12 Jun 14

FaNs at St. Fillans Care Centre

Former care services minister Paul Burstow MP marked the official launch of an inspirational movement, called FaNs, at St. Fillans Care Centre in Colchester on 9th June 2014.

“FaNs stands for friends and neighbours, people like us who will help care homes engage with their local community so the residents can enjoy the richness of life that’s right on their doorstep.

Mr Burstow, who now chairs the national Commission on Residential Care, hopes FaNs will help to foster a better understanding of care homes, the pressures they experience and help the public to see how to play their part in improving the experience of residents.

Mr Burstow said: “Care homes thrive when they are part of the community. The secret of great care is the quality of relationships people have. ”

FaNs is led by the not-for-profit My Home Life Essex Community Association, with its partners Age UK Essex and Independent Age. It is funded by Essex County Council. Too often elderly people move into a care home and feel disconnected with the community which they were once an active part of.

It was an honour for St. Fillans to be invited to host the event. The weather was beautiful and visitors enjoyed afternoon tea in the gardens

12 Jun 14

Tea at Longfield

12 Jun 14

BBQ at Sweyne

11 Jun 14

Dementia Congress Presentation

Excelcare is proud to announce Jude Reeve, Manager of Glennfield Care Centre in Cambridgeshire has been selected to speak at the UK Dementia Congress 2014.

The presentation on the Development of Services for younger people living with Dementia will take place at the 9th UK Dementia Congress, which is to be held at the Brighton Hilton Hotel between the 10th and 12th November.

The UK Dementia Congress is deemed “the largest multi-disciplinary dementia-focused event and exhibition – not just in the UK, but the whole of Europe”. The event consists of a mix of plenary sessions, parallel sessions, workshops, symposia and posters, interest sessions, a grand debate and superb networking opportunities, in addition to the National Dementia Awards.

9 Jun 14

Longfield raise £250

21 May 14

Students nurse an ambition

Students have been gaining valuable experience helping out at a Fenland nursing home.

The Stepping Out Childcare/Social Care students at the college of West Anglia’s Isle Campus, in Wisbech, have spent a morning each week doing a placement at Glennfield House Nursing Home, in Wisbech.

They have made a good impression with the manager of the home and it’s residents

Manager Jude Reeve said:”It is heartwarming to work with a group of young people who want to make a difference to others.”

For more information about Stepping Out Childcare/Social Care course, contact the college’s student services on 01945 582561 or make an application via the website Posted by Excelcare

20 May 14

Learning to live with Dementia

A nursing home that specialises in caring for people with dementia held an open day to help relatives cope after learning a loved-one has been diagnosed with the diseas

Last Friday’s event was designed to help the families of the 38 residents with dementia living at Pear Tree Care Home in Sydenham Road, Sydenham, by bringing in a raft of experts to lead discussions and workshops.

Staff also welcomed therapists, who carried out ballet sessions with some of the pensioners at the home, which has roooms dedicated to music and films from the past-things to be comforting to people who have lost their short-term memory, who can find the modern world bewildering.

Pear Tree Care Home’s clinical manager Lucy Hyde-Pawley told the South London Press: “We had people from the council’s Specialist Mental Health Intervention Team (SMIT), who were able to help relatives and we also brought St. Christopher’s Hospice in to talk about end-of-life care.

“One of the speakers was a woman whose mother had been diagnosed with dementia, who said that being able to talk to other people was a great help to her.”

The guests were also shown around the care home’s reminiscence room, which is decorated with old pictures that would have been familiar to the resident’s in their younger years.

Ms Hyde-Pawley added: “We launched a support ground in 2012 but a lot of members have left so we decided to relaunch it.

“People will be told when the first meeting is taking place”

14 May 14

Sydenham care centre launches dementia support group

A Sydenham care centre had a 1940s-style makeover to launch its new dementia support group.

There were dementia awareness talks, information and items from the past to reassure sufferers at the group’s launch at Peartree Care Centre, in Sydenham Road, on May 9.

A reminiscence corner displayed arts and crafts, old-fashioned coins, and even a 1949 wedding dress from a resident who shared American actress Doris Day’s name.

The support group for relatives at the care home will meet every two months so they can share their experiences and offer each other support.

Clinical manager Lucy Hyde-Pawley said: “It went really well.

“The group is for the relatives. They want to meet each other and talk about their feelings about their parent’s diagnosis and what they are going through.

“It is such a traumatic period in their lives, just to sit and talk to someone can be a great relief.”

7 May 14

Care home residents enjoy easter treats

Easter fun was enjoyed by the older generation at a Great Warley based care home.

Residents at Winifred Dell House started celebrations with an Easter bonnet competition, which was judged by a resident whose mother was an East End milliner when he was a child.

They then enjoyed an afternoon picnic with family members who joined in. Activities co-ordinator Kathy Dale said “The residents really enjoyed it – it was a great day for all.

“It’s brilliant that we’ve raised money to go towards their care.

“Before I was the activities co-coordinator I was a carer as well and we just want to make the lives of the residents as enjoyable as possible.

“The money raised goes to the nursing home so it will really help.”

1 May 14

£3,261.30 raised for Phoebe

Phoebe Watling, the five year old niece of Cherry Seymour at Head Office was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Phoebe is undergoing intensive chemotherapy and faces further treatment until February 2016. Phoebe’s Auntie Cherry has told us how brave her little niece is and that even though she has lost her long blonde curly hair, she still manages a very beautiful smile.

Excelcare therefore made it their mission to raise as much money as possible through raffles and dress down days for this brave little girl.

Excelcare staff eventually raised an incredible £3,261.30, to send Phoebe to meet Minnie Mouse at Euro Disney, along with a gift box containing many gifts such as an iPad Mini; iPod; One Direction stationary; personalised handmade name plaque and a Pamper Day for her mum.

Phoebe will have a fantastic time at Euro Disney and Sam Manning (Head of Hotel Services & Administration) would like to thank all her colleagues for their support with the fundraising.

Excelcare would also like to say a huge thank you to 3663, Cannon Cars, CES Energy, Knick Knacks, MDS Sales, Rose Employment Services Ltd, Sherringhams & TFS Healthcare for their fundraising and generous donations for Phoebe.