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The Ryefield Court Film
Firstly, we at Ryefield Court hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. There is no denying that 2020 so far has been far from what any of us is used to and we know how unexpected change can affect everyone, but in particularly the vulnerable. Since our last post in May we have been working tirelessly to ensure that our residents here have felt safe and enjoyed as much communication as possible with loved ones.

Our wonderful team have put on entertainment and run activities, our chefs have continued to produce wonderful food day in and day out. All in all, we have gone to every effort to make sure that people are able to enjoy life as they had before. As always, we have kept our Facebook page up-to-date with the fun and goings-on from within the home – you can take a look and follow us here (Our carers have even been learning about how to take more and better videos and photos so that friends and family outside the home can share in what we’ve been up to!)

Thank you so much to Whiteheath Infant School and Wood End Primary School for sending our residents some lovely hand-made cards and drawings. We can’t tell you how much that meant to us and our residents – it was so thoughtful of you all!

Earlier this month we were lucky enough to get together with our sister homes in the Berkley Care Group for a quiz on Zoom, which was a new, brilliant experience for all of us and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

As you may have seen over the last few months, the media coverage of our sector hasn’t always been the most positive. To counter this and to show the wonderful reality inside Ryefield Court, we have created a short film about what our home means to the residents and staff, to highlight the amazing work going on each day to ensure that everybody's new normal is comfortable, safe and happy. You can watch the video here and also discover the finer detail on our stringent eight-point plan to ensure our residents’ safety and well-being. There’s also a sneak-peek at our fabulous new care pod which arrives soon – a state of the art visiting room.

Watch the Video & Find out about our care pods here
Art and crafts
Creating jewellery, painting, planting seeds, drawing, and a new favourite - soap making – are really lovely ways to keep busy. But it’s not only fun trying out new things and creating art or crafts, it also has huge scientific benefits too. A study carried out a few years ago found that people in their 80s were significantly less likely to suffer from things like problems with their memory when they engaged in creative practices.

Keeping busy
We’ve been keeping ourselves really busy here at Ryefield Court, ensuring residents are entertained while staying safe. From tackling giant KerPlunk and Jenga to playing bingo and musical instruments – and enjoying the quieter pastimes of knitting and drawing - there’s been plenty happening, and of course some lovely pampering courtesy of the mobile beauty salon too!

There’s also been a busy calendar with lots of important dates to celebrate. Residents prepared for Easter with beautifully painted eggs and created lovely cards. There were plenty of hot cross buns and chocolate. We had great fun sewing cress seeds and completing a virtual egg hunt. And we enjoyed wonderful cakes donated by Yorkshire Dale Bakery. 

St George’s Day was celebrated with some fabulous dancing and, as the country came together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, residents created some beautiful union flags to help mark the event.

We were humbled by Sarah Jane Owen from Serving Our Superheroes who donated 
44 laundry bags for our staff to put their uniforms straight into the wash instead of using plastic bags. Thank you so much.

And Rani from Shrimad Rajchandra Mission gifted us a beautiful hamper as a thank you for all we do here. It was much appreciated.

Even when staff members aren’t in the building their extraordinary care continues: our carer Alan, who is self isolating, sent in delicious donuts. 

We are so grateful for the extraordinary amount of love and support we receive, and we wanted to personally thank the Hillingdon District Nursing Service by donating two luxury hampers. These lovely people do an amazing job supporting adult patients around Hillingdon, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hertfordshire, and we just wanted to say thank you.

And all of us here at Ryefield Court wanted to express our gratitude to the social care workers and NHS staff by taking part in the Sparkle for Social Care fundraiser. Our wonderfully creative staff and residents created a beautiful glittery rainbow using hand-prints. The finished banner now takes pride of place outside the front door.

COVID-19 Latest Update
The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and colleagues are always our top priorities. We have therefore taken comprehensive action to prepare for, and respond to, the growing coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

This page will continuously update with the latest advice from Berkley Care Group about the steps we are taking at our homes. This information is intended for Berkley Care Group residents, colleagues and any visitors to our homes only.

For comprehensive information about coronavirus itself, please visit either the gov.uk or NHS websites, or if you are concerned you or someone you are in contact with has coronavirus, call 111.

Visiting Ryefield Court

For Ryefield Court, the health and safety of our residents and colleagues is our top priority. As such, we have made the decision to stop all non-essential visitors to our home until further notice.

We have not taken this decision lightly, but we know our visitors, including relatives and loved ones, would want us to do everything possible to keep the residents in our care safe and well.

Non-essential visits include routine visits from relatives and loved ones, visits from individuals such as hairdressers and entertainers, and from professionals and contractors carrying out non-essential services.

If you can delay your visit or achieve its purpose via another method (i.e. through a phone call or video call), please do so. We are in the process of setting up a Skype video calling facility for our residents and we will update you as soon as this is in place with details of how to contact your loved ones.

Requests for essential visits where exceptional circumstances arise will be considered. Please contact the General Manager directly on 01895 707106 to discuss and arrange this.

If an essential visit is granted, we ask that a number of steps are taken to limit any potential risk - these are outlined in the next section.

Please do not attempt to arrange a visit to Ryefield Court for any reason if you currently feel unwell, particularly if you have a cough, a fever or high temperature, or have shortness of breath, or if you have been in contact with someone who may have coronavirus.

How to safely visit Ryefield Court

If an essential visit to Ryefield Court has been agreed, it is important that you do so safely and in a way that minimises the risk of infection to our residents and colleagues. Therefore, before visiting and whilst on site, please consider the following:

- Handwashing. It is important that you wash your hands thoroughly before you visit Ryefield Court, and regularly whilst you are at the home. Please make sure you wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, using either hot water and soap or 60% alcohol sanitiser gel that we have provided throughout the home. The NHS has a video guide to effective handwashing here.

- Coughs and sneezes. We understand there are many reasons why someone may cough or sneeze, however, if on an essential visit, please make sure you have a tissue on you at all times so that you can catch a cough or sneeze. Please then immediately dispose of the tissue in the bin and wash your hands.

Protecting our residents and colleagues

Please be assured that Berkley Care Group is treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and comprehensive contingency plans are in place in the event of a coronavirus outbreak at a home. We will, of course, update you should this be the case and outline what additional measures we will be taking.

In response to the growing UK coronavirus outbreak, we have created a dedicated steering group. Led by Jenny Fuller, our Operations Director, this group comprises our senior leaders from across the business who are now meeting regularly via conference call to review and further develop our plans, reflecting the evolving situation. The group is monitoring and reacting to the latest guidance issued by the UK Government, the NHS and public health bodies.

The steering group has already taken action, including working to secure the medical supplies we may need in the event of an outbreak in a home, and developing and implementing the policies and protocols needed to make sure Berkley Care Group can continue to provide high-quality care during this time.

All home General Managers and colleagues have been informed of the steps we are taking and how they can help prevent the spread of infection. This includes establishing handwashing stations in the reception areas of all homes, installing additional prominent signage about handwashing, and completing the infection control training modules through our digital learning platform.

The homepage on our website www.ryefieldcourt.com will have a link that will be updated regularly to reflect the latest information and advice regarding any additional steps we are taking to safeguard the health of our residents and colleagues. Please continue to refer to this for all further communication on the COVID-19 outbreak.

For anyone connected to Ryefield Court who has further questions about our response to the coronavirus, please call the General Manager on 01895 707106.

March Events at Ryefield Court
We're kicking off March with ABBA STARS, one of the UK's top ABBA tribute acts! Join us on Thursday 5th March for a fun-filled evening with some of this well-loved band's favourite songs.

A week later, it's time for our Gatsby-themed night, complete with Jazz and Swing with Kirsty! It's sure to be a great evening with what's sure to be a fantastic performance.

Our third event of the month, taking place on Thursday 19th March, is our St. Patrick's Day celebrations! Debbie's going to make us all feel like we're in Ireland, singing some well-known Irish songs, complete with authentic cuisine.

Our last March event on Thursday 26th March is our Cockney Show! Cheryl will be here at Ryefield Court singing some fantastic cockney classics, and we really hope you can join us.

Please RSVP to reception@ryefieldcourt.com or 01895 707106 to let us know you’re coming. As always, our events are completely free of charge and include complimentary refreshments! Food options are subject to change.

February Events at Ryefield Court
We have four brilliant events lined up for you this February, starting with a visit from the Ukaye Ukes on Thursday 6th February! Kaplan Kaye and Billy Dare dazzled us all with their wonderful talent in the past and we can't wait for them to perform for us again.

On Thursday 13th February, we're celebrating Valentine's Day here at Ryefield Court, and we're doing it in style - we're pleased to welcome a Michael Bublé tribute act into our home and we will also have some rugby players from the Drifters RFC here to serve our three-course canapes! We're asking for a £5pp contribution on the night to contribute to the rugby team's tour kit.

On Thursday 20th February, we're holding the Ryefield Quiz Night! Back again by popular demand, come along and test your knowledge as it's all to play for.

Rounding off the month is our Motown & Mixed Songs night, where Leslie will take us on a magical journey with his outstanding voice. Please do come along for what's sure to be a fantastic night.

As always, all events are complimentary and we really hope you can join us. Please RSVP to reception@ryefieldcourt.com or 01895 707106. Food options are subject to change.
January Events at Ryefield Court
Wow, do we have a great month lined up for you?! Here at Ryefield Court, we're starting off the new decade in style with an action-packed January, and we really hope you can come along and join in the fun.

We're kicking things off on Thursday 9th January, when from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, we're holding an opera night here in our home. Yuri Sabatini has performed all over the UK, France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, and now he's coming to perform for us! Get ready for an evening of beautiful arias and songs.

On Thursday 16th January from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, Liz Monroe is bringing her saxophone to Ryefield Court, and she'll be performing a whole host of classic hits we all know and love. It's sure to be a fantastic event, so please join us!

We're celebrating Burns Night on Thursday 23rd January from 7pm until 8.30pm, Paul will be here to perform some hot Scottish favourites, such as I belong to Glasgow, The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond, Skye Boat Song, Roomin’ in the Gloomin’, I Love a Lassie, Donald Where’s Your Troosers? and many more!

Last but most certainly not least, join us on Thursday 30th January for an Elvis tribute act! From 6.30pm until 7.30pm, Garry will be here at Ryefield Court to perform his thoroughly entertaining routine, so come along and get 'all shook up'!

If you'd like to join us this January for one or more of our events, please RSVP to reception@ryefieldcourt.com or 01895 707106. As always, all entertainment is completely free of charge and includes complimentary refreshments!

December Events at Ryefield Court - with real penguins!
We have a wonderful December planned here at Ryefield Court, with five fabulous events being held here in our home on Thursday evenings, as well as our Christmas Market.

Let’s start off with the market… On Saturday 7th December from 1pm – 4pm, we’re turning Ryefield Court into a winter wonderland full of all things festive – come and join us for what’s sure to be an amazing event for the entire family. And we are delighted to tell you about some special guests who will be joining us at the market… real penguins from Amazing Animals! We’re offering you the chance to get up close and personal with these cheeky birds, an opportunity that unsurprisingly doesn’t arise very often – we’re incredibly excited and really hope you can make it.

December will also see Marcus return to dazzle us with his brilliant voice – he’ll be joining us on Thursday 5th December – along with the Ukaye Ukes Christmas Special on Thursday 12th December! We’re incredibly lucky to be hosting Nelson’s Christmas Special on Thursday 19th December, followed by the Rat Pack & Christmas Show on Monday 23rd December. All four of these events will take place from 6.30pm – 7.30pm and as always, delicious food and a wide choice of drinks will be available, all free of charge.

We’re rounding off the year with a truly special event – the Ryefield Court Masquerade Ball! Please do join us on New Year’s Eve from 6pm – 7.30pm, donning your very best attire and a mask, and come celebrate with us.

As always, please RSVP to let us know you’ll be coming along to any of our events – you can get in touch by emailing reception@ryefieldcourt.com calling 01895 707106.

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