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1 Apr 2015

Professor Julienne Meyer CBE (Research and Development Lead for Quality of Care for Older People and Executive Director of My Home Life programme at City University London) recently visited Marlborough Court Care Home with colleagues to see its award winning services.

Julienne and her colleagues, Jessica Watson (Social Action Officer at My Home Life) and Jane Winter (Workforce Development at Health Education England) were interested in knowing more about how care homes connect with their local community and were really impressed with the Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight that had been run by Marlborough Court in 2014, linked to the National Care Home Open Day.

Julienne chatted to residents and viewed all areas of the home, particularly enjoying and commenting on the sensory garden area, “It’s a lovely engaging garden – I could stay here all day.”

Care Home Manager Maggie Candy said of the visit, “We are always pleased to show off our outstanding facilities, and it was fantastic to welcome Julienne and her colleagues to visit Marlborough Court.”

Last autumn, Marlborough Court gained PEARL accreditation for its specialist residential dementia unit, as well as opening an £80,000 sensory dementia garden area.

Most recently the home was awarded a £5000 bursary, from the Foundation of Nursing Studies, for its innovative programme of yoga in dementia care.

Pictured: Maggie Candy presenting flowers to Professor Julienne Meyer CBE.


30 Mar 2015

Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw was among the guests to open the brand new Tyne Teas Pitstop at Howdon Care Centre, set up to help people in the area living with dementia. He was joined by North Tyneside Council chairman Tommy Mulvenna and Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director for Four Seasons in the North East.

Open every day, the café will provide a relaxing environment for residents to sit with their loved ones and enjoy tea and light refreshments, and has been decorated to reflect the history of the area.

Ruth Todd, Home Manager said, “Our dementia café will give residents the opportunity to spend quality time with their families in a calm setting, which will help to enhance their wellbeing. It will also provide a space in which people can learn more about dementia and receive any support they might need.”

In addition, the café will hold two open days each month to offer advice and support for people from the local community who are interested in Howdon Care Centre for themselves or a relative.


27 Mar 2015

Melanie Bowden, Practice Support Manager from the Northern Ireland Region, was a delegate at the RCN Education Conference at the East Midlands National Conference centre, Nottingham on 10th March. The RCN Education Forum national conference provides an opportunity to share evidence, good practice and new policy information in relation to the delivery of education for nursing and health. This includes on-going professional development, education and support of staff and students within nursing and related health and social care.

Melanie led one of the sessions under the theme of partnership working, which was the only presentation from the independent sector. She spoke to an audience of NHS educators, RCN professional officers and university staff about how the preceptorship of newly qualified local and overseas nurses had been managed in the Northern Ireland region of Four Seasons Health Care.

Much discussion across the two days was about closer collaborative working of nurse practitioners and educators across acute, community, NHS and independent care sectors.


26 Mar 2015

Residents, staff and visitors at Ringshill Care Home in Huntingdon found out who ‘ate all the pies’ when they celebrated British Pie Week.

To mark the week, Ringshill participated in a pie tasting challenge and everyone thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the versatility of the sweet and savoury. The savoury pies on offer were; steak & kidney, cheese & onion, egg &bacon and chicken & mushroom, followed by some sweet treats; apple & clove, lemon meringue, and mincemeat. Top of the polling for savoury was steak & kidney and the sweet favourite was lemon meringue pie.

British Pie Week is held at the beginning of March. Pies are one of the nation’s favourite dishes and with so many different varieties and variations, it’s no surprise! This pie week celebrates the pie – whether sweet or savoury, short-crust or puff topped.

Home Administrator, Vee Wheeler said: “We like to take part in as many different activities as we can. Pies are such a favourite at Ringshill we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate how good they are by marking British Pie Week. The residents, staff and visitors that joined us have thoroughly enjoyed it.


23 Mar 2015

Residents and staff at Park House Care Home in Northants recently invited their family, friends and members of the local community to take part in a fundraising event to raise awareness for Dementia UK.

The home organised a ‘Time for a Cuppa!’ day and held a tea party with many tasty treats. Staff at Park house dressed up in purple and baked a selection of cakes to show support for Dementia UK and the admiral Nurses who work closely with those experiencing dementia.

Park House Administration Manager, Heidi Smith said: “Taking part in this event has been a huge amount of fun and it was great to see everyone at the home enjoying themselves. It’s for such an important cause that is very close to all of our hearts and I’m very glad to be able to do our bit to support Dementia UK.”

The home toasted the fundraising event with a pot of the finest Tetley’s tea!

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