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27 Feb 2017

When the residents at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham walked into their Valentine’s lunch on the 14th February, love was already in the air as they’d been visited by a little cherub who’d delivered their gifts from their Valentines.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, said: “Hallgarth was decked out with hearts and balloons absolutely everywhere. The ‘Banksy’ inspired artwork the residents created in art club, hung pride of place for everyone to see. After lunch we enjoyed the singing talents of Mr Alan Mason who sang a love-a-thon from the 40s and 50s. A lovely afternoon was had by all.

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


27 Feb 2017

Residents at Earlsferry Care Home in Leven tucked into a lovely romantic meal as they celebrated Valentine’s Day.

Karen Bell, Home Manager, said: “We all spent our Valentine’s Day with friends here at Earlsferry. We all swapped cards with some people having a few secret admirers amongst the group. Everyone had a lovely time, you could definitely feel the love in the room.”

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.


27 Feb 2017

Making the decision to move yourself or a loved one into a care home can be a difficult and confusing experience.

Getting advice from people is a great way to make an informed choice regarding the next steps to take.

That’s why Pauline Clews, Home Manger at the Old Vicarage Care Home in Worksop has created the craft and chat afternoons.

Pauline Clews explains: “The craft and chat afternoon will be held on the last Wednesday of every month at 2pm. It’ll give people the opportunity to come into the home and get a feel of what life is life. I and the rest of the team will be on hand to answer any questions which will hopefully help when it comes to making the difficult decision when it comes to moving into a home.”

Are you looking for a care home in Worksop? Old Vicarage Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care and respite care.


27 Feb 2017

Maple Lodge Care Home in Sunderland provides swift and appropriate discharge from acute services providing the rehabilitative support individuals need to return home. Working with the combined skills of a multi-disciplinary team, patients are empowered to make realistic therapy goals and proactively work towards an agreed discharge date.

The service provided by Maple Lodge is slightly different to that of other intermediate care services Four Seasons Health Care provides, in the essence that this service is aimed at people aged 18 and above. In the Unit at Maple Lodge, the team covers many disciplines including Four Seasons nurses and carers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers. Together they combine their skills to rehabilitate and re-able patients to either return home or move onto another care home depending on their needs.

Case Study

Mr RB was admitted from a hospital stay due to a fall. He presented as confused and generally unwell. He required assistance in all areas on admission. He accepted a good diet and plenty of fluids and was treated with antibiotics for infection. He slowly improved and after four weeks he was able to walk and look after himself. His confusion was greatly reduced. He returned home after a further 2 weeks in the unit with a care package.

Maple Lodge have had 84 admissions this year to date. The average length of stay is 6 weeks. 15 people returned to their home and 59 were in need of long term care.

More information about the intermediate care service that we provide can be found on our website.


27 Feb 2017

We’ll be launching the 2017 Four Seasons Care Awards in the summer. In the meantime, we thought it would be nice to catch up with some of the winners of last year’s awards, to see what it’s been like since they’ve gone back to the floor.

This week we’ll be focusing on Geoff Kelly, Chef Manager from Lisburn Care Home who won the Support Team Member of the Year award.

Geoff was very humbled when he won the award last year. Even by his own admission he doesn’t believe he does anything special, he just cares about his residents and even refers to Lisburn Care Home as his second home.

This is why when he returned to the home after winning the award he was surprised by the reaction he got. “I had such a great reception from everyone at Lisburn, my family, and residents’ relatives and other Four Seasons colleagues,” explains Geoff. “It made me realise how well I have done and what I’ve achieved. Seeing how happy everyone is, it makes me happy and proud to work for a company that cares so much, not just about the people in their care, but the people that work for them too.”

Geoff’s colleagues have praised him throughout the process for his enthusiasm. He hasn’t lost his bounce since winning the award, if anything it has ramped up. Geoff added: “The award has inspired me to continue working hard on a daily basis to make a difference to people’s lives, I’ve been trying out new ideas for the menu which have gone down fantastically with the residents. I also work hard to motivate my colleagues to do their upmost so we can become the best team the residents at Lisburn Care Home could ask for.”

Seemingly the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as Geoff has been busy outside of the walls of Lisburn too. He’s been helping his son with his NVQ Catering Course, something Geoff is very proud of.

Information about Four Seasons Care Awards 2016 is available on the awards section of our website.

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