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ITV Tyne Tees filming at Middleton Hall

ITV Tyne Tees reporter Helen Carnell visited Middleton Hall Retirement Village on Friday 30 April to film around the grounds.

News reporter Helen Carnell

She was filming a report about the village’s open day for the National Open Garden Scheme which is going ahead on Saturday 24 July this year.

As well as shooting footage around our wonderful estate Helen interviewed a number of residents about what living amongst the Hall’s gardens and grounds means to them.

Estates Supervisor Ben Henderson was also interviewed about what visitors can expect to see during the open day, pictured below.

The item will be broadcast on the ITV Tyne Tees news on Friday 7 May so make sure you tune in!

Tickets for the open day can be booked in advance and cost £5 for an adult and £2 for a child, with all the money raised going to charity. Bookings are now open on the National Open Garden Scheme website at https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/36499

Visitor numbers are limited this year to allow for social distancing so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!

Below are some photos taken during Helen’s visit.

Stress Awareness Month 2021

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Despite this running for 29 years we have got a long way to go.

Stress Awareness Month – What is it?

  • According to Mental health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
  • Millions of us around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress and it is damaging our health.
  • Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression. It’s also linked to physical health problems like heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems.
  • Individually we need to understand what’s causing us personal stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us.

The Theme for Stress Awareness Month 2021 is: ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’.

The most crucial thing you can do when you are stressed or anxious is to make sure you are continuing to look after yourself. Please see below links to a few helpful resources….

  • Take a quick stress test today:

https://www.stress.org.uk/individual-stress-test/

  • View a free stress guide:

https://www.stress.org.uk/home-2/stress-guides/

  • Reduce your stress in 7 days:

https://www.stress.org.uk/home-2/reduce-stress-in-7-days/

 *All above information taken from stress.org.uk

Remember you too have 24/7 access to confidential support from professionally trained counsellors via our EAP line0800 015 7287 (quote name of employer) or visit www.colleaguesupport.co.uk (enter code 72160 as your username and password)

The benefits of living in a safe and connected community

Living in an easy to manage property with ready access to a range of facilities within a connected and supportive community are amongst the benefits  of living in an independent retirement property at Middleton Hall Retirement Village for retired physicist Dr Les Simpson.

Les, who has also become Middleton Hall’s resident pottery teacher since he moved in, has lived in one of the village’s Waterside carbon neutral bungalows since moving from Normanby, near Middlesbrough in November 2013.

The Waterside bungalows at Middleton Hall Retirement Village

The Waterside bungalows at Middleton Hall Retirement Village

“I primarily moved because my wife was diagnosed with early onset dementia and was wanting support when the condition got worse. We also had a large plot of land and we recognised that keeping on top of it would probably become more difficult with time,” Les explained.

“After visiting and realising what was available from a socialisation and recreational point of view, it seemed to be the ideal place to spend the rest of our years.”

Since moving in additional facilities have been developed for residents.

“We liked the fact that there were plans for the Hall to evolve in a positive way, and that has certainly happened. For example, a large Orangery was built which became the hub for meeting people over a coffee. A new art studio and library have also been built and the allotment area has been expanded and has become a place where we could have a community BBQ.”

Les Simpson has been able to make use of the art studio during lockdown

“Now being single, the feeling of isolation would be present irrespective of where I lived,” Les reflected.

“However, being in the retirement village means that you have the opportunity to walk around the extensive grounds and in safety and meeting people from the Hall whilst walking allows for some socialisation which does have a positive impact on one’s mental health.”

Les added: “In the light of the past year, the decision to live in the village has been the right one. The Hall does try very hard to support us bearing in mind social distancing. For example, there has been group physical exercise outside, weather and, Covid restrictions permitting, meals can be delivered to your property. There was also some community carol singing outside at Christmas to raise residents’ spirits.

“It’s very positive when staff stop for a brief socially distanced chat and one does feel safe from a Covid viewpoint with communication from the Hall helping to keep us up to date.”

A report published at the end of last year, based on research conducted by The Kings Fund and The University of York, found that older people living in retirement communities are healthier and more independent and require reduced levels of health and care support.

After conducting an extensive review of available evidence and research on the health and social care value of the new generation of retirement housing – known as housing-with-care – the report finds strong evidence of significant benefits including improvements in overall health, fitness, memory function and life expectancy.

A range of independent retirement living options are available at Middleton Hall Retirement Village. Our Waterside bungalows offer high specification, spacious, zero-carbon accommodation in a spectacular setting and our award-winning Middleton Woods apartments feature one and two bedroom retirement apartments, substantially larger than typical retirement homes and set in beautiful grounds.

The spacious, comfortable apartments of Middleton Grove also offer a unique lifestyle to those who enjoy their independence and privacy but would appreciate the benefits of support, companionship and security within a small, friendly community.

Fur further details visit www.middletonhallretirementvillage.co.uk

“I would certainly recommend anyone to consider this option” – reflections on living in a retirement village

Having the opportunity to take on fulfilling new challenges, being part of a supportive community and avoiding loneliness during lockdowns are amongst the reasons Jane Machin is pleased to have moved into independent retirement accommodation at Middleton Hall Retirement Village.

Jane was reflecting on her own experiences of living in one of the Middleton Woods apartments at Middleton Hall following the findings of the 2020 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) report showing the widespread benefits of living in a retirement community.

Since buying her retirement apartment in December 2019, Jane said that she has enjoyed embracing the many new opportunities available to her at Middleton Hall.

“I never imagined I would actually go to the gym but did, a first for me, and actually enjoyed it,” she said.

The former Lieutenant Colonel with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) relocated from Harmby, Leyburn in Wensleydale.

“I finally decided to move after many visits over several years for several reasons including the fact that I have no close family in this country.

“I also liked the idea of the care services that are on site should I need them in the future, meaning that I could sell my apartment without the worry of finding somewhere to go.”

Middleton Hall Retirement Village is set within 45 acres of woodland and parkland and Jane added: “Coming from a rural area I wanted open space around, but my large garden was becoming more of a chore then enjoyable.

“My apartment has far reaching views to the Cleveland Hills and I’ve enjoyed watching the wildlife, foxes and birds from my window and I’ve learnt a lot about the life of the squirrels. I have one of the allotments on the estate so I can continue to grow my vegetables during the warmer months and it has been another sociable place to chat.

“The apartment is also large enough for me to continue with my hobbies and I turned the second bedroom into a craft come office room.”

The majority of the time Jane has lived at Middleton Hall has been during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I certainly never imagined a pandemic and lockdown happening just three months after moving in,” she commented.

“Living here during the last year has made life easier during the pandemic with the on-site shop, delivery service for both groceries and meals when I get fed up with my own cooking. And all the virtual activities and outdoor exercise classes have been brilliant.

“The staff make regular phone calls to check everything is alright and, when I’m out walking in the grounds, I almost always meet someone to have a socially distanced chat.

“If I had not made the move life would have been lonelier and more difficult to get shopping and so on during this pandemic so I certainly feel I made the right decision. It’s very stressful moving and wondering if you are doing the right thing but I would certainly recommend anyone to consider this option and I have no regrets.”

The DHSC report, which was published at the end of last year, was based on research conducted by The Kings Fund and The University of York which found that older people living in retirement communities are healthier and more independent and require reduced levels of health and care support.

After conducting an extensive review of available evidence and research on the health and social care value of the new generation of retirement housing – known as housing-with-care – the report finds strong evidence of significant benefits including improvements in overall health, fitness, memory function and life expectancy.

A range of independent retirement living options are available at Middleton Hall Retirement Village. Our Waterside bungalows offer high specification, spacious, zero-carbon accommodation in a spectacular setting and our award-winning Middleton Woods apartments feature one and two bedroom retirement apartments, substantially larger than typical retirement homes and set in beautiful grounds.

The spacious, comfortable apartments of Middleton Grove also offer a unique lifestyle to those who enjoy their independence and privacy but would appreciate the benefits of support, companionship and security within a small, friendly community.

Fur further details visit www.middletonhallretirementvillage.co.uk

Report shows retirement village living is the key to a healthier later life

A report commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care has provided “overwhelming evidence” of the substantial and widespread benefits of retirement villages for residents who live there.

Published at the end of last year, the research conducted by The Kings Fund and The University of York, found that older people living in retirement communities are healthier and more independent and require reduced levels of health and care support.

After conducting an extensive review of available evidence and research on the health and social care value of the new generation of retirement housing – known as housing-with-care – the report finds strong evidence of significant benefits including improvements in overall health, fitness, memory function and life expectancy.

Middleton Hall Retirement Village’s Executive Chair, Jeremy Walford, said that the research fits with the experience of those who live in the range of independent retirement properties located in the Middleton Hall grounds.

“From using the gym for the first time in their lives to getting involved with the numerous activities and events that take place, people are encouraged to lead active, independent lives which has very positive knock-on effects on health and well-being.”

Jeremy added: “There have also been huge benefits for those living in our retirement community during the current pandemic.

“Residents have been able to still get out and about safely in our grounds and the Middleton Hall team has been able to provide support with shopping and meal deliveries. To help prevent isolation and boredom we have also organised a wide range of socially-distanced activities including outdoor exercise classes when restrictions permitted, an online village show and a virtual Christmas play.”

The main body representing the retirement community sector in the UK, ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators), which Middleton Hall Retirement Village is a member of as an approved operator, welcomed the report.

Michael Voges, ARCO’s Executive Director said: “There is now an overwhelming, comprehensive and conclusive body of proof that the housing-with-care model can play a vital role in supporting our health and social are systems and in keeping older people healthy, independent and well for longer.”

The DHSC report supports the findings of research by Aston and Lancaster Universities commissioned by not-for-profit retirement housing developer The ExtraCare Charitable Trust to research the value of its model on lifestyle.

Published in March 2019, this research found that residents in retirement villages cost the NHS 38% less per annum, exercise by residents increased by 75%, anxiety symptoms decreased by 23% while memory improved by 24% and 85.5% of residents never or hardly ever felt lonely.

A range of independent retirement living options are available at Middleton Hall Retirement Village. Our Waterside bungalows offer high specification, spacious, zero-carbon accommodation in a spectacular setting and our award-winning Middleton Woods apartments feature one and two bedroom retirement apartments, substantially larger than typical retirement homes and set in beautiful grounds.

The spacious, comfortable apartments of Middleton Grove also offer a unique lifestyle to those who enjoy their independence and privacy but would appreciate the benefits of support, companionship and security within a small, friendly community.

Fur further details visit www.middletonhallretirementvillage.co.uk

 

Valentine’s Day treats

There were lots of hearts, flowers and cupcakes on Valentine’s Day in celebrations to mark the occasion organised by Co-owners in Middleton Gardens Hotel Living and Supported Living care services and Middleton Grove’s supported independent living apartments.

Here’s a gallery of some highlights from the day.

   

 

Sending love on Valentine’s day

Touching hearts across our Middleton Court nursing care service and sending love to all on Valentine’s day.

Wintery scenes around the grounds

The snow settled across the Middleton Hall estate this week creating some stunning views that many enjoyed whilst out and about in the grounds.