Sharma humbled by spirit of residents at Beacher Hall care home
31st May 2012
On Tuesday 29th May, MP for Reading West Alok Sharma visited Bupa’s Beacher Hall Nursing Centre, which is located along the Bath Road within one mile of the town centre. Alok joined in with the residents’ morning physiotherapy session and was given a tour of the Centre by Care Home Manager Lisa Mitchell.
Beacher Hall primarily provides care for people with physical disabilities. The Centre specialises in treating patients with brain injuries sustained as a result of an accident or disease. Beacher Hall cares for residents with Parkinson's disease and MS and also offers care for elderly residents with life-limiting diseases. The home offers both long-term care and respite.
On his tour, Alok was shown Beacher Hall’s fully equipped physiotherapy suite where a team of therapists offer specialist rehabilitation. Lisa explained that new residents are assessed to establish their individual needs, and that the home will then support those needs through a variety of therapies including Reiki, aromatherapy and associated massage. A multi-disciplinary team from the local community provide the range of care offered by the Centre and this team includes a doctor, dietitian, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.
Lisa Mitchell, Care Home Manager at Beacher Hall, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to show Mr Sharma around the home to meet my wonderful team of staff and many of our residents and their families. It was a beautiful day so we were able to spend some time in the gardens and talk him through our plans for the outside Jubilee party next week which we’re all really looking forward to.”
Alok said: “I was incredibly moved when I heard some of the stories about the great adversity and very unfortunate circumstances which so many of the residents at the home had to overcome. Despite this, the residents that I met were clearly in good heart and spirits and I wish all of them and their families the very best for their recovery and stay at the home.”
Photo: Alok and Lisa Mitchell with care home resident Des Cummins and some of the other residents during the morning physiotherapy session.