edna plants the first of the home's new raised flower beds.

Springing into Action in the Featherton House Care Home Garden

Set in the centre of the pretty Oxfordshire village of Deddington, Featherton House Care Home boasts a beautiful walled garden area. Following recent refurbishment works, residents now have wheelchair access to the garden, with the added benefit of raised flowerbeds.

Gardening is a popular activity with many of our residents, offering great comfort and a real sense of purpose. In addition, spending time outdoors often conjures up fond memories. This can spark conversations about the things residents’ have grown themselves over the years. Following the completion of our outdoor refurbishments at the end of the autumn, the Featherton House residents have been waiting in anticipation to get out into the new-look outdoor area.

With bulbs starting to come through and milder than expected weather, January seems the perfect time for our gardeners to spring into action. Featherton House resident Edna, who has long been a keen gardener, wanted to add some winter plants to brighten up the colder months.

The First Project

To kick off the first project in our new garden, Edna requested a trip to a local plant centre to find the perfect winter colours. With a group of fellow residents by her side, we took Edna to Yarnton Nurseries to choose a selection of stunning seasonal plants.

Wasting no time at all, Edna headed straight out to the garden armed with gardening gloves and a trowel to get started. She spent the afternoon helping the Featherton House team plant the likes of cyclamen, hellebore, and tulip bulbs in our new raised beds. Thanks to Edna’s efforts, residents now have some lovely winter shades to catch their eye through the windows. Meanwhile, plans for the next project are starting to form to ensure the garden bursts into full bloom in the spring.

At Featherton House Care Home we take time to understand your interests to help you continue doing the things you love.

 

 

 

Featherton House Care Home residents make Christmas decorations.

Decking the Halls at Featherton House Care Home

To bring a bit of extra festive cheer to Featheron House Care Home in Deddington, this year residents have been decorating their own baubles. Craft activities are very popular with our residents. They can help promote cognitive skills and coordination, as well as providing a real sense of achievement.

Residents enjoyed spending time being artistic with Tracey our cook, creating some lovely baubles for the residents Christmas tree. They also made some stunning wreaths and Christmas table decorations.

 

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The Festivities Begin at Featherton House Care Home

It’s beginning to look like Christmas at Featherton House Care Home in Deddington, Oxfordshire. Each year we like to make decorating the home a proper occasion. The Featherton House team join residents and visitors to give the building a festive makeover.

While the Christmas decorations go up, Chrismas songs play, and residents mark the arrival of the most wonderful time of the year with a mince pie and a little tipple!

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Featherton House Care Home Residents Launch Christmas Card Appeal

The season of giving is upon us, and Featherton House Care Home in Deddington is asking kind-hearted members of the public to send Christmas cards to its residents.

The Christmas card appeal has been launched to help residents engage with the community, but also to bring back fond memories of the festive celebrations they have enjoyed over the years.

As part of the campaign, Featherton House Care Home is encouraging people to write a short message about their Christmas plans for the residents to read and discuss.

Pam West, 83, a resident at Featherton House, said: “I’m really looking forward to receiving the cards and I’m particularly eager to hear about everyone’s plans. Everyone has their own traditions at Christmas and it will be great to hear about what everyone is getting up to.”

Rachel Freeman, home manager at Featherton care home, said: “Christmas is always a fun time here at Featherton. The home is always full of residents’ friends and families as well as having lots of lovely decorations.

“We are all looking forward to receiving cards from our local community and can’t wait to display them around the home.”

You can send Christmas cards to:

The Residents, Featherton House Care Home, Chapel Square, Deddington, OX15 0QW

 

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The Featherton House Care Home team donate a hamper to the Church Christmas Craft Fair.

The Season of Giving Begins at Featherton House Care Home

At Featherton House Care Home, we are proud to be active members of the community in Deddington. We work hard to help our residents participate in local events and to stay connected with groups and organisations in the area.

Recently the Featherton House team put together a wonderful hamper for a raffle at the Deddington Church Christmas Craft Fair. The annual event is held at St Peter and St Paul Church in the village every November and features Christmas gifts and decorations handmade by local people.

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Residents of Featherton House Care Home in Deddington enjoy the sights and sounds of Bonfire Night.

Featherton House Care Home Residents Remember Remember the Fifth of November

At Featherton House Care Home in Deddington, we love to help residents reminisce about their younger years. Nothing brings back more vivid memories than the sounds, smells and sights of Bonfire Night. This year, despite the cold weather, our residents were keen to get outside to wave sparklers in the night air.

Those that wanted to take part had great fun writing their names with the sparkling light in the dark, while others watched on from the warmth and comfort of their own rooms. The night brought back fond memories for our residents and started some lovely conversations about how they celebrated Bonfire Night when they were younger.

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Featherton House Care Home residents enjoy cake at their Macmillan Coffee Morning. Followed by a birds of prey demonstration in the conservatory.

Treats And Talons At Featheron House

Our residents love busy days at Featherton House Care Home. On Friday morning we joined the nation in raising a ‘cuppa’ and a slice of cake for Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Our generous Featherton family brought in a wonderful selection of homemade and shop-bought cakes, while residents and visitors tried to guess how many berries were used in a pie. Altogether our coffee morning raised £172 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Later that afternoon, residents were treated to a falconry demonstration in the conservatory. Berkshire based Wings of Freedom is a social enterprise that organises birds of prey activities for care homes and for those living with dementia.

One of our residents has a keen interest in birds of prey and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Where possible we will tailor activities to the particular interests of residents while giving others the opportunity to try something new.

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