Harrogate Lodge Make a Dream Come True for Resident
The team at Harrogate Lodge Care Home in Leeds recently made a special wish come true for a resident. Garry Clements has been a resident at Harrogate Lodge for a number of years and has built strong relationships with the team. It was his dream to see his Grand Daughter get married – this was all made possible by the kindness and dedication of two care assistants.
Towards the end of 2014, Garry was given just days to live but the team helped him on his road to recovery. With his health problems, Garry never thought it would be possible for him to attend his Grand Daughter, Deborah’s wedding. However, senior care assistants - Roz Studholme and Eilidh Murdoch, made it their mission to ensure Garry was able to attend the ceremony and surprise all the guests with his special appearance.
Sure enough, Roz and Eilidh accompanied Garry to the ceremony which was held late August 2015, where he was able to share the heart-warming moment his Grand Daughter tied the knot. “It was a huge surprise for everyone to see Garry there waiting for Deborah to arrive” Audrey, Garry’s wife told us, “It was a day of happiness and emotion. Garry smiled the whole time; it was as if he knew how special the day was”.
Both Roz and Eilidh said, “The day will go down as one of the most memorable for us. I felt like I was doing something really worthwhile. It was very emotional – to see the smile on Audrey’s face was priceless”.
Sue Green, Home Manager, explained “This is what it’s all about – everything we do is to improve our residents’ lives. So many members of our team go above and beyond the call of duty; I am really proud to have both Roz and Eilidh as part of our wonderful team at Harrogate Lodge. When we saw the photographs from the day, we all needed a box of tissues! It was such a lovely gesture”.
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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.”
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!”
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!”
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.”
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