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Woodlands celebrate Older People's Day

To celebrate Older People’s Day this year, Woodlands Care Home in Mirfield decided to display the wonderful lives of 3 of their residents around the home for visitors to read. Older People’s Day has been celebrated by Four Seasons Health Care throughout October by honouring the achievements and contributions older people make to our society.

Elizabeth Hitchin shared how she’s enjoyed a fabulous life with her husband. She enjoyed travelling in their motorhome around the UK and Europe. Her claim to fame is extremely impressive – her husband bought her a locomotive called Taw Valley as a birthday gift one year. They spent 4 years restoring the train which then went on to feature in the Harry Potter movies and tours as the Hogwarts Express.

David A. Bailey told us about his love of the outdoors. As a young boy, he joined the Scouts which is what led him to appreciate the outdoors. He completed the last of the Wainwright 214 Peaks of Cumbria – he is pictured above celebrating this with a bottle of champagne. Alongside this passion, David is also highly educated and has achieved a number of qualifications which led him to become a Professor in Chemistry. He also enjoys classic cars and motorbikes and loves to attend local shows to have a look around them.

We also heard about the wonderful life of Michael Jennings who explained how he was born and raised in Wakefield. He was educated in the North and worked hard to raise enough funds to make a move down to London to pursue his career in finance. He told us how he has travelled the World and has worked in some spectacular places. When he retired, he purchased a Ski Chalet in the French Alps where he loved to spend time with friends.

The team and visitors at Woodlands have been extremely impressed and interested by the stories told by their residents. They also displayed the history of the building at Woodlands which was once known as the Calder Farm Reformatory for Boys set up in 1853.

Samantha Kilkenny, Personal Activities Leader, told us “The residents and their families have really enjoyed getting involved with this. We have some extremely interesting residents and it’s been lovely to share their stories in this way”.

Four Seasons Health Care will be sharing stories and words of wisdom from our residents via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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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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