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31 Mar 2016

The team at Havencourt Care Home in Stonehaven, has recently been praised for their care and kindness.

Regional Manager Sylvia Nicol presented Senior Nursing Care Assistant Aleksandra Kedziona and Deputy Home Manager Catriona Torrie with their ROCK awards. The home also received an overall award in Recognition of the Care and Kindness (ROCK) of the whole team.

Aleksandra and Catriona were nominated for the award by Professor Charlie Weir, whose father was looked after by the staff during his last days.

In his nomination letter, Professor Weir said: “On behalf of his family friends I would like to thank you and your staff for looking after my dad during the last month of his life.

“Whenever I visited him, I was always impressed by the way staff regularly looked in on him and made sure that he did not require anything.

“Although it is a little unfair to mention individuals, I must say something about two members of staff whom I had most contact with.

“First, Cat who made sure that I was kept fully up-to-date with information relating to my dad.

“This was done in a thoroughly professional and sympathetic way.

“She also frequently popped in to see my dad when I was there and made sure that everything was fine.

“Secondly, Aleksandra who, whenever I visited, was cheerful and almost always with my dad during his last weeks.

“She was caring, sympathetic, cheerful and able to get my dad to drink/eat when it seemed that he wouldn’t.

“She made sure that he was comfortable and not distressed.

“I was very impressed, her caring attitude and general overall kindness is something that will stay with us for a long time.

“From my opinion, Havencourt has very good staff and provides a caring environment for people like my dad.

“The staff do a difficult job and I am grateful to them for everything they did.

The letter was read to the staff before they were presented with their awards.

Sylvia Nicol said: “Congratulations to Aleksandra and Catriona on their awards. All of the team at Havencourt work extremely hard putting the resident’s needs first, and providing fantastic care. I am extremely proud of this team.”

A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that specifically highlights the impact a Four Season Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of their care homes. An internal prize, staff are nominated for an award by either residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.

South-Park-Yorks-PJ-day

30 Mar 2016

Residents were treated to a surprise last week, when the team turned up for work, ready for bed.

Instead of turning up for work in their usual uniforms, the team at South Park Care Home in York, decided to wear their pyjamas – and other nightwear – to the home.

Joanne Fisher, Home Manager said: “Everyone had a lot of fun on PJ day. One of the team came in her Minnie Mouse onesie, complete with its own tail, which entertained the residents immensely. PJ day saw us do something a little different to brighten up the residents’ day.”

Once the team were back in their normal uniform, they welcomed a new and now regular visitor to the home. The vicar from the local church is going to drop in once a month to hold an afternoon session of hymns and prayers.

“It was a lovely afternoon with the vicar, and residents and their relatives all commented on how lovely the session was,” added Joanne Fisher.

To finish the week off, residents and their relatives were treated to an afternoon of singing and dancing when they welcomed singers from the local hospital. A fabulous time was had by all.

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sunderland care homes awards

30 Mar 2016

Michelle Richardson and David Thompson have been honoured for their kind-hearted and caring approach to their job

On 17th March at Victoria Lodge Care Home in Sunderland a ceremony recognised the first-rate level of care that Michelle Richardson (Activities Coordinator) and David Thompson (Maintenance Person) within the home, bring to their role everyday by awarding them a Recognition of Caring and Kindness (ROCK) Award. Michelle and David were joined recently in the home by Laura Tindle, Home Manager as well as Deputy Mayor Councillor Alan Emerson who presented then with the award in front of Residents, their relatives, colleagues and peers.

The first is for Michelle Richardson, Activities Coordinator who was nominated by resident Marie Mill, who stated “Michelle is very caring and doesn’t let you down. She is a very nice person. She tries to find lots of things for us to do and I appreciate that”.

The second is for Dave Thompson, Maintenance person who was nominated by resident Tom Richardson, who stated “No job is ever too big or too small. He will do anything to help anyone when asked”.

A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that specifically highlights the impact a Four Season Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of their care homes. An internal prize, staff are nominated for an award by either residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.

Laura Tindle, Care Home Manager, commented: “Our employees are our most valuable resource and the reason we are able to deliver the best possible care to meet residents’ needs. It is a delight to reward Michelle and Dave this way, and show appreciation for their exceptional hard work and dedication that helps to set Four Seasons Health Care apart.”

Victoria Lodge Care Home in Sunderland provides residential care, dementia care, nursing care and short-term respite care for elderley people in Tyne and Wear.

Easter

30 Mar 2016

The Easter Weekend saw many of us celebrate the occasion with friends and family. No matter whether you celebrated in a traditional or modern way, you marked the occasion in your own way. This was no different to our homes across the UK.

An Easter craft and chat club was in full swing at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham. The craft afternoon was dedicated to the designing and making of Easter bonnets for the ladies and boaters for the gentlemen. The different themes varied by colour, subject, even a bit of whatever the resident fancied. With a selection of flowers, feathers, papers, eggs, chicks and bunnies the display of finished hats was a beautiful sight to see.

Creating bonnets prior to Easter parties was a big feature in many of our homes. It’s great to see some of the creations people have created from Hartwell Care Home in Ecclesfield, The Lodge Care Home in Killamarsh, Cherry Trees Care Home in Barnsley and Southfield Court Care Home in Huddersfield.

Meanwhile at Ringshill Care Home in Huntingdon, they had a special visit from the Easter Bunny. The Anglia Co-operative Funeral Directors donated Easter eggs to the home’s raffle, all in aid of raising money for the residents’ entertainment fund. The two representatives turned up in bunny masks when they delivered the eggs, giving the residents something to chuckle about.

At South Park Care Home in York, they home had a very busy Easter period. They baked a selection of goodies for their Easter Fair and then held an egg hunt for residents and their families.

The team at Copper Beeches in Rochester dressed up for Easter to surprise residents and their families. Two tigers, a zebra and a giraffe – all equipped with bunny ears – helped residents and their relatives take part in an Easter egg hunt. A lovely day was had by all, with residents commenting on the lovely atmosphere within the home.

Residents at Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead took to the floor to work off some of their chocolate. A singer came in to entertain the residents, a few even persuaded Activity Coordinators Hayley Mercer and Karen Cullis into having a little jig.

The Easter Bunny also surprised residents, their families and the team at Flower Park Care Home in Doncaster and joined in with the Easter celebrations. The bunny came to say hello and delivered chocolate eggs to everyone. Some of the residents were thrilled to have shaken his hand and all of the children adored him.

St Catherine's Care Home in Bolton, held an Easter inspired event complete with cakes, a raffle and a seasonal game of bingo. The event was attended by residents, relatives and people from the local community. A total of $£400 was raised for the residents fund.

At Kestrel Lodge Care Home in Kirkby in Ashfield they held the biggest Easter party anyone has ever seen. Residents, relatives and the local community got involved in an easter egg hunt, tea party, raffle and listened to music from a local entertainer. A fantastic day was had by all.

At Havencourt Care Home in Stonehaven the staff and residents had a lovely Sunday roast lunch and took part in an Easter egg hunt that was organised by the Deputy Manager! They had a Bonnie Bonnet Competition where we designed and decorated Easter Bonnets. They held two competitions for the staff and residents alike.

care home awards

29 Mar 2016

It’s not every day the Mayor comes to visit. On Monday 14th March 2016, Castle Point Mayor Andrew Sheldon popped into Hopes Green Care Home in Benfleet to present the team with their Recognition of Care and Kindness (ROCK) award.

The team were nominated for the award by friends and family of the people in their care.

Joanna Kemp, Home Manager said: “It’s an honour to receive this award, and I’m so thankful to Mayor Andrew Sheldon for coming to present the award to the team. Well done guys, keep up the hard work.”

A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that specifically highlights the impact a Four Season Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of their care homes. Team members are nominated for an award by residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced team members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role

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