We like to make the most of the sunny summer weather here at Braeburn Lodge. One afternoon, we whiled the day away in the warm sunshine, enjoying a mocktail or two. Several of our lovely ladies also enjoyed a little pamper session with colourful manicures. As you can see, there were smiles all round.

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After what feels like forever, our lovely residents have finally been able to see the hairdresser. There were cheers all round for the very much needed pamper session. Tracey kept everyone safe by donning her mask, visor and gloves at all times.

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We love having a crafty afternoon here at Braeburn Lodge. We have spent afternoons colouring, making displays in the home, knitting, basket making and much, much more.

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The local farm came to visit us one sunny afternoon with their beautifulShetland ponies. Our residents loved the experience and were able to stroke them over the garden fence. We hope they will come and visit us again verysoon.

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Throughout lockdown, we have been inundated with kind and loving letters of encouragement for both staff and residents. This has meant so much to us and has kept our spirits high, especially in these uncertain times. Here are some of the drawings and letters we received from St. James’ Church in Bramley and Ufton Nervet…

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In May, Berkshire Birds of Prey came to visit the home with a static display. With the pandemic still in full swing, the staff and handlers took the utmost care to keep our residents safe with social distancing measures, appropriate PPE and thorough disinfection procedures. Rhianna and Amanda took the opportunity to hold the prey…

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Something we hold dear at Braeburn Lodge, is showcasing all the wonderful activities we do with our residents. This is not only important for relatives to see, but also a wonderful way to spend time with residents and talk about their experiences.With that in mind, we will now be printing a seasonal photobook. It will…

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One morning, Amanda helped the residents to make tasty marshmallow flowers to eat for an afternoon treat. Wooden skewers were used to secure the flowers in place, along with icing sugar to secure the outside ‘petals’. Everyone loved making them and enjoyed eating them even more.

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Our talented cook and activities co-ordinator, Ann, spent time making these wonderful headbands for NHS staff. Delia and Beryl helped to sew buttons onto the ends of each one. A mask’s elastic can be attached to the headband, preventing the back of ear from becoming sore. These, along with material masks, will be donated to…

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Our residents love to be pampered – and with services currently closed, our activities team have been getting creative. On several afternoons we have turned the orangery into both a hair salon and a nail parlour. As you can see, the residents really enjoyed their treatments. Delia put her past skills to use and gave…

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