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13 Aug 2015

28 Four Seasons Health Care staff have been honoured for their kind-hearted and caring approach to their job

Members of Four Seasons’ staff from six care homes across Northumberland including Dolphin View, Beacon Farm, Wansbeck, Chasedale and Northlea Court have all received awards in recognition of their kind and caring approach to residents. The 28 care staff were nominated for the ROCK Award (Recognition of Caring and Kindness) by the residents and relatives they work with on a daily basis.

Nominees attended a special celebration in Choppington hosted by Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director who presented the winners with their awards in front of colleagues and peers.

Amanda Cunningham commented: “It’s a delight to reward our staff this way, and show appreciation for their exceptional hard work and dedication.”

A ROCK award recognises how a Four Seasons Health Care staff member has done an extraordinary job to make a real difference to the lives of the people living in one of their care homes nationwide.

To nominate a member of staff at Four Seasons Health Care please click here

13 Aug 2015

A resident at Catchpole Court Care Home in Sudbury recently entered a local radio competition and was taken completely by surprise when he found out he had won.

Ashley Favell, a resident at Catchpole, was listening to Radio Suffolk when he heard them announce their competition. A regular listener, Ashley thought it was time he entered as he was confident he knew the answer. ‘Which artist sang Tears of a Clown?’ was the question so he phoned in right away. The same day Ashley found out he had in fact won the competition which meant he had gained two tickets to the musical 'Sweet Charity' at a theatre in Ipswich.

He was over the moon that he had won the competition. An emotional Ashley told us “I have never won anything before; I am looking forward to enjoying my prize very much. I have always listened to these competitions but never thought to enter but I’m very glad I did!”

Marie Smale, Home Manager, was able to present Ashley with his prize at the home with all the residents there to share the special moment with him. Marie said “Ashley was delighted to find out that he had won such a wonderful prize. We are all extremely proud of him and are all excited for him to go to the musical. We can’t wait to hear all about it”.

Well done Ashley from all at Four Seasons Health Care.

residential care home dining room

12 Aug 2015

After working hard to get Rosie’s Bar open in time for their Summer Fete, Woodcot Lodge in Gosport has recently moved onto a bigger project to get their hands on. Maintenance man, Paul Lee, recently designed the whole of Rosie’s Bar and completed it all himself, but this was only the start of his creations.

The dining room at Woodcot Lodge has been transformed into a bright, modern, open space with tonnes of natural light for the residents to enjoy whilst eating their meals. Paul has redecorated the whole room and rearranged furniture for residents to use the room to their advantage. To help out with the display of the room, Tiffany Myhill, Head of Housekeeping, beautifully dressed the tables to give the dining room a restaurant feel. It was their idea to redecorate as they wanted to provide a new homely environment for residents and visitors.

Vickie Wylde, Home Manager, said “What a wonderful job Paul and Tiffany have done in designing our new dining room. It looks like a completely different room and definitely feels more like a real restaurant now. It’s so lovely to know that the residents will get to enjoy such a lovely peaceful room while they eat their meals or just socialise with other residents. It will be a perfect space to hold any future events I’m sure we will be arranging. I cannot fault the team at Woodcot, their constant strive to improve the lives of the people living here is so impressive. I am proud to be Home Manager at Woodcot”.

To find out about working for Four Seasons Health Care click here.

11 Aug 2015

As a celebration for the homes 21st Birthday, Brandon Lodge Care Home in Brandon put together an in house awards ceremony to show the appreciation to the team from both residents and relatives who see first-hand the commitment they put into their roles.

Residents and relatives were given the opportunity to vote for their favoured members of staff for five categories; Carer of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Ancillary Worker of the Year, Nurse of the Year and an Outstanding Contribution Award. It gave everyone a chance to express their compassion towards the team and their everyday hard work. Alongside these awards, the home also created ‘Outstanding Commitment’ awards for those who have worked at Brandon Lodge for a substantial amount of time as a third of the team have worked there for over 10 years.

The winners are as follows: Ann Kidd – Carer of the Year, Stephanie Hogg – Newcomer of the Year, Kim Robson – Ancillary Worker of the Year, George Chowrimootoo – Nurse of the Year, and the Outstanding Contribution award was presented to Martha Saunders.

The Outstanding Commitment awards were presented to – Louise Williams, Georgina Richardson and Jemma Burrell for their 10 years’ service. In addition, Tom Soulsby, Dorothy Dickinson, Heather Kenny, Tracy Cairns, Lisa Hughes, Kath Carse and Anne Gilroy were presented with the awards for 15 years’ service. A special award was also given to Sandra Oliver who has worked at Brandon Lodge since the care home opened 21 years ago.

The awards were presented by Joanne Robson, Home Manager, who told us “We have an incredibly dedicated team of staff at Brandon Lodge which is shown by their lengths of service. They are always willing to go that extra mile for our residents; this was echoed in the large amount of votes and kind words we received from them. It’s wonderful to see all the families here celebrating with residents and the team. I am so proud to manage the home; a lot of our visitors comment on the warmth of reception and the happy and friendly atmosphere throughout the home which wouldn’t be possible without the team here at Brandon Lodge”.

Congratulations to all the team at Brandon Lodge.

To find out about working for Four Seasons Health Care click here.

10 Aug 2015

Riverside View Care Home in Darlington recently held their first ever Summer Fete. The day was packed full of activities for everyone to enjoy. Residents, relatives, the team and also friends of Riverside were able to join together for a day of fun and laughter in the sunshine.

Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, felt it was time for Riverside View to hold their own Summer Fete in which they could spend time with everyone that means most to the home. This is something the home had never done before so it was completely new to them all.

The team at Riverside View all pitched in to make sure the day ran smoothly and decorated the home in bright balloons and bunting to add to the party spirit. There was entertainment throughout the day by a local musician which got residents and even some members of staff up dancing and singing along. Children had a bouncy castle to keep them amused as well as face painting. Some very brave people even volunteered to take part in the stocks and have wet sponges thrown at them – which of course was hilarious for onlookers. Alongside all the fun, there were various stalls for the guest to look around including brick-a-brack and tombola.

Claire told us - “It was a great day for my first Summer Fete at Riverside View and I couldn’t have asked for more. Relatives and staff helped on the stalls, Stacy, Activities Coordinator, showed her moves by dancing with the residents. Myself and Stacy even braved the stocks. Overall it was a great turn out, the weather was nice and everybody enjoyed themselves so it was well worth it”.

Well done Riverside on your first Summer Fete!

To find out about working for Four Seasons Health Care click here.

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