12 Dec 18

A trip to Milton Keynes Dons F.C. for residents at Dovecote

Last week residents from Dovecote Care Home spent the afternoon at the Milton Keynes Dons football club to watch a live game of football; MK Dons vs Carlisle. The residents who attended had a great time watching, clapping and sometimes singing along to the chants with the crowd. It was very chilly so the residents enjoyed a nice hot chocolate and a pie too. The MK Dons won 2-0 and the residents were thrilled.

The residents thoroughly enjoyed the outing and look forward to more afternoons out and about.

12 Dec 18

Elf Production for Sherrell House residents at West Hatch School

This week residents of Sherrell House Care Home visited their pen pals at West Hatch School who performed an Elf Production. Before going through to the theater, they enjoyed afternoon tea with mince pies and had the opportunity to sit and chat with the pupils.

Residents spent the afternoon clapping along to the music and cheering for the students in their front row seats with their pen pals. Residents commented on how much they enjoyed the production and said it was a lively event. They look forward to future outings and visits with their student friends.

11 Dec 18

Castlebar Care Home take a trip to Ruxley Manor Garden Centre

Residents at Castlebar Care Home have been enjoying Christmas events and outings as they start their busy festive schedule within the home – just last weekend West Norwood’s Salvation Army band and choir came to play some Christmas Carols.
Their most recent outing was a visit to Ruxley Manor Garden Centre where residents picked out some decorations for their Christmas trees and even got to see Santa’s reindeers.
They enjoyed a lovely Turkey dinner with all the trimmings and commented on how nice the day out was. They loved seeing the the Christmas displays and decorations and feel it really got them into the Christmas spirit.
Click here to take a look at the photographs from the trip!

11 Dec 18

Huntingdon Rotary talk held by Pearl of Hunters Down Care Home

Once a month residents from Hunters Down Care Home visit their local Memory Café, ran by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon. Pearl Ewing who is the senior Lifestyle coordinator went along to a meeting held on the 6th December at The George Hotel where she was asked to prepare a presentation on her role at Hunters Down.

Starting off with some of the exercise moves used in the “Love to Move” session, everybody was shocked realising how mentally stimulating some of the moves are. Pearl wanted to change people’s negative perception of care into a positive understanding of care homes and feels that she was successful. At the beginning of the presentation the audience summarised their view of care using words like ‘boring, depressing and welcoming,’ which were transformed into ‘stimulating, quality, fun and positive.’  Pearl managed to turn around the view of care simply by explaining the activities that are planned for residents at Hunters Down and the other homes in the Excelcare group.

The top two requests from residents are always to be able to go out and to have people come to visit. Pearl explained that one of the most important parts of her job is networking within the local community. Residents are invited to many different types of wonderful events and have many wonderful groups come in to see them, in December alone they have 18 Christmas activities/outings planned!

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon will be bring the Memory Café to Hunters Down Care Home on the 16th January for a trial to see if it can be delivered in the home, which will be open to the public as normal. Residents look forward to attending the cafe in the comfort of their own home, with the added opportunity to meet some of the visitors.

11 Dec 18

Ivy decorates Gingerbread treats for West Hatch School penpals

This week one of the residents of Sherrell House has been decorating some delicious gingerbread treats for some of their penpals who are pupils of West Hatch School.  Ivy is usually keen to get involved with the activities at Sherrell House Care Home, her last project was a Christmas Hamper which was used in the Christmas Raffle. The students thoroughly enjoyed their treats and especially appreciated Ivy’s lovely gesture.

10 Dec 18

Fundraising day for the Alzheimer’s Society at Windmill Care Home

Everyone at Windmill Care Home had been looking forward to the long awaited fundraising day for Alzheimer’s Society, which finally arrived on Friday 7th December!

Residents and staff enjoyed playing games and taking quizzes, and enjoyed a fundraising tea party with yummy treats. The residents really enjoyed the afternoon, saying that they look forward to taking part in future fundraising events.

10 Dec 18

The Military Wives Choir visit Hunters Down Care Home

On Sunday 9th December the residents of Hunters Down Care Home spent the afternoon listening to the visiting Brampton & Wyton Military Wives Choir. The choir sang some wonderful Christmas songs and the residents joined in too! They sang a collection of carols like O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The visit definitely put both the residents and their family members in the Christmas spirit!

Members of the choir even commented on how lovely the voices of the residents were and would be happy for them to join the choir. The staff and residents of Hunters Down enjoyed signing and laughing together, everyone said that they had a lovely afternoon and look forward to future performances.

7 Dec 18

Lime Court’s Dorothy celebrates 107th birthday with Mayor & Mayoress

Today Lime Court Care Home in Essex is celebrating the birthday of one very special resident, Dorothy. Today she celebrates her 107th birthday with the Mayor and Mayoress. Wishing a Happy Birthday to Dorothy!

Dorothy spent most of her Birthday party chatting and sharing stories with the Mayor and Mayoress and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. She has also been featured in the local newspaper!

7 Dec 18

Arthur gets a surprise visitor at Limetree Care Home

Residents on the second floor of Limetree Care Home had a very special visitor. One of the Healthcare Assistants Debra brought in her nine year old daughter, Diana.

Diana loves to chat and interact with people and also has a passion for singing, something she usually does in her Church Choir. During her time at Limetree she sat with the residents, chatted, read books and sang songs.

Arthur is registered blind and takes great joy out of interactions with people. Something simple like a conversation or holding his hand while listening to music can make his day.

He was truly overjoyed listening to Diana sing carols to him and joined in at times. When asked, he said “she was very good, I really enjoyed that!” Arthur looks forward to future visits!


7 Dec 18

Linden Tree Nursery decorate Christmas cards at Windmill Care Home

This year Windmill Care Home held their third annual visit from the toddlers of Linden Tree Nursery, who spent time decorating some lovely Christmas cards.

Little Giorgia was very excited to show off her masterpiece that she had made for the residents. Her mum Lucy in the background is in agreement with the residents that this is a very beautiful Christmas card.

The residents always enjoy when Linden Tree Nursery visit and studies have shown there are great benefits both for the children and the older generation when the two socialise.