20 Feb 19

Buchan House Care Home prepares for spring with arts and crafts

With spring just around the corner and a little bit of sunshine outside, the residents of Buchan House decided to get creative.

Yesterday the group spent the morning crafting and decorating a beautiful bloom of daffodils to decorate the care home’s Sunflower Dining Room in preparation for the new season. The room now looks beautiful and bright.  Current studies in the field of art therapy confirm that art can positively affect individuals by inducing both psychological and physiological healing. Whilst young children are encouraged to be creative through arts and crafts in school, it is not only young minds that can benefit from arts and crafts to increase stimulation and creativity, those we care for can as well.

Everyone had a great experience crafting their flowers, and told staff that they are looking forward to seeing the changes in the weather!

20 Feb 19

The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll visits Buchan House Care Home

On Friday, residents of Buchan House were lucky to have a firm favourite visit, ‘Elvis’ has been visiting Buchan House for many years, and he’s still highly anticipated by the residents. The King of Rock ‘N Roll is so popular that his visits regularly get counted down to from weeks in advance! Not only do residents love the visits from the ‘Elvis’, even the staff get ‘All Shook Up’ when he comes in!

“During these visits, the residents are transported to a different place!” Explains Home Administrator Kathryn Adams, “It’s as if Buchan House’s Snowdrop Lounge has melted away and everyone is in a Las Vegas theatre seeing the man himself! He does an amazing job of interacting with each and every one of our residents and making them all feel like a part of the show, even getting some of them up to dance!”

Everyone at Buchan House always looks forward to ‘Elvis’ next visit, and the chance it gives the residents to put on their ‘Blue Suede Shoes’!

20 Feb 19

Windmill Care Home marks Excelcare’s 30th anniversary with a memorable visit

Excelcare marks 30 years in the care home industry in 2019 with a series of events – and for Windmill Care Home in Brixton the celebrations included a very special visitor popping in to work for the day

Excelcare is spending 2019 celebrating a very special anniversary in a number of very special ways. The care home group’s 30th anniversary is being commemorated with the theme ‘We Are Family’ and the firm launched the celebrations in high energy style with residents and employees from care homes company-wide dancing and singing along to the famous Sister Sledge track in a heart-warming video. And by way of thanks for their celebratory efforts, one care home was selected to receive a visit from Excelcare’s Chairman Osman Ertosun.

Staff and residents at Windmill Care Home in Brixton were delighted to hear that they were the care home chosen to receive Mr Ertosun (known as ‘Ozzie’) on a special visit.  ‘We’d put our hearts and souls into thinking of ways to commemorate the ‘We Are Family’ theme for the video launch,’ says Home Manager Grace Ale-Olurin. ‘So when we heard that we’d been selected for a visit we were delighted.’

Meeting the people who put the ‘care’ into care homes

Mr Ertosun visited Windmill on 1 February and was treated to a ‘day in the life of a care home’ experience. ‘We wanted Ozzie to understand what Windmill is all about and to get a real sense of how we operate on a day-to-day basis,’ says Deputy Manager, Tandy Chikwengera.  He received the usual induction (from fire exits and evacuation procedures and security to Infection Control and Manual handling) and then toured the care home, meeting employees and residents, alike.

Mr Ertosun attended the daily staff meeting and chatted with residents from all units. He spent time with Rachel, who celebrated her 100th birthday at Windmill recently, and Trevor, who regaled Ozzie with tales of his life spent as a musician serving with the Grenadier Guards.

A day to remember, kicking off a year-long celebration

‘Visiting Windmill was an honour,’ said Mr Ertosun. ‘It was a fantastic opportunity to see our core values of dignity, respect, equality and safety in action and spend valuable time with residents, as well as staff. I’m looking forward to the rest of the celebrations in 2019 – it will be a year to remember for Excelcare, where we thank everyone for their hard work over three decades.’

19 Feb 19

Deputy Mayor hands out roses to Hunters Down couples

Love was present at Hunters Down Care Home on February 14th. The Valentine’s Day tree was filled to the brim with many messages expressing love. Deputy Mayor, Steve McAdam and Senior Lifestyle Coordinator, Pearl Ewing, visited and handed out chocolates and everlasting roses to all the married couples. The Councillor certainly made many of the ladies smile and they enjoyed chatting to him. In the afternoon there was a special valentine’s themed tea for residents and their significant others, with Andy Saphir singing love songs to the delight of those who came to the event.

The room was decorated and smelt of fresh red roses, which were placed on each of the tables. Artwork was featured of red roses that residents had created previously. Balloons, banners, decorations, table runners of hearts were on display everywhere! Chocolate sweets scattered on the tables with many delicious cakes for everyone to enjoy. The posh china tea set was out which is always a favourite with the residents.

Everyone told Pearl how amazing the afternoon had been. They said that it was wonderful to be able to still participate in celebrations that they would have celebrated in the past.

19 Feb 19

Etheldred House shares the love on Valentine’s Day!

The residents at Etheldred House Care Home had a great time last week in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, making hearts out of craft paper and signing their names. This encouraged the residents to have conversations around the activity and share memories and positive emotions. They expressed their feelings for their loved ones by writing simple words or poems. The staff then hung some hearts on the tree.  The others were stuck on a big valentine’s heart that we have next to it.

On Valentine’s Day the residents and their families relaxed in a cosy atmosphere, enjoying songs as well as music played on the Saxophone by Liz Monroe. Everyone enjoyed singing and dancing with the staff, lifting their moods with feelings of love and warmth!

Families and visitors alike were greeted with red roses for the ladies and chocolate for the gentlemen.  The Home Manager Santall Horn and the Care Manager Enrica Linao visited each of the residents and presented them with their Valentine’s gift. Everyone spent the afternoon enjoying some wine and eating chocolates, cupcakes and a delicious Valentine’s cake made by the Chef, Sian.

Even the staff were treated to a little Valentine’s gift from the Home Manager to share the love. The afternoon was an unforgettable experience and enjoyed by everyone who was lucky enough to be there!

19 Feb 19

Windmill Care Home bake cupcakes for Valentine’s Day!

This Valentine’s Day at Windmill was very memorable for everyone. Residents enjoyed a whole day of love-themed festivities. Along with the staff, residents baked some special pink Valentine’s Day cupcakes and had a hand in decorating the care home as well. This was all in preparation for a special Valentine’s Day tea party that the residents had all been looking forward to!

Everyone enjoyed the day and had a lot of fun at the tea party. One resident, Anthony, told the group “I want all of you to be my Valentine!” Which filled the room with warm laughter!

All in all a splendid time was had, and one that everyone agreed they loved being part of.

18 Feb 19

Valentine’s Day celebrations at Primrose Croft

Love was in the air at Primrose Croft for Valentine’s Day! The home was filled with hearts that had been made by the residents, which were hung all around. Each heart had a residents name on one side and their loved one’s name one the other side, be it their spouse, children or pets. The sound of love songs filled the room, which the residents enjoyed singing along to. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful lunch of SWEET Chilli chicken and LOVELY roast ham, followed by pink HEART sponge with pink strawberry sauce and pink strawberry ice cream.

Some of the residents were visited by his their partners, and they enjoyed coffee and chocolate cake together, to surprise their significant others, residents lovingly presented them with a single red rose and some chocolates.

In the afternoon the staff held a LOVE quiz, with challenges such as ‘name songs with love in the title’, ‘name Shakespeare’s famous lovers play’ and ‘how many years is celebrated by your silver wedding anniversary?’ After this, staff LOVINGLY gave hearts and roses to each resident.

In the evening, everyone enjoyed a LOVELY Valentine’s Buffet, made by the kitchen staff. They even made heart shaped cookies drizzled in chocolate, with strawberry centres, which were enjoyed by all. The group each raised a glass (a special red Valentine’s cup) to loved one’s no longer with them, and also to the new LOVELY friends they have made since joining the Primrose Croft Family. At the end of the day, staff gifted each resident some delicious LOVE chocolates.

All in all it was a LOVELY day for all including the staff who LOVE working at Primrose Croft!


18 Feb 19

Valentine’s week enjoyed by Glennfield Care Home

Last week, residents of Glennfield Care Home in Wisbech enjoyed a whole week of Valentine’s Day themed fun.

They started the week off with a crafts day; sticking, gluing and painting love hearts. Everyone really enjoyed the activity and came up with some fantastic designs! On Wednesday Glennfield arranged a Valentine’s themed party, and were joined by their wonderful performer, Karl. Residents, staff and families all enjoyed dancing and singing  the afternoon away together. The firm favourite activity of the week was melting chocolate and making heart shape sweets for all of the residents to enjoy on the day.

Jacqueline Turly, Lifestyle Coordinator, said “The residents have enjoyed our Valentines week, and have loved the opportunities to be interactive and inventive, dancing laughing and singing the week away!”


18 Feb 19

Queens Oak residents enjoy Valentine’s themed arts and crafts

For Valentine’s Day, residents at Queens Oak Care Home in London were very excited to get stuck into some themed creative drawing and painting. They all worked together to create decorative cardboard hearts and put them onto a Valentine’s Day tree which was proudly displayed in the care home!

The residents told the staff that they were very pleased to join in with the activity, and that everyone is looking forward to more creative activities soon!

18 Feb 19

Longwood Academy visit Abbot Care Home for Valentine’s Day

Residents of Abbot Care Home were pleasantly surprised to be visited by students from Longwood Academy in celebration of Valentines Day. As this was the students’ last day of visiting, they wanted to leave something for the residents to remember them with, so they kindly presented the residents with roses.

They had become such great friends with everyone at Abbot Care Home, and many people were sad to say goodbye. One resident said “These are tears, but they are tears of joy, I’m so happy when the children visit, they make my world go round”.