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Havencourt duo awarded for their care and kindness

The team at Havencourt Care Home in Stonehaven, has recently been praised for their care and kindness.

Regional Manager Sylvia Nicol presented Senior Nursing Care Assistant Aleksandra Kedziona and Deputy Home Manager Catriona Torrie with their ROCK awards. The home also received an overall award in Recognition of the Care and Kindness (ROCK) of the whole team.

Aleksandra and Catriona were nominated for the award by Professor Charlie Weir, whose father was looked after by the staff during his last days.

In his nomination letter, Professor Weir said: “On behalf of his family friends I would like to thank you and your staff for looking after my dad during the last month of his life.

“Whenever I visited him, I was always impressed by the way staff regularly looked in on him and made sure that he did not require anything.

“Although it is a little unfair to mention individuals, I must say something about two members of staff whom I had most contact with.

“First, Cat who made sure that I was kept fully up-to-date with information relating to my dad.

“This was done in a thoroughly professional and sympathetic way.

“She also frequently popped in to see my dad when I was there and made sure that everything was fine.

“Secondly, Aleksandra who, whenever I visited, was cheerful and almost always with my dad during his last weeks.

“She was caring, sympathetic, cheerful and able to get my dad to drink/eat when it seemed that he wouldn’t.

“She made sure that he was comfortable and not distressed.

“I was very impressed, her caring attitude and general overall kindness is something that will stay with us for a long time.

“From my opinion, Havencourt has very good staff and provides a caring environment for people like my dad.

“The staff do a difficult job and I am grateful to them for everything they did.

The letter was read to the staff before they were presented with their awards.

Sylvia Nicol said: “Congratulations to Aleksandra and Catriona on their awards. All of the team at Havencourt work extremely hard putting the resident’s needs first, and providing fantastic care. I am extremely proud of this team.”

A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that specifically highlights the impact a Four Season Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of their care homes. An internal prize, staff are nominated for an award by either residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.

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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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