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28 Apr 2016

Residents in Campsie View Care Home in Glasgow have been busy making the most of the lovely April weather by planting some lovely flowers and plants.

Home Manager, Katy Jenks, explains: “The residents have made a lovely job of brightening up the place. As well as injecting a bit of much needed colour into the garden to chase away the shadows of winter. The new flora is attracting some wildlife as well. I can’t wait to see what project our residents will tackle next.”

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birthday in care homes

27 Apr 2016

Last week we profiled some very special residents who shared their birthday with the Queen. Now we thought we’d show how our homes raised the flag to celebrate Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

South Park Care Home in York held a spring fair, complete with sweet stalls, a hot dog stand and homemade cakes. The residents had a fantastic time, and were even joined by members of the local community who raised a glass for Her Highness. The home held a raffle with lots of fantastic prizes. Everyone felt like a winner and the day was rounded off beautifully.

Regency Care Home in Whitefield had a slightly more serene celebration. Residents watched the Queen on TV as she made her way up the Mall – some it appeared had very similar fashion sense to Her Royal Highness – and raised a glass to her health. The residents then took a look at a Royal Scrapbook detailing how things had changed in the 63 years Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne. Later on the residents enjoyed a quiz which had a royal twist.

Hesslewood House Care Home in Hessle celebrated the Queen’s birthday with a little bit of nostalgia. In 1981 the Queen opened the Humber Bridge. At that time Hesslewood was an orphanage. One of the maintenance men at the home was working at the orphanage, and alongside some of the children welcomed Queen Elizabeth II as she opened the bridge.

Church and Manor View Care Home in Doncaster had a royal visitor in the shape of team member Joanne Morley, who came dressed as the Queen. The residents and their families were also joined by local radio station TMCR who turned the home into a royal disco, at which everyone danced the afternoon away.

Up in Berwick-upon-Tweed at Hillside Lodge Care Home residents settled down and watched a film all about the Queen. After the movie the residents all donned their Union Jack hats and waved their flags as they sang ‘God Save the Queen’ quickly followed by Happy Birthday, before enjoying a well-deserved cup of tea and slice of cake.

At Croxteth Park Care Home in Liverpool the residents took to the garden for a party, all thanks to the lovely spring sunshine – and the team. The garden was decorated with bunting and the residents raised a glass to her Majesty’s health.

There was a stamp of approval at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham as resident Margaret Dawson aid tribute to Her Royal Highness by creating Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait made solely of stamps from the realm. Entertainer Colin Summer helped the afternoon go with a swing. The ‘Queen’ made time in her busy schedule to make a special guest appearance and after blowing out her birthday candles, she settled down to a slice of cake and cup of tea with the residents.

Up in Scotland the sun was shining too. At Cumbrae Lodge Care Home in Irvine everyone took to the garden for a party, complete with bunting, party hats and a BBQ. Everyone had a fantastic time and sang a special rendition of Happy Birthday for the Queen.

Meanwhile, over at Laganvale Care Home in Moira residents basked in the spring sunshine whilst having a royal BBQ before tucking into a beautiful birthday cake.

At Courtenay House Care Home in Kings Lynn the celebrations started with the team dressing up in the iconic 1920s fashion. Everyone sang the national anthem, before having another good old sing song this time focussing on classics from the 1920s. It did seem like a step back in time at the home.

Romford Grange Care Home in Romford threw a street party fit for a Queen, which included guest appearances from Soap royalty, June Brown (aka Dot Branning – Eastenders) and the Pearly Queen. The Court Care Home in Ballymoney also threw a royal birthday bash with residents wishing Queen Elizabeth II man happy returns.

Meanwhile at Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead residents embraced their arty nature, creating all the decorations used to adorn the home, before settling down to a royal banquet all in honour of Her Majesty’s 90th year.

At Woodview Care Home in Lincoln they marked the Queen’s birthday by having their very own bake off competition. Cakes, brownies and flapjacks were presented to a panel of very willing residents to judge the competition. Entries were marked on both their appearance and taste and awards were given to best decorated, best taste and best overall bake. Best overall bake went to a carrot cake which was made by administrator Sarah.

Balmoral Care Home in Sheffield celebrated the royal birthday alongside some fluffy friends, as Pet’s At Home brought some rabbits for the guests to enjoy. Residents and the team dressed up and had a right royal time.

At Botham Hall Care Home in Huddersfield residents sat down to a royal tea party to commemorate Her Majesty’s birthday.

Other parties were held at other homes across the UK, including Highstone Mews Care Home, Hartwell Care Home, Ladyville Lodge Care Home and Cherry Trees Care Home. Meanwhile Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside held a party which everyone near and far attended. A resident's relative said: "the party was brilliant, the decorations was out of this world, a lot of work was put into it, and the food was great. The people were amazing, everybody was having fun and Norman who played the music was very good to the residents.”

Flower Park Care Home in Doncaster welcomed the community and the all of the royal family, including Princes William and Harry to their royal tea party, which then turned into a disco. Everyone had a fun afternoon.

In Nottinghamshire, at the Old Vicarage Care Home, everyone nominated resident Audrey to be Queen for the day - complete with tiara and pearls. The 'Singing Major' came in to entertain everyone, and got them all singing and dancing. Everyone then settled down with a glass of fizz and slice of cake - cut by Queen Audrey - to round off the day.

Everyone at Four Seasons wishes Her Majesty many happy returns.


27 Apr 2016

Lois is a weekly visitor at Murrayfield Care Home in London and provides the residents with a little bit of pet therapy.

Home Manager Jan Seal explains: “Louis is my family pet, and like any dog loves lots of attention and fuss. It made sense for me to bring her into the home to get lots of cuddles and play time with the residents.

“Pet therapy is a really good way for the residents to soothe themselves, there’s often nothing more relaxing that petting an animal. Some of our residents used to have pets, so seeing Lois brings back some lovely memories for them. Lois has a fabulous time, and once she’s in Murrayfield she goes off to find the residents, and her little tail doesn’t stop wagging for the whole day.”

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27 Apr 2016

Grove House Care Home and Park House Care Home, both based in the Wirral, welcomed international visitors through their doors last week.

The visitors hailed from America, Australia, Canada, Holland, Portugal, Sweden (and a little closer to home Wales) and were attending the Hospital Caterers International Conference.

They were shown around the two homes by Simon Shaw (Grove House Manager) and the Deputy Home Manager from Park House.

Simon Shaw said: “The visitors were impressed by the efficiency in the way the two homes operated, and how each managed to retain a true home to home feel.”

It’s great to see the positive work everyone at Four Seasons is doing having a resounding effect on people. Visits like this help people to understand how we care for older people in the UK.

care home awards

27 Apr 2016

At the start of the year, Cyd Akerill, Resident Experience Support Manager was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen for her contribution to nursing.

Back in March, Cyd travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive her award. She told us this about her day.

“I was very honoured and humbled to receive my award. Meeting the Queen is a memory I hope I never lose. The day itself was lovely, I can’t even begin to describe it. All the staff at the palace made the day extra special, and treated everyone like it was their first investiture they’ve ever had. I had a lovely day and it’s an honour to receive this award.”

Everyone at Four Seasons congratulates you on you award Cyd!

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