Tales of the Urban Explorer: Briarmede Care Home
We had been procrastinating about 'Briarmede Care Home' for some time. This was not due to apathy, but more lack of intelligence.
It’s a little off the beaten track, and wasting 30 minutes would not be conducive to our tight schedules.
One week it was open, then next it was doom and gloom and those words I don't want to hear…
…‘It’s been sealed again’…
This was to be my last explore (or so I thought), before retiring for the winter months. @anidiotexplores had other ideas about that, which I can discuss in the next chapter.
Middleton care home could face enforcement action by watchdog
A little digging provided me all I needed to see.
It was doomed and closed shortly after in late 2019. Click the links if you want to read more.
Closure of care home leaves 24 elderly people - including a 103-year-old - in urgent need of a new place to live
Parking none too close, we jumped a small wall snickering at the non-obstructive barriers, and headed for the back of the house, and out of sight.
A wonderful sight assaulted our eyes.
“Can it be this easy?”, I stammered to @anidiotexplores in confusion.
I got silence in response as he had already vanished into the gloom of the large house.
Following quickly and a little slower I entered a dark and wet corridor.
You know someone needs to figure out where to aim. The crappers were relatively clean inside ‘Briarmede Care Home’.
For fuck sake, there’s no need for this; dirty bastards.
The wankers had beaten us to it. I was expecting a ransacked building walking down this corridor.
Sights such as these surprise me little. Throwing the nice leather chair around takes effort. Why bother?
There was plenty left, you need to take away the positives (and try to forget about the shit, I mean literally).
The old dears need lots of clothing, and lots were left. I was not going to dig in looking for old knickers.
It looks normal, almost.
Just like living in a hotel, everyone has their own room, complete with a number.
Many of them appeared to be in decent condition. Maybe we were not too late after all.
Brian Taylor was born in 1934. Apply Galaxy to his balls, twice a day it says.
Very comfortable, the homeless could sleep here but they always wreck places with needles, fags, and beer.
Even my light was having trouble penetrating those dark corridors.
The wallpaper is suitably old. Keeping the resident's mindset fixed in the 1980s is a priority.
In the old breakfast room; now there are inkjet printer boxes on the menu.
How I would have loved to play that piano. Pulled down by mindless idiots and destroyed.
You can’t go wrong with ‘The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly’
The letter is pre-covid and looking dire. 'Briarmede Care Home' never made it to the COVID era, but likely would have folded then.
It's little wonder care home workers leave often. Inspecting and cleaning the Urethra of old people can't be much fun.
Plenty of entertainment for the residents, though I’m not sure you can call Susan Boyle that.
Very wrecked and yet still plenty of goodies to mooch through.
Those chairs remind me of ‘Mossley Manor’, but in much better shape.
There are still a lot of valuables in 'Briarmede Care Home'. They need to do a better job of keeping the likes of me out.
Apologies Miss Morley, but now you need to pay to watch the telly; ridiculous and this letter probably scared the shit out of her.
'We are making it as easy as possible for you' - READ: Give us your fucking money.
Still using CRTs in this day and age? They used to give me migraines.
It’s almost perfect. Just lose the flowers.
In other rooms, it was obvious people had been bedding down. Tidy up for fuck sake!
That’s me with the torch.
On lovely summer days, the residents would sit in those uncomfortable metal chairs and take in the rays.
Do not put ‘what’ down the toilets?
Not ripped off the walls yet. The wankers were not totally on form that day.
Playing Cards costs? Some of these things should be accountable, others are taking the piss.
Terrible grammar. Someone needs to learn English.
This one is going back some time when things were good and our government did not neglect care so much.
What a mess and the pungency level was quite severe. It's not going to pass Health and Safety like this.
‘Dirty Pots’, that’s probably cups of tea when finished. Many must have been smashed.
There’s plenty of tea still kicking around if you are thirsty and don’t mind it cold.
Ensure Compact is a 125 ml, ready-to-drink, nutritionally complete* oral nutritional supplement for people with, or at risk of developing disease-related malnutrition.
Amongst other things, it's for treating malnutrition. I shudder to think. Feed them Bacon butties and they will be much happier.
Maybe the Ensure Compact was an alternative due to those terrible kitchen conditions.
‘Today’s Menu’ is not particularly extensive. Lite Bites and Cakes. Dietary needs I see were not high on the agenda at 'Briarmede Care Home'.
Taurus Security, your Manned Guards should be sacked. Not one was to be seen.
It was quite the blast in there. Lots left to see and a few things I would prefer to not have seen.
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