Our care news
25 Jan 2017
Sometimes jotting down a few lines can be nice and relaxing.
Residents at The Beaufort Care Home in Coventry took this to the next level as they wrote letters to their pen pals.
Debra Buckley, Home Manager, said: “The residents really enjoyed spending time writing and creating some artwork for their pen pals. It was a nice activity for them to get involved in and it helps them to socialise with others from the comfort of their own home. The wait begins now for the letters back.”
25 Jan 2017
Residents at Woodside Care Home in Woodside, were taking part in gardening of a different kind recently.
The residents welcomed two lovely ladies who put on a Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime with a slight modern twist.
Gail Hay, Home Manager, said: “The residents loved the fact that this panto was just two girls acting out all of the parts. The ladies had the residents singing their hearts out and a horty chuckle was often heard throughout the performance. A lovely afternoon was had by all, and I think the residents are looking forward to the next pantomime the girls put on.”
25 Jan 2017
Nobody likes staying in hospital. In fact many of us count down the days until we get discharged. But what happens when we still need a bit of care to help us in our rehabilitation before we’re allowed to return home?
This is where Four Seasons Health Care’s Intermediate Care Service can help.
Intermediate care is also known as ‘step-up, step-down’ or rehabilitation care. It can be an alternative to a prolonged or unnecessary hospital stay. It can help you avoid going into hospital in the first place, or provide somewhere to get better when you’re not quite ready to go home. Once you are completely rehabilitated, you are able to return to your own home.
Where would you rather stay to aid your rehabilitation? In hospital? In a care home environment?
With this in mind a number of our homes - with the support of their Local Authority, Primary Care Trusts and the Care Quality Commission - have set up Intermediate Care Beds to aid the transition from hospital, rehabilitation to home.
Over the coming weeks we will be showcasing some of our homes who provide this service.
Our case studies will focus on:
- Westview Lodge Care Home in Hartlepool
- Pelton Grange Care Home, Brockwell Court Care Home and Hollie Hill Care Home in County Durham
- Springfield Care Home in Blackburn
- Pellon Care Centre in Halifax
- Harrogate Lodge Care Home in Leeds
- Maple Lodge Care Home in Sunderland
- Grove House Care Home in the Wirral
Paul Hayes, Commissioning and Commercial Operations Director for Four Seasons Health Care, said: “Intermediate care is only a short-term solution. The average length of stay for the purpose of rehabilitation is 6 weeks. It doesn’t mean that people can’t leave before then, but we like to make sure that they’re 100% fighting fit before they leave us.”
23 Jan 2017
Everyone loves having a special treat. What better excuse to have one than your birthday. That is one of the few days a year that you can make a wish come true.
That’s certainly what Tasha Corbett, Personal Activities Leader at Bracknell Care Home in Bracknell did for two ladies who celebrated their birthdays at the home.
First up was Renee, she was celebrating her 95th birthday. To mark this momentous occasion her family, and the team at the home wanted to do something extra special for her. So Tasha set to work.
Renee comes from a family of horse lovers. As well as being a keen rider, Renee used to help her son with regards to taking care of the horses. So Tasha arranged for a pony to visit the home which was a fantastic surprise for Renee.
Natsayi Dunira, Home Manger, said: “Renee didn’t not expect a surprise like this at all. She was so happy. Her family came and met the pony with her and she celebrated the rest of her day with them and her friends in the care home with a lovely slice of birthday cake. Before the pony left he went and visited the other residents so he could add a bit of cheer to their day which was also lovely to see.”
Meanwhile, when it came to Phyllis’ big day, she wanted to do something completely different. When asked what she’d like to do, Phyllis simply replied “I would really love to go to a dinner and music show.”
Her wish was Tasha’s command. She took Phyllis to the Sindlesham Mill in Reading, where singer Albie J – a regular performer at Bracknell – was performing big band/soul night. Phyllis also enjoyed a 3 course meal which she loved.
Tasha Corbett, said: “As the activity coordinator here at the home, I want to make as many dreams come true as I can. Providing these two ladies with special experiences and memories they can cherish forever. This is the ultimate job satisfaction for me and I’m so happy that I can make a difference to Renee and Phyllis’s lives.”
Everyone at Four Seasons Health Care is glad you both had magical days.
23 Jan 2017
When the residents at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham woke up on Friday 13th January 2017, they were greeted with the lovely signs of winter, as an overnight frost had decorated the land.
Later in the afternoon, Ernie Sturdy a local organist came in to brighten up the residents’ day. He took the residents back in time to the dance halls of the 1930s and 40 with a variety of music.
Angela Muir, Home Manager, said: “The residents loved listening to Ernie play. His set covered every sort of music you could think of so all of the bases were covered. It was a nice afternoon, as it got the residents talking and reminiscing about the time they spent in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom listening and dancing to Reginald Dixon, who played with the ‘Blackpool Sound’ from the 1930s all the way up to the 1970s on the mighty Wurlitzer Organ.”
The conversation and reminiscing continued long after Ernie left Hallgarth. Some of the residents realised that they were in Blackpool at the same time, and there’s a chance in their younger years, they may have had a whirl with each other.
Remembering Blackpool, Margaret told everyone how she remembered listening to the Radio broadcasts from the Blackpool Wurlitzer organ while working in a factory after the war. “What happy memories they were,” Margaret reminisced.