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Aug 9th, 2013 - Come Dine With Me Competition - Millbrow

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!

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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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.


14 Dec 2017

Residents at Riverside View Care Home in Darlington welcomed Age Concern into the home last week to celebrate everything armed forces related and the service given by veterans.

Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “We have a number of residents in our home who served in the war, and it was nice for them to share their stories, but also a little emotional as many touched on the friends who never made it home. Representatives from Age Concern also shared their service experience, displaying their medals and other momentous from their time in service. I want to thank everyone who has given their service to protect Queen and Country. We’re all very proud of you.”

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.

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