Personal Care

We aim to help residents maintain their well-being in a congenial atmosphere. We respect people’s privacy, dignity, independence and choice. And try to help them live happy fulfilling lives at Belmont Villa.

Assessment and plan of care

After an initial assessment and consultation with you, your carers and your doctor, we will draw up a plan of care that is unique to you. We will monitor your needs as time goes by and will discuss changes to the plan with you and/or your family as necessary.

Accommodation

Belmont Villa has 29 single rooms with en-suite bathrooms and 1 twin room with a hand basin, arranged as follows:

  • 11 ground floor en-suite nursing rooms
  • 8 first-floor single nursing rooms with e-suits
  • 1 twin room with hand basin and dividing curtain for privacy
  • 10 second-floor single en-suite nursing rooms.

Every room:

  • Has television and radio points.
  • Has a Call Bell in case you need assistance.

Meals

  • Early Morning Tea: 6.30am
  • Breakfast: 7.30 — 8.30am
  • Drinks and Biscuits: 10.30am
  • Lunch: 12.30pm
  • Afternoon drinks and cake: 3pm
  • Tea/High Tea: 5pm
  • Evening drink and snack: 8pm

We cater 24 hours a day to people who want drinks outside these hours.
Special diets can be catered for by arrangement. Please mention any special requirements during your initial assessment.

Therapeutic Activities & Interests

Our programme of Therapeutic Activities is designed to help people stay active and healthy and to take an interest in life. Sharon, our Manager, holds regular meetings with residents to organise activities and outings. There is a social co-ordinator  planning activities taking into account people’s wishes, choices, skills, experiences, personalities and medical conditions.

Our social co coordinator encourages and organise therapeutic interests inside and outside the home. Some of this time is spent one-to-one with residents.

Newspapers can be delivered daily by arrangement.

Inside the home

  • Chatting with residents
  • Going for walks
  • Flower arranging
  • Manicures
  • Painting
  • Crafts
  • Residents’ meetings
  • Playing games
  • Reading Letters/magazines/papers.
  • Music and singalongs
  • Exercise sessions
  • Bingo
  • Quizzes
  • Reading and discussions
  • Interests in the garden (sunflowers, tomatoes, hanging baskets)

Outside the home

These activities are escorted by staff and support helpers.

  • Coach trips during the summer.
  • Visits to the local Operatic Society, Pantomime or play.
  • Visits to the park
  • Visits to fetes held in the park
  • Listening to the band in the park (alternate sundays during summer).
  • Shopping trips

There may be times when places are limited for certain outings. Outings are subsidised by the Residents Amenities Fund but, depending on the event, people may sometimes be asked to contribute to the costs.

Communion

Communion is held at the home once a month. Chaplins, vicars or priests of any denomination are welcome to visit. We are happy to help organise this if residents are unable to.

Medical assistance

Health Professionals  from Frome Medical Practice and Beckington Practice visits the home  weekly.

Chiropody

A private chiropodist  visits the home regularly .

Dentist

We encourage residents to continue with appointments and checkups.

Optician

Residents may continue with private arrangements if that is satisfactory. An optician visits Belmont Villa twice a year. Residents are entitled to a free eye test each year.

Telephone

We can arrange for all residents to have a private line in their room. Staff are happy to help if people have trouble making a call.

Laundry

We do daily washing if residents require it, but we ask that all items are labelled with the owner’s name to avoid mixups. We can arrange local dry-cleaning on request. Unfortunately, we can’t take responsibility for washing duvets. Residents who want to use their own duvet must make private arrangements for cleaning.

Hairdressing

We have  hairdressers who visit weekly. People are welcome to make alternative arrangements privately if they don’t want to use the hairdressers who visit the house.

Mail

If required, please just pop any mail into the office and we will ensure it’s posted.

Pets

Unfortunately we do not allow pets at Belmont Villa. However we recognise the therapeutic value of animals for some people so occasionally we arrange for animals to visit as part of an activity we have arranged. We also have a beautiful dog-friendly park opposite where residents can spend time with visiting animals.