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Nov 22nd, 2013 - Double celebrations at National Dementia Care Awards

It was a night of double celebrations for two Four Seasons' staff at this year’s National Dementia Care Awards.

Our Director of Dementia Care, Caroline Baker, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in the final of the prestigious national awards.

Chairman and interim CEO Ian Smith said: "This is not only testament to Caroline's body of work with Four Seasons Health Care – in particular her work in developing the PEARL accreditation with Pete Calveley and Prof. Dawn Brooker, - it’s a huge feather in our cap in the same week that we launched the new Commissioned Services business division and our ambition to be the No. 1 carer of choice."

Our second winner in the Journal of Dementia Care sponsored Awards ceremony (held at the Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham) was Christine Smith, of Holybourne Day Centre, who won the Dementia Care Manager Award.

Caroline began her caring career in 1986 as a student nurse. She joined a charitable trust in 1993 as a Deputy Manager and then as a Home Manager, caring both for residents living with dementia and also residents living with an enduring mental health diagnosis. She joined Four Seasons Health Care in 2005, initially as Care Services Director, then became Dementia Services Director and is now Director of Dementia Care.

In 2008, Caroline embarked upon a structured project to systematically improve the quality of care for residents living with dementia within Four Seasons. Working alongside Professor

Dawn Brooker’s VIPS framework work of care, both Caroline and Pete Calveley were major architects in the development and rollout of the PEARL project (Positively Enriching And enhancing Residents' Lives).

PEARL had a significant positive impact upon individual residents. These included; reductions in the number of falls, increases in weight of residents and increased well-being.

The biggest success has been that due to Caroline and her development of the PEARL project there has been a dramatically reduced amount of anti-psychotic medication prescribed to people living with dementia.

Caroline now sits on the Governments Anti- psychotic working group and the PEARL project continues to be rolled out . The Dementia Services Team within Four Seasons has also increased year on year across the UK as the benefits continue to be repeated.

Christine also celebrates 30 years' long service

It was a double-celebration for Christine, too, as she was presented with her 30 years' long service award by Chairman Ian Smith. She started work at Holybourne in her early 20s as a carer when the centre was under Wandsworth Borough Council. Over time she progressed to Day Centre Manager. She says that Holybourne is her 'baby', as she hasn’t any children. Regional Manager Sheila King told us: "There are never any disciplinary issues in the day centre (she deals with issues as they arise), sickness is 0% and her staff team won the best dementia care team award last year."

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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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