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8 Apr 2016

The newest member of the team at Allander Court Care Home in Glasgow has definitely melted a few hearts; some might even call it puppy love.

Debbie Martin, Home Manager explains: “Leo, the most gorgeous 12 week old Chihuahua is the newest member of our team. He belongs to our Charge Nurse Annette Gillan, who initially brought him in to visit the residents as a one off. Naturally, our residents fell for Leo and his puppy dog eyes, so Annette now brings him four times a week. He even has his own uniform, he turns up in his little bow tie, which makes him look ten times cuter.

“Leo spends a lot of his time at the home sitting on people’s knees and having cuddles. He really does love it.”

One of the residents, a gentleman called Joe looks forward to Leo’s visits saying “when he feels down spending time with Leo really cheers him up.” Another resident who’s fallen head over heels, is a lady called Janet. She misses Leo on his non-working days, so to combat that she’s put a picture of him in her bedroom, so she can still look at him even though he’s not around.

Debbie Martin added: “It’s great to see the effect Leo has had. Everyone in the home looks forward to his visits.”

If you’d like to follow in Leo’s paw prints and work for Four Seasons, why not take a look at the current vacancies we have on our career’s section.

Happy Birthday

8 Apr 2016

A special celebration was held at Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham this week, as one of the residents celebrated her 101st birthday.

Iris, who was born in 1915, celebrated the landmark event with her family, other residents and the team at the home. She enjoyed a lunch out with her family, before being surprised back at the home with a selection of flowers and a birthday tea.

Christine Tyrrell, Home Manager said: “Everyone had a lovely day celebrating Iris’ birthday. Iris is a wonderful story teller and everyone at the home enjoys hearing her stories and realising how much the world has changed over the last century. It really is an eye opener, and I’m glad we’ve all been able to celebrate this special day with her.”

care homes in mansfield

7 Apr 2016

More than 30 big hearted bikers rocked up to The Sycamores & Poplars Care Home in Mansfield on Sunday 3rd April, bringing with them a late delivery of Easter eggs. Once the bikers had personally delivered an egg to everyone in the home, they settled down with a cup of tea and a hot cross bun and swapped tales of the open road.

Dawn Karen, Activities Coordinator said: “It’s not every day a big group of Gothic bikers come for a visit; they were all made very welcome. Residents, family and visitors were so excited, they came out to see the bikers in all their leather gear, the banter was flowing, and some of the residents even sat on the bikes for photos. They were clearly dreaming of the open road, with the sun gleaming off their clean motorcycle taking in the breath-taking views. The residents were thrilled to bits by the generosity of everyone who came, and I’m sure it’ll be talked about for a while!”

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care home awards

7 Apr 2016

Michelle Doggett, who works at the Rathmena Care Home in Ballyclare, was crowned Randox Health Healthcare Nurse of the Year at the recent event.

Michelle said: “I have been working at Rathmena for 12 years and would never have imagined that I would be winning an award like this.

“Working at a home like this is a calling and not everyone would be able to do it. In a sense it is old-fashioned nursing, which is very hands on. I enjoy what I do and will continue to keep caring for the residents in the same way that I always have.”

Michelle was nominated for the award by the children of a resident at the care home.

Michael Robinson and Lorraine Brownlie, put Michelle’s name forward for the award to acknowledge her high standard of patient care and management to her patients that she displays on every shift.

They said: “Michelle is very professional and has a caring manner with the residents and their families. She provides a high level of nursing care and has an understanding with the residents.”

“She is very approachable and really is like a friend to the family. We have got to know her over the last five years and find it easy to talk our problems over with her.

“People don’t appreciate what nurses in nursing homes are like. Michelle understands the natures, habits and needs of the residents and is very good at what she does.”

Everyone at Four Seasons congratulates you on your award Michelle.

If you'd be interested in a career at Four Seasons, take a look at our careers section for our current vacancies.


7 Apr 2016

People joke when it comes to anniversary’s that either party could have served less time for murder, but for some once love blossoms it’s eternal.

This has been the case in Woodlea Care Home in Doncaster, where two happily married residents celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary.

Jeanne and Peter Talbot met on 1st January 1949 whist working at Chilwell army depot. Peter said: “I saw Jeanne walking through the Scales branch, once I saw her I told my Sergeant who was sat next to me, she’s mine. I then asked her out that night, we went to the cinema to watch the film ‘Fly Away Peter.’”

Jeanne said: “The following night we went for a long walk and a heart to heart. We talked about getting married and having a family. We decided that if we had a little girl we’d call her Lesley Ann, and another addition to the family would be a Corgi called Dai.”

Two years later, on 31st March 1951, Peter and Jeanne married. They went on to have a daughter – who they named Lesley Ann – and a son called Martin John. The family was completed by the dog Dai.

Amanda Lees, Home Manager said: “Peter and Jeanne told me their love story and it truly was beautiful. It’s lovely to see two people who have been married for such a long time, still love each other as much now as they did when they first started out.

“Peter surprised Jeanne with the most beautiful red roses I’ve ever seen today. It truly was a precious moment. All of us here at Woodlea would like to congratulate them on their long and happy marriage.”

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