News

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14 Sep 2022, 10:00
Devonshire Dementia Care Home & Day Centre offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, following the sad news that Queen Elizebeth II has passed away.
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31 Aug 2022, 10:00
We look forward to our upcoming events, walking for dementia and World Alzheimer's Day. In August, we also celebrate a Resident's birthday.
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31 Aug 2022, 10:00
Our Coffee and Singing Group made soundwaves across the community as our compassionate care team made noise every Wednesday 10:30-12:30.
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31 Aug 2022, 10:00
In the star sign month of ‘Leo’ our compassionate care staff showed much pride as our Residents roared into the month of August with their tails swinging.
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19 Jul 2022, 10:00
Our Residents are our teachers and each day is a lesson, so we were front row centre for month number seven.
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19 Jul 2022, 10:00
Our Residents celebrated Pride month in honour of the Devonshire’s 33+ years of support for the LGBTQIA community.
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19 Jul 2022, 10:00
July saw an Advocates meeting and the return of the Big Heart Band. We also bid a sad farewell to one of our Residents and had lots of birthdays to celebrate.
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26 Jun 2022, 14:57
The sixth month of the year was sizzling with cheer as our care team welcomed our Residents’ nearest and dearest to a Spring BBQ.
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26 Jun 2022, 14:57
News from our singing group, the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations and a colourful fresh air drive.
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26 Jun 2022, 14:57
From the Queen’s Jubilee, singing groups, BBQs and a daily fresh air drive, it’s easy to see why June thrived!
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26 Jun 2022, 14:57
Veronica was greeted by Barbara, the Devonshire group met for a well earned tea, Eileen E sang her heart out and Angelo rang true by our famous phone box.
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26 Jun 2022, 14:57
News about family visits, June LGBTQIA Pride month as well as bidding sad farewells to two much-loved Residents.
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26 May 2022, 07:15
We were pumped for Big Heart Band as music ran through our veins.
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26 May 2022, 06:58
A triple dose of birthdays, Kathleen, Veronica and Dot and dates for your diary.
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26 May 2022, 06:22
May brought more music to our ears, flavours to our palates and colour to our canvas. It’s no wonder our Residents were feeling joyful as our 33+ years of experience continued to bubble to the surface and stimulate moments of joy.
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26 May 2022, 05:42
From our Dementia experiences returning, spirits thriving with smiles all round and games galore our residents and staff have been busy throughout May.
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26 May 2022, 05:03
The fifth month of the year delivered first class care, filled with compassion, dignity-enhancing experiences and creative activities.
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5 May 2022, 15:51
We welcomed a new resident, Smith is raising Money for Dementia UK, Birthdays at the Devonshire, upcoming dates for the diary and a sad farewell.
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5 May 2022, 15:10
We were invited to visit Jackie Radio to share our great news about the reopening of our Day Centre. Interviewed by Jacqueline, Charlotte described our management team’s ability to overcome adversity during the pandemic, our navigation to safety and the excitement we feel about the community returning to the new normal with the same old charm.
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5 May 2022, 13:31
April celebrated Mother’s Day, Easter weekend, Sensory Autism Day, as well as Unicorn Day. It’s no wonder our Residents were feeling so colourful as our 33+ years of experience continues to stimulate moments of joy.
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5 May 2022, 13:00
We were also delighted to restart our fresh air drives, where readapting was (literally) a “walk in the park”. Our all laughing and smiling Residents were reacquainted with Richmond Park where they could enjoy ice lollies, take in breath-taking sights, spot deer, and develop friendships.
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5 May 2022, 11:26
After two years, our popular Day Centre made a welcome return! A group of happy Residents helped cut the ribbon and couldn’t wait to be reacquainted with charms of afternoon tea at the Devonshire Lyons Tea Room.
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4 Apr 2022, 18:27
After two years of complying with Covid 19 safety measures and adhering to fluctuating protocols, we’re delighted to announce that our Day Centre services are ready to reopen on the 4th of April. Our popular Singing & Coffee Mornings will also be returning every Wednesday 10:30-12:30pm from 6th April.
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4 Apr 2022, 18:27
Staff training, news of our very own George who has been running for Dementia, Advocates meeting, our helpline, dates for the diary and more...
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4 Apr 2022, 11:29
With celebrating International Women’s Day, St Patrick's Day, and Holi as well as a Cinema experience, March has been a busy month.
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4 Apr 2022, 11:29
A month that celebrated Shrove Tuesday and International Women’s Day, as well as St Patrick's and St David’s Day, it’s no wonder our Residents were smiling. From movie ‘days’ to bowling and reading, things are looking up in 2022.
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22 Mar 2022, 21:26
With bright times ahead, the reopening of our Day Centre and reintroduction of our Singing and Coffee Mornings are on the horizon, reopening on the 4th April and returning to normality as safely as possible.
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5 Mar 2022, 15:50
Returning this April, our fabulous and famous Day Centre and our coffee morning and singing group, free every Wednesday from 10:30-12:30.
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3 Mar 2022, 07:27
The heart never forgets! Already struck by the love of cupid’s arrow, we’re rediscovering our inner beauty.
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3 Mar 2022, 00:35
Part of our touch and feel experience, our team brought the beach to the living room. A game sprinkled with intrigue; this squeezable sand is something Residents could not put down.
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14 Feb 2022, 22:26
Also known as the Lunar or Spring Festival, we celebrated Chinese New Year 2022 on February 1st, starting the year of the Tiger.
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17 Jan 2022, 23:24
Stuffed with fun, our Residents enjoyed a fabulous Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. With nothing left over, this joyful bunch were proud as punch as they pulled crackers, tucked into food and closed out the season in a wonderful mood.
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23 Dec 2021, 12:00
It is possible that a huge traditional extended family gathering will be too noisy and overstimulating for someone living with dementia. 
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21 Dec 2021, 20:52
After two years of Covid restrictions, our constant efforts to comply with safety laws have allowed us the opportunity to step BACK into Christmas!
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21 Dec 2021, 14:16
Maggie B was spoilt in style, receiving champagne, flowers & also a special gift from her son, who is affectionately referred to as ‘Birdie’
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21 Dec 2021, 12:59
Friendships are so important at this wonderful time of the year. From Joyful January and Sublime Summer to Autumnal Activities and Festive Cheer, it’s time to peel back the advent windows of 2021 and let you in on a clue when it comes to 2022.
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21 Dec 2021, 12:09
Let the good times roll. Joyce V (left) looked a million dollars with her hair rollers in. Not dropping the ball, John used to be the women’s netball coach and has shown he has not lost his touch.
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21 Dec 2021, 11:00
Our Residents absolutely love our array of Interactive Activities. From life-like doll therapy to our water activities and suitcase of memories, our constant attempts to trigger memory and unleash joy are what make the Devonshire so special.
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7 Oct 2021, 16:28
In September, we celebrated World Alzheimer’s Day by taking on our very own ‘Memory Walk’.
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7 Oct 2021, 15:51
At Devonshire, we go the extra mile to ensure that not only staff, but Residents Birthdays are celebrated.
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6 Oct 2021, 21:09
Charles C loves to join in with most activities. His enthusiastic & cheeky ways make it a pleasure to not only watch him enjoy these activities, but our carers like to join in.
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6 Oct 2021, 21:09
Our Residents find Doll Therapy comforting & reassuring. Kathleen H, Eileen E, Vivien H, & Maggie B like to dress, bath & feed the dolls. Eileen E likes to wash the dolls hair weekly to avoid knots. Kathleen H takes the dolls to bed & prevents the cold when dressing the doll in hat & gloves.
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6 Oct 2021, 14:39
“Music can do things that language simply can’t” - Post us your song requests, we’re all ears! Our Residents have been known to sing day & night to re acquire a sense of their individuality & ignite a spark in their memories.
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14 Jul 2021, 13:35
Our most popular arts and craft activity is interesting for some of our Residents such as Muriel, Devika and Mary. All ladies enjoy precise motions and stay well within the lines. Devika and Mary like painting nature - leaves and delicate flowers and have very graceful strokes.
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14 Jul 2021, 13:35
One of the hopes we have at the Devonshire is for our Residents to experience well-being through their social connection with each other. Friendships form and are very endearing to observe. This past month...
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14 Jul 2021, 13:35
EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH MAY - This award and recognition was established to recognise team work and respect for each other, high standards of care and attention to Residents, Going over and beyond the call of duty.
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14 Jul 2021, 13:35
Our DEMENTIA AWARENESS SERIES FOR CARERS - Family members caring for people living with dementia starts in September. It’s a five-part series where we will share our knowledge and experiences gained over the past 33 years..
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14 Jul 2021, 13:35
We bid a sad farewell to Sandra, who worked at the Devonshire for five years. First as an admin assistant and more recently as Business and Operations Manager...
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8 Apr 2021, 19:58
In 1990 I had the privilege and honour of meeting and training with Tom Kitwood, who at the time was a professor at the University of Bradford. I believe he was the first person who advocated a psychosocial model of care to look at the brain changes of dementia rather than the traditional medical model. In simpler terms... getting to know a person instead of focusing on the diagnosis.
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8 Apr 2021, 18:30
Residents Vivien, Veronica and Maggie helped staff member James fold the napkins to place them in the drawer, ready for setting the tables at lunch and supper. Veronica said that she loved getting things ready for setting up the table. She explained that during dinner time at her house she would expect her boys to help her set the table and they folded the napkins and placed the knife and fork on top perfectly.
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8 Feb 2021, 08:39
Our Residents often participate in our search for answers to create a more dementia-friendly environment at the Devonshire.
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8 Feb 2021, 07:26
Our Christmas celebrations started with the switching on of our spectacular front of the house Christmas lights.
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4 Jan 2021, 22:32
With the imminent vaccine roll out we will be following government guidelines and hope to resume our Day Centre soon.
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4 Jan 2021, 21:54
Our last meeting on Dec 8, 2020 was on Zoom. We discussed the roll out of vaccines, visiting guidelines and procedures. All Advocates love the weekly update calls from Smith and Donna.
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6 Nov 2020, 14:05
In line with the government guidelines on Covid-19, we regretfully have had to suspend our in person free singing group temporarily.
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6 Nov 2020, 13:47
Our workshops for family carers will give you simple tips and we will share what we have learnt over the past 30+ years and answer questions to help you care for your loved one living with dementia.
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6 Nov 2020, 12:06
In response to requests for advice from concerned family carers we have been offering informal telephone advice and support during the Covid lockdown.
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25 Sep 2020, 12:30
We commemorated World Alzheimer’s day on 21st September by hosting a FREE Dementia Awareness Workshop on Zoom.
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19 Sep 2020, 15:13
LAST CHANCE TO BOOK! To commemorate World Alzheimer’s Day in September we will be hosting a FREE Dementia Awareness Workshop by Zoom on 21st September 2020.
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15 Apr 2020, 09:20
The Devonshire is a home to me. Each morning I stepped through the door it felt as though I was entering my second home. Everyone always had a smile on their faces and was very welcoming. I enjoyed taking care of all the Residents and thanks to Devonshire Care Home and their continuous training, such as a walk through dementia and so many others they made me improve the care. I learnt that every single day is different and interesting in its own way. That is one of the aspects that kept me happy and smiling at the end of the day.
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6 Apr 2020, 10:44
You are invited to join us for a Free Dementia Awareness Workshop, which includes a Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) and light refreshments on Thursday 14th May. Due to the coronavirus national emergency this has temporarily been suspended.
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27 Feb 2020, 16:16
This report by the Commission on Dementia and Music outlines the value and benefits of music for people with dementia and looks at the important next steps which can be taken to ensure that everyone with dementia is able to access music.
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16 Dec 2019, 16:53
We understand that families sometimes become carers suddenly, and are often in shock and overwhelmed with the diagnosis of dementia.
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16 Dec 2019, 11:53
Residents and Day Guests have been enjoying their days out to the Day Centre, with a range of activities planned for each session.
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9 Dec 2019, 11:39
The Residents of our Care Home enjoyed the annual Christmas lights switch on
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9 Oct 2019, 09:42
By understanding what happens when someone is diagnosed with dementia, we can prepare ourselves and build our support system as well as our toolbox to cope with the inevitable changes that the progression of dementia brings.
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20 Sep 2019, 15:49
Tomorrow for World Alzheimer’s Day (21st September) we are holding a FREE Virtual Dementia Tour and Workshop.
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20 Sep 2019, 15:43
Our most popular Day Centre activities are: market stall day, baking, balloon games, exercises, building with blocks and garden activities.
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16 Sep 2019, 12:22
Our goal each day is to create magical moments for each of our Residents. Each individual moment adds up to create a good or great day.
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9 Aug 2019, 16:33
World Alzheimer’s Day 21st September 2019. FREE Virtual Dementia Tour and workshop.
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5 Aug 2019, 15:58
How the dementia cost betrayal of victims losing their savings and homes has even engulfed the Duchess of Cambridge's family
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1 Jul 2019, 13:00
Families often ask us questions as they are often trying to understand a loved one’s behaviour. We have included some of the questions we have received.
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1 Jul 2019, 12:25
Residents and Day Guests have enjoyed afternoon tea in the Day Centre garden, fresh air drives and our popular Wednesday singing group and coffee morning...
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29 May 2019, 15:28
Understanding changes in personality and behaviours.
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5 Mar 2019, 09:50
As the community is discovering our new Day Centre, we have received some extremely encouraging comments about our unique service. Messages from how cheerful our welcome umbrellas in the front of the Day Centre are to what a fun day out someone has had. We thought we would share this recent letter with you from Mrs. Christine McGoldryck.
4 Mar 2019, 21:49
Awarded to Kelly, Ahmed and Larry for their exceptional care and commitment for our Residents and family while at the hospital. Margaret’s family nominated all three staff.
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4 Mar 2019, 21:27
Dementia touches so many lives. There is no way to really predict who will end up having to live with this dreadful disease. It hits every socio-economic, ethnic and age group, affecting men and women alike. And what havoc it creates! We know it robs people of their brain functions we just don’t know exactly which ones and to what extent.
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11 Jan 2019, 11:54
We continued the 30th anniversary celebration year by inviting 150 guests to our Annual Residents Christmas Party. This year we were very pleased to include our new Day Centre Guests.
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4 Dec 2018, 13:21
Residents, Day Guests and Staff have all been looking forward to seeing the new Xmas light display, inspired by a memory of the Christmas ‘lights of hope’ on St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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3 Dec 2018, 13:38
Listen to our Director, Annar Mangalji, talk to Jackie Radio about our upcoming special Christmas event. Broadcast on the 3rd December.
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23 Nov 2018, 18:47
Please join us for a Special Christmas event Thursday 13th December 2018 at 2:30pm-4:30pm.
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10 Oct 2018, 11:18
On yet another warm Indian summer evening our new Devonshire Dementia Day Centre, next door, welcomed guests including the mayor of the Borough of Kingston, councillors as well as representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society UK – as it marked its opening with a Preview.
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10 Oct 2018, 11:11
On an unseasonably warm 21st September 2018, we held an afternoon tea for World Alzheimer’s Day that Residents and Advocates really enjoyed. Lots of people commented that, it brought back memories of visiting the 1950s Lyons Tea Rooms with their parents.
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12 Sep 2018, 12:55
Devonshire Dementia Care Home and Devonshire Dementia Day Centre are jointly hosting a special Afternoon Tea on 21st September at 3pm-5pm in support of World Alzheimer’s Day.
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27 Aug 2018, 17:58
We are our currently recruiting the following positions: Assistant Managers, Carers, Housekeepers, Maintenance Persons, Kitchen Assistants and Part-time Cooks.
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27 Aug 2018, 17:53
The Devonshire Dementia Day Centre invites you to our FREE WEDNESDAY COFFEE MORNINGS from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
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31 Jul 2018, 13:49
Congratulations to our Director Annar. She was awarded an honorary doctorate for her work in dementia.
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31 Jul 2018, 08:07
Fresh air drives have been as popular as ever with our Residents visiting Richmond Park, Ham Dam and Bushy Park.
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31 Jul 2018, 07:25
Each day staff try to create magical moments for our Residents to enhance their well-being through our many interventions and activities. We try to make each day count for every Resident. We capture some of the joyful special moments when Residents show their excitement and happiness. Here are some of June’s joyful moments…
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4 Jul 2018, 13:03
Father of medicine Hippocrates said "Let thy food be thy medicine let thy medicine be thy food". Devonshire Dementia Care Home has been focusing on learning more about superfoods and adapting our recipes subtly so that Residents benefit without huge changes in the menus.
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14 Jun 2018, 20:49
The beginning of May was very very hot with scorching temperatures into the high 80’s. Residents enjoyed time in the garden having afternoon tea and ice-lollies. Valerie, John, Ruth B, Jeanette, Teresa, and Muriel all commented on how beautiful the garden was with all the lovely flowers, herbs and trees.
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24 May 2018, 12:44
The Music and Memory Programme of the Devonshire has many health benefits for our Residents besides decreasing anxiety it increases alertness and attentiveness.
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16 May 2018, 19:43
You are invited to join us for coffee and cake on Wednesday 23rd May between 10 am and 12 noon.
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13 Apr 2018, 19:40
We enjoyed a visit from a widely recognised cellist Amanda Truelove who plays for the London Symphony Orchestra, and her son Igor an equally aspiring cellist.
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9 Apr 2018, 13:18
Four talented students from Kingston College Art programme have kindly volunteered their time and talent to create various theme boards in the Devonshire for our delighted Residents.
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26 Mar 2018, 11:17
Nine-year old Daisie, Daughter of Assistant Manager Sammy, who had never had a haircut, decided to chop her lovely long locks off for a charity that provides wigs to help Children who have cancer.
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15 Feb 2018, 22:45
Each day staff try and create magical moments for our Residents to enhance their well being through our many interventions and activities. We try to make each day count for every Resident.
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5 Jan 2018, 20:58
Our Residents annual Christmas party was a huge success. To the delight of our Residents, a lot of our staff dressed up in costumes for the day.
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7 Dec 2017, 20:51
Fifteen of us - Residents accompanied by Staff and one family member attended the Art Festival at The University of West London on Monday November 20th.
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2 Nov 2017, 21:02
We try to make each day count for every Resident by creating magical moments and enhance their wellbeing through interventions and activities. Some joyful moments from last month…
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10 Oct 2017, 15:25
We used small doll furniture and figurines and created stories that delighted both Residents and staff. The Residents who participated thoroughly enjoyed the experience for a short while and participated enthusiastically.
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5 Oct 2017, 10:14
The Devonshire Dementia Care Home invites you to a free Wednesday coffee morning starting October 18 from 10:30 am to 12:30pm
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7 Sep 2017, 13:48
University of West London Professor Victoria Tischler is working closely with our team at the Devonshire on several fronts...
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21 Aug 2017, 09:00
The summer has been filled with lots of special moments. Here are just a few...
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4 Jul 2017, 17:44
These are our latest vacant positions: Activity Coordinators, Driver for Minibus, Maintenance Person, Housekeeper, Day And Night Carers, Senior Carer