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Scottish Care Homes evacuated due to flood danger

Woodside Care Home in Aberdeen and The Meadows Care Home in Huntly both had to be fully evacuated due to the danger of flooding posed by the nearby rivers expecting to burst their banks.

Woodside Care Home, managed by Lorraine Dray and her team had to safely evacuate 25 Residents at very short notice. The Four Seasons Family all pitched in to help across the region including 2 Brighterkind homes, resulting in all 25 residents safely being transferred to other homes by the end of the evening.

The Local Authority and the Police have both commented today on how impressed they were with all the team involved for their outstanding performance in the face of unprecedented severe weather. During this time the team on duty, off duty and members of the public were all helping to try and collect and prepare sandbags, and then trying to get these back to the home through Aberdeen City which itself had ground to a halt due to severe flooding. The team did an amazing job and as a result there has been no damage to the home overnight.

The Meadows Care Home, managed by Cassie Hersee and her team had an equally stressful past 24 hours. Having been put on High Alert early on Thursday the team were busy preparing the 41 residents for the potential full evacuation of the home. At the same time, the team off duty were busy helping the home by collecting sand bags from local collection points and transporting these back to the home. As afternoon turned to early evening the decision finally came from the Police that they needed to evacuate the home. By far the biggest challenge facing the team was where the residents would go to as the town of Huntly was completely closed off due to all roads in and out being blocked and unpassable due to flooding. The local hospital had no room and due to the evacuation earlier of a sheltered housing complex there was no room at the local hall.

Eventually there was space found at a community centre for 15 residents. The remaining residents were moved into a unit at the care home that was less likely to flood. Later that night the Police and the care home team agreed that the residents who had moved to the community centre may be better returning to the home as the risk of flooding was beginning to recede. So with everyone back again, for the rest of the night the full 41 residents shared a single unit but were well looked after by the whole team.

Banks O’ Dee, Havencourt, Angusfield & Maryfield East all took in residents so a big thank you to those teams for all their support.

John Kirk, Managing Director (Scotland), told us “I want to say a massive thank you to Sylvia Nicoll, Regional Manager and everyone who assisted with this across Team Grampian yesterday and today. Team members who were on days off, the public, the support team and to the other members of Team Scotland who all offered their support with any potential clean up. A fantastic show of teamwork, care and compassion to our residents and I am extremely grateful to have them as part of my team”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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