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24 Jul 2015

The Grange care home in Darlington held their Summer Fete last weekend. The day was packed full of different stalls, activities and games for everyone to get involved with. Relatives came along to join residents and the team at the home for a day of fun and laughter.

Local businesses got involved by donating gifts and prizes for a tombola and raffle. Staff also donated their unwanted handbags and clothes to create their very own The Grange Retail stall. This was accompanied by a candle stall, card stall and also a bric-a-brac table which the staff helped out to manage. Children also had plenty to do with a bouncy castle, face painting, hook a duck, and name the teddy.

A previous resident’s relative very kindly supplied live entertainment throughout the day by playing guitar and singing. Darlington Fire Brigade also joined The Grange for the day to educate the children on the fire engines and allowed them to dress up the in uniforms.

Dolores Poole, Home Manager, said “It was a fantastic day, the sun stayed out for us and we were all up dancing to the great entertainment we had. We even had one relative who had travelled from right down the country to spend the day at The Grange. Everybody absolutely loved the day and it turned out to be a great success”.

The Grange care home in Darlington regularly holds events and activities for its residents and surrounding neighbours. It is one of more than 350 care homes belonging to Four Seasons across the UK.

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23 Jul 2015

A member of staff at Manor Park has been praised for their high level of care within their role. Michael Rutherford, a senior carer, was nominated for a ROCK Award (Recognition of Care and Kindness) by a relative who regularly visits the home and sees the lengths he goes to to ensure the residents are kept happy and comfortable. Michael (pictured) was presented with the award at the start of July in front of colleagues and residents.

Karen Shepherd, a relative who nominated Michael for his award said “I have known Michael since my mum became a permanent resident at Manor Park 6 years ago. Michael has always been there for Mum and our family. He understands her mannerisms even though she cannot verbalise what she needs. I believe Michael deserves to be recognised for the care and kindness he gives. He is a star and a ROCK to me and my Mum”.

A ROCK award is a nationwide 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. An internal prize, staff are nominated for an award by either residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.

Dawn Heppell-Marshall, Peripatetic Home Manager, said “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 Michael in this way, and show appreciation for his exceptional hard work and dedication that helps to set Four Seasons Health Care apart.”

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22 Jul 2015

There were a lot of broad smiles and a bit of blushing from the nurses at Weston Park last month, when a photographer and interviewer visited the care home. They were there to speak with our nurses to find out first-hand what life is like at Four Seasons.

It was great to hear some of the stories our nurses had about their colleagues, and there were some wonderful pictures from the day, too. We’ll be sharing these on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to show everyone how proud we are of the work they do, so make sure you ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us to see more.

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21 Jul 2015

Fernwood Court care home in Walsall has achieved accreditation as a provider of an award winning specialist dementia care programme. The pioneering PEARL (Positively Enhancing and Enriching Residents’ Lives) dementia care programme was developed by Four Seasons Health Care, and is studied by care providers internationally.

It is estimated that there are over 3,238 people in the Walsall area living with dementia and 800,000 people across the UK. This figure is projected to grow by up to 40% within the next 15 years.

To celebrate the accreditation, the home organised a garden party for residents, their relatives and staff members with entertainment from Just Chris, a solo singer from Leamington Spa, a raffle, and a visit from the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Pete Smith.

Debbie Rowley, Manager of Fernwood Court, said: “We are delighted to have received our PEARL accreditation award and it is testament to the hard work of all of our staff who underwent several months of specialist training. This included learning new ways of thinking about dementia and challenging the mind-set that someone with dementia may be seen as disabled or dysfunctional.”

“Studies of people in the PEARL programme have showed a reduction averaging 48% in the requirement for antipsychotic medication, together with dramatic reductions in use of other medications to alleviate anxiety (40%) and induce sleep (44%). Most importantly, an increase in wellbeing was measured among 46% of people. At Fernwood Court, we are committed to providing person-centred care for all of our residents and it’s great that our staff’s dedication has been recognised.”

The PEARL dementia care programmes use a range of therapies including reminiscence therapy, sensory rooms and music therapy. The home is designed with consideration of the impact of light, colour, contrast, texture and sound to assist the residents to orientate themselves and create a balanced sensory stimulating environment.


20 Jul 2015

We have received a record numbers of ROCK (Recognition of Care and Kindness) Award nominations this month here at Four Seasons Health Care. We are getting lots of nominations each week from our residents and their relatives and friends, expressing their kind words and heartfelt messages about employees in our care homes. We know there is always room for improvement, but reading these nominations, it is clear to see the positive impact some of our staff make on residents and their relatives.

A number of homes have created their own award ceremonies in which personalities in the local area have visited the home to present the ROCK Awards to members of staff. One of our Home Managers has even compared it to the Oscars because her staff members have received so many awards.

A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that highlights the impact a Four Seasons Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of our care homes. It’s an internal award where staff can be nominated by residents, their relatives and their friends, who have witnessed or experienced employees demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness within their role.

Nominations can be made via the homes with nomination cards or directly through our website by clicking here.

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