22 Mar 18

Nutrition and Hydration Week at Lime Court

Lime Court Care Home took part in Nutrition and Hydration Week, which ran from 12th March to 18th March 2018. The event aims to create a global movement that reinforces and focuses energy, activities and engagement on nutrition and hydration. Lime Court has signed the Nutrition and Hydration Charter. Nutrition and hydration is is an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in Health and Social Care Settings.

The care home had a week full of fun food and drink oriented activities, all focusing on Nutrition and Hydration;

  • ‘Smoothie of the Day’ proved very popular; every day there were different delicious and nutritious smoothies that the people living in the home could try.  Flavours included pineapple, mango and caramel.
  • Everyone played ‘Guess the Fruit’, ‘Today’s Menu’ and ‘Grub’ – games inspired by food and drink.
  • ‘Thirsty Thursday’, which promoted hydration in a fun and creative way.
  • ‘Fruity Friday’, where residents could use their senses to touch, smell and taste delicious fruits from around the globe.

20 Mar 18

St Patricks Day Celebrations in Essex

People living at our Goldenley and Okeley Care Homes in Essex went green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!

Okeley enjoyed a day of fun, music and a little Guinness. The staff dressed up for the occasion and the day was enjoyed by everyone. They had cupcakes decorated with Irish flags and leprechauns. One of the ladies living at the home said “it was great fun and the staff really made the day enjoyable for us all. I liked my little glass of Baileys!”

At Goldenley everyone enjoyed ‘The Famous Potatoes’, an Irish group who entertained everyone at the home. A few beers were also enjoyed and everyone made their own hats to wear on the day.

15 Mar 18

A wish comes true at St Fillans Care Home

On Wednesday 14th March The Dojo Karate Club helped St Fillans Care Home make a wish come true for one of the people living there. Dorothy Naylor wanted to see a Karate demonstration, so the team at St Fillans posted her wish on the “Wishing Washing Line” at their local Tesco store in High Woods. They were inundated with calls from people who wanted to help!

Dorothy practised Karate for over 53 years and had her own school which she ran with her husband in South Woodham Ferrers; she was still giving lessons up to 2017. She was the first British female to be awarded a black belt in Karate, and has also been honoured by David Cameron.

Dorothy was the supreme Judge for the day and scored the club members with a whole range of Kata’s, including Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan and Hiean Sanda. Along with Dorothy’s Daughter Jane, they awarded a Gold, Silver and Bronze award to the winners. Dorothy was also presented with a lovely bright bunch of flowers to say thank you for judging the competition.

It was so lovely to see Dorothy full of smiles; she spent some time with the children answering their questions and telling stories about how she was inspired to take up Karate all those years ago.

13 Mar 18

Yeehaw! A hoedown at St Fillans Care Home

Howdy! On Saturday 24th February St Fillans Care Home hosted its very own hoedown!

The event was attended by relatives and residents who all had a great time. Everyone danced to the “Cowboy Shuffle” and the “Boot Scootin Boogie”. The crowd were entertained by a Dolly Parton act who sang “Working 8 ’til 8” for all of our dedicated staff who turned out to ensure our residents had a fantastic time.

There was a guest appearance from ‘Calamity Jane’ (aka Jolene) who had her very own ‘Dual at Dawn’ with Dolly, but sadly Jolene didn’t get her man this time!

After all the singing and dancing everyone was treated to a delicious Texan style hot buffet with BBQ pork belly, Southern fried chicken, baked beans and Cajun wedges, followed by Mississippi mud pie and American style cheesecake.

13 Mar 18

Hartford Junior School visit Hunters Down

To celebrate the approaching Mothering Sunday, children from Hartford Junior School came to visit our residents at Hunters Down Care Home on Friday 9th March.

Many of children read out poems that they had written as a gift for their mothers, and then spent some time speaking with the residents and showing them their artwork which was bordered around their poems.

This is the third year that this event has run, it all started from a suggestion from one of the Hunters Down Resident’s Pen Pals, from a care home in Canada. Residents from each home asks each other questions and Hunters Down asked how the children in Canada celebrate Mother’s day. Originally in Canada children would write a letter or poem to thank their mums and bring them some white carnations. So Pearl Ewing, senior activity coordinator contacted Hartford Junior School to see if they would like to work together on this wonderful activity, and they have done every year since! All of the children were given a poesy of white carnations from the residents to give to their mums.

12 Mar 18

Hunters Down visit the Model Railway Exhibition

On Saturday 10th March three residents from Hunters Down went to visit the Model Railway Exhibition at Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester.

The three residents were all keen railway supporters and there were many model railways for them to admire, all with very impressive scenery around them. There were also a number of stalls where they could buy anything connected with model railways.

Residents enjoyed speaking to some of the other model railway enthusiasts and asking them what materials they used to make some of the models and scenery. This has sparked off an eagerness at Hunters Down, to see if they can set up a small group of people who would like to try and make a model railway at the care home.

12 Mar 18

Fun in the Snow at Lime Court Care Home

The staff and people living at Lime Court Care Home had fun in the snow! They all worked together to make a snowman, Robyn the Care manager even donated his scarf for him to wear! A few snowballs were also sent flying about which made everyone laugh!

9 Mar 18

Hunters Down Residents invited to Sidney College Choir Cambridge

Residents from Hunters Down had the most wonderful and thoughtful invitation from Sidney Sussex College Choir in Cambridge.

The average age for the choir is 19 years. The young adults thought it would be nice to put on a relaxed performance for residents in care homes. They informed Pearl Ewing, Senior Activity Coordinator that the concert will be relaxed in the sense that it will not have some of the more restrictive elements that a “typical” concert might. For example, if an audience members need to make noise or leave during a musical item, then that is absolutely fine. The idea is to bring music to those who might not otherwise be able to access it in a relaxed setting.

The choir performed in Sidney Sussex College Chapel which the residents thought was wonderful in its self to visit, admiring the beauty of the building inside and out. When the choir starting singing it took our breath away. The young adults sang with the most harmonious voices that we have ever heard.

Residents enjoyed chatting to the young adults and asking them questions such as what are they studying, where they have sung before, how long have they been singing etc. One of the young gentlemen has sung in Westminster Abbey.

Residents have invited the Sidney Susses Choir to Hunters Down to perform to some of the other residents as we know many more of our residents would so enjoy their singing.

This is such a wonderful idea and maybe other choirs, drama schools, academies etc. will take up this innovation as well.

7 Mar 18

Fundraising in style at St Georges Court

On Tuesday 6th March staff at St Georges Court let their imaginations run wild with a Crazy Hair Day.  The hairspray, wax and dye were out in full force as everyone tried to come up with the wackiest and most unusual style of the day. The Crazy Hair Day was held to raise money for the family of Thomas Joseph, a former Kitchen Assistant at Excelcare’s Windmill Lodge who sadly lost his battle to pancreatic cancer.

Sarah Nelson, the Home Manager of St Georges Court Care Home said “The home had a lovely feel, as usual! The people who live here joined in and asked lots of questions; ‘Whatever have you done to your hair?’ and ‘Can I have a picture?’ The day raised smiles and laughter, and spread happiness to everyone here. All of the staff were so happy to contribute everything they could towards this excellent Excelcare family charity event!”

The day was a great success with the Cambridge care home raising an astounding £63.85 for Thomas’ family. They will be using the money raised towards taking Thomas back to his final resting place in India. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.

1 Mar 18

National Floral Day at Hunters Down

While outside it is freezing and the snow is falling making everything white around us. Inside of Hunters Down we are cosy and warm with a perfume aroma and rainbow colours of flowers.

It is National Floral Day, Wednesday 28th February.  So many of our residents and staff have embraced the floral day dressing in bright floral clothes or accessorising with fresh flower button holes, flowery hair bands, fresh flowers in their hair etc.

Residents have enjoyed a day arranging fresh flowers into vases where they are now placed all around Hunters Down bringing in the spring/summer feeling to our home.