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Brandon Lodge in house Care Awards 2015

As a celebration for the homes 21st Birthday, Brandon Lodge Care Home in Brandon put together an in house awards ceremony to show the appreciation to the team from both residents and relatives who see first-hand the commitment they put into their roles.

Residents and relatives were given the opportunity to vote for their favoured members of staff for five categories; Carer of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Ancillary Worker of the Year, Nurse of the Year and an Outstanding Contribution Award. It gave everyone a chance to express their compassion towards the team and their everyday hard work. Alongside these awards, the home also created ‘Outstanding Commitment’ awards for those who have worked at Brandon Lodge for a substantial amount of time as a third of the team have worked there for over 10 years.

The winners are as follows: Ann Kidd – Carer of the Year, Stephanie Hogg – Newcomer of the Year, Kim Robson – Ancillary Worker of the Year, George Chowrimootoo – Nurse of the Year, and the Outstanding Contribution award was presented to Martha Saunders.

The Outstanding Commitment awards were presented to – Louise Williams, Georgina Richardson and Jemma Burrell for their 10 years’ service. In addition, Tom Soulsby, Dorothy Dickinson, Heather Kenny, Tracy Cairns, Lisa Hughes, Kath Carse and Anne Gilroy were presented with the awards for 15 years’ service. A special award was also given to Sandra Oliver who has worked at Brandon Lodge since the care home opened 21 years ago.

The awards were presented by Joanne Robson, Home Manager, who told us “We have an incredibly dedicated team of staff at Brandon Lodge which is shown by their lengths of service. They are always willing to go that extra mile for our residents; this was echoed in the large amount of votes and kind words we received from them. It’s wonderful to see all the families here celebrating with residents and the team. I am so proud to manage the home; a lot of our visitors comment on the warmth of reception and the happy and friendly atmosphere throughout the home which wouldn’t be possible without the team here at Brandon Lodge”.

Congratulations to all the team at Brandon Lodge.

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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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