Our care news
13 May 2015
On May 6th staff at Midfield Lodge Care Home put on their best disco outfits to host a 70’s theme party. The colourful event was held to celebrate the entire team winning the prestigious ROCK award for all their hard work, dedication and kindness.
Families and residents were delighted to join in the party celebrations with the dedicated team. Along with some great music from this iconic era, there was lots of activities and refreshments.
“Midfield Lodge is a very happy home. All the staff work with pride, enthusiasm, commitment and excellent teamwork and they are very proud of their award. We had a lovely party and all the staff, residents and families thoroughly enjoyed themselves ” commented the Home Manager, Helen Finlay.
To find out more about our ROCK awards click here
7 May 2015
This year the 7th Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress took place at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Four Seasons were the main sponsors of this high profile event, and had an exhibition stand to provide opportunities to discuss developments at the organisation and the services we offer.
The session is organised by the Caring Times and the Journal of Dementia Care, who have been running care and dementia based events in Scotland for over fourteen years. The aim of the Congress is to bring together all those involved in the various strands of care for elderly people. There were some great opportunities for networking of sharing of ideas across the sector. John Kirk, Managing Director for Scotland, attended with Regional Managers Maureen Campbell and Sylvia Nicoll, and representatives from Cumbernauld and Laurels Lodge Care Home.
John Kirk said of the event, ‘We were extremely proud to be main sponsors of such an important event. I was delighted to showcase the work done by Cumbernauld and Laurels Lodge Care Home who have recently achieved Gold Status with our PEARL program.’
Photo from left to right - Tom Hodges (Dementia Project Manager), Sylvia Nicoll (Regional Manager) Marlene Smith (Activities leader, Laurels Lodge), Maureen Campbell (Regional Manager), John Kirk (Managing Director), Emma Corbett (Acting Home Manager, Cumbernauld), Linda Mason (Deputy, Laurels Lodge)
6 May 2015
Norman Raven, 91, who lives at Ladymead Care Home in Swinton was so incensed by a recent national newspaper article criticising the care home industry, that he has started a one man crusade to change perceptions of care homes. Norman was featured in the Swindon Advertiser speaking up for care homes in general and Ladymead specifically.
Former salesman and Swindon resident Norman, who suffers from Parkinsons and is confined to a wheelchair, first went into a care home four years ago after his beloved wife Beryl passed away. Norman has nothing but praise for the staff and the care he receives at Ladymead, and explains how exceptional the care there is.
‘It’s the spirit of Ladymead: the friendships you have with the staff, the activities that we all do together. There’s bingo, quizzes, dominoes, sherry mornings. There’s a real community atmosphere and I’ve made some good friends. Staff make an effort to have a relationship with us and they’re like friends.’
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5 May 2015
Nurse Shauna Rooney from Rush Hall Care Home in Limavady, Northern Ireland, won this year’s Infection Control Award at the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards held on Friday 1st May at the Savoy Hotel in central London. Nurses from across the UK celebrated clinical excellence and innovation at the award ceremony hosted by comedian and actor Rufus Hound.
Shauna said, ‘Our residents were often unaware of potential risks because of their dementia. I wanted to use my knowledge to reduce infections by providing local expertise and support, to raise awareness at the home and encourage staff to improve their practice. And from a personal perspective I wanted to develop my leadership skills. The most important thing was the positive effect on the residents’ wellbeing.’
She credits support from Four Seasons Health Care and her home manager. ‘I got it from the top. I also had the head housekeeper as my wing woman.'
Nurse Jane Bell, who manages the care home, says the team is hugely proud of Shauna, ‘Her work has had a tremendous impact on our residents as it continues to ensure no-one suffers from an infection that can be prevented. She has also proved that the care home sector provides quality life enhancing care. We are delighted that this nomination recognises the quality of our nurses.’
The Nursing Standard Nurse Awards recognise nursing professionals across the UK who have demonstrated clinical excellence and whose innovations have helped to improve the quality of patient care. Congratulations
to Shauna for her award success. With her support Four Seasons are planning to roll out her programme across the company.
To read more about Shauna's nomination click here
Picture left to right: Michael Chamberlain, Shauna Rooney and Rufus Hound.