Sharnbrook House

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Sharnbrook House

High Street, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire MK44 1PB


Welcome to Sharnbrook House – a warm and friendly care home in Bedforshire

Sharnbrook House is a beautiful and historic home right in the heart of the pretty village of Sharnbrook in Bedfordshire. We specialise in providing excellent care for older people in a high quality setting that is homely throughout.

At Sharnbrook House, we are proud to be an Eden Alternative accredited care home.

If you are thinking about care for yourself or a relative, please contact us and arrange a visit. We will spend time with you to ensure that we fully understand your needs and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Location and home
Sharnbrook House stands in its own extensive grounds in the centre of the village of Sharnbrook approximately 10 miles north of Bedford, just off the A6. A listed building dating from the early 18th Century, Sharnbrook House enjoys a pleasant outlook over landscaped gardens. The home offers easy access to the village shops and bus service to the nearby towns of Bedford and Rushden.

The grounds, complete with lake, are magnificent and allow residents to relax and enjoy the changing seasons.

The home has 30 single bedrooms, many of which have en-suite facilities. Although each room is fully furnished to a high standard, residents are encouraged to bring in personal items such as pictures, ornaments and small items of furniture. The rooms are also equipped with a call bell system and TV point. In addition, we have a number of assisted bathrooms and shower rooms.

The home has a very large, bright, spacious and tastefully decorated sitting room that overlooks the extensive rear gardens. There is also a small lounge that opens on to the walled front garden.
Care and services
We offer
• Residential Care
• Respite Care

Our first priority at Sharnbrook House is always the care and wellbeing of our residents. We ensure that they feel safe and comfortable at all times. Our staff are highly trained to deliver individualised care for those with general care needs.

Activities
Our activities are personalised to suit our residents’ wishes and interests and to enable them to stay active and as independent as possible. We have a dedicated activities coordinator who organises a schedule of entertainment and activities that is woven into the fabric of the day. In this way we keep days interesting and fun for all.

Examples of our varied activities are: art classes, exercise groups, Friday Club, external entertainers and clubs. We organise trips including boat trips, museum visits and tea dances. There are also regular visits by a hairdresser and chiropodist.

Menu
We always offer a choice of nutritious, healthy and balanced meals. Residents’ ideas are incorporated to the daily menu and they choose the main meal on the day of their birthday. Menus are compiled with seasonal foods in mind.

Our chef will discuss with new residents any allergies or special dietary requirements they may have. Allergens are listed on the menu. Families are encouraged to come and have meals with their family members should they wish to. Drinks stations are positioned around the home to encourage hydration. Snacks are available 24 hours a day.
What families say
“Following an unexpected five-month stay in a hospital, I had the dubious task of finding a care home for my Mum and luckily came across Sharnbrook House. As soon as I walked in, it felt like a home from home. Clean, friendly, cosy, relaxed and a beautiful setting. The home manager is an angel and the rest of the team are close behind. Nothing is too much trouble, every need is catered for but everyone who lives there is treated with respect and dignity and encouraged to be as independent as possible. This is the resident's home and the staff are there to help and care where needed. Mum has been there a year now and belongs. It is her home and she is thriving.”
Daughter of Resident

“My mother has been very happy and contented at Sharnbrook House. She settled in easily has a nice room and the home is run well and in a caring way. Its good value too. I can't fault it!”
Son of Resident

“Warmly welcomed by management, found all the staff friendly and helpful with a professional attitude towards residents also family and visitors. Rooms warm and inviting with activities laid on for residents. A very nice dining are laid out in restaurant style, also a lovely area to sit and look out at the lovely gardens down a seated corridor for the residents and guests visiting, also the carers to sit and chat to the residents.”
Daughter of Resident

“We were very pleased with the level of care provided for my aunt. I could not imagine her having been in a better place. The staff took care to get to know my aunt and what she liked/disliked. She passed away in December and was looked after well throughout her illness.”
Nephew of Resident

“I cannot speak highly enough about the quality of care being provided for my aunt. All of the management team and all members of staff have a commitment to provide friendship and really good care to all residents. My wife and I have just been abroad for two weeks and it has been such a relief to know that we could relax and have no concerns about my aunt.”
Nephew of Resident

“I already knew a lady resident, whom I visited regularly. I was very impressed with the friendly and caring attitude of the staff, the high quality of the food supplied and the extremely attractive interior of the house. So I has no hesitation in applying for a place there for respite care for my 94 year old sister. I have been more than satisfied with the care she received throughout her stay.”
Brother of Resident

“Lovely clean, friendly home. Lovely surroundings and excellent care.”
Daughter of Resident
Team


Pat Laing — Home Manager

Message from the manager:

Hello, my name is Pat Laing and I am extremely honoured to be the Home Manager of Sharnbrook House.

The team at Sharnbrook House ensure the residents are seen as individuals and they are encouraged by the staff to continue to maintain and enjoy their pastimes to the full.

Sharnbrook House is an 18th century period building situated in idyllic grounds with terraced gardens and pathways leading to its own lake. Sharnbrook House benefits from being in the hub of the village with all the local amenities within a short walking distance.

Sharnbrook House has always been part of the local community and all the staff team and volunteers continue to embrace the village spirit.

I believe that Sharnbrook House is each individual’s home, not just a care home, where family and friends are always welcome. I am always available and will find the time to sit and discuss any issues that may arise or just have a chat over a cup of tea.

News at Sharnbrook House

Retaining a sense of purpose

September is World Alzheimer’s Month – an international campaign to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and challenge stigma associated with the condition. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia which affects memory, thinking, problem solving and language.

Greensleeves Care, a national care charity, has responded to this challenge by introducing a dementia service at all its care homes including Sharnbrook House in a pretty village of Sharnbrook near Bedford. As part of its dementia service, the charity has changed the way it recruits and trains its staff and has created a dementia friendly culture within all its care homes. The care provided to residents is based on the principles of ‘personhood’ by Dr Tom Kitwood. He identified that all human beings have the need for comfort, attachment, inclusion, occupation and identity. These needs are even more significant for those living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. At Sharnbrook House, staff are recording the residents’ life histories to be able to provide them with a person-centred care. Understanding the person with his/her motivations and interests, enables the home to support the residents better through giving them purpose in the life of the home.

One of the residents loved DIY and had a very practical approach to life. His daughter commented that her dad never had any hobbies as he just did jobs around the house, even during weekends. This particular resident was delighted to be asked if he wanted to be part of the maintenance team. Since then, he took part in planning meetings and happily set to work painting the perimeter fence. Other residents admired his work, contributing to the resident’s pride in doing a useful job.

Another resident who used to work at a glamorous restaurant in Mayfair (London) and who is an expert on correct table settings and formal dining, gets pleasure from advising staff how to fold napkins and ‘dress’ the dining room. She also enjoys serving coffee and tea to other residents, readily adopting the role of a hostess.

Pat Laing, Home Manager at Sharnbrook House said: “There is an authenticity about this work which is grounded in these residents’ personalities and life experience, and is an expression of their need to be useful, reinforcing their autonomy and self-worth.”

Sharnbrook House provides residential care but also caters for residents with early onset dementia.