23 May 19

Etheldred House delights in trip to their local activities club in Histon

The residents of Etheldred House recently had a trip to their activity club in the recreation ground at Histon & Impington village. The community has provided some indoors and outdoors activities to encourage groups such as the homes residents. The Rec Sunshine Sports & Activity Club was opened this May to allow the likes of residents to take part in certain activities, particularly those who have memory loss. It gives them the opportunity and access to join and enjoy a full range of activities such as tennis, croquet, bowls, outdoors games and walking based exercises.

The residents were very competitive, showing off their skills, having fun and feeling very relaxed. They also had a chance to ride on a trishaw bike, exploring the recreation ground.
Resident Norman told the Etheldred team that their day out was ”an amazing and unforgettable experience.”

The afternoon was full of sunshine and laughter, which was finished off with a nice cup of tea and some biscuits, which tempted everyone to come back again as soon as possible! Etheldred House Care Home would like to thank the leader of the organisation, Neil Davies and his team for organising the activity club for the residents to take part in.

22 May 19

Buchan House Care Home residents show off their new hairstyles

Mondays at Buchan House Care Home always go down well as they allow the residents the chance to have a bit of pampering at the salon, and the opportunity to show off their new hairstyles. Hairdresser Gill is in the salon throughout the day cutting, dyeing and perming hair. This week, residents Irene, Wini and Mary had some time for themselves and wanted to get some new haircuts. Everyone that gets their hair done at the salon loves spending some time with Gill as it allows for them to unwind with a nice cup of tea, a few biscuits and a chat.

The team at Buchan House would like to say thank you very much to Gill for the wonderful new hairstyles she gives to the home’s residents on a weekly basis.

22 May 19

Etheldred House residents take a trip to Milton Country Park

Yesterday residents of Etheldred House enjoyed a day trip visit to Milton Country Park. The residents had a great time basking in the sunny weather as they started their expedition at the Normandy Memorial. They then continued their walk through the woods, admiring the view and commenting on the nearby birds and wildlife. Resident Dorothy told the team that she hadn’t had ice cream in a long while, so they all decided to stop at the site’s nearby cafe. Residents enjoyed ice cream, muffins and other refreshments as they talked about what a lovely day it was.

The afternoon trip was enjoyed by everyone, and the residents are already looking forward to making their way back to Milton Country Park in time for the warmer season!

21 May 19

Brook House prepares for Care Home Open Day with arts and crafts

At Brook House Care Home, the residents have been taking part in various arts and crafts activities in preparation for Care Home Open Day next month. On that day the residents will get the chance to show off their art skills for the home’s visitors. The residents are very talented at Brook House and enjoy painting scenery and various landscapes in particular. This sparked off a lengthy conversation amongst the residents about places they had travelled to over the years.

Arts and crafts activities such as this are always encouraged by the team at Brook House as they can improve cognitive skills and coordination in residents as well as help reduce anxiety and stress. Brook House Care Home are very much looking forward to taking part in Care Home Open Day on June 28th.

21 May 19

Excelcare; supporting Dementia Action Week 2019

We are supporting Dementia Action Week across the Excelcare Family by raising awareness through events and activities within our care homes, as well as sharing knowledge and advice with those who need it through our Dementia Support Groups. Stay tuned this week for updates on our endeavours!

Dementia Action Week is an annual event designed to unite individuals, workplaces and communities with an aim to improve the lives of people living with Dementia. The awareness week runs until Sunday 26th May.

This Dementia Action Week, Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation; whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour.

Take a look at Alzheimer’s Society’s inspirational video, ‘Ask us Anything’, by clicking here.

20 May 19

Resident of Goldenley Care Home receives surprise visit from Granddaughter

For resident Joan of Goldenley Care Home, she had a wonderful surprise as she received a special visit from her Granddaughter, Kirsty after not seeing her for 25 years. She had flown in all the way from Miami USA to see her Grandmother at Goldenley. There were tears of joy during Kirsty’s arrival at the home. Resident Joan said that she was absolutely ‘thrilled’ to see her Granddaughter after all those years.

Other relatives and friends were there to share in the special moment and reminisce about the old times in the home’s newly decorated visitors lounge. The team at Goldenley thought that it was lovely to see the two of them reunited after so long, as Joan had been talking about her family a lot recently. Goldenley Care Home hope to see Kirsty again as she is always welcome to visit at the home.

20 May 19

Young gymnast Bailey Manning ‘wow’s Park Avenue with her talents

Over the weekend, residents and team members of Park Avenue Care Home were delighted to meet gymnast Bailey, aged 7, daughter of Excelcare’s Chief Operating Officer, Sam Manning.

Bailey enjoyed visiting Park Avenue and chatting with the residents and staff there; and she really ‘wow’ed the crowd with her impressive gymnastic skills! Bailey is very passionate about her gymnastics and is always practicing, she was recently awarded two Gold awards by London GfA (Gymnastics for All) – well done Bailey for your outstanding achievement!

20 May 19

Buchan House Care Home enjoys return of Blackwater Alpacas and Pygmy Goats

On Friday, Buchan House Care Home was fortunate enough to have their second visit from the lovely people at Blackwater Alpacas & Pygmy Goats. Their last visit was so successful the residents were eager to see them again as soon as they could. Like the previous experience, they spent the hour going around all three units of the home to make sure that every resident who wanted an interaction with the animals got one. The two ladies who visited were brilliant, making sure each resident found out a little bit about the animals, and they were so patient and kind.

It’s wonderful for the residents to have an experience that they all can join in with, whether they’re in bed or seated and regardless of any health concerns. Buchan House Care Home can’t thank Blackwater Alpacas and Pygmy Goats enough for spending their time with them, and residents are already looking forward to having them back again soon.

17 May 19

Elvis is back in the building at Buchan House Care Home

An all time favourite was in the building at Buchan House Care Home yesterday, in the form of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley. Impersonator Peter Webb, is always fantastic with audience interaction and getting residents involved with his performances. He has become so popular around the home, that residents will wait weeks to see his performances, and soon after he leaves they will already want to know when he’ll next be back!

For the hour he spends at the home, the residents can sing, clap and dance along to some of their favourite songs. He is always able to build up quite a crowd, with everyone including the Buchan House team, putting on their ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ to dance to the ‘Jailhouse Rock’! Many residents have been lifelong Elvis Presley fans, and as many international fans of the king know, he never toured the UK. But thanks to performers like Peter, the residents are transported back in time to their very own Elvis concert. Buchan House Care Home would like to thank Peter for his regular visits, and they are already looking forward to seeing him back in the building again soon.

17 May 19

St George’s Court residents decorate cards for International Nurses Day

Recently, residents at St George’s Court Care Home had spent their morning decorating cards for the home’s wonderful nurses in aid of International Nurses Day. This was as a way of thanking them for all the hard work and dedication that they show to the care home every single day. International Nurses Day (IND) is an international event celebrated around the world on the 12th May, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

The team were very thankful and gracious as they received their cards from the residents, some of them got a bit teary eyed at how thoughtful the cards were. They added that “the residents are all amazing and we are lucky to have them!” St George’s Court would like to give a big heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful nurses out there for everything that they do, and being a part of the Excelcare family!