15 Feb 19

Ruby Davis celebrates 15 years as Home Manager of Primrose Croft!

It is always exciting when it comes to celebrating a milestone achievement, and that is exactly what Primrose Croft Care Home did on 4th February! The celebrations took place for Ruby Davis, who began her days at Primrose Croft in 1993 as a Domestic Assistant. She progressed through the ranks until 2004, when she came Primrose Croft’s Home Mmanager. Ruby is a very popular manager who works hard to help her staff develop and move forward with their career pathways, helping them to reach their full potential.

The staff team at Primrose Croft told us how lucky they are to have Ruby as their manager, saying “If anyone ever has a problem or needs support in any way, she will always be there to listen, support and offer advice when she can.” To thank her and mark the occasion, staff presented her with a clock, a bottle of bubbly and joined her in enjoying some cake!

Congratulations Ruby, here’s to many more years at Excelcare!

15 Feb 19

Country and Western Day and Funny Hat Day at Goldenley Care Home

Residents at Goldenley Care Home have been enjoying some themed days recently, including a country and Western day and a funny hat day!

Both days took place late last week during the lead-up to celebrations of Excelcare’s 30th anniversary. To celebrate funny hat day, residents and staff donned their silliest headgear and then told the group who they thought they looked like and where they think they would find that person. Everyone agreed that the day was well received and a lot of fun!

A country and Western day also took place, Goldenley arranged for a singer to visit, who travelled down from all the way from Slough to perform for the residents. He was singing songs by Johnny Cash and many other artists and was so good that the residents of Goldenley have requested he return again in the future! Everyone had an amazing morning and enjoyed dressing up country and western style and taking part.


15 Feb 19

Petting zoo visits residents of Lime Court Care Home

On 12th February the residents of Lime Court Care Home had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, when a local petting zoo visited, bringing along pygmy goats and baby chicks to interact with them! There are many benefits of arranging animal visits to our care homes; the responsibility that comes with caring for a pet, briefly or over the long term, can help boost the self-esteem of our residents, as well as bring a smile to their faces!

Sarah Meachen, Lifestyle Coordinator at Lime Court, said “This was such a great ‘hands-on’ sensory experience for our residents, who were delighted at being able to stroke and hold these lovely animals!”

14 Feb 19

Lottie’s Pre-School and Creative Mojo visit Park Avenue

The residents of Park Avenue were overjoyed when they had a visit from the children of Lottie’s Pre-School. Staff said that it was amazing to see so many smiles all around. The children enjoyed chatting and singing to the residents, including Olive, who is a resident at Park Avenue. Olive was delighted to have the children singing to her. Staff also told us that it was ‘touching’ to watch the residents interact with the children and a ‘beautiful moment to witness’.

Another activity that has recently taken place at Park Avenue is a returning visit from Creative Mojo’s, Linda. Together, Linda and the residents had great fun creating an amazing piece of art work. The outcome of the arts and crafts was a Valentine’s Love Tree which the residents were extremely proud of!


14 Feb 19

Residents keep active at Winifred Dell Care Home

Residents at Winifred Dell Care Home in Essex have been enjoying keeping active in a fun keep-fit session. The care home was visited by an instructor who encouraged residents to keep active through dance, which also involved a lot of pompom shaking! Everyone who took part commented on how much fun they had.

The photo shows two of Winifred Dell’s residents, Winnie and June, who thoroughly enjoyed dancing with their pompoms!

11 Feb 19

National Wear Red Day at Hunters Down Care Home

On Friday at Hunters Down Care Home, staff and residents took part in ‘National Wear Red Day’.

Everyone took part, dressing in their favourite red clothing. National Wear Red Day takes place each year to raise awareness and to support children with congenital heart disease. As well as clothing, residents also put props on such as red wings and hats to have their photos taken. Later on in the day, everyone discussed the topic of congenital heart disease and discussed those who know others with the condition and how it affects them.



11 Feb 19

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Etheldred House Care Home

Residents of Etheldred House, along with their family and friends welcomed the Chinese year of the Earth Pig at a party last Wednesday, 6th February. To set a festive and ambient theme, the room was decorated with red material and hand crafted Chinese lanterns, and Chinese New Year music was played in the background.

The party began with a short introduction of how Chinese New Year is celebrated around the world. A collection of Chinese ornaments, figurines, jewellery, embroidered pillowcases and slippers, chopsticks, firecrackers and lanterns were shown to the group, which the residents and their guests enjoyed talking about. Everyone had fun finding out what their Chinese Zodiac signs were and had a laugh when they discovered their individual virtues.

A selection of plain and spicy fried noodles was served, although everyone appeared to prefer the spicy option! Slices of ‘Matcha’ or green tea cakes were also served and everyone made a comment about the peculiar taste of the green tea. The group loved the food and drink on offer! To finish off their meal, everyone received a fortune cookie which put a smile on their faces when they read their own messages of good fortune in the year to come! Those who were not present at the party also received their fortune cookies when staff distributed them.

‘Kung Hei Fat Choi!’ – ‘Happy New Year!’ in Cantonese.


8 Feb 19

Shelly Keeps Active with Residents of Glennfield Care Home

Residents at Glennfield Care Home enjoyed a morning with Shelly Ross this week. Shelly is Glennfield’s regular, and very energetic, fitness coach. The residents always enjoy spending their mornings enjoying music and having a sing and dance, whilst keeping active at the same time. Shelly has been visiting Glennfield for quite a few years now and the residents had asked if she can visit more often, so now they are thrilled that Shelley has doubled her visits to the care home!

Everyone living at Glennfield tells the staff team how they love to join in and that they all enjoy lots of laughs along the way! Staff and residents at Glennfield look forward to Shelly’s more regular visits!

8 Feb 19

Android Tablets Entertain Residents of Abbot Care Home

Staff at Abbot Care Home in Essex, have put their winnings from the Excelcare Elf on the Shelf competition to good use! They have purchased two new android tablets to be shared amongst all of their residents! Everyone loves the new gadgets and residents have been enjoying playing games that test and train their skills of interaction, dexterity and concentration as well as their memory.

7 Feb 19

St Fillans Care Home Travels the World through Love Notes

Samantha, a staff member of St Fillans Care Home has started a project named ‘love notes around the world’. St Fillans will travel the world via a note in lots of different locations! Samantha then trades a picture from her location in Colchester with the note they would like in return, with the notes being exchanged via social media.

The photo shows one of the notes which was sent all the way from New York, Samantha has also received notes from other places such as Australia, Florida, Ohio and she has around six or seven letters pending from different countries. The aim of this is to get Excelcare’s St Fillans to travel the world!