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212 years of experience celebrated at Pelton Grange

The team at Pelton Grange Care Home in Chester-le-Street celebrated over 200 years of experience at the home, as a recent awards ceremony.

Local Councillor Jim Cordon assisted Amanda Cunningham, Four Seasons Managing Director for the North East on Monday 23rd May to present the Four Seasons elite with their awards.

The 12 team members commended for their long service were:

  • Margaret Flower – 26 years’ service
  • Katherine Coughlan – 23 years’ service
  • Jason Hewitson – 22 years’ service
  • Sonia Hardman – 20 years’ service
  • Mary Reed – 20 years’ service
  • Anita Smith – 20 years’ service
  • Ann Noddles – 20 years’ service
  • Barry Lines – 15 years’ service
  • Lynne Wheeler – 13 years’ service
  • Sylvia Etheridge – 11 years’ service
  • Susan Hill – 11 years’ service

Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director, said: “I want to thank the team at Pelton Grange for their continued hard work and dedication. The total number of years’ experience at this home is 300 years, and the fact that we’re celebrating 212 of these in one go is a huge achievement. Well done team!”

Les Burnett, Home Manager, said: “Having continuity and routine in a care home is important for the residents. They get to know the team on a personal basis, and to some extent, see them as members of their family. I am very proud of the team here and congratulate those who have received awards.”

The event also saw a number of ROCK Awards awarded to members of the team, commending their care and commitment to the residents in their charge.

In total 8 team members received a Recognition of Care and Kindness (ROCK) Award:

  • Marie Purvis: nominated because “she is always polite to the residents and relatives. Nothing is too much for her. She does anything to make the residents comfortable when they are not well.”
  • Carole Woodland: nominated “she always puts herself out for the residents, nothing is too much for her. She is very pleasant and really cares about the people she looks after. She never stops working”.
  • Karen Latcham: nominated because “All the care staff were very professional at their roles, but Karen is an exceptional carer. My aunt was a resident for a short stay and Karen put everyone at ease with her caring, loving ways. Nothing was ever too much for her – she is a credit to the home. I always felt it takes a special person to do the role of carer, Karen is a perfect example. Thank you.”
  • Michelle Lee: nominated because “Michelle performed all of her duties at a very high standard, i.e. the morning wash was carried out at a very high standard. She was always pleasant and friendly”.
  • Julie Stephenson: nominated because: “Julie is a wonderful carer, she was always pleasant and we were always greeted with a friendly smile”.
  • Jessica and the Nursing Team: nominated because “Jessica is an asset to Pelton. She made our difficult time more bearable when my aunt was a resident. She was always very helpful along with the team of excellent carers. I can’t thank them all enough, you have such exceptional staff”.
  • Susan Hill: nominated for being “Very caring, kind and patient”.
  • Barry Lines: nominated because “Barry is always cheerful, helpful and excellent with the residents. He sits and chats to them and smiles a lot. He is a pleasure to know”.

Les Burnett added: “I want to congratulate the team receiving these awards. I can only endorse the kind words mentioned in their nominations by residents and their relatives. Well done team! I’m one very proud Home Manager.”

A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that specifically highlights the impact a Four Season Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of their care homes. An internal prize, staff are nominated for an award by either residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.

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16 Dec 2017

The team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside pulled out all the stops last week as they took part in Laurels Lodge has got talent.

It was an afternoon full of fun and laughter and the team were up for the challenge and showcased their talents amazingly.

Children from Donbank Nursery also joined the residents that day and they got involved and joined in dancing to the birdie song with the Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader. Relatives who came also joined in the dance and had a fun afternoon.

May Duncan said “this is great”! as she danced the birdie song.

Other relatives such as Lorna Graham and Irene Sivewright commented on how good the show was.

The headline acts included:

  • Linda Mason (Deputy Manager) and Lynn Smith (Home Administrator) - ABBA
  • Morag Leslie (SNCA) & Jenny Watt (Care Assistant) – as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
  • Rhodora Antiojo (Staff Nurse), Felix Mahinay (Care Assistant), Ewa Misztal (Care Assistant) & Arlene McGillivray (Care Assistant) as the Village People danced the YMCA music
  • Nomeda Jackstienne (Cook) as Madonna
  • Jolanta Nieckarz as Lady Gaga
  • Marlene Smith (PAL) dressed up as Chicken
  • Sheila Gesma (Home Manager) as the DJ

Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader, said: “The whole show was fabulous! The teachers from Donbank Nursery said to me that what we did was fantastic and they were very happy that the kids thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Sheila our manager was our DJ. It was also great to see relatives participating; it was indeed an afternoon full of fun and entertainment!”

Are you looking for a care home in Woodside? Laurels Lodge Care Home offers support for dementia care, nursing care and respite care.


16 Dec 2017

The Rookery Care Home has been fundraising to get some new activity equipment to provide special experiences for those in their care.

Susan Dyke, a member of the team made a big sacrifice and as a result raised over £400 for the cause.

Gail Llewelyn, Home Manager, said: “Sue decided she’s cut her hair off for the cause. She used to have hair that would rival Rapunzel and had never been to a hairdresser, so to have it cut off into a pixie style was a big deal for her. On behalf of everyone at The Rookery I want to say thank you!”

Are you looking for a care home in Ebbw Vale? The Rookery Care Home offers support for dementia care.


15 Dec 2017

The team at The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home in Mansfield celebrated a huge 120 years’ worth of experience last week, as 5 team members received long service awards.

Karen Gilbert, Home Manager presented the7 team members with their Long Service Certificates and gifts as a thank you for their continued dedication and hard work.

Karen said: “It was a pleasure presenting the team with their awards. I want to say massive congratulations to them all for their continued dedication and hard work. They’re all thought of very highly here in the Sycamore and Poplars by the rest of the team, the residents and their relatives.”

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


14 Dec 2017

Residents at Riverside View Care Home in Darlington welcomed Age Concern into the home last week to celebrate everything armed forces related and the service given by veterans.

Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “We have a number of residents in our home who served in the war, and it was nice for them to share their stories, but also a little emotional as many touched on the friends who never made it home. Representatives from Age Concern also shared their service experience, displaying their medals and other momentous from their time in service. I want to thank everyone who has given their service to protect Queen and Country. We’re all very proud of you.”

Are you looking for a care home in Darlington? Riverside View Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.

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