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21 Apr 2015


‘Older age should not be a barrier to personal growth and living in a care home should not be either’.

Dementia related conditions are becoming more prevalent in society today, one reason being people live longer. This doesn’t mean people who live with these conditions shouldn’t continue to live a full and active life, but it may mean extra care and support maybe required to do so.

For over 20 years Avante Care & Support has been a Registered Charity supporting over 3000 older people in our registered nursing and dementia care homes and our home care at home services.

When looking for a care home it is important the home meets the needs of the people who live there. A home should be warm, welcoming, vibrant, and fun place to live, one that recognizes growth, learning, enablement and inclusiveness should not be a barrier to older age. A great building is an added bonus, but it is what goes on inside the home that really counts.

Two of Avantes care homes, Barton Court and Amherst Court, have recently demonstrated this ethos with recent activities.
Due to a raft of events over the Easter holiday the staff and residents from Barton Court on the Isle of Sheppey delayed their Easter egg hunt until Sunday 12th April and invited families, residents, staff and a few furry friends to attend their big egg hunt in the homes garden.
‘We are so grateful to have such supportive families who regularly attend and support our events, and Sunday was no different. We had all ages searching the grounds for chocolate eggs! As an extra treat I arranged for a little lamb and chick to visit on the day as I know how much the residents enjoyed their visit before, I think the pictures say it all really’ said Elaine Bashford, Activities Coordinator.

Avante Care & Support recognizes people have individual needs and some aspects of daily life can be more of a challenge for residents, however Amherst Court can also demonstrate the positivity of continued learning and personal growth, with residents having their own allotment which they visit and tend to regularly.
Residents from the home visited their allotment in Chatham, Kent, on Friday 10th April to do a spot of weeding and planting in the spring sunshine. ‘We try to visit the allotment as often as possible’, says Marie Taylor, Activities Coordinator. ‘The residents really enjoy visiting the allotment. It’s in a great location looking out across Chatham. This often sparks interesting conversations on places where residents used to live, or work’.

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