Our care news
21 Dec 2015
Members of the team at Elswick Hall Care Home in Newcastle Upon Tyne recently stumbled across a quote they have chosen to display in the home. As health care professionals, the quote resonated with them and was a nice reminder of how valuable their roles are in the home.
The quote is “Our residents do not live in our workplace, we work in their home”. The team liked the quote that much they created a wall mural so they can be reminded of it each day. They felt it gave them a boost but also helped remind residents that Elswick Hall is their home.
Libby Taws, Home Manager, told us “After discovering this verse on a web page, it gave food for thought to help people recognise, we as health care professionals, are here in our resident’s homes to provide high quality, compassionate care. The mural has lightened up the wall and makes each of us smile when we walk by”.
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21 Dec 2015
The residents at St Marys Care Home in Crostwick were recently visited by a dog from the Pets As Therapy organisation. The residents enjoyed having the dog at the home for the afternoon – they all had a cuddle and a play with the dog.
The Pets As Therapy organisation is a charity which provides therapeutic visits to care homes, hospitals etc… They use the visits as a way of helping people by giving them the opportunity to stroke, hold, walk and cuddle the animals. This provides a calm and fun experience for people and also gives them the feeling of companionship.
Dawn Wood, Home Manager, told us “we all really enjoy these visits – it’s so lovely to see the residents stroking and talking to the animals. We have a number of animal lovers here at St Marys so it’s always nice to have an animal visit the home. Thank you to Pets As Therapy!”
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21 Dec 2015
As a way of remembrance, Woodcot Lodge Care Home in Gosport decided to decorate their tree with the names of residents who passed away over 2015. They wanted to create a way for those they had lost to still be with them over the Christmas period.
With help from the activities team, residents decorated the wonderful tree which sits proudly in the home. They wrote each name on a bauble shape to hang on the tree alongside other wonderful decorations.
Vickie Wylde, Home Manager, told us “this is a wonderful way of remembering the residents we have had the pleasure of knowing over the course of 2015. The residents got involved and we all enjoyed decorating the tree. It looks lovely! We’ve had many people stop to read all the names on the tree which is really heart-warming to see”.
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18 Dec 2015
Westview Lodge and Manor Park in Hartlepool had a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to celebrate 150 years since Lewis Caroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. The two homes decided to put on a joint event, which they held at Westview Lodge.
Residents and colleagues all got involved with the spirit of the Alice in Wonderland themed tea party, and dressed up in a variety of different outfits.
A fiddler came to the home in the morning, playing old classics familiar to the residents, and in the afternoon the tea party took place. Delicious sandwiches, cakes and treats were laid out, and everyone had a fantastic time.
Victoria Simpson, Home Manager at Westview Lodge care home, said: “We really enjoy holding different events here and when we saw it was the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland we thought it would be an fun event to celebrate. It was great to have everyone from Manor Park over for the day and we all had a brilliant time.”
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17 Dec 2015
On the 24th November 2015, Laurels Lodge in Aberdeen held a Glamour Day with a fun party and tongue-in-cheek award ceremony. The residents and staff dressed up in their finery in keeping with the glamour theme, and some of the ladies walked down the catwalk for a fashion show.
In the afternoon the awards took place. Residents and relatives nominated various members of staff for different fun awards such as:
- Busy Bee Award - for the employee who’s always on the move
- Human Vulture Award - for the employee who eats anything lying around
- Duck Tape Award - for the employee who is able to fix just about anything
- Bermuda Triangle Award - for the desk space where things go in and never come out
- We can hear you award - for the employee that won’t stop shouting
- The OCD Award - for the employee that won’t stop cleaning
- The Extra Mile Award - the employee that always gives 110%
The party was fantastic, with a buffet, raffle and entertainment by Norman McDonald.
First prize for the raffle was two first class train tickets to London. These were donated by one of the relatives Mr. Gary Duncan, and the lucky winner was Anne Marie Lees.
Home Manager Sheila Gesma said: “Laurels Lodge is very grateful for the tremendous support we received from the relatives and also the contribution and effort of the staff which made the event very successful.”
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