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30 Jun 2015

A surprise morning tea was held for some very special members of staff at Lammermuir House Care Home. A number of the dedicated team of carers, nurses and colleagues at the home were all celebrating working at the home for 10 years or more and to say thank you they were all given a £50 shopping voucher each. Residents, staff and families were all invited to the party with home cooked savoury snacks and the ever popular chocolate fudge cake, a favourite of the residents.

“We are one big family here at Lammermuir and decided to celebrate because of the sheer amount of staff that has made our home special and a big part of the community for so many years” commented Home Manager Janet Decourt. “Lammermuir House is a happy place to be and residents, families and staff all know each other very well”.

Most of the staff celebrating can be seen pictured here in the photo. They include Brenda Beckett, Margaret Bell, Adam Fincham, Sheena Kay, Jemma Lunn, Wendy Marriott, Lucy Martin, Amanda Mills, Lyn Penman and Eleanor Steel. Ethel Rubio and Rosemary Smith were absent for the photo.

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30 Jun 2015

Residents at Osborne Court enjoy more than a haircut when they book an appointment at their new hair salon. A nice cuppa and a good chat is also part of the experience. “It’s a real treat and feels like a real day out” said one happy resident who looks forward to her weekly trip to the hairdressers.

The well groomed residents are especially proud of their new salon because they helped with the decoration and colour scheme. “We are a very sociable and inclusive home at Osborne Court so it was really important that those that were interested were involved in this fantastic project” said Home Manager, Sue Horsewell. “Our residents and their families are consulted on a lot of the decisions around the home which makes Osborne feel so special. Everyone wanted the new salon to be more than just a hairdressers but a real social occasion. So everyone gets a free hot drink, biscuit or cake and a chance for a natter. “

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Ringshill macmillan Donation

30 Jun 2015

The staff at Ringshill Care Home, Huntingdon, recently clubbed together to donate gifts for The Woodlands Macmillan Centre to help them raise money for more Macmillan nurses.

“Macmillan is a charity very close to our hearts, many of us have been directly affected by cancer and I have a relative currently receiving treatment. So when we heard there was a shortage of Macmillan nurses the staff at Ringshill wanted to make a difference and help” said Home Administrator Vee Wheeler who led the collection. “The staff here are so kind and caring, earlier this year we raised money for the local childrens’ ward at Hinchingbrook Hospital in Huntingdon”.

Di Polley-Coles a Macmillan Charity Supporter, recently visited the home for Care Home Open Day to say thank you. “The raffle prizes were so generously donated by the wonderful,” said Di. “98% of Macmillan’s income comes from donations and we couldn’t provide the service we do without the generosity of people like those that work at Ringshill”.

Four Seasons Care Home will be taking part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning on 25th September 2015. If you would like to join us for coffee why not pop along to a participating home near you?

Jessica McGreevy Nomination

30 Jun 2015

Jessie McGreevy, a Dementia Trainer and part of the Northern Ireland specialist Dementia Care team has been shortlisted in the Rising Star Category 2015 in the Nursing Times Awards.

Known as 'The Oscars for nurses,' The Nursing Times Awards are a prestigious annual event aimed at promoting and celebrating the best in nursing.

Having chosen to work in the care home industry after graduating as a nurse was promoted to Home Manager in just two and half years. She now works as a Dementia Trainer in a regional role supporting our homes providing dementia care.

Jessie pictured here on the right with her Manager, Joanne Agnelli said Being nominated for the rising star award was a privilege, but I can’t put into words the honour it is to be a finalist. Working in dementia care has always been my passion, and being able to influence the care people receive is a big responsibility but one I thoroughly enjoy. I once heard someone say “If you love your work, then you never work a day in your life”, this is truly how I feel about what I do, and to be recognised for doing what I love is simply amazing!”

Joanne Agnelli, Dementia Services Quality Manager commented: “Since commencing her role within FSHC in May 2014, Jessie has demonstrated her passion and commitment to improving the quality of life for
people living with dementia.This commitment extends beyond her role with FSHC as she is also a dementia friends champion with the Alzheimer’s society and has opened a memory café within her local area for people with dementia and their carers. Jessie is truly deserving of this recognition from the Nursing Times and we wish her every success”.

Following an interview with a panel of judges, Jessie will attend the prestigious ceremony in November later this year.

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29 Jun 2015

Young and old came together to mark this year’s Care Home Open Day (June 19th) for a day of fun at The Grange Care Home, Darlington.

Residents, visitors and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day with afternoon tea and lots of activities.

Dolores Pooley, Manager at the home pictured above with some of her team and Community Matron, said: “We always love welcoming visitors and it was great that so many people came along to celebrate the day with us. 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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