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14 Dec 2017

The team at Havencourt Care Home in Stonehaven came together to celebrate multiple colleague achievements at the home.

Chris Rose and Jamie Nicoll completed their SVQ Level 2, Lavinia Rose completed her SVQ Level 3. Vicky Costello and Iwona Lutchman have completed their Senior Nurse Care Assistant Programme.

SVQs are based on national standards which are drawn up by people from industry, commerce and education. They are badges or benchmarks of competence, so they work as a guarantee that someone who holds an SVQ can do the job the qualification covers.

Senior Nursing Care Assistants take on a higher level of responsibility and provide special resident experiences every day. The role can, and has, inspired many to explore further development pathways into Nursing or Home Management.

Rhona McGregor, Home Manager, said: “I’m very proud of the team here. They’ve worked really hard and thoroughly deserve this recognition. The skills they’ve learnt will further enhance the care they give to the residents here at Havencourt, which from what I can see is an added bonus, as the team here are already doing a fantastic job.”

Are you looking for a care home in Stonehaven? Havencourt Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care, specialist care and intermediate care.


14 Dec 2017

As part of Oaktree Care Home in Yate’s festive preparations, they wanted to make sure everyone had the opportunity to meet Santa.

Leading the way was resident kitty cat Oakley, although when he met the big man, he seemed less than impressed.

Denise Mackereth, Home Manager, said: “The festive spirit has definitely hit Oaktree. Everyone, except Oakley, was excited to see our inflatable Santa. It definitely got us in the mood to see the real thing. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Oaktree.”

Are you looking for a care home in Yate? Oaktree Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

13 Dec 2017

Residents, relatives and the care team from Hilltop Manor Care Home in Tunstall enjoyed a Christmas Party provided by DHL Supply Chain.

DHL are a local business that actively support their local community, and they sponsored the event. Hilltop Manor’s party was a suggestion put forward to the company, by a relative of a resident who thought everyone deserved it for their hard work.

The party had everything, from an entertainer singing music from the 50s right up to present day, lots of games, lovely food and a bit of afternoon tea.

Kathleen Barcroft, Home Manager, said: “Everyone had a brilliant day. I want to thank the relative for putting us forward for this experience. It definitely brought some festive cheer to Hilltop Manor. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”

Are you looking for a care home in Tunstall? Hilltop Manor Care Home provides support for nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


13 Dec 2017

Residents, relatives and the care team from Northlea Court Care Home in Cramlington have started to get into the festive spirit by embracing all things Christmas.

From making personalised cards and gifts, to enjoying the Christmas Fayre complete with a visit from Santa and his little helper, to a Christmas meal out at the Astley Arms.

Sandra Smith, Home Manager, said: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year and everyone has been having lots of fun. Our Christmas Fayre was a huge success and raised a fantastic £632.50 which will help to provide special experiences for our residents. I want to thank everyone who donated. Merry Christmas from Northlea Court.”

Are you looking for a care home in Cramlington? Northlea Court Care Home offers support for residential care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


13 Dec 2017

April 2017 saw Four Seasons’ Health Care Grampian Region launch their VIP (Values In Practice) initiative which rewards people for living the Four Seasons values of being:

  • Respectful
  • Trusted
  • Caring
  • and Making a Difference

Stacey Patillo, Care Assistant at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside has been crowned VIP for the month of November after being nominated by colleagues, residents and relatives.

Stacey joined the team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in September 2012 and she has consistently showed genuine care and kindness to the residents, relatives and colleagues.

Lynn Winchester said, “Stacey goes out of her way to welcome relatives and to chat to me about Mum”.

Another relative Jean Fiddes commented, “Stacey is very attentive to all. Nothing is no bother, and she is neat and tidy at all times and is so likeable with everyone”.

Sheila Gesma, Home Manager, said: “Stacey is very much deserving for this recognition, she is known to everybody at Laurels Lodge to be a soft-spoken, gentle and caring person. Stacey also go and do that extra mile to provide very good care to our residents. Well done Stacey and thank you for all you do!”

Sylvia Nicoll, Regional Manager for Grampian, said: “No matter how big or small the action or the gesture is, the VIP Awards are an opportunity to say thank you to people who go above and beyond the call of duty every day to make a difference to our residents’ lives.

“Congratulations Stacey, you should all be really proud of your success.”

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