Nutritionally-balanced and freshly prepared meals are prepared by our excellent chef and kitchen team. At Blenham House, the menu changes on a four-weekly cycle in order to accommodate different tastes and diets as far as possible.
We encourage residents to eat together in the dining room however they may prefer to eat alone in their bedroom and that’s fine with us. Nutrition is more than just about the food though and therefore our goal is also about making mealtimes a social gathering.
We aim to make food interesting and nutritious particularly for those residents needing to put on some weight after a spell of being unwell or just need to maintain a healthy diet. As we get older we may eat less and therefore our in-house chef is responsible for providing appetising and tempting meals tailored for our residents.
Our menus are varied and we aim to offer hot and cold meals, vegetarian options and the ever-popular puddings.
At our lunch and dinner sittings, we have a choice of two hot meals. We also offer snacks throughout the day so residents can eat when they please. This may be a good option for those that prefer smaller meals and snacks rather than larger meals a day in order to get all the nutrients that they need
We also host special meals to celebrate big events like Burns Night – and, of course, we like to bake cakes to celebrate a resident’s birthday!
I have been very impressed with the standard of care my father received. I know he was content, happy and genuinely well cared for. I realise that dementia is a difficult illness to deal with, but all the staff treated my father with respect and kindness and looked beyond the disease to the person, which is so important.
I was always given a warm welcome on arrival by your receptionist and found all the staff to be professional and friendly. The entertainment and outings have been varied and stimulating for my father and I know he particularly liked the personal gestures of letting him hold a kitten, and a visit to the Transport Museum; two of his favourite things.
My father never questioned why he was not in his own home. I feel that it was because of the warm atmosphere; a home from home. He really enjoyed the company and the wonderful food!
Most of all I have been impressed and grateful for the way my father was looked after during his last days, allowing him to die with dignity and in peace.
Rosemarie, daughter Holmesview
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the care and attention shown to my mum.
I witnessed a level of care which I believe went way beyond the role of each person involved. I saw people coming in just to say hello or if going off, would say goodbye. It was lovely witnessing day and night staff coming in to see my mum on unscheduled visits. I believe this to be way beyond and above the normal call of nurse duty. I would like you to know that the family are grateful for all you did and should take great pride knowing my mum received the 110% care she deserved as all mums should get.
Dad participates in many activities which I feel he enjoys and this stimulates him. Before entering the care home he did not do very much at all.
My mum was one of the first residents to move into the new home in Broxburn, in January 2011. While it was being built, we regularly took her down to see the building gradually taking shape and eventually became the modern, homely, well run establishment it is today.
Within a short period of time, my mum started to enjoy life again. I believe that Holmesview provided a holistic approach to her care.
Margaret, assisted by Janice, manages the running of Holmesview in a professional, caring and supportive manner.
Extended family and friends were also treated with respect and asked if they would like refreshments while visiting, which in turn created a more relaxed atmosphere.
As a family we will always be thankful to the staff at Holmesview for the fantastic care given to my mum, helping to eradicate previous memories relating to her care. I’m sure that at times my mum would have conveyed these same thoughts to the staff. Having worked within the care industry myself for 20 years, I believe that Holmesview have an excellent approach to care for the residents and their families.
The home is maintained to an exceptionally clean and fresh environment.