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17 Jul 2015

Laurel’s Lodge in Woodside, Aberdeen, and their local primary school have been partnering to build interaction across the generations and to help the children understand dementia. Children from Woodside Primary School have visited residents at Laurels Lodge Care Home and in turn they have invited residents into the school.

The association started as an education project devised by Louise Clark, teacher at Woodside and Linda Mason, Dementia Ambassador for Laurels Lodge.

Before visiting the home the children watched a DVD called “Informed About Dementia” and were given the chance to write their reactions to it. The DVD is also used to build understanding of dementia amongst care home staff and residents’ families.

As part of their learning the children had a tour of the home and the chance to speak with staff and residents. The children also participated in reminiscence activities and a quiz. Later they were able to tell their own grandparents about their experiences

The pupils later returned to Laurels Lodge and entertained the residents. Every child participated and shared their talents. After their show they danced with residents. A group of residents were accompanied by staff to a coffee morning at the school, which brought back a lot of memories.

Sheila Gesma, Home Manager, said “It was a wonderful experience for the children and the residents and I think both generations found it enlightening. I hope we can continue this association. Outreach like this is very important in building awareness and understanding of dementia.”

Laurels Lodge is a 45-bedded home, located at Woodside in Aberdeen. It provides services for the elderly with dementia and other conditions. The home includes various special areas such as an old style café room, a pub and a cinema room (known as the “Picture House”), a Granite City wall corridor which is very popular among residents, and the reminiscence room, which is a 40s-50s designed lounge. It also has a sweet shop, where residents can get hold of “old sweets” from yesteryears.

There are 3 gardens which are all used by residents, with the latest addition of a new sensory garden. The garden was first improved with the major effort of our two relatives whose mother was a previous resident at Laurels Lodge. There has been much community involvement in completing the sensory garden, which received funding from the Aberdeen City Council as well as gravel and slab donations from Dewsons. The sensory garden is a result of a team effort involving staff, residents, relatives and outside community.

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15 Jul 2015

Baillieston Care Home in Glasgow has recognised thirteen members of the team for an impressive total 176 years of service. The staff were presented with their long service awards by Home Manager Eric O Hare and local councillor Marie Garritty.

Eric O Hare, Manager of Baillieston Care Home said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating 176 years of loyal service at Baillieston Care Home. The staff involved have demonstrated huge levels of dedication and loyalty to this home and its residents year after year. I speak for all of us here at Baillieston when I say that I’m looking forward to many more years of working with all of the team members.”

The staff members are each celebrating over ten years of service, with some having been here for over seventeen years. The names of the staff members given awards are: Angela Allan, Linda Begg, Catherine Caldwell, Sibi Chandi, Laura Cherry, Monique Dalziel, Helen McAllister, Helen McLaughlin, Christine McLeish, Ann Paterson, Rowena Sanchez, Erlita Tan and Lynn Tippen.

Baillieston Care Home 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 and provides nursing, dementia, specialist and palliative care and support.

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14 Jul 2015

Marites Villareal, or Tess to her friends and colleagues, takes her job with her everywhere she goes. She can’t help it, and says, “You’re never off-duty, but it’s nice to be able to share your talents with other people.” To her that’s what nursing means. And it’s the kind of care that we pride ourselves on at Four Seasons.

Born in the Philippines, Tess has been part of our nursing team at Four Seasons Weston Park, in Macclesfield, for over five years. She first joined as a general nurse, and has since progressed to the role of unit manager, overseeing the staff and residents in the Mulberry unit.

“I joined when they were recruiting nurses from the Philippines and I did my ONP (Overseas Nursing Programme) here with Four Seasons. After my ONP period I moved to Scotland – but it was too cold there so I moved further south!”

While she has significant experience managing hospital wards in the Philippines, Tess wanted to familiarise herself with working in the UK and residential care before taking on a bigger role.

“I was offered a unit manager position but I was keen to settle in and get to know the residents first, as well as get a sense of how the units are run here. I have more challenges in residential nursing care and I like it – especially working with the residents. You can see the difference you’re making to their lives and you get attached to them. It’s nice making them happy and seeing them smile.

“One of my favourite resident stories is of Barbara, who is like a mum to all of us. There was a day when a staff nurse called in sick, and there was no time to replace her, so I was working a very long shift. Barbara came up to me as I was preparing the evening medicine trolley, noticed I looked tired, and offered to help me by pushing the trolley. She was really sweet and even gave me a kiss on the cheek to make me feel better! It uplifted my heart – it goes to show that when we respect and love them, they show their appreciation.”

This sentiment is core to our holistic approach to care. Our nurses put their heart and soul into ensuring our residents are comfortable and happy and their considerate nature shows.

“Most residents have vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s, so if they’re comfortable and happy, then that makes the families happy too. I’ve had a good day if I leave work and I see that my residents are happy – that’s the most important thing. That’s our main calling.”

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13 Jul 2015

Aileen Duncan has been honoured for her kind-hearted and caring approach to her job.

Montrose Care Home in Montrose has recognised the first-rate level of care that Aileen Duncan, a Personal Activity Leader within the home, brings to her role every day, by awarding her a Recognition of Care and Kindness (ROCK) Award. Aileen was joined recently in the home by Sylvia Nicoll, Regional Manager, and Karen Millington, Home Manager, who presented her with the award in front of her colleagues and peers.

Aileen was nominated by A. Penman who stated that she has been a constant source of information, care and support since 2009 when her mother came to the home. She takes her job seriously and provides fun activities for groups and personalised activities for individuals; she never stops thinking of their needs.

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.

Sylvia Nicoll, 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 Aileen this way, and show appreciation for her exceptional hard work and dedication that helps to set Four Seasons Health Care apart.”

Montrose Care Home 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 and provides care and support for 27 people.

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12 Jul 2015

Laurels Lodge in Woodside, Aberdeen, had a glamour theme to celebrate National Care Home Open Day (June 19th) with residents and staff dressing up in fancy hats.

Lewis McDonald MSP and Shona Burke (Community Psychiatric Nurse) joined in the afternoon’s festivities with live music from Bob Wilson and lots of homebaked cakes.

Young and old came together to enjoy the wonderful day with staff in fancy dress, lots of party games, music and great food.

Sheila Gesma, Manager at the home, said: “We always love welcoming visitors and it was great that so many people came along to celebrate the day with us including Age UK. We see Care Home Open Day as a way of showing people what life is like in a care home, and to see behind the doors for themselves. “

Care Home Open Day is celebrated by care homes across the country. It aims to encourage stronger relationships between care homes and the local community. It also provides a chance for people to come and see what life inside a home is really like and get to know some of the fascinating people who live there.

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