Caring Homes Bradbury House care home in Braintree, Essex held a party with residents, families past and present, to celebrate 21 years providing care this week.
The home was the first opened by Helena and Paul Jeffery, founders of Caring Homes, in summer 1994 and Helena Jeffery attended the 21st birthday celebration to cut a specially made cake (photographs attached).
“Bradbury House has always been special to me as it was the very first care home that we opened, so it is wonderful to return and help our home celebrate providing care for the last 21 years,” says Helena Jeffery, founder of Caring Homes. “It is a lovely opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped to make Bradbury House the lovely home that it is today.”
The lounge was decorated with blue and gold balloons (Caring Homes colours) for the event, and singer Alexander Jenner performed classic songs, with canapés and celebratory refreshments served.
Residents, family of relatives past and present were all invited to attend, and the team at the home dressed as ‘mad hatters’ from Alice in Wonderland for the party, in costumes kindly donated for the event by local business Chameleon Costumes.
Jim Hickman, 86, has been a resident at Bradbury House for 15 years. He said of the home: “The best thing about it is their team. I am happy to call Bradbury House home and always enjoy my time here.”
Sam Rainer, Activities Co-ordinator at Bradbury House, has worked at the home for 14 years. She said of the home: “Bradbury House’s strength is that it is small and friendly, colleagues really make an effort to know the residents well and as we are close to the town we have lots of regular visitors.”
Pat Vincent and Carol Tokley attended the event. Their mother Rose Vincent lived at the home until she died aged 94 in 2012. They were full of praise for Bradbury House. “It was the best place for mum, a wonderful home for the five and a half years she was here with a fantastic team,” Pat said.
Tom and Brenda Chappell also visited to wish Bradbury House well. Tom’s father Tom Chappell (Senior), lived at Bradbury House between May 2012 and November 2013 until his death at the age of 95. “The home is small and intimate and he loved it here. He wanted to come and be cared for at the home rather than be in hospital. As the home is so local for us we visited all of the time and still frequently see people in the town, they are always friendly. We’ve already said we will put our names down to live here when the time comes!”
Bradbury House dates from the 17th Century and although it has been converted still retains many original features. It offers residential care for 21 people and specialises in cancer care and palliative care, as well as providing support for people with Huntington’s disease, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or those who have a speech impairment or have suffered a stroke.
Jolene Anderson joined as Home Manager of Bradbury House in January 2015. Of the future, she says: “We have two rooms that we would like to decorate and plans to change the current Manager’s office into a meet and greet area for visitors, so it is great to celebrate 21 years but we are looking to the future to improve our home even more for the benefit of our residents and visitors.”