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Annahilt award Top 20 Recommended Care Homes NI

29 Mar 2016

Annahilt Care Home in Annahilt, Hillsborough, has been named in the ‘Top 20 Recommended Homes’ in Northern Ireland by CareHome.co.uk.

The prestigious award highlights the most recommended care homes in each region of the United Kingdom. The awards are based on over 55,000 reviews and recommendations received from residents, family and friends.

Naomi Graham, Home Manager said: “I’m delighted that Annahilt has received this award. To be named one of the ‘Top 20 Recommended Homes’ in Northern Ireland is a fantastic achievement. It’s great to see that the feedback we’ve received in the home, has been mirrored on a regional scale. Our Quality of Life Data, which allows us to monitor and act on feedback almost instantly, shows that in the last three months all of our residents are happy living here.”

Carol Cousins, Managing Director for Four Seasons homes in Northern Ireland said: “I want to pass my congratulations onto everyone at Annahilt Care Home on their award. This is a fantastic achievement and shows that the hard work and dedication from the team has paid dividends. The reviews on CareHome.co.uk are fantastic.”

More information about the award, and to see the feedback the home has received visit CareHome.co.uk.

Happy Birthday

29 Mar 2016

Jessie Dowson, a resident at East Riding Care Home in Morpeth celebrated her 100th birthday earlier this month.

The centurion celebrated with residents, relatives and the team.

Kirsty Crozier, Home Manager said: “A lovely day was had by all to celebrate Jessie’s big birthday. She even received a card from the Queen. The home spared no expense and decorated the lounge with balloons and bunting to get the party atmosphere going. Happy birthday again Jessie.”

The Morpeth Heard also attended Jessie’s birthday party and spoke to her about her life and how it felt to be 100. During the interview Jessie also spoke about her and her husband Gordon’s love story, how fate brought them together after a misunderstanding threatened to tear them apart.

You can see Jessie’s interview on the Morpeth Herald website.

Redwell Hills resident and carer

24 Mar 2016

Back in February, we brought the news that Hemsworth Park in Pontefract was selected or the Wakefield Vanguard initiative launched by NHS England.

There are two projects in the initiative which both aim to resolve different issues – the first to tackle loneliness and fragmented care by joining up services for older people. The second to develop ‘multi-speciality community provider’ – a new type of organisation that is registered to provide a wide range of health and social care services to people in the local community.

Hemsworth Park Care Home will be involved in tackling the fragmentation of care. There can be a high number of GPs used for just one home; the vanguard project will help reduce this number to minimise the fragmentation, save confusion and other issues that arise. The focus will be completely on the needs of residents and also the home as a whole but will in turn make life easier for employees at the home as they will know exactly who to contact and who is going to be able to assist much more efficiently.

Joy Allen, Home Manager, has written a blog about her time so far in the project. Take a look at her blog on the NHS website.

More information about the Vanguard Projects is available on the Connecting Care Wakefield website.


24 Mar 2016

Seven members of the team at Mount Lens Care Home in Belfast received awards to recognise the length of service they’ve dedicated to the organisation.

The following members of the team received their awards from Regional Manager Alana Irvine:

  • Senior Care Assistant Joanne Craig – 22 years service
  • Senior Care Assistant Kellie Trimble – 20 years service
  • Laundry Assistant Tracey Jones – 18 years service
  • Care assistant Natalie Greer – 17 years service
  • House Keeper Helen Hyman – 16 years service
  • Domestic Assistant Helen Busby - 11 years service
  • Care Assistant Dennis Tubera – 10 years service

Alana Irvine said: “Congratulations to everyone who has received an award today. There is over 100 years’ worth of experience in this room, all of which is used to cater to the residents’ needs. Well done everyone.”

Interested in a career at Four Seasons? Take a look at our current vacancies page.


24 Mar 2016

Residents, relatives and the team at Ty Gwynno Care Home in Pontypridd have been getting crafty at their weekly knitting group. The group have been knitting blankets for local charities and organisations in the area. They are currently knitting them for Shelter Cymru, a homeless charity. Previously they’ve made blankets for the Neonatal unit at the local hospital.

Ceri Jones, Activities Coordinator said: “Our knitting group is definitely one of favoured activities here at Ty Gwynno. It’s a chance to meet up regularly, share stories and have some fun whilst helping a worthwhile cause. Not everyone comes along to knit, some just come to enjoy the conversation and cup of tea.”

We’ll keep you updated with the blanket making at the home.

Interested in a career at Four Seasons? Take a look at our current vacancies page.

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