Our care news
30 Apr 2015
After weeks of anticipation from residents and staff, Monet the pony visited Northlea Court care home in Cramlington. Pony therapy has proved a huge success in the past, with residents really enjoying and benefitting from the interaction with the animals.
Firstly Monet visited all the residents in the dining room, before trotting off to the individual rooms of those residents who are less mobile. The gentle pony was a huge hit with everyone involved, and there were big smiles all around. This was a real family event with residents and their families, and even the children of some staff members, all getting the chance to interact with the friendly little pony.
Home Manager Sandra Smith said, “This is the second time pony therapy has visited Northlea Court, and once again it has been a truly memorable experience for all the residents and families. We look forward to having them back in the autumn. Lots of photos were taken on the day and are displayed at the home for those who want to see.”
28 Apr 2015
Catchpole Court Care Home in Suffolk recently received a signed photograph from Kylie Minogue that she sent to the home herself with a promise of tickets for her upcoming performance at Newmarket Races. Kylie sent the signed photograph to thank the team for looking after her Manager’s mum, Norah, during her recent stay at Catchpole Court.
Norah had a very good sense of humour and always appeared happy; she liked to joke with the team throughout the day and always joined in with singing.She enjoyed telling everyone stories about living in Ireland and often spoke of how proud she was of her son, Sean. Norah always looked forward to her daily visits from Sean until he left for Australia to meet up with Kylie. She would then ask her Husband for updates on how he was doing.
Norah was grateful for the care she received during her stay at Catchpole Court, and it would seem that her son and Kylie were too.
Home Manager, Marie Smale said, “It was a pleasure to have Norah staying with us, the signed photograph from Kylie is just the icing on the cake!”
24 Apr 2015
A relative whose husband is a resident at Ashcroft Care Home in Chesterfield, recently worked a 10 hour shift in the home. Judith Smith, who is in her 70s, donated the £140 she made during her sponsored shift at Ashcroft and donated it to the Resident’s Social Fund. Judith worked really hard, not just in her shift but also by looking after her husband who lives with dementia.
Home Manager, Yana Whitehouse said, “Judith is great and we had a lot of fun when she was on shift. She displayed so much kindness and caring to all of our residents and I believe she should be recognised for this.”
23 Apr 2015
Two members of staff at Northlea Court Care Home in Cramlington have been nominated for ROCK (Recognition of Care and Kindness) awards. Carol Birch and Lorraine Lewis have been honoured for their kind-hearted and caring approach to their job and were presented with their awards by Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director North East England.
Carol was nominated by Mrs Nancy Prior for consistently supporting residents to participate in activities to enrich their daily lives. Lorraine was also nominated by Mrs Nancy Prior for always making time to talk to the residents and always being caring and funny.
Tracie White, Regional 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 Carol and Lorraine this way, and show appreciation for their exceptional hard work and dedication that helps to set Four Seasons Health Care apart.”
20 Apr 2015
Staff and supporters at Riverside View Care Home in Darlington donned their walking boots to climb an iconic North Yorkshire hill to raise funds for their residents.
The dedicated team were joined by friends and family of the home’s residents to climb Roseberry Topping, a landmark 330m high hill near Great Ayton.
Despite the poor weather, the team managed to reach the summit and their efforts raised money to spend on activities and trips for Riverside View residents.
The walk was one of a variety of fundraising events organised by staff who continually raise money for the residents fund.
Home manager, Claire Westmorland said, “We battled through the wind and rain and reached the top of Roseberry Topping. Staff and relatives took part and we raised about £400 for the residents fund which was a great success.”