My mother, Audrey Semmens, is 90 and has dementia.
She has been a resident of Robert Harvey House (RHH) for three years.
RHH is one of the care homes run by Broadening Choices for Older People (BCOP), a Birmingham based charity which has been actively looking after the interests of older people for over seventy years.
They provide a range of opportunities - supported and independent living, nursing care, specialised advice and guidance services within the community.My mom's physical and mental issues increased following the death of my dad and, more recently, my brother.
Mom became more withdrawn and immobile and the healthcare professionals advised a more social environment with 24/7 care.
After ‘desk-top’ research of care homes which, on paper, were rated at least ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, seven were visited.
Most were dreadful – depressing, dirty, smelly, rat traps instead of flowers and plants.
Just awful.Robert Harvey House was better by miles – lively, clean, cheerful, lots of animals, chirpy staff, and a Sensory Street.I will be taking part in a Zumba-thon from 10.30am -1.30pm on 21 March 2020 at Long Crendon School, Bucks. My chosen charity is BCOP, specifically to raise money for Robert Harvey House for the animal houses within the pet-farm, which accommodate guinea pigs, parrots, ducks, goats. The Animal Assisted Activities provide real therapeutic benefit and form part of the sensory experience that helps improve the residents’ sense of well-being. The animal houses require refurbishment. Last year, I was interviewed for the BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire programme about the Sensory Street and my mother’s experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjY3rfK7pUg&feature=youtu.beZumba demonstrations are always a cause for much laughter from participants and residents alike at the annual Cultural Festival. After being 'encouraged’ by the home's manager to join in, I now go to classes several times a week.Feel free to come along and jeer or cheer, (perhaps not leer), laud or applaud – or even take part.
Find the Lycra and get moving! I will match fund the monies donated by 16 April 2020.Dementia doesn’t take prisoners.
Thanks in advance.