Our care news
24 Jun 2016
Residents at Woodview Care Home in Lincoln have been trying their hand at making ice cream on recent trips to a local dairy farm.
Louise Lawson, Home Manager, said: “Over the past couple of weeks the residents have been enjoying special experiences of going out to visit Daisy Maid, a local farm. There they’ve tried to make ice cream, but also done the important taste tests of the farms homemade produce. Not content with just eating ice cream, the residents have also played on the mini golf course and pet and fed the animals that are on the farm. It really is a fun day out, with lots to do and see.”
After returning from their latest trip, the residents told us: “We very much enjoyed feeding the goats and seeing calves and rabbits too. We also tried many ice cream flavours from the café including lemon, peach, mint choc chip, Irish cream and vanilla. We are looking forward to going back and sampling more of the flavour selections throughout the summer.”
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24 Jun 2016
Care Homes hit the news for all types of reasons. Mostly it's usually the horrible stories that you hear. However, one relative took the time to praise the care that the team at Carrickstone House in Glasgow gave to her mother.
The relative said: "The home couldn't do enough for mum and other residents in the ward. I am no expert, however seeing how hard the patients could be, including my mum, they always provided a service that would probably put most families to shame. I know most people would say that is just part of their job but I would totally disagree as the nursing and care staff always went way above the call of duty.
"As if they didn't have enough to do they looked after me and my family making sure that we were all coping with what was going on. They kept us informed but did it in a kind and considerate way. One word really describes them exceptional.
“From my family I would just like to say a massive Thank You."
Barbara McGoran, Home Manager, said: “We’re really humbled to hear such lovely words. The team here do a fantastic job, and every one of them loves the role they play in the home. I want to further commend the team here, who help us to create special experiences for our residents. I want to take this time to thank the team for coming to work and doing what they do best.
Michael Doolin, Resident Experience Regional Manager for Scotland, said: “I really enjoy receiving feedback like this, as it really does bring home the hard work and dedication our care teams do across the country. I want to congratulate Barbara and her team for being a fantastic example of a care home team. I can only encourage you to continue doing what you’re doing, as it’s clear that residents and their relatives alike do appreciate the work you’re doing. Well done Carrickstone House. This is very high praise indeed.”
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24 Jun 2016
Residents from Layden Court Care Home in Maltby have been getting to grips with lots of different activities recently.
Jenny Hololob, Home Manager, said: “We like to provide special resident experiences for everyone here at Layden Court. The activities are based on the resident’s likes and we tailor their experience around them. “
One of the activities saw the residents enjoying a trip out to the local pub for a nice cold shandy as a way to enjoy the warmer weather. On the way back to the home the residents stopped off for an ice cream to cool themselves down.
Back at the home, the residents have been doing a variety of things including flower arranging, feeding the birds and reminiscing about times gone by.
Jenny Hololob added, “We like to do a variety of activities here at Layden Court. The residents really enjoy it. They’ve spent endless hours watching the birds enjoy the food they’ve been left out.”
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23 Jun 2016
Four Seasons Care Homes across the UK pulled out all of the stops to celebrate National Care Home Open Day.
Events varied from home to home, but they included an Alice in Wonderland inspired Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, animal inspired fun with domestic and more exotic animals coming in to celebrate with the residents, to a right royal birthday bash, as the homes embraced the theme of celebration.
Here at Four Seasons, we’ve been celebrating all of our residents turning 90 this year as part of Care Home Open Day. The residents shared their stories with us. Find out what our residents had to say here: ‘Residents celebrate turning 90 by sharing their stories with us’.
Tim Hammond, CEO at Four Seasons, said: “Care Home Open Day is a UK wide initiative inviting care homes to open their doors to their local communities. Our homes across the country held a variety of events creating lasting links between the residents and their local community.
“Care Home Open Day is all about showing people what care homes are really about and how they can be at the centre of the local community, developing relationships across the generations.
“All of the people in our homes have different personalities, so it’s been nice to see how these personalities were reflected in the events that were held. The important part is that everyone had a fantastic day. I can’t wait to see what the homes have planned next year.”
Some of our homes wanted to share their events with you. Click on the homes below to find out more:
- Elswick Hall Care Home in Newcastle upon Tyne
- Woodcot Lodge Care Home in Gosport
- Havencourt Care Home in Stonehaven
- Dounemount Care Home in Macduff
- Holbeche House Care Home in Kingswinford
- Heywood Court Care Home in Heywood
- Ladymead Care Home in Swindon
- Hemsworth Park Care Home in Pontefract
- Haddon House Care Home in Ilkeston
- Lunardi Court Care Home in Cupar
- Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside
- Bishopsmead Lodge Care Home in Bristol
- Laganvale Care Home in Moira
- Triangle Care Home in Wheatley
- Northlea Court Care Home in Cramlington
- Middleton Hall Care Home in Uphall
- Flower Park Care Home in Doncaster
- Longfield Care Home in Eglinton
- Woodview Care Home in Lincoln
- Brimington Care Home in Chesterfield
- Lydfords Care Home in Lewes
- The Oaks and Little Oaks in Newark
- Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead
- The Rookery Care Home in Ebbw Vale
- Ringshill Care Home in Huntingdon
- Henderson House Care Home in Dalgety Bay
- The Cedars & Larches Care Home in Ilkeston
- Laburnum Care Home in Salford
To see what else our care homes have been up to visit their web page.
23 Jun 2016
The Cedars & Larches Care Home in Ilkeston celebrated Care Home Open Day this year with a very special event.
Mr Leonard Everitt was awarded the Legion d’Honneur for his services during the Second World War. The French government has been awarding the Légion d’honneur to D-Day veterans from many different countries for several years, as a way of honouring and thanking those who fought and risked their lives to secure France’s liberation during the Second World War. Mr Everitt and his family received this accolade from Mr Jean Claude Le Fontaine, the French Envoy.
Nina Wright, Home Manager, said: “It was a very moving and emotional service watching Mr Everitt being honoured in this way. Members of the British Legion, Mr J Cam, MP Maggie Thourpe, the Mayor of Erewash and everyone at the home all witnessed this very proud moment. It was an honour to be a part of the days event.”
Mr Everitt wasn’t the only person being honoured on the day. The team at The Cedars & Larches were presented with Long Service Awards commending them for their dedication and hard work.
Care Home Open Day is a UK wide initiative inviting care homes to open their doors to their local communities. Events like the one at Henderson House Care Home will help to create lasting links between the residents and their local community.
Care Home Open Day is all about showing people what care homes are really about and how they can be at the centre of the local community, developing relationships across the generations.
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