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12 Jan 2016

Florence Hudspeth celebrated reaching the incredible milestone of her 103rd birthday in fine style with her fellow residents at Brandon Lodge Care Home in Brandon. She had a party in the home with entertainment provided by local singer Maggie Cooper.

The team arranged for relatives and friends to join Florence at the home to celebrate this special day. They decorated the home with banners and balloons, as well as providing a birthday cake for her. Florence said the secret to a long life is “keeping my mind active, I always read my daily paper and do the crossword”.

Joanne Robson Manager at Brandon Lodge care home, said: “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate these special moments with these residents. They love life and enjoy having fun, which is delightful to be a part of. Happy Birthday Florence!”

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11 Jan 2016

Three Four Seasons Health Care homes in Hartlepool joined together for a social evening in order to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. Westview Lodge, Warrior Park and Manor Park all took part in the event in which they raised an impressive £600.

Kellyanne Rutherford, Alison Austwicke, Julie Howlett and Jamie Burnett, Personal Activities Leaders, arranged the fundraiser in the local area so residents, families and friends of all could come and join in the fun. Guests enjoyed a disco, raffle and buffet for the evening in order to get the fundraising going.

Jamie told us “It was very successful so we’ve taken the decision to do this on an annual basis. It was a great team effort by everyone and it was great to see all the guests enjoying themselves so much. The £600 raised has been donated to Alzheimer’s Society – dementia is something we witness on a daily basis so it’s always nice to be able to support such a worthy cause”.

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8 Jan 2016

Woodside Care Home in Aberdeen and The Meadows Care Home in Huntly both had to be fully evacuated due to the danger of flooding posed by the nearby rivers expecting to burst their banks.

Woodside Care Home, managed by Lorraine Dray and her team had to safely evacuate 25 Residents at very short notice. The Four Seasons Family all pitched in to help across the region including 2 Brighterkind homes, resulting in all 25 residents safely being transferred to other homes by the end of the evening.

The Local Authority and the Police have both commented today on how impressed they were with all the team involved for their outstanding performance in the face of unprecedented severe weather. During this time the team on duty, off duty and members of the public were all helping to try and collect and prepare sandbags, and then trying to get these back to the home through Aberdeen City which itself had ground to a halt due to severe flooding. The team did an amazing job and as a result there has been no damage to the home overnight.

The Meadows Care Home, managed by Cassie Hersee and her team had an equally stressful past 24 hours. Having been put on High Alert early on Thursday the team were busy preparing the 41 residents for the potential full evacuation of the home. At the same time, the team off duty were busy helping the home by collecting sand bags from local collection points and transporting these back to the home. As afternoon turned to early evening the decision finally came from the Police that they needed to evacuate the home. By far the biggest challenge facing the team was where the residents would go to as the town of Huntly was completely closed off due to all roads in and out being blocked and unpassable due to flooding. The local hospital had no room and due to the evacuation earlier of a sheltered housing complex there was no room at the local hall.

Eventually there was space found at a community centre for 15 residents. The remaining residents were moved into a unit at the care home that was less likely to flood. Later that night the Police and the care home team agreed that the residents who had moved to the community centre may be better returning to the home as the risk of flooding was beginning to recede. So with everyone back again, for the rest of the night the full 41 residents shared a single unit but were well looked after by the whole team.

Banks O’ Dee, Havencourt, Angusfield & Maryfield East all took in residents so a big thank you to those teams for all their support.

John Kirk, Managing Director (Scotland), told us “I want to say a massive thank you to Sylvia Nicoll, Regional Manager and everyone who assisted with this across Team Grampian yesterday and today. Team members who were on days off, the public, the support team and to the other members of Team Scotland who all offered their support with any potential clean up. A fantastic show of teamwork, care and compassion to our residents and I am extremely grateful to have them as part of my team”.

8 Jan 2016

A member of the team at Priory Park Care Home in Preston was recently awarded for her exceptional care and kindness in her role. She was presented with a Recognition of Care and Kindness award after being nominated by a relative who was extremely impressed with her commitment and dedication.

Gabby Williamson, Senior Care Assistant at Priory Park was presented the ROCK award by Steve Taylor, Home Manager, who spoke about how great it is to be recognised for the care and hard work she provides. The nomination explained how Gabby makes a real difference to both the resident’s and family’s well-being.

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. Team members are nominated for an award by residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced team members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.

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7 Jan 2016

Residents and the team at Cypress Court Care Home in Crewe entered a local competition ran by the council in which they had to create a Christmas card based on their local area. The residents got stuck in and made some fantastic cards which were runners up in the competition.

After hearing about the competition, the residents and team couldn’t wait to get creating their cards. As most are local to the area, the theme of Crewe and Nantwich gave them tonnes of ideas and things to include in their designs. The judges were extremely impressed and awarded them as runners up. They were invited for tea and biscuits at the Town Hall where they were joined by Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe. They received a bauble of the House of Commons to display on the tree at the home.

Karen Cullen, Home Manager, told us “This was a lovely competition to take part in over Christmas. It got the residents talking and sharing their memories of Crewe and Nantwich whilst they decided what to put on the cards. They were also delighted to meet Edward Timpson and had a lovely afternoon at the Town Hall”.

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