Our care news
15 Apr 2015
Residents from several Four Seasons care homes in Northumberland revived the traditional tea dance when they get together for a social afternoon on Wednesday 25th March at the New Delaval & Newsham Working Men’s Club. They were joined by friends, relatives and staff, as well as members of the local community.
As well as taking to the dance floor, guests were invited to take part in a singalong session and bingo. There was a range of refreshments served and a chance to take part in a free raffle.
Tracie White, Regional Manager for Four Seasons in the North East said, “The social afternoon is a great way for residents to get out to enjoy themselves, to meet people from other Four Seasons care homes and engage with members of the wider local community. We are planning to make the event a regular monthly occurrence.”
The afternoon and early evening dances, with a civilised break for tea and refreshments, are coming back into vogue. Before the 1950s, tea dances were a popular way to socialise; however, they declined in the 60s as the club and disco scene emerged. They are now beginning to make a return to popularity, possibly linked to the success of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
13 Apr 2015
Shauna Rooney, a Staff Nurse at Rush Hall Care Home in Limavady, has been shortlisted for the 2015 national Nursing Standard Nurse Awards.
Qualifying as a nurse only two years ago, Shauna was nominated for the award by Gary Cousins, Infection Control and Clinical Development Nurse for Four Seasons Health Care Northern Ireland, after implementing a successful Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) pilot programme in the home. Shauna also helped other staff members to develop their knowledge of IPC and understand how the theory could be best applied in clinical practice.
Avoiding the spread of infections is important, particularly within a care home environment, as older people tend to have a weaker immune system. Additionally care homes often provide care for residents who may be living with a cognitive impairment and therefore are not as aware of the risk of infection. As a result, staff need to be able to help with hygiene measures to avoid preventable illness.
Gary said, “We are delighted that Shauna is a finalist for the 2015 Nursing Standard Nurse Awards. Her dedication to developing her fellow staff members’ understanding of best IPC care meant that the pilot programme was a resounding success, and we wish her the best of luck.”
The Nursing Standard Nurse Awards recognise nursing professionals across the UK who have demonstrated clinical excellence and whose innovations have helped to improve the quality of patient care. Finalists from each category will attend the award ceremony on 1st May at The Savoy Hotel in London, and all winners will be considered for the overall award, RCN Nurse of the Year 2015.
8 Apr 2015
The Mayor of Wokingham presented five staff members at Murdoch House in Berkshire with a prestigious award to recognise their long service to the home.
If you add together all the years, including two 20-year awards, the five staff members have 98 years’ service in total. Senior Care Assistants, Susan Galsworthy and Vicky Chapman came to work at Murdoch House straight from school, aged 16. They have 41 years’ service between them. Senior Care Assistant, Janet Nugent has been with us for 24 years; Deputy Manager, Marie Hughes for 17 years and Housekeeper, Wendy Chapman has worked for us for 16 years.
Home Manager, Christine Tyrrell said, “We are delighted to be celebrating a total of 98 years of loyal service to Murdoch House. They have all demonstrated their dedication and loyalty to the home and our residents year after year. I’m looking forward to many more years of working with each and every one of them!”
Next year, Home Manager, Christine will be celebrating her 10 years at Murdoch along with another three members of staff, taking the long service total up to 138!
7 Apr 2015
Belmont and Holywood Care Home’s in Northern Ireland recently celebrated National Nutrition and Hydration Week by running special events to mark the importance of good food and drink for those in their care.
This week is a great chance for us to develop a range of activities aimed at highlighting to our staff, residents and their loved ones just how important good hydration and nutrition are. We have done this by holding tea parties with plenty of tasty treats and a selection of different teas, coffees and chilled drinks.
Practice Support Manager, Melanie Bowden said, “Our chefs are trained to meet specific dietary requirement for everyone they are preparing meals for as well as taking into account all their likes and dislikes. They give a lot of thought to their menus and of course, residents are consulted about what they’d like to see on there. It’s so important to get it right.”
5 Apr 2015
North Court Care Home in Bury St Edmunds has recognised the first-rate level of care that Management, Administrators, Activities coordinators, Nurses, Carers and Ancillary Staff within the home, bring to their role everyday by awarding them a Recognition of Caring and Kindness (ROCK) Award. Home Manager, Bill Mason presented the awards during their St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that specifically highlights the impact Four Season Health Care employees have made on the lives of people living in one of their care homes. It is an internal prize where individual colleagues or staff teams are nominated for an award by residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.
Home Manager, Bill Mason commented, “I am delighted to present such a high number of ROCK Awards to my team and reward them in this way. They are our most valuable resource and the reason we are able to deliver the best possible care to meet our residents’ needs. It is an honour to work with each and every one of them.”
There were 26 awards in total and one of the nominations was for Bill Mason. He was nominated by a relative for his, “Continued improvement of North Court and for his commitment, understanding and kindness.”