Our care news
5 Jan 2017
Residents, relatives, visitors and the care team at The Cedars and Larches Care Home in Ilkeston embraced a bit of Jazz as they welcomed Saxophonist Liz Tkocz into the home.
Nina Wright, Home Manager, said: “Liz is local to the area and wowed residents with a mixture of Christmas songs and other hits. The residents were able to act as Liz’s supporting band by using tambourines and bells. The residents really enjoyed themselves and can’t wait for Liz to come back again.”
Are you looking for a care home in Ilkeston? The Cedars and Larches Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.
5 Jan 2017
A war veteran currently residing in Ladymead Care Home in Swindon has been awarded the Legion d’honneur at the grand age of 93.
Brendan Carroll, who in 1944 landed on the Normandy beaches with the British Expeditionary Force, was presented with the prestigious medal at the Wroughton home.
Members of his family were in attendance and a proud Brendan, who was born in Bootle near Liverpool, was honoured to receive the award.
He said: “It’s very nice to get something from the French side. I’m very proud – it is much appreciated.”
Asked what he could remember about that perilous push through Western Europe in 1944 as the Allies closed in on Hitler’s shattered troops, Brendan said: “We just gritted our teeth and got on with it. We didn’t really think about it too much, we just pressed on regardless.”
The Legion d’honneur was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, and is France’s highest distinction and is awarded in recognition of both military and civilian merit. Brendan is just one of the veterans who have been honoured in Four Seasons homes across the UK.
Imelda Havers, Brendan’s daughter said: “I just can’t quite describe how proud I am. He is a wonderful man.”
One person who was missing the celebration was Brendan’s other daughter who lives in the States. As an extra surprise the care team and Imelda set up a Skype conversation between the two so Brendan could share his success with his daughter.
K C Byju Vasudevan, Home Manager, said: “The Skype call made Brendan’s day and was a really simple yet effective way that we could make a difference and provide a special experience for Brendan during this prestigious moment.”
4 Jan 2017
Rosemount Care Home in Blairgowrie is home to a competition winner.
Barry Ferguson took part in the Digby Brown Calendar Competition, which saw him produce a piece of artwork to use in the calendar.
Digby Brown received an overwhelming amount of entries, which made the judging very difficult. However, Barry’s artwork was chosen to represent the month of January.
Joyce Chalmers, Home Manager, said: “Barry attended the awards ceremony at the Tree Tops Hotel in Glasgow where he received a framed photograph of the Ericht in Blairgowrie along with a shopping voucher. Well done Barry. We’re all very proud of you.”
Barry Ferguson said: “I was completely overwhelmed when I’d found out my artwork had been chosen. I didn’t think I’d win the competition but I’m very excited that I have. The photograph now hangs pride of place in my room, and I can’t wait to go shopping and spend my vouchers.”
This isn’t the first time the budding artist has entered the competition. He won another slot in the 2014 calendar.
4 Jan 2017
Too often the care sector hits the headlines for all of the wrong reasons. Yet at Westview Lodge Care Home in Hartlepool, a visitor to the home couldn’t sign the care team’s praises enough.
Samantha Holden, is a singer in the Hartlepool area and is a regular visitor to the home. During one visit, she saw some examples of exemplary care, which saw the residents being treated with respect and the team making a difference to their day to day lives.
Once Samantha had finished her gig, she sent a very lovely email to Home Manager Victoria Simpson. The email read:
“I'd like to give some credit where credit is due.
“Today I witnessed exemplary care at Westview Lodge Care Home in Hartlepool from 2 of the loveliest activities coordinators I've ever met Julie Howlett and Alison Bates Austwicke. It is a mixture of things that they did that make them (and their colleagues) excellent care givers.
“One of the notable things they did may seem trivial to someone who doesn't deal with the elderly but today was the first time in a long time that I've seen someone warn a resident before moving them in their wheel chair. All too often I see carers moving wheelchairs without forewarning the resident and therefore spooking them!
“I also loved the fact that they invited people from a local dementia cafe to join in the fun!
“I just feel like good care should be championed and these two lovely ladies should be very proud of themselves!”
Victoria Simpson, Home Manager, said: “I’m always very humbled when I receive praise like this. I’m very proud of my care team here. Everyone at the home tries their upmost to make a difference to the residents here through a variety of different means. I want to echo Samantha’s sentiments. Well done team.”
4 Jan 2017
The care team at Northlea Court Care Home in Cramlington gave the residents a festive surprise when they embraced Christmas Jumper Day.
Sandra Smith, Home Manager, explained: “I thought Christmas Jumper day was all about finding the most festively tacky garment as possible. Not at Northlea Court. Everyone looked very glam, and some of the festive slogans had our residents in fits of giggles. The favourite by far was ‘the elf made me do it’ slogan."