We have been touched by the many wonderful things that relatives of our residents, and residents have to say about our homes, you can also see more testimonials on Care Homes.
I have always worked, but after some illness I decided that it was time to give up the fast and stressful corporate world. I felt it was time to pay back to society in my own small way so I joined the St Vincent de Paul society through my church (The Sacred Heart in Flitwick).
Through the SVP and church we meet to decide where we can go to offer time and company to those who could be lonely and could do with a bit of a distraction from their daily world and Taymer was on my list.
I started coming to Taymer from the start back in 2007 and I would talk to as many as I could each time but Lydia soon became a special visit for me and I quite took her to my heart. Clever, intelligent, bright and quite strong minded, she soon became an inspiration to me and with so many wonderful stories to tell and she so loved a game, crossword or jigsaw puzzle.
Many others that I visited in Taymer and in their own homes and other establishments have since sadly passed away but Lydia is still there to welcome me every Wednesday! I would take her out on occasions to garden centres and Milton Keynes for some shopping. To church for a service and a small social with tea and coffee after and she has even been back to my house to sit out in the sunshine just for a break away from the home. She has been such good company each time and a pleasure!
Adele then joined the SVP 3 years ago and she accompanied me on my visits to Taymer .She too is totally taken by Lydia!
We then both continued to visit Taymer weekly and we took Lydia out on occasions for walks along the river in Bedford, for lunch and to the shops and on one occasion we took her to Willen Lake for a good day out . She was well prepared with her hat and we had rugs in the car to keep her warm. The weather could have been a bit kinder to us but at least it stayed dry . After a full circuit walk we stopped to enjoy an al- fresco small picnic of salmon and cucumber sandwiches and strawberries before going in to the cafe for some hot tea and cakes. Never short of conversation her stories would always keep us amused and amazed! I have no doubt she slept well that night after all that fresh air! As did we!
Sadly now we are unable to take her out as we do not have the transport to support her needs but we still come every Wednesday and we play Triominoes regularly. She may be 94 now but she can still beat us at it !
Father Dennis from our Church visits Taymer regularly too. Talking to many of the residents, sometimes having a good sing song with them as he loves to sing, and being very pro-active in their entertainment when he could. He too has been great with Lydia inviting her to many British Legion events which I know she has loved.
Taymer is a wonderful home. It has always welcomed us as visitors and there is always a cuppa to hand. The staff are great. Warm and friendly and nothing is ever too much trouble. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming too which makes such a difference and as Lydia says, the care is excellent. To quote, " I am 94 and still here" so it must be good!
I would like to credit Heather too who has transformed the activity side of things so amazingly since she started there and made this home the best !
" We would be very grateful if you could pass this message on to your staff please? Just came to Taymer rather reluctantly for a trial lunch some 11 months ago. She said “I’m not going into one of those places”. However, when we brought her home after lunch in Taymer, she said that if she could not go back permanently to Taymer she would starve herself to death – she did not regret her decision.
During the 11 months that she spent with you, she was so well looked after that we had no worries and neither had she. Her life was becoming very difficult in the flat where she lived previously and with all of the worries removed from her shoulders she was able to have a pleasant life again amongst friends and a wonderful staff.
Near the end of her time at Taymer, as you are aware, she was totally reliant on the staff to do everything for her and she was never let down. You have been diligent, kind, professional and above all friendly. We have also enjoyed the wit that was abundant from the staff – that’s what makes the world so much of a better place to be.
Thanks must also go to the good food that was cooked with older people in mind. From losing weight before she came to Taymer, the trend was reversed immediately she arrived. Near the end she was unable to appreciate this good food, but even then with her change in dietary requirements, you catered for her different needs with such great care.
We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making the last parts of her life so much more pleasant than it could have been. We know that now she has gone, we will miss her, but we also appreciate that she had a full healthy and very long life – nearly 96 years. We also know that we have moved up in the seniority pecking order in our family and we will be the next to enter a nursing home. We’ll choose Taymer.
Many, many thanks to all of you who cared for her so well."
Gayle & Michael Stevenson
To all at Taymer Nursing Home,
Thank you so much for Jeens lovely flowers and to those who were able to come to the service. On behalf of all her family, this is a big thank you to each and everyone of you for the care, kindness & patience you gave her. The fact that she spent nearly 2 years with you is testament as to how well she was looked after. I miss our regular visits to see her and everyone else . We all know that she is in a safe and happy place now with my uncle. You must feel the loss of any resident you come to know very well. Thank you all again. You made my life better to know she was being cared for so well.
Perhaps, I’ll see you all again some time.
With love and best wishes.
Just a line to let you all know, that I am settling into my normal routine at home, and to express my thanks to you all for my stay at Taymer over the Christmas period. It was a enjoyable time for me, and the care and attention of all the staff made my Christmas a very happy one.
We would like you to know how much we appreciate the professionalism of the members of the staff and in particular Maggie. Under her excellent leadership the residents receive a very high level of loving attention, whether it be medical or their personal wellbeing.
When visiting a relative in the Taymer, it is like joining a family and visitors be they relative or friend are also made most welcome. The atmosphere is very friendly and nothing is too much trouble for any member of staff. Maggie is to be congratulated for the smooth running of the Home. Shaun provides excellent catering and ensures individual residents needs are met. His organisation and the time he gives helps to make the Taymer the superb home that it is.
My mother died on 20th February in familiar surroundings with every member of staff caring for her special needs during the later days of her life.
The Taymer Nursing Home is a home to be proud of and the reputation in the area is second to none – for this we Thank you.