Our care news
5 Aug 2016
‘The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return’ is a line from a song by Nat King Cole.
However, a song lyric has never seemed more poignant as two residents from Hartwell Residential Home in Ecclesfield celebrated their 74th Wedding Anniversary.
Maria Whittaker, Home Manager, said: “Harry and Rose are such a lovely couple, and are as much in love now as the first day they met. I’m glad we were able to surprise them and provide them with a special experience to mark this occasion. Providing them with lovely memories that they’ll never forget. Everyone at Hartwell wishes them a happy anniversary, and toasts to many more years to come.”
Harry and Rose enjoyed a lovely candle lit fish and chip lunch (their favourite) whilst being serenaded by a local singer.
Congratulations Harry and Rose on your special day!
4 Aug 2016
Residents at Galgorm Care Home in Ballymena have been bridging the gap between the generations as part of the ‘Linking Generations’ project.
Linking Generations makes connections between people of different ages. It involves young people, older people and all of the ages in between. Some of the charity's projects have helped older people to connect with the digital world. Other projects have included arts and crafts, storytelling and community clean-ups
Lisa McDonald, Home Manager at Galgorm Care Home, said: “The residents here were visited on a weekly basis by students from Ballymena Academy, a local grammar school. The students helped our residents create a variety of artwork which is now proudly displayed in our foyer.
“The students also found that they had a lot in common with the residents. Especially as some of them went to the same school. They all swapped stories about what it was like in the ‘olden days’ compared to now. It’s safe to say that some new friendships have been formed which have had a positive impacts on residents and students alike.”
Are you looking for a care home in Ballymena? Galgorm Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, respite care, specialist care, intermediate care, end of life/palliative care and nursing care.
4 Aug 2016
A special ceremony held at South Park Care Home in York last week commended the continued hard work and dedication of the team as they strive to bring joy to residents lives each day.
Dr Claire Royston, a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Four Seasons Health Care, presented the awards to the team and thanked them for their continued commitment to providing special experiences for their residents.
The first award presented by Dr Royston was to Mark Jacob, who has been the Maintenance Man at South Park Care Home for 19 years.
Joanne Fisher, Home Manager, said: “Mark is a fantastic member of the team. No job is too big for him, and he’s more than happy to help anyone with anything they require. I want to thank Mark for his continued dedication to everyone here at South Park.”
The second part of the ceremony saw team members being Recognised for Care and Kindness (ROCK) with Four Season’s very own ROCK Awards.
The Personal Activities Leader, Norma Vine, received two separate nominations - one from a resident and one from a resident’s family – about Norma’s commitment to ensuring the residents always have something to do.
One of Norma’s nominations read: “Organises the activity projects for the residents; drawing, cooking, decorating cakes, hat making - too much to mention all. She is always very cheerful, gets relatives involved singing in the team room. She makes our visits and the residents’ lives so much happier. A very bubbly, caring, lovely lady - she makes a happy mood as soon as she enters the room.”
Mair Evans, Care Assistant also received an award, with a relative saying: “very caring and goes the extra mile. A lovely lady.”
The final award that Dr Royston presented was to the whole team at South Park Care Home. As a resident had commended each and every member of the team for their work, stating that they were all positive and provided fantastic care.
On receiving the award, Joanne Fisher, Home Manager, said: “I’m totally overwhelmed that we’ve received this award. It’s really nice to hear such kind words, especially by those who rely on us on a day to day basis. Here at South Park we strive to deliver top quality care to our residents, and we will continue to do this on a day to day basis.”
A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that specifically highlights the impact a Four Season Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of their care homes. An internal prize, staff are nominated for an award by either residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.
4 Aug 2016
A care home in Bury is the first in the area to trial a brand new device to help in the fight against diabetes.
Cameron House Care Home, run by Four Seasons Health Care has been hand-picked to trial the new Blood Glucose monitoring device after being singled out for its exceptional diabetes care.
Craig Priestly, is the Diabetic Link Nurse at Cameron House, and is excited to be trialling the new device. He said: “This device has a sensor and a reader. The sensor is implanted into the individual and then a reading can be taking any time by scanning the arm. This saves not only money and nurses’ time but it also saves taking a blood sample 4-5 times a day to check on the patient’s glucose levels. This device is a quick and effective method, and takes the stress away of having to physically take blood samples. We’ve had positive results so far, but we’ll continue to monitor how the trial goes.”
Sarah Ashton, Home Manager said: “I’m proud that Cameron House is the first home in Bury to trial the device. I want to thank all of my nurses for their continued hard work. They continually put our residents’ needs first and it’ll be interesting to see the results of this trial.”
3 Aug 2016
Some residents from Hallgarth Care Home in Durham took the chance during a break from rain showers to go on a mystery tour.
Angela Muir, Home Manager, explained: “The weather has been a little hit and miss recently, so when it eventually did stop the residents went on a mystery tour, ending up at Finchale Priory. The sat in full view of the Abby in the meander of the River Wear, to have tea and biscuits, whilst listening to the history of the 13th Century Benedictine Priory.
“Mrs Dawson won the comment of the day by saying: ‘It was nice to find something older than me’ as at the grand age of nearly 99 years young, she had always wanted to come and see the Abby, but didn’t realise it would take her quite this long to get here.
“The residents really enjoy our mystery tours, and as you can tell from Mrs Dawson’s comment, we try and provide special experiences for our residents. This particular visit has been on her bucket list for a very long time and I’m glad we can help her tick it off.”
Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home provides support for all types of care including nursing care, respite care, intermediate care, residential care and end of like/palliative care.