9 Nov 18

Windmill Care Home’s Sensory Garden

The green-fingered residents at Windmill Care Home were very excited when it was time to harvest the herbs they had planted in the home’s sensory garden. They took great pleasure in harvesting the herbs and delivering them to the chef. The chef in turn used the herbs to cook delicious meals for the residents to enjoy. The residents living with dementia love touching and sniffing the herbs with a smile on their faces; they close their eyes momentarily as though remembering something beautiful. Scent is an extremely powerful sense for reminiscence, so Windmill’s herb garden is a very special feature of the home.

8 Nov 18

Remembrance Day Preparation at Etheldred House

As Armistice Day is just around the corner, residents at Etheldred House have been preparing for their Remembrance Service. Staff members made a memorial cross for residents to add names of their loved ones who died fighting in the war. This was a very touching activity for our residents, recalling memories and sharing their stories of the war. Lest We Forget.


8 Nov 18

Diwali Celebrations at Goldenley Care Home

Staff and residents at Goldenley Care Home celebrated Diwali yesterday, which is the Hindu festival of light. They got dressed up in saris and wore bindis, listened to Bollywood songs and had a good dance! Afterwards, the lifestyle coordinator provided tasters of delicious Indian food. Everyone said they loved celebrating this special day!

7 Nov 18

Ashlyn Care Home Residents Feature in Harlow Star

Two residents at Ashlyn Care Home have had their birthday celebrations featured in the Harlow Star! Peggy and Ivy celebrated their 100th and 102nd birthdays with friends and family in the home.

Peggy and Ivy celebrated with birthday parties, musical entertainment and a visit from the lovely Therapy Dogs.

In the articles, the residents recall memories from their younger years and discuss their families. They also reveal their secrets to a happy life: Peggy says hers is hard work, whilst Ivy says hers is to always speak the truth.

Please click here to view the articles and read more about these fabulous ladies!

Happy birthday to both of them from all at Excelcare.


7 Nov 18

St Georges Court Residents Make Their Own Radio Show!

St George’s Court Care Home residents had an exciting time this week making their own radio show! They were visited by radio presenter Gerald Main for his “Radio Here and Now” session. The residents grew up listening to radio, so this was a very special activity!

The residents chose a variety of songs, including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole! They also told stories and talked about their favourite radio shows from the past. They even learnt to make sound effects on the radio!

Afterwards, the radio show was made available for residents, family and friends to listen to! You can hear it by clicking here.



6 Nov 18

Goldenley’s Hat and Wig Morning

Goldenley Care Home enjoyed a funny morning dressing up in hats and wigs!

Staff and residents enjoyed getting into character by taking on the role of the hat that they were wearing. Some ladies felt like they were off to the races in theirs! The gentlemen in their Pearly Kings hats got into the old Cockney spirit. Everyone had a good old-fashioned sing-song afterwards, and said what a fun morning they’ve had!


6 Nov 18

Residents at St Georges Court Dance to “Baby Shark!”

Residents at St Georges Court Care Home had fun learning the Baby Shark dance, as well as the YMCA and Superman! Click here to watch the video.

The residents have really enjoyed learning new and old dances during these chair-based exercise sessions and aren’t afraid of a bit of hard work!


6 Nov 18

Lime Court – Gordon Snelling Short-listed for an Essex Care Sector Award

A big congratulations to Gordon Snelling, Healthcare Assistant from Lime Court Care Home who has been shortlisted for an Essex Care Sector Award. This award recognises and celebrates exceptional care in Essex.

Home Manager, Suzanne Moore said “We are all very proud of Gordon. It is lovely that the hard work and dedication within the home is recognised. Well done Gordon”.

The awards will take place at Chelmsford Race Course on 4th December 2018.

6 Nov 18

Aliwal Manor Welcomes New Pets!

Aliwal Manor Care Home is well-known for their love of animals of all shapes and forms. The home has recently welcomed two new animals; a hen and a cockerel! The residents chose the names Sally and Brian for the birds, who are very happy in the garden.

They also have a few other well-loved animals that are part of their family, including rabbits, fish and guinea pigs! The Home Manager’s dog Robbie also loves to visit his friends here, and spends his time sitting around in the office chairs.

Animal Therapy is beneficial to people living in care homes, because it reduces loneliness and stress and encourages social interactions. The residents and staff love having animal friends in the home!


5 Nov 18

Hunters Down Residents “Love to Move”

On 30th October, Hunters Down residents enjoyed their weekly Love to Move class, but with a difference. British Gymnastic Foundation had brought their video cameras along to capture the session!

The Love to Move classes encourage movement and activity in residents, and are enjoyable as well as beneficial to health! Love to Move began in Hunters Down, but is rolling out to care homes across the UK. Therefore, Hunters Down residents have another big role to play in the creation of this fantastic scheme. Their video will be used in the training process for people to deliver Love to Move.

Residents say they feel proud to be part of the Love to Move scheme, especially as they have reaped the reward from it, knowing that other people like themselves will benefit from it.