On the 15th October, staff, residents and friends of Avon Valley Care Home in Bristol gathered together to celebrate our Grand Opening. Avery Healthcare Director Ian Matthews and Chief Operating Officer Sharon Winfield attended the event, as well as Avery Ambassador, stage and TV actress Sherrie Hewson. Our special guests were shown around our magnificent…Read More
Down Memory Lane We Amble....
Bringing Our Residents' Stories to Life Through Reminiscences
The Power of Reminiscence
Life Stories is our commitment to explore in more detail the lives and memories of our residents. Reminiscence is an important part of our daily activities and so we have set about trying to capture, through interview, some of our residents stories.
We have quickly learnt that everyone has a story to tell and that both the storyteller and the audience have much to gain from the experience.
The past is not another country nor gone. It’s in our homes right now waiting to be heard. We’re giving it a voice.
Our Interview Archive
The staff and residents at Miramar Care Home, Herne Bay are delighted to announce that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have recently inspected the home, and have graded us as Good In All Categories. Our CQC report includes comments from residents such as: “It can be so miserable having to leave one’s own home, but I…Read More
John Dunbabin is a resident at Milton Court Care Home in Milton Keynes and had an incredible career with a globally famous luxury car maker, Aston Martin. A highly skilled craftsman, his talent gave him an amazing journey through the motor industry, having his name on Aston Martin engine plaques all over the world and meeting such people as the Queen,…Read More
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.” It’s not every day you meet your best friend from 70 years ago, but our residents are full of surprises. Eileen Gill came into Crispin Court Care Home for a short respite stay in January. Whilst here, she thought she recognised…Read More
Our residents are incredibly generous, caring and charitable people. In particular, Eric Frost and his late wife Doreen have shown their commitment and dedication to preserving history and caring for others. Being pivotal members in the charitable National Adult School Organisation (NASO), a custom-made box to house an important historical folio has been presented in Doreen’s name to the fabulous new archive…Read More
In a further instalment Robert Richardson from the north-east recounts aspects of what has been a fascinating life. As part of our continuing resident storytelling archive, Robert talks about his passion for model boat building.Read More
Robert Richardson, originally from the North East, agreed to have a chat with us about his full and fascinating life. In the end we got so much from the interview we had to divide it up into 3 parts. Thank you Robert, your life story is that of someone who has very much ploughed their…Read More
At a bit of loss as to what to do next and looking for an elusive vocation after the second world war, Graham Horton decided to answer the call for RAF bandsmen. The rest is history as they say and with 37 years service in the RAF behind him, Graham has seen much of the…Read More
The latest interview in our Avery Archive series is with Milton Court’s intrepid resident Malcolm Sears, who back in the 60’s and 70’s was a well respected amateur racing car driver who drove a much loved and infamous Sunbeam Tiger V8. Malcolm is famous for his part in one of the greatest racing films ever…Read More
Grace Hughes, a resident of Milton Court Care Home in Milton Keynes tells her story as an evacuee during the war. Grace tells her story with humour and an unflinching dose of reality. She retells her heartbreaking moment of departure into the unknown and the reception that awaited her in Somerset. Recounted as if it…Read More