27 Mar 19

Talent Show at Hunters Down Care Home is a big success

Last Friday, Hunters Down Care Home held a talent Show to celebrate their wonderful residents, as well as involve their families and members of staff. Their Lifestyle Coordinator was the compere for the show, and as such was in charge of introducing the shows performers, and reading out a few poems by poet, Pam Ayres. The first act was made up of team members Rita, Indiana, Myrna, Khyle, Clare, Pearl and volunteer Chris. They sang a song from the new Mary Poppins film called “The Place Where Lost Things Go”.

Some of the residents who sang that night included Jane, who sang Vera Lynn’s “The White Cliffs of Dover”, with the audience joining in the sing on the chorus. Other songs included “Amazing Grace”, as sung by Beryl, and “My Old Man”, as sung  by Joan. Finally, Doris brought the house down with Perry Como’s song “A – You’re Adorable”, which she sang beautifully. Hunters Down had a fantastic night, and they were all very pleased with all the talented people that took a part in the show, or who were able to lend support such as the family members in the audience.

27 Mar 19

Special visit from dog delights Goldenley Care Home

Dog lovers at Goldenley Care Home had a special visit as they welcomed a beautiful PAT (Pets As Therapy) dog named Elsie. Brought into the home by her owner Valerie, she is a German Shepard and everyone at the home has really taken a shine to her.

Valerie has been visiting the home for around 4 years, her latest dog Elsie was formerly a rescue dog. Elsie has a beautiful nature, and everyone that gets to know her really loves her. Doreen, in particular has absolutely fallen in love with Elsie and loves to walk side by side with her all around the home. Team members at Goldenley Care Home say that it is most rewarding to see the residents faces light up whenever Valerie brings her in for a visit.

 

 

26 Mar 19

Goldenley Care Home residents enjoy musical afternoon with David James

Recently, Goldenley Care Home celebrated Red Nose Day and St Patrick’s Day in close succession. For Red Nose Day, residents had a lovely day of fun as they painted and wore special novelty hats just for the occasion. To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, they had a special surprise as they welcomed a local singer named David James who had come to sing to them. As the residents enjoyed a few drinks, David started off with a set of ‘Rat Pack’ songs in the musical style of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. He then swiftly followed this with a set of Irish songs that swooned the ladies and were very much enjoyed by the men!

The singer interacted very well with the audience as they sang along to a number of favourite sing-a-longs. The residents of Goldenley Care Home all had a fantastic time for their joint Red Nose Day and St Patrick’s Day, and are already waiting for David to come back and sing a few more golden oldies!

26 Mar 19

Hunters Down residents receive fantastic knitted Twiddle Muffs

Knitted items always go down well at Hunters Down Care Home, and residents were very excited recently when they received some friendly visitors with knitted gifts for them. Annie, Shirley and Wendy are a part of Somersham and Pidley Timebank’s Knit and Natter Group, and they came for a visit to give away some of the wonderful Twiddle Muffs that they had made. The knitwear group meet once at week at the Centurion Club, which has been running for around 18 months. There are 8 regular members although others are welcome to join in if they want.

Hunters Down Care Home would like to say a huge thank you to Annie, Shirley and Wendy for their generosity. It is always fantastic to be included in some of the wonderful projects that they are a part of. Residents will get a lot of enjoyment from the Twiddle Muffs they have donated.

26 Mar 19

Students of Goldsmiths University play concert for Queen’s Oak residents

Recently, at Queen’s Oak Care Home there was a lovely surprise as the location was chosen by music students from Goldsmiths University to perform a special concert for the residents. They had been looking forward to it quite a bit and were very interested in finding out more about the musicians. As the band starting playing, they got into the moment and took part by dancing and singing along to the music. Some of them got up and started dancing along.

By the end of the concert the students gave a Q&A about their band, many of the residents asked questions about the different instruments on show and wanted to know about the students’ music experience. Afterwards there were smiles all around as everyone posed for a few photos. Queen’s Oak Care Home was delighted by their visit, and would love to see the Goldsmiths University students make a return at some point!

25 Mar 19

Etheldred House Care Home proud winners of Top 20 Care Homes Award

We are extremely proud to announce that Etheldred House Care Home in Cambridge have been announced as one of the Top 20 Care Homes in the East of England Region, as part of the carehome.co.uk annual awards!

We spoke to the Home Manager, Santall Horn, who said, “On behalf of all the residents and staff at Etheldred House I would like to say how very proud we are of this achievement. We love to get the recognition for our Home that we believe it deserves.”

“We want to say a special thank you to all our relatives, friends and supporters who have helped us to achieve this amazing award as well as our supportive colleagues. Thank you to everyone who supported us!”

Our Chairman, Osman Ertosun congratulated the care homes, telling them “Your hard work and dedication has paid off and this has been reflected in your excellent review scores, each one of you should be extremely proud of this wonderful team achievement, you are an inspiration!”

First-hand, independent reviews are submitted to carehome.co.uk by family of those living in our care homes, and visitors. The carehome.co.uk website is the most used online care directory in the UK, and is used by families to identify their best options when seeking care for their loved ones. Reviews and recommendations are an important way to determine whether a home is viewed positively by those who have used its services.

The carehome.co.uk Top 20 Care Home Awards 2019 highlight the most recommended Care Homes in each region of the UK. The Awards are based on the Individual review scores of each care home. More information on the Top 20 Awards 2019 can be found by visiting www.carehome.co.uk.

25 Mar 19

Westport Care Home proud winners of Top 20 Care Homes Award 2019

Excelcare are extremely proud to announce that Westport Care Home in London have been awarded as one of the Top 20 Care Homes in the London Region, as part of carehome.co.uk’s annual awards!

On carehome.co.uk, family of those who live in our care homes, as well as other visitors, can leave their own personal independent reviews. Carehome.co.uk is the most used online care directory in the UK, and honest reviews and recommendations are an important way to determine whether a home is viewed positively by service users. The directory is used by families to identify their best options while looking for quality care for their loved ones. The carehome.co.uk Top 20 Care Home Awards 2019 highlight the most recommended Care Homes in each region of the UK. The Awards are based on the Individual review scores of each care home.

We spoke to Westport’s Home Manager, Denise Marks, who said, We are very proud to be acknowledged for the work that we do. We have a fantastic family here and our relatives also help to create the family atmosphere that we have strived to achieve. We want to say a very big thank you for everyone that took the time to show their gratitude on carehome.co.uk. A happy home is very important to us and we feel that we have achieved this by listening to the people that live here and giving them what they want, when they want it.”

Our Chairman, Osman Ertosun congratulated the care homes, telling them “Your hard work and dedication has paid off and this has been reflected in your excellent review scores, each one of you should be extremely proud of this wonderful team achievement, you are an inspiration!”

More information on the Top 20 Awards 2019 can be found by visiting www.carehome.co.uk.

25 Mar 19

Liz celebrates her 90th Birthday at Goldenley Care Home

Celebrations were well underway at Goldenley Care Home last week, as residents, families and staff celebrated the 90th Birthday of Liz, who lives at the care home. As an early Birthday treat, she enjoyed some musical entertainment from team member Faith Jones, who was requested to sing by Liz and her family. Faith also set up an old gramophone to play some vinyl records for the occasion, she was thrilled to enjoy the morning of her big day hearing some of her favourite songs and dancing with her family and other residents. Her son visited from Ireland, which was a lovely surprise.

Liz then carried on with her celebrations in Goldenley’s own indoor pub! She commented on how she always enjoys spending time in the pub-themed room, as it brings back memories of her time spent as a bar manager.

Later on, Liz and the group tucked into a fantastic scrabble-themed cake, inspired by her favourite board game, which was lovingly made by another residents daughter. A lovely day was had by all who were present.

25 Mar 19

Etheldred House Care Home plays The Generation Game

Etheldred House recently had a visit from students and teachers from The Youth Club. They have been working on a 10 week project called “The Generation Game” which is aimed at helping people from across different generations to build relationships. The group of residents who took part were very enthusiastic and couldn’t wait to meet the students! However, before they could get down to business, it was tea time! The students wanted to learn more about the daily life of those who live at Etheldred House and so sat down to eat with them and get to know them.

Discussions filled the air and soon everyone was talking about their hobbies, likes and dislikes. The team at Etheldred House commented on how fantastic it was to see both groups chatting away and getting to know one another. After they had enjoyed their meal together, the group took part in several activities, including pot painting, playing games and decorating cakes. The students learned a lot from the residents, particularly while playing dominos together – and some of them even asked for their best tips and tricks.

The students introduced a game called ‘Heads Up!’ which involved individuals having to guess the animal, celebrity or film based on their teammates’ impressions or descriptions. The room was full of laughter at some of the group’s impressive acting skills. Home Manager, Santall, said, “Having activities with the students gave the residents the opportunity to interact and socialise with those they wouldn’t usually see. The students were great and really promoted the important qualities like sharing, communicating and listening.” Etheldred House Care Home would like to thank the students for visiting.

25 Mar 19

Excelcare’s CEO makes a generous pledge

Ozzie Ertosun, our CEO, is always so generous and inspiring and today is no exception after he has pledged to match the total raised for our well-being digital mission for our residents.

Excelcare has already spent double the budget on lots of new innovative technology systems and tablets being introduced into our homes including a new interactive lifestyle system but Ozzie has now personally pledged to match the total the Excelcare-family have been fundraising for; in order to introduce lifestyle digital tablets that will provide more stimulation to our residents and enhance interaction between their family members and friends by being able to share memories of photos, videos, messages and more.

We hope that you will support us on our mission to increase the fundraising total as high as we can before 12noon on Ozzie’s Birthday 24/4/19 as that is when our CEO has pledged to double the amount we have raised; he is even forfeiting his birthday in the hope that his family and friends will donate the cost of a card on our link instead!

Thank you for your support
https://www.gofundme.com/excelcare039s-walk-for-wellbeing