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St John Home

Other Services

St John Home
St John Home

Physiotherapy:

The Home employs its own Physiotherapist who visits three mornings a week. She assesses each new resident on arrival to ensure they have the right equipment and aids and gives treatment and advice if required. She also holds a weekly Movement to Music Session. Her services are free of charge to residents.

Chiropody:

Martin Drew, a qualified chiropodist, visits the Home each month. A small fee is incurred if you wish to see him.

Hairdressing:

Lynette Ledger, a local hairdresser, visits the Home every two weeks.

MiniBus:
Minibus Service for Appointments We have a minibus which is adapted to take wheelchairs and wherever possible, can be used to transport residents to hospital, opticians and dentist appointments.

Electric Scooter:

We have an electric scooter which residents can use to travel around the grounds or to the local park or shops.

Shop:

The Home has a small shop, which is usually stocked with toiletries, biscuits, sweets and other popular items. A volunteer visits each room every Monday with a trolley full of shop items for sale.

Library:

The Home runs a weekly library service where a selection of library books from the local county lending library is available and large print books, audio tapes and specific requests can be ordered. This is run by one of our many loyal volunteers.

Spiritual Care:

St. John’s Home welcomes people of any faith or none. No pressure is put on any resident to participate in any religious activities.

The Sisters welcome any who would like to join them in the Daily Office or Eucharist in the Upton Chapel. On Sundays the sacrament can be brought to frail or sick residents either in their room or in the sitting room.

Our residents can meet clergy of their chosen denomination at any time. For those of a different denomination or religion, we do our utmost to help them attend a place of worship of their choice, or have someone from there visit them.

Many residents are concerned about what will happen on their death. In the unfortunate event of bereavement, families can expect every possible support from staff. Our staff take great pains to ensure previously expressed wishes of residents are fully respected after they have died. We will comply with any planned funeral arrangements specifically in respect to residents’ chosen faith and religious beliefs. If requested, we can usually make arrangements for the funeral to be held in the Convent chapel, when again residents’ preferences are taken into careful consideration.

End of Life Care:

We take great pride in our standard of care and consideration given to End of Life Care. Staff undergo thorough training in respect of caring for people at this stage of their life and our aim is whenever possible to care for each and every resident until the end of their lives and after.

We undertake “Last Offices” which means that we continue to care after death has occurred, ensuring that relatives and friends of the resident have the opportunity whenever possible to spend time to say their goodbyes in a quiet, sensitive and peaceful environment.

Over the years relatives and friends have always voiced their gratitude at the wonderful care and sensitivity given at end of life: 

"I write to thank all at St. John’s Home for their immense kindness and care of my Aunt, especially in the last few days of her life, but also throughout the time she was a resident. Having someone with her by day and night in the final hours of her life must have been a very great consolation. There is a feeling that her long life is itself an achievement, and your care of her over all the years is part of that achievement. It must have meant everything to her to be surrounded by people who shared her faith with her, especially during the final days and hours."

"Thank you to the staff, who looked after my father so well before his death. My family and I will never forget the wonderful care he received at St. John’s, especially during his final illness, and we will always be so grateful to you all."       

"First of all may I say how lovely the service was, together with the beautiful chapel and the feeling of peace and loving care around the home. We did not know anyone there yet were made so very welcome. .. was very fortunate to spend her last few years at St. John’s and we thank you for all the kindness shown to her. We were highly impressed with St. John’s, the welcome, the surroundings, the grounds, the chapel and the lovely food."

"I write to thank all at St. John’s Home for their immense kindness and care of my Aunt, especially in the last few days of her life, but also throughout the time she was a resident. Having someone with her by day and night in the final hours of her life must have been a very great consolation. There is a feeling that her long life is itself an achievement, and your care of her over all the years is part of that achievement. It must have meant everything to her to be surrounded by people who shared her faith with her, especially during the final days and hours."

Due to the homely atmosphere at St. John’s – it is so touching that the more active residents often come forward and offer to sit with the terminally ill resident, as the Home does not believe anyone should be on their own at this time of life. Death is not seen as sudden “full stop” at St. John’s – we like to think that everything is taken at a gentle pace to suit the family and friends whenever possible.  Our friendship with families often continues for many years – and we are always delighted to see them at our social events and keep in touch.

The Convent Chapel:

Many of our residents appreciate the services and music in the very fine adjacent chapel. The All Saints convent chapel is open to residents at all times and they are welcome to attend any of the services. It was designed by Sir Ninian Comper and is well known for its stone rood-screen and the graceful carving of the choir stalls.
The prayer and worship of the Sisters, both privately and in chapel, forms an integral part of the daily life of the Home, which many residents seem to value. A few come regularly to Vespers, or early morning Communion with the Sisters, but some prefer the special service on Sunday or the late Communion service during the week, which fit in with the slower rhythm of life in the Home.

The Chapel       The Chapel

The Convent Guesthouse:

The Sisters run Brownlow House, a guest house situated in the grounds of the Home. This is intended primarily for visitors to the Convent, but it is often possible to provide overnight rooms for people who have come some distance to see relatives and friends in St. John’s Home. For more information, please contact the Guest Sister on 01865 249127.

St Johns Home Convent Guesthouse