A Slow Boat to China
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A Slow Boat to China

The Art Club at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham took on the challenge of painting the willow pattern, of a young couple who fell in love.

With a large range of willow patterns to choose from, pots, plates, coasters and a chopping board, everyone set to work on their masterpieces. Some chose a specific part of the story to paint while others decided to paint it all.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, explained: “We found that there are a few variations of the story the plates depicted. But between us we made up our own story and decided it to be the true story of the willow pattern plate, according to us!

“Art Club is open to everyone to join, residents, family and friends. We have a few art lovers who like to come along not to paint, but for a good chatter, music and a cup of tea and cake.”

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.

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18 Aug 2017

April 2017 saw Four Seasons’ Health Care Grampian Region launch their VIP (Values In Practice) initiative which rewards people for living the Four Seasons values of being:

  • Respectful
  • Trusted
  • Caring
  • and Making a Difference

This month the team member with the most votes was one of Havencourt Care Home’s Care Assistants, Natalie Donald. Natalie was voted for fulfilling all four of the living values: Respectful, Trusted, Caring and Making a Difference. Comments written about Natalie included: “for making residents happy and working well as a team member”, “always hard working, keen and uses her own initiative. Caring and popular with the residents.”, “Natalie is a fairly new carer but has proven her worth by using her own initiative and is always more than willing to cover shifts at short notice. The residents love her and she is always cheery!”

Rhona McGregor Home Manager also put forward little Riley Mitchell as volunteer V.I.P of the month. Riley is the 6 year old son of Havencourt’s Administrator and he loves to visit with the residents to help out our Personal Activities Leader and take part in helping with activities. He always brings a smile to the residents faces and they have commented that he is always smiling and brightens up their day.

Sylvia Nicoll, Regional Manager for Grampian, said: “No matter how big or small the action or the gesture is, the VIP Awards are an opportunity to say thank you to people who go above and beyond the call of duty every day to make a difference to our residents’ lives.

“Congratulations Natalie and Riley, you should be really proud of your success.”


17 Aug 2017

June and Graham celebrated 61 years of marriage at The Cedars and Larches Care Home in Ilkeston.

The home transported them to the 1950s, and Elvis was King of the day.

Nina Wright, Home Manager, said: “It was a lovely way to celebrate June and Graham’s anniversary. They waltzed the afternoon away and were serenaded by everyone. They’ve clearly shown love is for keeps.”

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


17 Aug 2017

Residents from Balmoral Care Home in Sheffield enjoyed a trip out to Crich Tram Village to celebrate Yorkshire Day.

Liza Murphy, Home Manager, said: “The residents loved it and weren’t put off by the rain.”

The home has also started up its own choir which holds its practice sessions every Thursday.

Are you looking for a care home in Sheffield? Balmoral Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care, specialist care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


17 Aug 2017

When Walter reminisced to Mary, Personal Activities Lead at Copper Beeches Care Home in Rochester, about how he used to potter around his workshop, working on his Land Rover 904 and a variety of other engines Mary knew exactly what she could do to take Walter back to his youth.

Mary's friend has a workshop and arranged for Walter to go and visit. Walter had a great time looking at old photos, spark plugs and even gave Jim advice on maintenance of his vehicles.

Walter especially admired a 70 year old motorbike - his knowledge was incredible as he discussed the mechanics with Jim. The visit made Walter so happy that it is now going to be a regular occurrence for him. We believe he can't wait to have a trip out in the side car on his next visit.

Gabriele Jerome, Home Manager, said: “This trip out had a lovely impact on Walter. Here at Copper Beeches we try and provide as many special experiences to our residents as we can. Just because you live in a care home doesn’t mean you have to sit in a corner and do nothing. The fun is only just beginning.”

Are you looking for a care home in Rochester? Copper Beeches Care Home offers support for dementia care.

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