6 Dec 18

Hunters Down Care Home residents visit RAF Wyton Christmas Party

On Wednesday 28th November, seven residents from Hunters Down Care Home, Cambridge were invited to the RAF Wyton Christmas Party at The Mess. The residents arrived at the party to the sound of the RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band playing.

The residents enjoyed a traditional Christmas Lunch and commented on how much they enjoyed it. Many of the RAF staff went around speaking to the residents, sharing stories and experiences. Children from Wyton on the Hill also attended and sang an array of Christmas songs and carols, getting everyone there in the festive spirit. The residents enjoyed six rounds of bingo and Molly even won a snowglobe which is now displayed proudly in her room! On top off of all of this there was even a free raffle and every one of the residents who attended won a prize – it must have been a very lucky table!

To finish off all the fun there was an entertainer singing which everyone enjoyed a sing and dance to. Residents thoroughly enjoyed their day out and look forward to future outings.

6 Dec 18

Handmade Stocking gift for each resident at Sherrell House Care Home

This week at Sherrell House Care Home a special gift was received from St Winifred’s Church. Each of the residents were given a lovely hand-knitted stocking, filled with a delicious golden chocolate coin.

This lovely gesture from the Church has put everybody in the Christmas spirit and was greatly appreciated by all of the residents.

A huge thank you to St Winifred’s for their hard work and lovely creations.

5 Dec 18

Hamper making with Ivy at Sherrell House

This week at Sherrell House Ivy, a resident, has been helping staff to make a Christmas hamper basket for a raffle. Ivy spent time picking the items for the baskets, deciding what to include and also organising the baskets into wonderful Christmas hampers. Creative tasks like this are great for residents as they can help improve hand-eye coordination while also keeping their minds occupied.

Ivy helped to wrap the hamper ready for display in the Sherrell House reception area; she said that she hopes to raise lots of money from the hamper she has created!

5 Dec 18

Award Winning Care at the Essex Propser Awards

Staff from Excelcare’s Essex Region attended the Prosper Essex Care Sector Awards. Nominees were invited to the awards gala ceremony for the winners to be announced.

We are very proud to announce our Prosper Award winners from Essex!

Claire Pugh, Team Leader from Longfield Care Home has won the Outstanding Carer award. Claire is known by her fellow staff to be brilliant, but now it has been confirmed that she is in fact the best in the whole of Essex! Longfield were also Highly Commended in the best Partnership and Collaboration Award for their work on the UP! Project.

Gordon Snelling from Lime Court won Highly Commended in the Prosper Champion of Champion’s category.

Well done to all of our winners, and to all of those who were featured alongside us in the awards!

5 Dec 18

Primrose Care Home’s Christmas Party at St John’s College School

Every year the residents from Primrose Care Home are invited to St John’s College School for their Christmas party. This year the staff and pupils from the school spent time with the residents singing a selection Christmas carols. A group of children even recited the poem “T’was the Night Before Christmas” for the residents, who thoroughly enjoyed their time together.

The residents indulged in afternoon tea and finished off with a little tipple of Baileys. At the end of the party the children surprised each resident with a Christmas present which brought a huge smile to everyone’s faces.

The residents had a wonderful day overall and said it was the best way for them to start off their Christmas festivities and celebrations.

To see the rest of the photos from their day out click here

5 Dec 18

Amazing progress for Betty at Sherrell House Care Home

Sherrell House Care Home are celebrating the amazing progress made by one of their newer residents, Betty. During her short time living at the care home, she has gone from not engaging with others at all, to attending and participating in several activities and even exercise classes taking place within the home. Group activities like this are extremely beneficial for residents like Betty who live with dementia, to promote and improve mental stimulation. Her progress has come from the staff’s continuous efforts encouraging her to interact with others around the home.

This week, she has been able to form full sentences which is a huge improvement compared to the few words she had managed to say last week. During entertainment she also enjoys getting up and having a dance around the room with her daughter.


4 Dec 18

Exercise morning at Sherrell House Care Home

Yesterday at Sherrell House Care Home in Essex, the residents took part in an exercise class. The residents had the chance to stretch their arms and legs while playing ‘catch’ with beach balls. The fun didn’t stop there though – they also played tennis and even ended the class with dancing the hokey-cokey! Although simple, the ball games that the residents played are an ideal, fun way to improve hand-eye coordination and increase mental stimulation, this is especially beneficial to those living with dementia.

Residents loved the chance to have a sing along to old war-time songs with the staff, while also having the chance to be more active and have expressed how much they look forward to future group activities.

4 Dec 18

A festive make-over for Peartree Care Home

Yesterday afternoon some of the residents and staff at Peartree Care Home, London came together and enjoyed an afternoon of Christmas decorating.

The residents enjoyed having a sing along to some Christmas music while helping staff to put up the tree and other festive decorations. Christina and Marva can be seen working together to decorate the tree, a great group project like this is especially beneficial for those who may find it difficult to take part in some of the other activities.

To see the photos of the wonderful decorations check the Excelcare Facebook page, or click here.


4 Dec 18

Bringing some Christmas Joy into The Willows Care Home

Earlier this week the Summerhayes community Christmas lights were switched on, but despite being just two streets down – many residents from The Willows may have missed out on seeing and experiencing the light display for themselves. That is why the grandson of two residents at The Willows Care Home wanted to bring some Christmas cheer into the home.  Daniel brought the project to life after both his Grandmother and Grandfather spent time living at The Willows in the past year.

Last year he wrote a publication which explained  how something as simple as light can bring the home and the community together. Taking insight and memories of the residents from The Willows, he wanted to create a bespoke neon sign which would capture the essence of community spirit and togetherness in one word. After some consideration and input from the residents themselves, it was decided that ‘Joy’ captured the spirit best.

The light has now been returned to the home for the festive season,  where it is displayed proudly for all to see and enjoy.






3 Dec 18

An afternoon of 1940’s Swing for the residents at Buchan House Care Home

Buchan House’s very own Ryan Hornett took to the stage to serenade the residents. He entertained them through the afternoon with an array of 1940’s Swing numbers.

Music is a great mental stimulant for the residents and studies have shown that it is particularly beneficial for those living with dementia. This is because the ‘musical memory’ is the strongest memory retained by the human brain and is often held with fond and happy memories. Music can also be used as a useful form of communication for those who may usually struggle.

Both the residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and look forward to future performances.