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4 Nov 2016

Margaret Slade, Home Administrator welcomed her latest new arrival for the last time at Willow Lodge Care Home in Newcastle upon Tyne last week.

She’s retiring after being at the home for over a decade!

Lindsay Johnson, Home Manager, said: “We couldn’t let Margaret go without a fuss so we threw a little party in her honour. She is a valued member of the team and will be missed by everyone here at the home.”

Everyone at Four Seasons Health Care wishes you a Happy Retirement Margaret.


4 Nov 2016

We all have that one hobby that we absolutely love to do.

For the residents at Bracknell Care Home in Bracknell who love gardening, this latest project is right up their street.

Natsayi Dunira, Home Manager, explains: “The charity Thrive are currently doing 8 weeks of indoor gardening activities with us here at the home. It’s fantastic because our residents are able to embrace their green fingered nature without getting cold or worrying about the ground being too hard outside. It’s safe to say everyone involved loves it. Each resident gets their own work station and are busy potting and planting different things.

“For many of our residents this is a type of therapy as it helps them to reminisce about the time they spent in their own gardens before they joined us here. They each described it as a special experience, and for me seeing the joy on their faces told me it is all worthwhile.”

Are you looking for a care home in Bracknell? Bracknell Care Home offers support for all types of care including nursing care, specialist care and end of life/palliative care.

4 Nov 2016

We had a musical interlude at Earlsferry Care Home in Leven last week as the home held a karaoke session.

The theme? The band ‘The Carpenters’ of course.

The residents with a little help from avid Carpenters fan Fiona, the nurse at the home, sang hits like ‘Please Mr Postman’, ‘Close to You’ and ‘We’ve Only Just begun’.

A fab day was had by everyone with some people becoming brand new Carpenter fans.

Are you looking for a care home in Leven? Earlsferry Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


3 Nov 2016

As the witching hour struck, Four Seasons homes across the UK were welcoming their own witches and warlocks for tea.

Although nobody went our trick or treating, our residents got up to a lot of spooktacular behaviour to celebrate the day.

In Dove Court in Kettering, everything went a little spooky as the home was decorated in preparation for their Halloween party. The residents also made some stain glass inspired autumnal artwork to accompany the Halloween glamour.

At Longfield Care Home in Eglinton, residents, relatives and the care team all welcomed some ghostly visitor as they threw a Halloween tea party.

In Durham, Hallgarth Care Home threw a pumpkin themed party. Entertainment was provided by Colin Summer who won their annual pumpkin competition. It’s safe to say these celebrations had an orange tinge to them.

Northlea Court in Cramlington also got into the orange spirit as residents carved their favourite designs into pumpkins before showing them off for all to see.

In Thamesmead, Marlborough Court had a sophisticated affair as the Dignity Ambassador, Eileen Coates dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the Marlborough. She spent the morning trick or treating everyone in the home, with the residents choosing to trick her rather than treat her.

Some scary visitors, including a vampire, zombie cheerleader and devil turned up for Halloween shenanigans at Gowrie House in Kirkcaldy.

Meanwhile in Doncaster, Amethyst House certainly looked the part for Halloween, with the care team all dressing up. However, their celebrations turned into a quiet affair after residents requested a scary movie night – watching the Addams Family and enjoying a chippy tea. Flower Park’s celebrations saw them hold a huge party. Residents, relatives and the care team all got into the spirit, with the younger ghouls looking more cute than gruesome. Everyone enjoyed taking part in the Halloween themed games which included creating your own mummy. Finally in Doncaster, Church and Manor View Care Home saw residents being trick or treated by the care team.

Everyone was in safe hands in Bishop Auckland. The local zombie doctor and her werewolf side kick popped into St Helens Care Home to check everyone’s vital signs. The bone jangling entertainer then got everyone up on their feet.

Not forgetting Astell Care Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, who celebrated their Dementia Care Framework Accreditation with a Halloween themed party. After the accreditation everyone indulged in some pet therapy with fluffy and not so fluffy guests, dancing and other Halloween themed shenanigans.

All in all a gruesome time was had by all.


3 Nov 2016

The group behind plans for a sensory garden in Huntly is appealing to green-fingered locals to help them get the scheme off the ground.

By next summer, it is hoped that the garden will be bursting with sights, smells and touch experiences for people with dementia, issues with their mental health, autism and learning disabilities to enjoy.

A working group has been formed and is well under way with the process of planning, designing and building what will be known as the Huntly Community Sensory Garden situated in the grounds of The Meadows Care Home.

Huntly FC’s sponsored walk in 2015 kicked off fundraising for the garden raising £3,000.

The plan for the garden is to encompass elements which will stimulate all of the five senses and needs help collecting as many elements as possible.

One of the first tasks that need volunteers, regards the planting of bulbs. As many gardeners will be thinning out their perennials, the project team is asking them to donate surplus plants to the sensory garden.

Gordon Carter, Huntly FC’s vice chairman, said: “We would really welcome donations of bulbs, shrubs and all kinds of plants so that the planted areas make maximum impact. Any help we can get would be greatly appreciated.

“The aim for the design of the sensory garden is for it to be suitable and appealing for people with all kinds of disability to enjoy visiting. We will be working with the North East Sensory Services so we can provide the appropriate environment for people with visual or hearing impairment.

Cassie Hersee, Home Manager at The Meadows Care Home, said: “The plans for the garden are fantastic. There will be something for everyone to do. Gardens like this has a huge positive impact on the people who use them and I can’t wait see the plot of land identified transform.”

Anyone who wishes to donate plants or wants to find out more about the project can contact the group by email to frogfreak@btinternet.com or calling 01542 810708 or 07552 233202.

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