22 May 18

Hunters Down Care Centre achieve GSF Beacon Status!

We hope you will all join us in sending our congratulations to Hunters Down Care Home in Cambridge, who are delighted to have received a GSF status of Beacon!

The Beacon is the highest possible Quality Hallmark Award from the National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre, the UK’s largest provider of training in end of life care for health and social professionals. GSF Quality Hallmark Awards are presented to homes that demonstrate real improvement in the quality of care they provide.

Myrna Flores, Care Manager at Hunters Down said “We are very proud of what we achieved. Completing the Gold Standard Framework has been a real help for us to provide better care and support for our residents. Throughout the few years that we implemented the framework, the quality of care especially end of life has improved and it has guided all of us towards a more open relationship with residents and their family regarding end of life care.”

The team at Hunter’s Down look forward to receiving their Award at the Bi-Annual GSFCH Award Ceremony, taking place on Friday 28th September.

17 May 18

Royal Wedding celebrations at Etheldred House

Etheldred House Care Home of Histon, Cambridge held a Mock-wedding tea party with their friends and families in anticipation of the forthcoming Royal Wedding.

The people living at Etheldred House played the roles of a vicar and parents of the bride and groom. The bride and groom were played by the real couple Christina and Andrei who sliced their wedding cake and shared to everyone together with some hot drinks. Everyone enjoyed listening to the speeches which were amusing and witty, and raised their glasses to the bride and groom. They all watched the couple’s first dance to their favourite song! A lot of photos were taken with the couple, who also visited people in their rooms.

16 May 18

Wonderful support received for Daisy Staines’ appeal

It has been wonderful to see the support offered by the community towards the funeral of Daisy Staines. Daisy was a wonderful lady, cared for by Ashlyn Care Home who sadly passed away at the age of 104.

Staff at the care home have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of those who have offered their well wishes and services for Daisy’s funeral, which will be taking place at 10.45am on 18th May at the Parndon Wood Road Crematorium.

There has also been a number of people who have been in contact including third and fourth cousins, and the family of Daisy’s best friend, who will also be attending Friday’s service.

The staff and friends of Daisy at Ashlyn Care Home are all extremely appreciative of the many kind donations offered by the community, including floral donations, daisy cupcakes and a selection of cakes, and a limo provided by Daniel Robinson Funeral Directors.


11 May 18

Announcing Our Award Winners of 2018

Excelcare are excited to once again partner with Guildmore to host our annual award ceremony, which is being held on Friday 22nd June 2018! The purpose of the event is to pay tribute to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding performance including the staff here at Excelcare; all of whom play a key role in the day-to-day running of our business.

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the Excelcare & Guildmore 2018 Awards, which celebrate the success of caring, innovative and dedicated individuals who have made a difference to the lives of others. Please click here to view the list of our hard-working and caring staff members who will be receiving an award at the upcoming Annual Awards event.

11 May 18

Cause for Celebration in Excelcare’s Essex Region

In recognition of all ten Excelcare homes in the Essex Region achieving a ‘Good’ rating From the CQC (Care Quality Commission), Regional Director Helen Bennett treated the Home Managers and her Regional Team to Afternoon Tea as a way to say thank you for all of their hard work.

Helen said “It was nice to do something different for a change and the team were all presented with a gift to recognise their achievements.”

Well done team Essex!

10 May 18

Lime Court Care Home’s Royal Wedding Celebrations

Lime Court Care Home has organised a ‘Royal Week’ on 15th – 19th May. Various events are taking place over the week to celebrate the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. All family and friends are welcome, so do come along and join in!


Tuesday 15th – Arts & Crafts with Creative Mojo & Teentalk Gardening Visit

People in the Home will be making royal-themed paintings and collage at 10.30am with Creative Mojo. Additionally, the volunteering group Teentalk will be visiting the Home to take part in Gardening activities.


Thursday 17th – ‘A Right Royal Singalong’

Clare from Harwich Sing will be entertaining everyone in the home through music. The audience will be encouraged to join in the singing!


Friday 18th – Street Party

Thhere will be a traditional British lunchtime menu followed by live entertainment with Dennis Maisey at 2pm. There is a Patriotic dresscode, so wear red/white/blue and bring your flags and tiara!


Saturday 19th – Viewing of Royal Wedding

There will be a lunchtime viewing of the Royal Wedding, followed by a Music Therapy ‘Best of British Show’ with Kidley Divey at 2.15pm and finally a themed buffet tea.



9 May 18

Dovecote Care Home’s Racing Superheroes

On Monday 7th May Ravinda Chawler, who lives in Dovecote Care Home, took part in the Milton Keynes Fun Run.

It was a 1.5 mile race for all ages and abilities, and everyone had to dress as a superhero! Ravinda chose a Princess Peach costume.  She was joined by Dovecote carer Kevin Watson (Mario) and two of her family members (Luigi and Batwoman)!

The race took place on closed roads and finished in Stadium MK football ground.The sun was shining on Bank Holiday Monday, therefore there were many spectators cheering everyone on.

Ravinda collected her well-deserved medal after the race. Well done to Ravinda, and also to her family members and Kevin!


8 May 18

Ashlyn Care Home’s Funeral Appeal

Ashlyn Care Home is appealing for mourners to attend the funeral of 104-year old Daisy Staines. Daisy had been in the care of Ashlyn since developing dementia in September 2010. She was the eldest person living at the Home.

Unfortunately Daisy does not have known friends or family. Her brother, Fred, who used to visit her at Ashlyn Care Home died at age 103 last year. Staff are hoping that people will hear Daisy’s story and attend the funeral, whether they knew her or not.

Daisy lived a colourful and vivacious life, having been a keen dancer and fan of music. Activity Co-ordinator Allison Armstrong speaks very highly of her: “”Daisy was a very keen dancer, she used to enjoy talking about dancing with her late husband and looking at old photos of them both.”

“She was such a character, she had a great sense of humour and she was also telling us stories about the war years.”

Her story features on Essex Live News.

Daisy’s funeral is at 10.45am on 18th May at the Parndon Wood Road Crematorium.


3 May 18

A fundraising skydive to help make wishes come true

Care home operator Ozzie Ertosun of Excelcare will be swapping compliance dashboards for the open skies with his 19-year old son Sami on the 18th July 2018, when they jointly undertake a 20,000 foot skydive to raise money for the Excelcare Staff Benevolent fund that has recently been set up to help terminally ill staff in their time of need.

Excelcare recently rated second best in the UK according to a nationwide ranking of the top 20 care provider groups in terms of their compliance with CQC (Care Quality Commission) however Ozzie said on the 18th July they will be checking their parachutes for Outstanding compliance.

Caring for others takes a special person, it is a very hard and demanding role; along with early starts and long hours to ensure that high standards of person-centered care is delivered along with a quality of life.

Our staff are not just staff to us, they are the Excelcare Family and unfortunately at some point of everyone’s life, we come across unforeseen circumstances or very sadly a terminal illness that may put us beyond financial limits or where we would like to create a lasting memory. The Staff Benevolent Fund has been set up to give back the care that our staff have always delivered by granting them a wish from the fund.

Please click here to view the campaign on GoFundMe.

27 Apr 18

Gymnastics for all ages with Hunters Down Care Home

On 20th April,  Hunters Down Care Home visited the local Huntingdon Gymnastics Club.  The sky was blue and the sun shining as they walked to the Club, situated only five minutes away.

Kim Hall from British Gymnastic Foundation runs the “Love to Move” sessions at Hunters Down Care Home.  The people living in the home got the chance to watch and join in her Baby and Toddler classes at the Gymnastics Club.

The first session was for toddlers with their parents and grandparents; and the second session was for the babies. Kim did some structured play using different size balls and parachutes with music and movement. Then the children went on the gymnasium equipment and explore.

People from the Home joined in with the nursery songs and played the musical instruments alongside the children. The youngest baby was 5 months old and the eldest adult was 101, making it a truly intergenerational event!

Both parties really enjoyed and benefited from the session – so this will become a regular feature on Hunters Down Activity Schedule!