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Back to the floor with Gail Starling

We’ll be launching the 2017 Four Seasons Care Awards in the summer. In the meantime, we thought it would be nice to catch up with some of the winners of last year’s awards, to see what it’s been like since they’ve gone back to the floor.

This week we’ll be focusing on Gail Starling, Home Manager at Warrior Park Care Home in Hartlepool who won the Care Home Manager accolade.

Gail has only been with the organisation for 12 months, and what a 12 months it has been. Gail and the team at Warrior Park have been working hard to become the best team in the homes, making a difference on a daily basis to the lives of the people in their care.

Gail likened her win to that of winning an Oscar. She told us: “On the night it was fantastic, all my peers were there and everyone in my region was so thrilled to have a local winner. I can’t get over how happy people were for me. Vicky [Home Manager at Westview Lodge] bought me a bouquet of flowers to celebrate my success.

“The Care Quality Commission has also been very complimentary. The Local Commissioners were thrilled to hear that a Hartlepool Manager had won.”

Since winning her award, Gail and the team have launched straight into implementing the Dementia Care Framework.

“I love all of the new training that the Dementia Care Framework provides the whole team in the home,” said Gail. “We’ve also been piloting some delirium training for care homes from the local trust, so it’s been all go since the awards ceremony in December.”

Everything Gail does is for her residents and the care team. She understands that making a difference and providing special experiences for those in her care is very important. These virtues are something she instills in her team.

Always leading from the front, Gail and her family recently went on a sponsored walk, trekking 15.8 miles, raising £200. This money was used to buy an iPad that residents can use to communicate with their families via Skype. Its actions like these which showcase how Gail lives and breathes the Four Seasons company values, and always has the well-being of the people in her care at the forefront of everything she does.

Information about Four Seasons Care Awards 2016 is available on the awards section of our website.
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18 Dec 2017

Residents and the care team at Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham had a lovely Christmas treat as some local school children from St Teresa’s School Choir came carol singing.

Christine Tyrrell, Home Manager, said: “The residents really enjoyed listening to the carols. Some even got up and sang along with the children, especially when Jingle Bells and Silent Night were sung. The spirit of Christmas has definitely arrived at Murdoch House.”

Are you looking for a care home in Wokingham? Murdoch House Care Home offers support for residential care and respite care.


18 Dec 2017

Residents, relatives and the care team from Campsie View Care Home in Glasgow got into the Christmas spirit last week as they celebrated Christmas Jumper Day.

Everyone did their best to wear the most novelty jumper possible, and the results (as you can see by the picture) are quite outstanding.

Katy Jenks, Home Manager, said: “We all thought we’d wear our best novelty jumper to raise some money to provide special experiences for the residents in our care. We all had lots of fun and I want to thank everyone who donated.”

Are you looking for a care home in Glasgow? Campsie View Care Home offers support for nursing care.


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.

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