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Dec 10th, 2014 - Sandringham Care Home goes Platinum

Dementia Services Quality Manager, Mrs Joanne Agnelli and her team of inspectors recently arrived at Sandringham Care Home in Portadown and carried out an unannounced validation visit on their dementia unit.

Staff interviews took place, interactions were observed and paperwork, documentation and medication were all reviewed. Joanne and her team called a meeting with the staff at Sandringham and Joanne said, “I have good news and I have bad news, the bad news is – you have lost your GOLD award! But the good news is you have now gained PLATINUM!” Everyone was overjoyed.

PEARL Champion, Mrs Phyllis Allen, was in attendance and thanked all staff at Sandringham for their hard work and dedication to the project. Joanne and her team told the staff that they had scored 97% in their validation – and that they were one of only three homes in the whole of the UK with a Platinum Award.

On Friday 14th November, a Ceremony and Celebration to mark the award was held. The Morning began with a Musical welcome from two Portadown College Students; Beth Gilbert and James Cunningham on the Harp and Clarinet. Guests gathered at the Conservatory day room for a Champaign brunch. A ceremony later took place at the front Foyer, Mrs Niamh Murray one of the Home Managers, welcomed the guests and thanked all those who had made this award happen. Toni Upton, one of East Wings Care Assistants sang ‘Fields of Gold’. Mrs Phyllis Allen then spoke about the PEARL journey at Sandringham and how when it first began, she never dreamt that one day they would ever be awarded platinum. Managing Director of Northern Ireland & Wales, Jim McCall and Director of Operations, Mr JP Watson also spoke, thanked and congratulated the staff at Sandringham for their work and dedication. Mr Watson said, “If I could put in a bottle the tremendous spirit of this care home I would”. The Mayor of Craigavon Borough Council, Mr Colin McCusker unveiled the plaque and led the celebratory toast. The morning ended with a final musical duet from the college students of the well known and loved ‘Edelweiss’. A lovely morning was had by all.

Pictured from left to right

Back: Maintenance Man, Mr Bernard Leavy; Catering Manager, Mrs Heather Trouton; Home Manager, Mrs Niamh Murray; Director of Operations, Mr JP Watson; Acting Regional Manager, Mrs Heather Murray; PEARL Champion, Mrs Phyllis Allen; Personal Activities Leader, Mr Sam Bright; Domestic Service Manager, Mrs Christine Hayes.

Front: Managing Director of Northern Ireland & Wales, Mr Jim McCall; Mayor of Craigavon, Mr Colin McCusker; Quality Services Manager, Joanne Strain.

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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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