Ridgeway Rise is a purpose-built, luxury care home that offers nursing, residential, dementia and respite care. Encompassing 73 spacious and beautifully decorated rooms and located in Blunsdon St Andrews area of North Swindon, the Home enjoys sweeping and breathtaking views over Swindon.
Our dedicated, compassionate and caring team always goes that extra mile to enhance residents’ well-being and identifying their dreams and pursuits. Our ethos is to make every day as interesting and as enjoyable as possible by recognising life values that are important to them and at the same time promoting vital connections to family and friends, their community and their past.
Our Dream Catcher Project
We run the Dream Catcher project to capture our residents’ wishes and dreams and no matter how challenging and extravagant they are, we aim to fulfil them.
One of our residents is an artist whose paintings are still for sale at the Swindon Artist Forum’s gallery in the Brunel Centre. At Our Open Day in June we arranged an exhibition and sale of her work. Val was a regular volunteer steward in the Brunel Centre gallery right up until December 2017, when her dementia at last made this too difficult. However, with the help of a close friend Richard and the support and encouragement of team at Ridgeway Rise, Val has been able to continue with her lifelong love of painting. Nearly all the pictures displayed at the Open Day were painted by Val at Ridgeway Rise in between August 2018 and April 2019.
We have also organised a Classic Car Show for a resident, who used to be a proud owner of the vintage automobile.
“John was absolutely thrilled. We couldn’t get him away from the show,” explains Care Home Manager Bella Bellaci. “He was over the moon as one of the cars reminded him of the one he used to own himself”.
The Classic Car Show was so successful that they are coming back in September with more cars!
Another resident, Rosemary, had lost her own beloved dog so we arranged a visit from three rescue dogs from SNDogs.
When Rosemary’s mobility deteriorated and she had to start using a wheelchair she thought she would never be able to take a dog for a walk again. But we made this happen and Rosemary was delighted to take one of the days on a walk on their lead in the garden of Ridgway Rise.
She made particular friends with little Peanut and we have already arranged future meetings for them.
We have also arranged a visit of a mini zoo, bringing tears of joy to Sheila, another animal lover.
As John is a retired army officer we also organised a visit of a soldier with an army dog.
Tamsin, who has been serving for 5 years and her four-legged best friend and partner, Rogue, visited to tell us all about the training, challenges and fun they have together in the army.
Tamsin brought in pictures from her combat training and Rogue treated us to some impressive tricks.
On another occasion, Dylan (16), a National Citizen Service student, spent the day with one of our residents Doug and learnt that they both loved sports.
Doug had never had a chance to see his favourite team playing live, so his new friend decided to organise an unforgettable experience for him.
With the help of his granddad, Fred Brown who works at Swindon Town Stadium, Dylan surprised Doug with the tickets to Saturday’s match. Dylan presented Doug with the gift saying “You are an amazing person, I’ve had a great time with you and just wanted to give you something special”.
It was a very emotional moment for both men and Ridgeway Rise Team.