Just as there is no typical Kingsley home, there is no typical day in a Kingsley home.
Residents can rise whenever they wish at Yaxley House and there is a wide choice of breakfasts. They can even enjoy breakfast in bed if they like, but most enjoy using the communal, friendly dining room. The residents and staff dine together and none of the members of staff wear a uniform. This all adds to the relaxed, homely feel of mealtimes.
Hot drinks, tea, coffee and snacks are served throughout the day and the home has an open door policy, which means visitors can arrive at any time, including mealtimes, or just for a coffee and a chat or to take their loved one out for a few hours.
For lunch there is a choice of mains and desserts, and we invite the residents to help set the tables, which gets them involved in tasks they would have been used to doing when living independently. Activities follow, with Jenny coming in every fortnight for a singalong, Aileen running chair exercises and arts and crafts, and music and games being played daily. Individuals can have a massage, a lovely warm bath or their nails cared for; they can play games, read, walk around the garden and TV is always available in the lounge or in their rooms.
Suppertime is a choice of hot or cold food, with at least two choices of main and dessert.
All food is cooked on the premises and is made with health and taste in mind – menus are available on request. Mealtimes are a sociable time for everyone and the carers are skilled at getting even the quietest residents involved in the activities and conversations.
After supper, some residents decide to go to bed early, while others will stay up until later relaxing in one of the communal areas or sitting in their room watching TV or reading. There are hot and cold drinks and alcohol is available. Yaxley House is our residents’ home so they have freedom of choice regarding bedtime.
As in all Kingsley Healthcare homes, our care is focused around each person’s individual needs and wishes and we value and respect how each chooses to spend their day. As such, no two days are the same and there are opportunities to do as much or as little as people wish. We actively encourage residents to take part in the daily activities that help to keep life fun and interesting.