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Men’s group blooms on trips to Orchard Cottage

Here at Four Seasons Health Care we’re committed to providing positive experiences for our residents. This could be something we do alone or in partnership with other organisations.

Abigail Lodge Care Home in Consett, have run a men’s group with Beamish, the Living Museum of the North. The pilot scheme allowed the men to socialise with one another and take part in activities based on their interests at Orchard Cottage.

The power of positive partnership working was highlighted in a recent case study, written by Beamish which is based on the group.

The case study can be read below:

“An example of a partnership with a Care home is our development of a ‘Men’s Group’ for men living in Four Season’s Care Homes. This originated from our original Men’s Group, which was set up in 2014 in partnership with an Occupational therapist at a hospital near to the Museum. It was for a group of men all living independently at home, with a range of cognitive impairments, with the aim of providing opportunities for them to socialise with other men and take part in group activities based on their interests and skills, e.g. woodwork, painting, DIY. One of the members of this group later moved into a care home as his dementia was advancing quite rapidly. This gentleman was so keen to continue to come to the Museum, and most importantly to water his leeks in the garden, as were his family, that we contacted the Activities Coordinator at his care home to see if we could arrange for him to still visit regularly as part of a group, and importantly, as part of a group of men.

“Through speaking to colleagues within the Four Seasons Group there was great enthusiasm for this unique opportunity for some of their male residents, especially given the very common high ratio of women to men in care homes and the common difficulty in trying to find activities that men will enjoy engaging with. 3 Care Homes, all near to each other, share the transport and regularly bring a group of men to Orchard Cottage. As well as gardening and tending to our prize winning vegetables (the gentleman won 1st & 3rd for the onions and leeks in our Agricultural Show!) we do all sorts of things together, whatever the group like to do. One of the participants ran a bakery for years and so taught everyone how to make bread and, weather permitting, we always try to go for a short walk somewhere too. As well the evident benefits for the men, with comments from them such as “the one good thing about having this dementia is that I get to come here”, the care home staff have also said they feel they are more confident in thinking of different activities they could do at the care home and they also feel they have got to know these residents much better and have discovered lots of things from their life story that they otherwise wouldn’t have found out.”

More information about Beamish, the Living Museum of the North and the service they provide is available on their website. Information regarding Orchard Cottage and the sessions there is available here.

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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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