Our care news
25 Oct 2016
Sheila Stones, a resident at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham has found her green fingers and made growing veg a new hobby of hers.
“For the last three months, Sheila has been on watering duty every morning for our tomato plant,” explains Home Manager, Angela Muir. “The tomatoes started to arrive a month ago and have been observed by our Hallgarth family ever since.
“The tomatoes spend the morning listening to Radio 2, as well as spending time with our poetry club. We’d all given up hope of them ever turning red, but not Sheila, and her perseverance paid off with lots of our tomatoes turning red at the same time.
“Then we hit another problem…Sheila isn’t keen on tomatoes. So next year she’s putting her green fingers and faith into growing strawberries instead.”
Thought for the day…
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
25 Oct 2016
A D-Day Veteran from Greenwich in London was honoured for the part he played in the liberation of France.
Charles Sullivan, 96, received the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest award at a ceremony held on Friday 21st October 2016 in Cypress Court Care Home in Crewe where he currently resides.
Charles Sullivan, served in the Light Infantry and was originally sent to the Middle East. It was there he joined the Cheshire Regiment and went onto land in Normandy.
Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe and Nantwich had the honour of presenting Mr Sullivan with his medal. During the presentation he commended Charles for everything he did, saying “We owe our freedom to you.”
Charles Sullivan said: “I was just one of many who went to war. It brings back a lot of memories about people and my friends who are no longer here. I feel honoured to have received this award.”
Paul Lewis, the Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care in Cheshire and Staffordshire said: “This was a very moving ceremony. It’s great that Mr Sullivan has had the recognition he deserves. I’m very humbled that I had the pleasure to share this celebration with him.”
Whilst residing at Cypress Court, Mr Sullivan has made good friends with another military veteran, Cypress Court’s caretaker Frank. Franks keeps Mr Sullivan involved in the military life style, often swapping stories and taking him to the local British Legion. Frank also arranged for some military personnel to attend Mr Sullivan’s celebration.
25 Oct 2016
The care team at Dounemount Care Home in Macduff have been keeping residents busy by making sure they have lots to keep them entertained.
First on the agenda, local entertainer ‘Monty’ got everyone in the singing and dancing mood. The residents belted out some of their favourite songs from across the years.
Once the musical intermission was finished, the residents welcomed some four legged friends into the home as part of their Pet Therapy sessions.
Kay Robertson, Home Manager, said: “The residents loved seeing the dogs who relished all of the attention they were given. The time they spent with us seemed to go far too quick!”
Finally, a couple of residents took a trip down memory lane as they visited the library in Macduff.
Kay Robertson, Home Manager, said: “Angela, our Personal Activities Lead took the residents to the library. The librarian, Majorie Nicholson, did a fantastic job sourcing some pictures of Macduff from our residents’ childhood. They had a lovely afternoon reminiscing.”
24 Oct 2016
Everything went a bit topsy turvy at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside, as Alice and her friends came through the looking glass to spend some time in the home.
On Thursday 6th October 2016, the home threw a tea party that the Mad Hatter himself would have been proud of.
Sheila Gesma, Home Manager, explains: “The team dressed up as characters from the film Alice in Wonderland and helped serve our woodland inspired tea. Jack our entertainer provided light relief by getting the residents singing their heart out.
“One of our Care Assistants, Grazina Povillatyte showed off her Salsa moves to rapturous applause.
“Everyone who came to the event had a fantastic time, and were sad to wave goodbye to Alice and her friends.”
Grazina Povillatye, Care Assistant, said: “The party was so much fun. It was nice to see the residents enjoying themselves, especially Jimmy, who was showing off his Salsa moves with me.”
24 Oct 2016
Residents in Bristol’s Bishopsmead Lodge Care Home mastered the art of stenciling on Wednesday 12th October 2016.
Francaise Miles, Home Manager, said: “Phillip from Creative Minds helped the residents to understand how stenciling can be therapeutic. The results were amazing! Ruby was so proud of her work that she wanted to show it to everyone in the home. It now hangs pride of place in her bedroom. The residents enjoy activities like this because it’s a fun thing to do and it gets them talking about the best colours to use.”