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4 Nov 2015

Nightingale Care Centre in Dungannon recently took part in a shoe box appeal for charity. Each year, the home gets involved in creating the boxes which are sent over to Romania by a local church. Both residents and the team all get involved in making the boxes and filling them with special items.

The shoe box appeal runs every year to help children in less fortunate countries receive gifts at Christmas. The team and residents filled their shoe boxes with toiletries, paper and pencils for the children to draw with, gloves to keep them warm – small things that we sometimes take for granted. The team arrange for the home to do this every year and the residents thoroughly enjoy it.

Hazel Black, Home Manager, told us “We love doing the shoe boxes, it’s such an easy way of giving to charity and helping those less fortunate than us with simple gifts and essentials. The residents really get involved and love to decorate the boxes to suit the children”.

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4 Nov 2015

Holywood Care Home in Belfast has introduced an Alzheimer’s Support Group which will run from November through to June on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding December) at 2:30pm – 4:00pm. The sessions will be open to the public, in particular the families of residents at Holywood who may have any questions about the condition.

The sessions will cover various topics that will help the attendees understand more about dementia and the effects it has. Lynda Williams, Dementia Support Worker, will lead the sessions and be on hand to answer any questions or worries people may have. The idea behind the group is to allow people to feel like they are not alone – it will enable them to share experiences and learn from others; in particular how they deal with difficult situations and decisions.

Mauro Magbitang, Home Manager, told us “We are holding these sessions to help people in the area learn more about dementia. The sessions will be a place for people to come and feel like they’re not alone in difficult times – it helps to share the experience and understand how others cope. The sessions are open to anyone, even those who would just like a better understanding – we welcome everyone”.

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4 Nov 2015

The Vale Care Home in Bolsover took part in the recent ‘Wear it Pink’ day campaign in order to raise money for Breast Cancer Now. The team arranged a small party and ensured everyone was wearing an item of pink for the occasion.

Residents and families were invited to join in the fun - the team supplied pink wigs, feather boas, headbands, sunglasses and stickers so there was nobody without something pink to wear. The team also decorated the home with pink balloons and banners to add to the day. The home managed to raise a good amount of money that will go towards Breast Cancer Now.

Richard Spalding, Home Manager, told us “It was great to see everyone getting involved with the Wear it Pink day! All the team, residents and visitors enjoyed the fun filled day with plenty of laughter which was all in aid of such a good cause”.

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3 Nov 2015

Howdon Care Centre in Wallsend recently launched their newly developed sensory garden. The garden has been redesigned in order to enhance the specialised dementia care available at Howdon in line with their PEARL accreditation. The team arranged a BBQ to celebrate the opening of the garden and invited relatives and all involved in the creation of the garden.

To make the most of the autumn sunshine, the team thought it would be a great idea to host a BBQ to mark the occasion. A number of local personalities were invited to attend – all of which had some involvement in the creation of the garden. Gary Bell, Chairman of North Tyneside Council, was chosen to open the garden alongside former Chairman, Councillor Tommy Mulvenna who played a huge part in fundraising for the garden. The garden was blessed by local Reverend Emma Duff.

Ruth Todd, Home Manager, told us “The garden will provide areas for all our residents and relatives to enjoy – it is part our of development programme of specialised dementia care. I would like to thank all who attending the opening and all those involved in the creation. I’m overwhelmed by all the time, love and effort that has gone into the project”.

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3 Nov 2015

A member of the team at Ringshill Care Home in Huntingdon has been praised for his high standards of care and dedication in his role. He was presented with a ROCK Award by the resident who’s relative nominated him in a special awards ceremony at the home.

Eduard Dumitrescu, Care Assistant at Ringshill, was nominated for the award by a relative who witnesses the excellent job he does. She told us “This young man does an excellent job – he always goes the extra mile for residents and is extremely pleasant! A big well done to this care assistant”.

The 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 our 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.

Katie Wilkinson, Home Manager, said “The ceremony was extremely heart-warming to be a part of. Bryan, one of our residents, was able to present the award to Eduard as a way of thanking him for all the hard work and help he gives. I’m really proud of Eduard, he definitely deserves this award”.

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