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Mar 14th, 2013 - Half Acre House and Heywood Court Care Homes presented with awards

Half Acre House and Heywood Court Care Home in Rochdale were recently present with an award at Rochdale Town Hall following the completion of the Six Steps to Success End of Life Care Programme.

Charlotte Goodwin Home Manager at Heywood Court Care Home said, "Completing the six steps to success programme has been challenging but very worthwhile and it has helped to further improve the care we give to our end of life clients. Care Homes now have a voice and the confidence to approach this subject and this couldn't have been achieved without the excellent support and guidance we received from the programme facilitators."

On presenting the awards to the care homes at Rochdale Town Hall, Gilly Keogh, an End of Life Care Facilitator from Pennine Care, said: "It's been a privilege today to see the care homes receive their awards and gain acknowledgement for the high level of care they deliver to their residents and families at the end of life. The success of this programme is a result of expert facilitators and dedicated care home staff."

Caring for people when they are nearing the end of life can be challenging and some care home staff don’t always have the confidence to manage residents within the home, which sometimes means they end up going into hospital, which can be avoided. Therefore, the programme covers a range of topics including end of life care planning, delivery of high quality care and care in the last days of life. The workshops are also supported by mandatory study modules covering communication skills, advance care planning and the Liverpool Care Pathway.

Commenting on the benefits of the programme, Gilly Keogh said: "The overall aim of the training is to ensure that care home residents receive high-quality care when they're nearing the end of life, by establishing End of Life Care Champions who are responsible for providing up-to-date information to staff, with support from the Trust.

"It's extremely rewarding to see the first cohort of Rochdale care homes complete the course successfully. There are plans for the programme to be delivered to all care homes within the borough, with the second cohort of seven homes starting the programme in May and a further seven beginning in November."

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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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