A Slough care home that uses modern techniques teamed with personal service to help residents stay healthy and active celebrated its first birthday this week.
Residents at Care UK’s Oak House, Wexham, celebrated a successful first year with an outdoor party, games, an exercise class and music from an entertainer who also serenaded Mrs Joyce Tindell, celebrating her 83rd birthday on the day.
Slough Mayor Jogindar Singh Bal, local politicians and officers from Slough Borough Council joined residents in their celebrations. Members of Slough’s Pat Dog team, who regularly visit the residents, also joined in the fun.
Home Manager Wendy Marsh said: “We try to make Oak House feel as homely as possible. We want to help our residents get on with their lives in the most fulfilling way possible.
“Our hostess staff will help residents to write letters, to go on trips to the post office or the shops, or to meet up with old friends.
“Our activities staff do all they can to help people to stay physically fit and mentally alert. We have a cinema activity room, which has a wide screen TV and pictures of all the old movie stars.”
One of the most popular activities in the home, and at the celebration party, is Music for Health.
A day of double celebration as Slough home marks its first year.
Wendy said: “The residents love it. It combines a good sing-along with playing percussion instruments. The participants don’t notice but they get a good work out while they are having fun with the music – it keeps them fit, co-ordinated and engaged.”
The 120-bed Oak House is set in beautiful grounds on the borders of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and staff, residents and volunteers have worked to encourage wildlife into the gardens by creating a bog garden along with hedgehog boxes and bird feeders. Wendy says the residents love to sit and watch the animals from the home’s floor to ceiling windows.
As well as residential care the home also has specialist care units for people with dementia, those requiring respite care and one for people needing rehabilitation after a hospital stay.