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Magic moments make residents’ birthdays extra special

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.

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17 Dec 2017

Residents, relatives, the care team and local community have all been helping get Riverside View Care Home in Darlington in the festive spirit.

Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “Firstly we want to thank the local Co-Op who raised a lovely £180 for our resident’s fund. This will go towards our Christmas entertainment. On behalf of everyone in the home I want to thank Co-Op for their kind donation.”

Christmas has definitely hit the home, as they all got ready for their Christmas raffle. Complete with their very own naughty elf.

Claire added: “I want to thank everyone who donated to our raffle. The monies raised will go towards providing special experiences for our residents over the festive period. Merry Christmas from everyone at Riverside View.”

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.


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.

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