Buckinghamshire based Ashridge Home Care has challenged its team of live-in and visiting carers to don their poshest aprons and get their bake on! Showing support for the Alzheimer’s Society National Cupcake Day on Thursday 18th June, Ashridge Home Care has enlisted the help of chef Katy Brill from Peterley Manor Farm’s Wild Strawberry Café, who is going to judge the team’s creations. Baking is a fantastic fun activity for those living with Alzheimer’s to take part in and as several clients of Ashridge Home Care are living with the disease, carers were keen to get involved.
During the Coronavirus Lockdown many local companies have been helping the Ashridge Home Care team with tips and advice for carers to keep their clients interested, motivated and active whilst they are self isolating in Lockdown. And professional baker Katy Brill, who founded the Strawberry Café at Great Missenden’s Peterley Manor Farm in 2014, is generously donating a scrumptious afternoon team for two to the lucky carer and their client who are crowned Star Bakers for their cupcake creation! Katy’s food is regularly featured in publications and she develops all the recipes for the café which she runs with an ethos based upon using the best locally sourced ingredients to create innovative new recipes and cakes. She will be judging all photo entries for maximum cupcake appeal and innovation.
Alzheimer’s Society official Cupcake Day Thursday 18th June 2020. It’s a national fundraising appeal that everyone can get involved with!
Research shows that home is often the safest place for those living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Having a visiting carer enables couples where one partner may have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to stay in the comfort of their own home, together and in the safety of familiar surroundings. Having a visiting carer can give respite to the healthy partner enabling them to spend a couple of hours a day doing their favourite hobby like playing golf or simply walking the dog, knowing that their loved one is with a familiar face, safe at home possibly looking through family photos or enjoying a chat over a cup of tea in the garden. Live-in carers are often the life line for single people who are living with Alzheimer’s enabling them to stay living at home for as long as possible with the safety of 24 hour personal care. Jane is a live-in carer for a lovely local person who has had a transformative effect on her client. When Jane first arrived at the client’s home, the client sometimes became so confused that she would bang on the windows to try and leave, but Jane managed to persevere with patience and calm and now they are inseparable. She does everything for her from daily washing and bathing to cooking and arranging for supermarket deliveries.
32 year old visiting carer Shanna from Chesham Bois visits a couple who are living with Alzheimer’s Disease in Amersham three times a week and offers them personal care as well as companionship. She said: “I love visiting my couple, especially now during Lockdown as it means so much to them. We spend time talking about positive topics other than Coronavirus to keep her mind active. We usually talk about her Dad or her husband or fond memories of her horse-riding days. Anything that brings her joy and happiness. “
So now is the time to grab a whisk and get baking for charity. The lucky winner will win an afternoon tea hamper for two generously provided by the Wild Strawberry Café, which are also currently available to order online through Peterley Manor Farm’s online store. https://shop.peterleymanorfarm.co.uk/
To find out more about Ashridge Home Care visit www.ashridgehomecare.co.uk or for an informal chat about how a visiting carer might benefit someone in your family, please telephone 01494 917344.