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26 Apr 2016

A quiet bit of gardening has turned into a green fingered competition at Granby Rose Care Home in Harrogate.

Home Manager, Sarah Jackson-Bargh explains: “It all started off with the residents enjoying the sunshine and planting a few blooms to brighten up the garden. Now we have a full blow gardening competition on our hands as residents planted pumpkin seeds. They want to see whose can grow the biggest for Halloween.

“This is just the start as our green fingered brigade also plan to grow tomatoes, leeks and onions. Fingers crossed we’ll get a good harvest, unless the weather ruins it. Watch this space.”

We’ll keep you updated with the comings and growings of Granby Rose. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone encourages their seeds to grow by talking to them.


25 Apr 2016

Holywood Care Homein Belfast has their very Mary Berry in the shape of Home Administrator Sarah Devine.

Sarah, who is currently studying at Belfast Metropolitan College, was shortlisted to represent them in the Bake Off. She baked a variety of masterpieces which saw her take the Gold medal and crowned Champion of the Northern Ireland Bake Off IFEX 2016.

Mauro Magbitang, Home Manager said: “Sarah is always baking and brings some fantastic culinary delights for everyone here to enjoy. It’s definitely an advantage having our very own Mary Berry. Everyone at Holywood is very proud of her.”

Everyone at Four Seasons congratulates you on your success Sarah!

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25 Apr 2016

Everyone at Layden Court Care Home in Maltby, have been cooking up a storm as the home ran it’s very own version of ‘The Great British Bake Off’.

Jenny Hololob, Home Manager, explains: “There were lots of fantastic creations made by everyone, with enough goodies to go around. Every single one of them passed the taste test. However, there could only be one overall winner, and that went to a relative of a resident for her yummy ‘gluten free Lemon Kick Start’ crumble. Thank you again to everyone who took part, your creations were scrumptious.”

After enjoying the culinary delights from the competition, some of the residents visited Clifton Park to appreciate the lovely flowers in bloom, whilst basking in the spring sunshine. Whilst they were out they also visited a local museum, which set them up for the next activity which involved reminiscing.

Back at the home, the Activities Coordinator gathered everyone together, and over a cup of tea – and a slice of cake – everyone talked about their memories and the golden years.

Jenny Hololob added: “We try to do our upmost here, to ensure we provide special experiences for residents so we can create new memories for them to share with their families. We must be doing something right because over the last three months, 97% or 61 of our residents have told us that Layden Court is a happy place to live. We will continue to work hard to ensure that the residents remain happy here, which includes holding activities which appeal to them.”


25 Apr 2016

They say a picture paints 1,000 words. Last week the residents at Cedars & Larches Care Home in Ilkeston were treated to a photography exhibition from Falmouth University first year student Hannah Taylor.

Alison Richards, Activity Coordinator, explains: “Hannah kindly brought in a sample of her work, which she showcased both in physical prints and digitally on her laptop. Hannah’s work was part of her ‘Volunteers of the Charity World’ project, and some of the candid shots struck a chord with the residents. The exhibition also attracted members of the community into the home, enabling new friendships to blossom. It was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. On behalf of everybody, I want to say thank you to Hannah.”

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22 Apr 2016

Keeping residents fit and engaging them in activities they enjoy can often be tricky, and isn’t a one size fits all approach.

However, at Highstone Mews Care Home in Barnsley, everyone regardless of age and mobility has been dancing the afternoons away.

Kay Littledyke, Home Manager, said: “The dance sessions were a fantastic success. It didn’t matter how mobile our residents were, everyone was included. I want to thank the team who helped make the dance sessions a success.”

The weather has been beautiful in Barnsley, so much so that the residents took to the gardens to enjoy a lovely picnic as a way to relax after their energetic dance session.

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