Ally McCoist pops into Cardonald Care Home
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Ally McCoist pops into Cardonald Care Home

Many of our homes welcome famous faces through its doors, but one home in particular can boast a whole football team from time to time.

Mary, a resident at Cardonald Care Home in Glasgow worked tirelessly at Glasgow Rangers Football Club for 48 years previously to living in the home. Now from time to time, the football team drop by for a chat and a drink, but there’s one special man in particular who regularly comes to visit Mary.

Michelle Murray, Home Manager, said: “Ally is a very good friend of Mary’s and regularly comes and takes her out for afternoon tea before coming back and sitting in the home for a chat. He’s like an extended member of the family, and it’s nice for everyone in the home because for such a famous man, he’s certainly very humble. I know Mary enjoys spending time with him and the rest of the football team. It’s nice to see that they continue to recognise her for her hard work and dedication, even after she has retired.”

Are you looking for a care home in Glasgow? Cardonald Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and specialist care.

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22 Apr 2017

Hillside Care Home in Berwick-upon-Tweed welcomed owls, snakes, rats and a bearded dragon as the home celebrated National Pet month.

The visit was organised by the Personal Activities Lead alongside Birds of Prey from Haggerston.

Vanessa Pepper, Home Manager said: “Andy Howey from Birds of Prey brought a variety of friends with him for our residents to meet. These new friends came in the shape of; owls, a bearded dragon, snakes and rats. All of the residents loved seeing and touching the different animals.

“I want to thank Andy for coming and helping provide our residents with this special experience. It’s not something they’ll forget in a hurry.”

Are you looking for a care home in Berwick-upon-Tweed? Hillside Lodge offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care, intermediate care and end of life/palliative care.


22 Apr 2017

Residents at Howdon Care Centre is Wallsend have been enjoying a variety of different activities helping them to celebrate a number of recent events at the home.

Firstly, the home got their best bakers hat on as they celebrated Red Nose Day. The residents hosted a coffee morning inviting their nearest and dearest and members of the local community. The residents baked some goodies to sell during the coffee morning, with one resident sharing the recipe of her mother’s famous chocolate cake, which went down a treat.

Another day of crafts saw the residents creating Easter bonnets and boaters in preparation for the parade during the Easter Fayre.

Ruth Todd, Home Manager, said: “The residents enjoyed creating their bonnets and boaters. They accessorised them using a variety of coloured ribbons, glittery eggs, fluffy chicks and baby bunnies. It was a hard choice choosing the winner as they were all so good.

“All of the activities that we hold here at Howdon are a huge success with our residents here. It’s great to see them all enjoying themselves.”

Are you looking for a care home in Wallsend? Howdon Care Centre offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care, intermediate care and day care.


21 Apr 2017

Wansbeck Care Home in Choppington’s Easter Fayre proved to be a huge hit with residents, their families and the local community.

The team arranged for residents, relatives and friends of the home to join together for a day of fun and enjoyment and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Nick Smith, Home Manager, told us “The Easter Fayre was a great day – the weather stayed fine and everyone enjoyed themselves. There were lots of things for people to see and do, and the chocolate delivered by the Easter Bunny was a lovely treat. We are all so grateful to everyone who came along; we all had a fab day”.

Are you looking for a care home in Choppington? Wansbeck offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


21 Apr 2017

Victoria Care Home in St Helens has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Victoria Care Home is celebrating being accredited for a radically different approach of care for people living with dementia.

The Dementia Care Framework is a unique step forward in the personalisation of care for people living with dementia. The care team uses exclusive purpose-designed technology to help build and continuously update a picture of each resident’s individual experience of their care and their physical, psychological and emotional well-being, so that their care can be adjusted to their changing needs.

The pioneering home is part of Four Seasons Health Care which spent two years developing and testing the new approach. The home hosted an event for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them during an Easter themed party on Wednesday 12th April 2017.

Rachael Junge, Managing Director for Four Seasons in the North West of England said: “This is next generation dementia care to make life better for the person with dementia and we are excited to offer it. A vital part of the Framework is the bespoke support and training the team throughout the home receives with additional support and training for those, working within our dementia services. This goes beyond the practicalities of caring for someone with dementia and through simulation gives them a deeper understanding of what it is like to live with dementia.”

In addition to the support and training, there are three additional components to the Dementia Care Framework – personal care reviews, Resident and Family Charters.

At the heart of the Dementia Care Framework is a personal care review process which is continuously updated electronically by care staff to give a comprehensive and current picture of each resident.

Thought to be the first of its type worldwide, it is based on 320 recognised standards, including NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and Alzheimer’s Society best practice guidance. It replaces paper-based audits that are slow and almost always behind the changing care needs of the person.

The resident and family charters were developed in consultation with residents, family members, health and social care professionals and care teams, taking account of over 400 comments. The resident charter sets out their rights, the standards of care they can expect and commitment to provide for their personal needs and preferences.

The family charter, sets out the support that they can expect to receive and how they can input to planning their relative’s care.

Only when a home achieves key standards within the Dementia Care Framework does it receive Four Seasons Accreditation for the quality of its dementia care.

To find out more about this fundamentally different approach to dementia care please visit or email

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