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Residents snatch weightlifting crown at Golden Games

Nine competitors from Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside donned the colours of Argentina, and set off to Aberdeen Sports Village with their trust mascot Diego to take part in the Golden Games.

The event took place on Thursday 9th June, and saw the team from Laurels Lodge pitted against 5 other care homes in the area. The theme this year was countries, and saw Argentina pitted against Sweden, Australia, Great Britain, Mexico and Ireland.

Each team had to complete the five games, including; football, weightlifting, curling, fishing and basketball, scoring a number of points. These points combined identified the overall winner of the games.

A spokeswoman from the Golden Games said: “Participants usually start off really nice to each other. Then they see the medals and then its game on. Niceness is replaced by competitiveness. It’s great that we can run events like this that keep the over 65s active.”

Sheila Gesma, Home Manager, said: “Laurels Lodge has been actively participating in the Golden Games for 4 consecutive years now and this is something that we all look forward to every year. The sense of pride, happiness and fulfillment that we see in our residents’ faces is priceless, we are all very proud of their achievements”

Laurels Lodge were the winners of the weightlifting competition, raising a staggering 278 reps between them!

Jan Craig, Asda Community Life Champion, joined the team on the day after awarding Laurels Lodge with £200 from Asda’s Charity fund. Jan said: “I had a lovely time at the games they had me in stitches and they were very competitive.”

The members of Team Laurels Lodge were residents Lillian Cameron, Annie Cleavin, Robert Thom, Rose Irene Mckenzie and William Sivewright, Marlene Smith (Personal Activities Leader), Jenny Watt (Care Assistant), Rachel Tucker (Student Nurse) and Jan Craig (ASDA Community Life Champion).

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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.


14 Dec 2017

The team at Havencourt Care Home in Stonehaven came together to celebrate multiple colleague achievements at the home.

Chris Rose and Jamie Nicoll completed their SVQ Level 2, Lavinia Rose completed her SVQ Level 3. Vicky Costello and Iwona Lutchman have completed their Senior Nurse Care Assistant Programme.

SVQs are based on national standards which are drawn up by people from industry, commerce and education. They are badges or benchmarks of competence, so they work as a guarantee that someone who holds an SVQ can do the job the qualification covers.

Senior Nursing Care Assistants take on a higher level of responsibility and provide special resident experiences every day. The role can, and has, inspired many to explore further development pathways into Nursing or Home Management.

Rhona McGregor, Home Manager, said: “I’m very proud of the team here. They’ve worked really hard and thoroughly deserve this recognition. The skills they’ve learnt will further enhance the care they give to the residents here at Havencourt, which from what I can see is an added bonus, as the team here are already doing a fantastic job.”

Are you looking for a care home in Stonehaven? Havencourt Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care, specialist care and intermediate care.


14 Dec 2017

As part of Oaktree Care Home in Yate’s festive preparations, they wanted to make sure everyone had the opportunity to meet Santa.

Leading the way was resident kitty cat Oakley, although when he met the big man, he seemed less than impressed.

Denise Mackereth, Home Manager, said: “The festive spirit has definitely hit Oaktree. Everyone, except Oakley, was excited to see our inflatable Santa. It definitely got us in the mood to see the real thing. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Oaktree.”

Are you looking for a care home in Yate? Oaktree Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

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