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Aug 9th, 2013 - Come Dine With Me Competition in the North West

For the past two months Four Seasons Health Care has been hosting their very own 'Come dine with me' experience around the Greater Manchester Region, replicating the popular Channel 4 TV series. Residents at the selection of Care Homes have been enjoying many afternoons being cooked for, waited on, and entertained, both in the comforts of their own homes and in the comforts of others.

The competition began on Wednesday 15th June 2013 when Millbrow and Shawcross teamed up to host a glamorous, 1920s Hollywood themed afternoon at Millbrow Care Home in Widnes. The Hollywood themed Menu started with, Marlon Brando's unique prawn cocktail twist which was followed by, Clark Gable’s tribute to Hollywood Boulevard and finished off ever so sweetly with, Greta Garbo's 'flirty cheesecake'. To get into spirit guests dressed as old movie stars and the home was decorated for the occasion. There was music from the Rat Pack and entertainment from Elvis himself!

The second event was hosted by Regency, Cameron House and Half Acre House on 22nd May 2013 at Regency Care home in Bury. Their theme was Vintage, and they had a guest performance by Al Johnson. The Menu was Old English with a 1940s theme consisting of the very classical prawn cocktail or salmon and dill fishcake to start, traditional homemade chicken and leek pie with herby potato and seasonal vegetables as a main, and delicious Bailey's cheesecake for desert.

Victoria Care Home in St Helens was next in line, and held their event on 29th May 2013. Their theme was 1950 Rock 'n' Roll with an American diner style menu. Starting with,garlic scallops on a bed of rocket salad. Victoria's menu was enriched with chicken wrapped in Parma ham with new potatoes and baby buttered carrots, and followed by a tasty and tangy desert of lemon meringue pie with lemon ice cream. Residents and guests were entertained by an Elvis impersonator who sang all the 1950s favourites.

Week four was hosted by St Oswalds and Alexandra Care Homes on the 5th June 2013 at St Oswalds Care Home. They had a Lancashire theme to their menu with a trio of melon to start which was, three types of melon cut into balls and marinated in British sherry and topped with fresh mint. The main course was Lancashire hot pot with locally sourced lamb and vegetables cooked till tender and topped with a pastry crust served with red cabbage cooked in two different ways. This was followed strawberry cream meringues shaped into swans filled with fresh cream and seasonal strawberries for desert, and coffee and mints for afters. For entertainment, there was belly dancer which was a great hit with the residents, and a magician.

The final afternoon was hosted on 12th June 2013 by the overall winners of the event, St Catherines Care Home in Bolton. They held an Italian themed evening with all staff dressed in Italian clothing and an Italian sing-a-long throughout the night. There was also a pianist who played international music and female and male singer who entertained residents and guests. Their Italian themed menu began with 'Four Seasons fanned melon' soaked in port with Parma ham and fresh orange, which was followed by 'chicken disley pizzaiola' which was served with pasta and fresh green salad, with a side order of garlic bread. Then for desert there was a 'lemon PEARL syllabub' with almond shortbread biscuits.

Cath Roberts, activities leader for Millbrow Care Home at Four Seasons Health Care, commented: "The Come Dine With Me event was hugely popular with all of the residents from each of the care homes making it a huge success. I see this as a great way for the residents from different care homes to interact and have an exciting change to their ordinary weekly routines. It also gives them an opportunity to do something as a large group where they can all take part in the fun. It was lovely to see everyone dressed up and making an effort and we look forward to organising similar activities in the future."

Lorraine Disley, Regional Manager for Greater Manchester 2: "The whole experience of Come Dine With Me totally exceeded my expectation on so many levels. From a resident point of view, they enjoyed socialising with other residents to the point they've forged new friendships that they've have since maintained. The staff got just as much out of the experience as the residents, motivating and encouraging team work and competitiveness – each wanting to out-do the previous home. A month on, I am still being asked, 'when is the next one' by staff, residents and relatives. I have never been so proud to be part of such an amazing team."

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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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