7 Dec 18

Lime Court’s Dorothy celebrates 107th birthday with Mayor & Mayoress

Today Lime Court Care Home in Essex is celebrating the birthday of one very special resident, Dorothy. Today she celebrates her 107th birthday with the Mayor and Mayoress. Wishing a Happy Birthday to Dorothy!

Dorothy spent most of her Birthday party chatting and sharing stories with the Mayor and Mayoress and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. She has also been featured in the local newspaper!

7 Dec 18

Arthur gets a surprise visitor at Limetree Care Home

Residents on the second floor of Limetree Care Home had a very special visitor. One of the Healthcare Assistants Debra brought in her nine year old daughter, Diana.

Diana loves to chat and interact with people and also has a passion for singing, something she usually does in her Church Choir. During her time at Limetree she sat with the residents, chatted, read books and sang songs.

Arthur is registered blind and takes great joy out of interactions with people. Something simple like a conversation or holding his hand while listening to music can make his day.

He was truly overjoyed listening to Diana sing carols to him and joined in at times. When asked, he said “she was very good, I really enjoyed that!” Arthur looks forward to future visits!


7 Dec 18

Linden Tree Nursery decorate Christmas cards at Windmill Care Home

This year Windmill Care Home held their third annual visit from the toddlers of Linden Tree Nursery, who spent time decorating some lovely Christmas cards.

Little Giorgia was very excited to show off her masterpiece that she had made for the residents. Her mum Lucy in the background is in agreement with the residents that this is a very beautiful Christmas card.

The residents always enjoy when Linden Tree Nursery visit and studies have shown there are great benefits both for the children and the older generation when the two socialise.

6 Dec 18

Decoration for Christmas well underway at Castlebar Care Home

The residents at Castlebar Care Home have been helping staff with the Christmas Decorations. On Tuesday 4th December additional volunteers also visited the home which added to the cheerful, upbeat atmosphere.  Everyone spent the afternoon together listening to seasonal carols and having a dance while decorating a number of sparkling trees with decorative baubles. The residents loved the opportunity  to spend time with some of their local community and have commented on how much they look forward to future visits.

Their hard work certainly paid off as the festive trees now make up a fantastic display in the reception area for all to see, just in time for the Christmas Fancy Dress party on Saturday 15th December.

To see their Christmas decorations in all their glory, click here.

6 Dec 18

A visit from The Reverend at Park Avenue Care Home

On the afternoon of Wednesday 5th December Reverend Alan Keeler visited the home for an informal chat and was invited to afternoon tea.

Some of the residents like welcomed Reverend Keeler with afternoon tea and a mince pie to celebrate the festive season.

The residents enjoyed the opportunity to spend time socialising with him.

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