22 Jun 17

Lime Court Open Day

Lime Court took part in National Care Home Open Day on 16th June. The day started with a coffee and cake morning where residents, their family and visitors to the home could enjoy a hot beverage and homemade cake. We had live entertainment with singer Carolyn Harding in the afternoon and finished the day with a buffet cream tea.

21 Jun 17

Elderly with dementia benefit from Japanese chair gymnastics

If you thought rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time was a mindless game for kids, think again, as the country’s care homes look to embrace a Japanese import that sees chair-based gymnastics benefit people with dementia.

Coordination exercises with intriguing titles such as ‘Finger and thumb tapping’ and ‘Nose and ear grabbing’ have seen staff at Hunters Down Care Home notice 10 out of the participating 14 residents experience physical improvements such as eating and drinking better and more independence.

After the workouts, 12 out of 14 residents were using their hands better to handle cutlery, dress, play games like bingo. Staff also confirmed eight of the 14 were more steady on their feet and were moving better.

21 Jun 17

Wartime Celebration

Residents at a care home lined the streets of Colchester for a wartime celebration.

St Fillan care home hosted the street party as part of a dementia care programme.

The 70 residents at the home in St Fillan Road soaked up the British summer weather in their Union Jack hats, and enjoyed a community feast together. Staff were dressed the part and entertainment was provided by special guests such as singer Marie Saunders.

The residents’ families also joined in the fun, laughter and nostalgia. Kylie Wheeler, care manager, said: “From our point of view it was really successful and we had great feedback from residents and relatives.

Residents from the area also joined in. Every other month we will be looking to do something like this to bring the fun back, and our next event will be a summer barbecue in August.

20 Jun 17

Goldenley National Care Home Day

Following lots of fundraising and Donations Goldenley Care Centre were very pleased to celebrate National Care Home Day by opening their own Pub. Rebecca Harris kindly gave up some time from her busy schedule to come along and do the official opening, of The Goldenley Tavern following the opening we celebrated with Del a cockney singer to entertain our residents and guests. Goldenley and Tyrell Day Centre came along to join in our celebrations. Chris Webster the Manager would like to make a special thank you to Mr Harpley and his son for making a beautiful job of building the Bar for us and also to our local publicans from The Benfleet Tavern for donations to make it look authentic. Our residents living with Dementia and their relatives will be able to enjoy using the facility making their lives as full as we can.

8 Jun 17

Open Day at Peartree

30 May 17

Barclays Bank present ‘Outstanding’ Award to Excelcare

Paul Birley, Head of Public Sector & Healthcare, Barclays Bank attended a celebratory tea party held in the staff honour at Waterhall Care Centre, Milton Keynes.

The event was held to celebrate the home achieving an Outstanding rating from CQC.

Tendai Mangoro, Manager at Waterhall Care Centre said she was delighted to be presented with an award from Barclays Bank.

Ozzie Ertosun CEO, Excelcare have been banking with Barclays Bank since our first care home opened in 1989. We work very closely with Paul and the team, whom give us a great deal of support.

24 May 17

Dementia Awareness Week at Longfield Care Centre

Longfield Care Centre, an Excelcare Residential Care Home, celebrated Dementia Awareness Week, 15th -21st May, with an event each day designed to engage and stimulate the people who live with dementia at Longfield. The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the “Singing for the Brain” Tea Party.

Music is recognised to have a positive effect on those living with dementia; it improves wellbeing and can even improve communication for those who may have trouble with verbal speech. Evelyn Day, Activities Co-ordinator at Longfield, combined music and singing with a tea party in the garden to help raise awareness of living with dementia. The event was a celebration of what people with dementia can still do when they are surrounded by the right support, engagement and positive attitude.

Staff, residents and volunteers at Longfield plan to make “Singing for the Brain” a regular event and will continue to raise awareness that it is possible to live with Dementia and still have a fulfilled and happy life!

18 May 17

Love to Move at Hunters Down

Love to Move is a chair-based age and dementia friendly gymnastics exercise programme, developed by the British Gymnastics Foundation.
Excelcare were delighted when Hunters Down Care Centre in Cambridgeshire, were asked to be part of the pilot that is specially designed to get older people moving and functioning better.
Over a period of two years in the Cambridgeshire region, the Love to Move programme has delivered sessions focusing on improving co-ordination, posture, movement and core strength.
In conjunction with the pilot scheme, staff from Hunters Down were asked to complete feedback forms for a sample of residents who took part in the exercise classes.
Doug, participant of the Love to Move programme

“I feel stronger. I have difficultly moving, but I’ve started to move more than I was before.”

Key results from pilot scheme feedback:
• 71% of participants are reported to have had noticeable physical improvements
• 86% of participants are reported to be socialising with other residents and staff better
• 93% of participants of participants are reported to be happier and more settled
• 100% of participants are reported as easier to connect with

Social interaction is often difficult for those with dementia, especially for those who would not normally have the opportunity to mix with other residents in the same home.
The pilot scheme gave the people living in Hunters Down Care Centre the opportunity to build bonds with one another, provide encouragement to their fellow Love to Movers, and socialise after the session.

Senior Activities Co-ordinator, Pearl Ewing said Love To Move is transforming residents lives. By providing unique stimulation which results in greater independence and movement where it appeared to have been lost.

Resident’s families report that they can see part of their loved ones return. To play my part in the delivery of the new activity is so rewarding.
I am hugely proud to support this programme that makes such a difference to the quality of life of the residents and their wider families.

11 May 17

Excelcare CEO raises a mount-staggering £11,050.00 for St Christopher’s Hospice

Remi Knight Community Fundraiser for St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, SE26 was delighted to attend the Excelcare Head Office in Bromley, to meet the aspiring Ozzie Ertosun.

Remi said, I wanted to come and collect this cheque personally, so that I could meet and thank Ozzie for braving such an inspiring Mount Everest Challenge with his brother Engin Ertosun and their friends Mike Millen and Steve Doran!

Each person is unique and we tailor our care to meet social, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as manage physical symptoms. Every year we provide care and support to over 6,000 people across South East London, both at home and in the hospice. This generous donation will cover the cost for us to provide support and care to one patient throughout their illness.

8 May 17

Herbie Celebrates her 100th Birthday

FOUR generations came together to throw a tea party for Ivy “Herbie” Herbert to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Herbie was surrounded by her friends and three generations of her family to mark her milestone on Saturday, April 29.

She celebrated the special occasion in Lime Court Residential Home, in Dovercourt, where she was given and abundance of cards and a huge cake.

Her Daughter Chrissie, said: “she enjoyed the celebration but was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of gifts.”

Herbie has lived by herself and had been able to manage for 99 years and has only just moved into the care home.

“I think the key to life as long is my mum’s is stubbornness and good genes”