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7 Aug 2015

Ty Gwynno Care Home in Pontypridd has recently been admired for their high standard of care. The whole team at the home were nominated for a ROCK Award by a relative who has witnessed the quality care the staff give to residents.

Ann Hann, who nominated the staff, felt it was important for her to be able to present the award to the home. It was a way for her to say thank you to the staff for the brilliant job they did looking after her late husband Gerald. Ann said “Gerald was an independent man all his life but the team at Ty Gwynno helped him settle in so well. They all work together and are a very happy team – this makes for happy residents”.

A ROCK award is a nationwide internal 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 staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.

Jennifer Whitehouse, Regional Manager, was also able to attend the award ceremony and present the award alongside Ann. “It was an honour to present the award to the team with Ann as I know how much the award means to them. The employees are the most valuable resource in any home and it’s great to show them the appreciation both me and residents have for them” Jennifer said.

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6 Aug 2015

Woodcot Lodge Care Home in Gosport recently held their annual Summer Fete. The day catered to all with various stalls, activities and refreshments. The team arranged the day with a little help from residents who got involved in the planning of the event, providing donations and also managing some of the stalls.

The team, relatives and friends of Woodcot were all involved in donations for the day – the brick a brack stall was full of lovely gifts as was the tombola which was made for children to take part in. Residents ran some of the stalls and also provided some beautifully knitted goods for people to buy. The entertainment was provided by local musician, Roy Hack, who is son of one of the residents – he played ‘golden oldies’ song throughout the day for the residents and guests to sing along to. To get people into the summer spirit, there was a BBQ and Pimms provided as well as a number of cakes and other sweet treats available from Rosie’s Bar – their recently opened bar created in honour of a previous resident.

Victoria Wylde, Home Manager, said “I love working in Woodcot Lodge. The residents are so lovely and their personalities just shine so bright. I’m looking forward to running such a friendly environment. Today’s fair has really made me smile. I love seeing all the residents’ together, winning prizes and all sorts. There will be many more events like this one. The bar is excellent and I am so happy that we have another place the residents can socialise”.

The day was also a celebration for Judith Humphreys, leaving Home Manager, who was able to spend the day with all those who mean most to Woodcot Lodge. “What a lovely memory I will have of the residents before I leave Woodcot Lodge. I’m so grateful to all the residents, relatives and staff”, said an emotional Judith.

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5 Aug 2015

Gowrie House Care Home in Kirkcaldy has recently been awarded two ROCK Awards for their team’s hard work and commitment. The nominations were made by relatives who have been overwhelmed at the standard of care at Gowrie.

The IONA Unit and Kelly Macdonald, Senior Nursing Care Assistant at Gowrie were presented their awards by Maureen Campbell, Regional Manager. The awards ceremony took place at the homes so the residents could share the celebrations with the team.

Sarah Hill, who nominated Kelly, said “it would take more than a few lines to do sum up my reasons for nominating, suffice to say she goes about her duties, which are many, with a smile on her face at all times. Kelly is so good with the residents; she seems to have the knack to say the right thing to reassure them. The team in IONA are all very good and Kelly leads by example. She does go the extra mile, like staying behind after her shift to make sure my husband was alright before leaving him. She’s dedicated to her job and worth her weight in gold”.

A ROCK award is a nationwide internal 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 staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.

Maureen Campbell said “it was a pleasure presenting these awards to such a wonderful team. They are so kind and pleasant; it is clear to see the reasons they were nominated. The team are the reason we are able to deliver the best possible care in any home”.

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4 Aug 2015

The team at Ringshill Care Home in Huntingdon recently surprised staff member Linda Pollard with a celebration for her 60th birthday. Staff and residents got together to surprise her with a party at the home.

Linda had been on holiday and had no idea what her colleagues were planning. She came back into work to find the home was decorated with birthday balloons and banners. All the staff and residents gathered to give Linda her big surprise and to let her know how special she is to the home. There was birthday cake and other treats for everyone to enjoy. Staff treated Linda to a large canvas print of “Home Sweet Home” which she was extremely grateful for.

“It was a brilliant idea to surprise Linda on her return from holiday, she had no idea what our team had planned for her. The party was great, everyone enjoyed it, especially the residents” said Amos Samasuwo, Home Manager at Ringshill.

Happy 60th Birthday Linda, from all at Four Seasons Health Care.

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3 Aug 2015

Over the past 4 years, Hesslewood House has arranged a Summer Fun Day in which all the Four Seasons Health Care local homes join together and compete in various games and competitions to win prizes for their homes. This year the theme was ‘Countries around the World’. Each of the homes went to town with their costumes. Residents, relatives and friends were all invited to come and join the fun day which turned out to be a great day for all.

There were 7 homes that took part in the day; Hesslewood House as China, Beech Tree as France, Broadacres as India, Randolph House as Australia, Brimington as Egypt, Beech House as Hawaii and Layden Court as Mexico. As part of this, both staff and residents competed to have the best costumes, best themed cake, best decorated wheelchair and best decorated walking frame. Each entry was fantastic; all the homes put a great amount of effort into their decorations and costumes.

Alongside the theme competitions, the staff were also challenging one another in various games and races throughout the day. The teams were able to take part in an obstacle course, egg and spoon races, skipping races, relays and 3 legged races which were great entertainment for everyone involved. There was also hook a duck and a raffle to take part in which helped raised funds for the next Summer Fun Day. There was live entertainment by a local musician as well as a wide selection of food and cakes for everyone to enjoy.

The winners all won prizes to use at their homes such as a barbeque, gardening equipment and a water feature. Randolph won the races and best costume, Beech Tree won best walking frame, Hesslewood won best cake and Brimington won best wheelchair.

Jayne Clark, Regional Manager, said “What a fabulous day our region had! It was a really well organised event that went without a hitch. As you can see from the photos, everyone really enjoyed taking part in the races and competitions. The effort put in to the costumes and decorations by each home was tremendous. We are all looking forward to doing it all again next year, plans are already underway!”

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