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An exercise class where nobody drops out!


ResiParachute fitness classdents at Steepleton Manor Care Home started the New Year with a healthy exercise regime that includes a keep fit class with a difference.

‘Parachute class’ involves all participants holding onto a piece of the circular parachute and making waves by moving their arms up and down. Once a mushroom shape is achieved by each person lifting above their head a beach ball is added to incorporate volleyball to the class creating team work. Residents try to pass the ball underneath the raised parachute. Encouraging team work, exercise and interaction between residents and staff.

Rachel Lewis, from Steepleton Manor said, ‘Parachute games provide a good opportunity not only to exercise, but to have a good laugh and enjoy a bit of competition between each other. It’s a popular activity with the residents as well as the staff’.

Happy Birthday John Redhead



Steepleton Manor resident John Redhead celebrated his 80th birthday on 10th January.

He enjoyed a chocolate and strawberry birthday cake and was given a book. John, who loves to read, lived in Blackpool and taught English to overseas students after studying languages at university. Staff and residents joined John in celebrating his special birthday.

He has been a resident at Steepleton Manor for 17 months and was born in Middlesex.


Steepleton Manor – Highlights of 2016

Residents and staff enjoyed a bumper year of fun activities in 2016.

Here are just a few:

Oscar the therapy dog enjoys a visit to see the residents.







Biscuit the Barn Owl sits happily on the arm of a resident.  Woodlands Hatch Wildlife Haven took several birds along in April to mark the Queen’s birthday.


‘Cheers’ to tea and cake. Residents and staff raised money for Macmillan’s Coffee Morning.







Resident John Redhead welcomes a friendly Alpaca from Longthorns Farm, near Wareham.







Resident Mara McGregor with just one of her famous portraits. Mara has painted HRH The Queen along with other members of the Royal family. She also enjoyed a trip to see the Queen again in Dorchester this year.







Happy and scary faces for Halloween.





Art and craft is a favourite at Steepleton Manor.







The Christmas Carol service by candlelight with local vicar, Jean Saddington.






Sarah-Jane with her dog ‘Trousers’, who visited this Christmas to help residents make festive decorations.







Looking forward to more fun and excitement for residents and staff in 2017!

Terry celebrates his 80th

terry-80th-birthdayTerry Harknett, a resident at Steepleton Manor Care Home celebrated his 80th birthday on 14th December.

He marked the occasion with a special white chocolate birthday cake, golden balloon and a party which he shared with his friends and staff at the 29 bedroomed, Grade II listed Victorian manor house in the village of Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester.


Christmas Jumpers raise money for charity

steepleton-manor-xmas-jumpersThe staff at Steepleton Manor Care Home were getting into the festive mood just before Christmas by wearing Christmas jumpers to raise money for charity. The selected charity was Dorchester-based People First.

This charity is centred around people with learning disabilities, supporting each other to speak up and lead change. People First believe that everyone has a right to independence, choice, safety, good health, friendships, relationships and transport. They run projects and work alongside people with learning disabilities to achieve good lives for all. They also produce information and training to help organisations work more effectively with people with learning disabilities.

Merry Christmas!

santa-claus-christmas-beard-celebration-41963-1We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – our service will be running as normal throughout the festive season!

If you need to speak to someone throughout the Christmas period, please head to our contact page for all the information you’ll need:

Thank you for all your support
throughout 2016!

Nutrition: It’s importance for older adults

pexels-photo-41123Nutrition is important in any stage of life. We are encouraged from an early age to eat a varied diet in order to ‘grow big and strong’. But as we get older and our bodies begin changing again, re-evaluating how nutrition affects us is important – good nutrition makes a difference to our health, appearance and our overall mental wellbeing.

Clearly older adults have different nutritional needs and will have different struggles when it comes to their relationships with food.  As we age we may experience perceptual changes such as the loss or a lower impact of smell and taste – this can have a huge impact on our relationship with foods, our appetite and eventually our nutrition.

We may also experience bodily functional changes such as the loss of teeth, how our bodies react with food or becoming newly allergic to certain food – these changes can be embarrassing when eating in a social environment and may encourage some older adults to eat less or avoid meal times all together.

Circumstantial changes such as financial concerns, loss of a partner or personal safety concerns may also be experienced by some of us – and for those affected by this it can hit them worse with the stress affecting their appetite, interest in food and ultimately the amount of nutritious food that is consumed.

Age UK predict that over 1 million people over the age of 65 are either malnourished or at risk of malnourishment. For those receiving care, a person centred approach to help tackle this becomes key. Understanding an individual’s relationships and potential struggles with different food gives you the ability to craft a diet that can provide nutrition without causing potential difficulties.

This understanding, attention to detail and individual driven approach is what will really make the most impact on an older adult receiving care. To cater for individuals, promoting healthy wellbeing that suits their needs should be at the top of any care settings agenda.

Sherborne’s Christmas Elves raise money

elf-dayStaff at Sherborne House Care Home in Yeovil raised almost £80 for The Alzheimer’s Society by dressing up as Christmas Elves for the day, on Thursday 8th December.

Caroline Sharp, Manager at Sherborne House said, ‘We are all in the Christmas spirit and our festive fun has raised £79.40 with donations still coming in. The residents and staff had a great time’.

Sherborne House is soon to expand its facilities and currently has 24 residents. The home provides residential care for local people with dementia.

Gwen celebrates her 102nd birthday

gwen-press-photoWeymouth Care Home resident Gwen Lloyd-worth celebrated a very special birthday on 28th November, reaching the impressive age of 102 years old.

Gwen, who has a daughter and a son, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren lived in Weymouth and in the past worked within the family business running skating at The Sidney Hall in Weymouth. Sadly her husband Stuart passed away several years ago.

Gwen puts her longevity down to healthy eating and at one time grew and ate her own fruit and vegetables and fresh herbs. She has enjoyed eating salad for lunch for many years and adored travelling, including a trip to Australia and a holiday via the Channel Tunnel. A keen dog lover, Gwen once bred Yorkshire Terriers whilst living in Yorkshire.

Born in Southampton in 1914, Gwen later moved to Weymouth where she spent the majority of her life with her family.  As a hobby, Gwen often enjoyed flower arranging and was a member of various local flower clubs.

She moved to Weymouth Care Home three years ago and now enjoys a wide variety of social activities with the other residents and staff.

Gwen’s daughter, Babs Masters said, ‘Mum has always enjoyed leading a healthy lifestyle eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. She also has a great sense of humour.  We are delighted that she continues to lead a fulfilling life at Weymouth Care Home. She really enjoyed her party and we are grateful to staff for making her day so special’.

Sherborne House tastes the world

pudsey-photo-2Residents at Sherborne House Care Home in Yeovil, showed their support for Children in Need by participating in a fun-filled, adventurous eating challenge. All the residents involved enjoyed a wide variety of dishes from around the world.

The residents tasted nine different international dishes and enjoyed bobbing along to music by staff member, Tasha King.

Caroline Sharp, Manager at Sherborne House said, “We always like to find new ways of raising funds for charity and it’s important that residents get the most from each of these activities. Food is always popular and it’s been interesting for everyone to try new dishes that are not normally served on our menu.”

Sherborne House currently has 24 residents and will soon celebrate completion of an additional nine bedrooms to provide residential and nursing care for local people with dementia.

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