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23 Aug 2016

Residents from Hallgarth Care Home in Durham added to ‘Team GB’s’ score of Gold medals in the Rio Olympics by winning 12 of their own.

Over the past month, the residents have been taking part in their very own Olympic events, which culminated in an awards ceremony being held at the home on Wednesday 17th August 2016.

The Olympic Games included: Rhythmic Exercise Gymnastics, All Ball Bowling, French Bouls, Card Corsage, 100 Meters Flat and 100 Meters Hurdles Horse Race, Paintbrush Pentahlon.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, said: “Residents, relatives and the team embraced the awards ceremony with gusto. During the judging, as well as the performance in the games, skills were also taken into account such as: going the extra mile, comradeship and effort. After the awards and presentation everyone celebrated with tea and cake, before taking part in an exercise class to work it all off. Everyone was very proud of their achievements and loved wearing their gold medals. We’re all looking forward to the Winter Olympics!”

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


23 Aug 2016

Many of us dream about our wedding days. We have visions of how it’s going to go, who’s going to be there. The venue, the flowers, the dress, and ultimately the guest list.

One bride’s wish came true as her grandmother surprised her on her wedding day, watching her marry her soul mate.

Nina Wright, Home Manager at The Cedars and Larches Care Home in Ilkeston, explained: “The care team here at the Cedars and Larches wanted to be Joan, our resident’s fairy godmother. The team worked closely with Maureen, Joan’s daughter and arranged for her to be the surprise guest at her granddaughter’s wedding.

Joan had a lovely day, and received lots of compliments with regards to how lovely she looked. The bridal party and the rest of the family expressed their gratitude to the care team for helping to make the day special not only for Joan but for her granddaughter too.”

Here at Four Seasons we strive to provide special resident experiences for those in our care. This can depend on their likes and dislikes, along with any activity the resident has a burning desire to do. Enabling our residents to enjoy moments such as the one described above is one important aspect of the service our care team provides.

Are you looking for a care home in Ilkeston? The Cedars & Larches Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


23 Aug 2016

The UK has been basking in some in some lovely warm temperatures over recent weeks. So much so, the ladies at Henderson House Care Home in Dalgety Bay retreated to their summer house to escape the Fife sunshine.

Stewart MacDonald, Home Manager, said: “The ladies spent a little bit of time out in the garden, but as the temperatures continued to soar they retreated to the coolness of the summer house. Once inside they had a lovely natter over a nice drink and cold ice lolly. They said it was a perfect way to spend a summer day, relaxing and chatting with friends.”

Are you looking for a care home in Dalgety Bay? Henderson House Care Home provides support for all types of care including dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


22 Aug 2016

Clyde Court Care Home in the Clydebank area is among the first to be accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach

The care team at Clyde Court Care Home is celebrating being among the first in the UK to be accredited for a new and radically different approach to dementia care. This home will now deliver their care within the new Dementia Care Framework.

The Framework is a unique step forward in the personalisation of care for people living with dementia. The care team uses exclusive purpose-designed technology to help build and continuously update a picture of each resident’s individual experience of their care and their physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing, so that their care can be adjusted to their changing needs.

The pioneering home is part of Four Seasons Health Care which spent two years developing and testing the new approach. The home hosted an event for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them on Wednesday 17th August 2016. The event was a ‘Beach Party’ complete with the beautiful Scottish sun which also made an appearance.

John Kirk, Four Seasons Managing Director for Scotland, said: “This is next generation dementia care to make life better for the person with dementia and we are excited to be among the first homes to offer it. A vital part of the Framework is the bespoke support and training the team throughout the home receives with additional support and training for those, working within our dementia services. This goes beyond the practicalities of caring for someone with dementia and through simulation gives them a deeper understanding of what it is like to live with dementia.”

In addition to the support and training, there are three additional components to the Dementia Care Framework – personal care reviews, Resident and Family Charters.

At the heart of the Dementia Care Framework is a personal care review process which is continuously updated electronically by care staff to give a comprehensive and current picture of each resident. Thought to be the first of its type worldwide, it is based on 320 recognised standards, including NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and Alzheimer’s Society best practice guidance. It replaces paper-based audits that are slow and almost always behind the changing care needs of the person.

The resident and family charters were developed in consultation with residents, family members, health and social care professionals and care teams, taking account of over 400 comments. The resident charter sets out their rights, the standards of care they can expect and commitment to provide for their personal needs and preferences. The family charter, sets out the support that they can expect to receive and how they can input to planning their relative’s care.

Only when a home achieves key standards within the Dementia Care Framework does it receive Four Seasons Accreditation for the quality of its dementia care.

To find out more about this fundamentally different approach to dementia care please visit carehomes.fshc.co.uk/dcf or email dementiacare@fshc.co.uk

Happy Birthday

22 Aug 2016

As the royal birthday card landed on the doormat, Lansdowne Care Home in Cricklewood was gearing up for a huge celebration.

Winifred, a resident at the home turned 100 last week. The centenarian celebrated with her family and friends with a small birthday bash at the care home.

Over the last 100 years, historical events have shaped modern life as we know it today. Dolly has lived through two World Wars and regularly tells stories of what life was like ‘back in her day’.

Lilian Ofondu, Home Manager said. “Everyone at Lansdowne Care Home enjoyed sharing Winifred’s special day with her. She had a lovely day and had the most beautiful birthday cake”

Everyone at Four Seasons wishes you a very happy birthday Winifred.

Are you looking for a care home in Cricklewood? Lansdowne Care Home provides support for nursing care.

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