Our care news
1 Oct 2017
Building relationships is extremely important. The care teams in our homes work hard to get to know each and every resident on a one-to-one basis.
This relationship was clear to see at Campsie View Care Home in Glasgow, when Kitchen Assistant Jade Wallace invited resident Moira to her baby shower for her little boy Zander.
Katy Jenks, Home Manager, said: “Jade made Moira the VIP at the baby shower which was great to see. The relationship between these two ladies is absolutely lovely and the fact that they can share experiences in lovely occasions like this is the pinnacle of their relationship.”
1 Oct 2017
Dean Grey’s mother-in-law, Maud recently moved into Northlea Court Care Home in Cramlington from her home town of Barnsley.
Recently Dean ran the 2017 Great North Run in aid of the Northlea Court Residents Fund in his own words this is what motivated him to do it:
"Maud lived in her own flat until recently. Unfortunately Maud suffers from Alzheimer’s and the progression of the disease meant that she was becoming increasingly confused. Her sister was finding it more and more difficult to help and Maud was taken into emergency care whilst my wife and I were away on holiday. It was obvious on our return that Maud wouldn't be able to return to her old flat in Barnsley and she came to stay with us. However, she kept leaving the house and getting lost. Consequently, we were unable to leave her on her own. As we both work, a solution had to be found and we were very fortunate in securing a place for Maud at Northlea Court.
“Although it is fair to say that we were all initially apprehensive she has now been here for a while and is gradually settling into her new home and making friends.
“I cannot speak highly enough of the care Maud has received since she was moved to Northlea and the support and advice the staff at the home have given my wife and I at a very difficult time. The professionalism of all the care workers and nurses is first rate and their efforts to make Northlea Court a comfortable, stimulating and safe home for all the residents are exemplary. I am also impressed that every time I have visited (nearly every day since Maud arrived) I have always been met by a ready and genuine smile. It is comforting to know that your relative is in a place where they will be well cared for and their physical and mental needs monitored and looked after."
Dean's time for the run was 2hrs 33 mins!
Well done Dean for your amazing achievement and thank you for the money you raised for Northlea Court.
1 Oct 2017
On Wednesday 13th September 2017, the Tyrone Courier ran a touching piece regarding a resident at Nightingale Care Home in Dungannon and how his courageous actions 40 years previously had saved many peoples’ lives.
Healey Martin was the Captain of the ship ‘Sibonga’ which carried out a compassionate rescue of 1,003 Vietnamese refugees in 1979.
One refugee that was saved was 15 year old Ann Bates, who recently travelled over to meet her ‘hero’ Healey after all this time.
Ann, lives outside of London with her family had remained in correspondence with Healey over the years and made the decision to come and meet him at Nightingale Care Home where he now resides.
The rescue took place when a member of the crew had seen a boatload of around 600 refugees emitting distress signals and waving to attract his attention. He alerted Captain Martin about the situation. The decision was then made by the Captain to carry out the difficult task of helping the refugees into his ship.
Healey said: “We decided to take them on board and help them. They were in very cramped poor conditions.”
Only a few hours later the ship was faced with even more refugees that they also helped board, taking the number of people saved to over 1,000.
The Sibonga was on a circular route around the North Pacific and on a run between South East Asia and the west coast of Canada and North America visiting Manila, Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
After arriving in Hong Kong the refugees were unable to disembark. This caused an issue for Captain Healey, as the Sibonga was unable to continue its journey with the new passengers as its illegal for a ship to sail without enough lifeboats for all of those on board.
After two weeks anchored at sea, Captain Martin got word that his employers had organised airplanes to transport the refugees back to the UK.
Both Healey and Ann enjoyed catching up on Saturday after all of these years, and will continue to stay in touch.