31 May 18

The Excelcare Voice Newsletter

At Excelcare, we believe in the importance of effective communication and information sharing. We have therefore launched a bi-monthly staff newsletter; The Excelcare Voice to keep staff updated on key information about the group.

We hope that staff can identify opportunities to develop their skills as part of a career pathway at Excelcare, and be inspired by the case studies in our newsletter and on our social media pages.

The first edition of the newsletter can be accessed here. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Linked In to keep updated.

We hope that you enjoy reading! We welcome any feedback and suggestions for future issues from staff.


30 May 18

‘Pimp my Zimmer’ at Goldenley Care Home

Goldenley Care Home have been getting creative and personalising their walking frames! Activity staff chatted with people living in the home before helping them make their designs. Each frame was based on a theme chosen by its owner. They all turned out very different from each other, reflecting everyone’s different taste.

The results were impressive – everybody did a great job of jazzing up their frames. It was a great way to add a personal touch to an everyday item, plus it’s easy to tell them apart from others now!


30 May 18

Royal Celebrations at St George’s Court

St George’s Court Care Home has been busy celebrating the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Staff arranged a Royal Tea Party and decorated the Home with red,white and blue balloons and flags.

Everyone in the Home enjoyed a variety of food and drinks, and wore Union Jack hats for the occasion! There was music and singing, and staff and the people living in the Home had a great day.

29 May 18

A Royal Cake Replica at Longfield Care Home

Anna, the chef at Longfield Care Home has brilliantly recreated the Royal Wedding cake. Instead of traditional fruitcake, Prince Harry and Meghan chose a lemon and elderflower sponge. Anna made the cake using the exact same ingredients. It was topped off with fresh flowers, so looked just like the Royal one!

Staff at the Care Home organised a Royal tea party for everybody in the Home to enjoy. Friends and relatives joined in the celebrations. The Home was decorated with Union Jacks and everybody got dressed up for the occasion. There was music and singing before the cake was served and enjoyed – and it tasted as good as it looked!

29 May 18

Gardening at Lime Court Care Home

A group from Teen Talk visited Lime Court Care Home last week to help prepare the garden for summer. Teen Talk is an Essex-based charity which encourages 11-25 year olds to volunteer in their local community.

They worked with the people living in the Care Home to plant flowers, weed the Courtyard area and water the plants. Gardening is said to be beneficial for those with dementia.  The weather was sunny, so everyone enjoyed spending time outdoors.

Lime Court are extremely grateful for Teen Talk’s help – the Courtyard looks wonderful and ready for summer! Another visit from Teen Talk will be planned later in summer.

22 May 18

Hunters Down Care Centre achieve GSF Beacon Status!

We hope you will all join us in sending our congratulations to Hunters Down Care Home in Cambridge, who are delighted to have received a GSF status of Beacon!

The Beacon is the highest possible Quality Hallmark Award from the National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre, the UK’s largest provider of training in end of life care for health and social professionals. GSF Quality Hallmark Awards are presented to homes that demonstrate real improvement in the quality of care they provide.

Myrna Flores, Care Manager at Hunters Down said “We are very proud of what we achieved. Completing the Gold Standard Framework has been a real help for us to provide better care and support for our residents. Throughout the few years that we implemented the framework, the quality of care especially end of life has improved and it has guided all of us towards a more open relationship with residents and their family regarding end of life care.”

The team at Hunter’s Down look forward to receiving their Award at the Bi-Annual GSFCH Award Ceremony, taking place on Friday 28th September.

17 May 18

Royal Wedding celebrations at Etheldred House

Etheldred House Care Home of Histon, Cambridge held a Mock-wedding tea party with their friends and families in anticipation of the forthcoming Royal Wedding.

The people living at Etheldred House played the roles of a vicar and parents of the bride and groom. The bride and groom were played by the real couple Christina and Andrei who sliced their wedding cake and shared to everyone together with some hot drinks. Everyone enjoyed listening to the speeches which were amusing and witty, and raised their glasses to the bride and groom. They all watched the couple’s first dance to their favourite song! A lot of photos were taken with the couple, who also visited people in their rooms.

16 May 18

Wonderful support received for Daisy Staines’ appeal

It has been wonderful to see the support offered by the community towards the funeral of Daisy Staines. Daisy was a wonderful lady, cared for by Ashlyn Care Home who sadly passed away at the age of 104.

Staff at the care home have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of those who have offered their well wishes and services for Daisy’s funeral, which will be taking place at 10.45am on 18th May at the Parndon Wood Road Crematorium.

There has also been a number of people who have been in contact including third and fourth cousins, and the family of Daisy’s best friend, who will also be attending Friday’s service.

The staff and friends of Daisy at Ashlyn Care Home are all extremely appreciative of the many kind donations offered by the community, including floral donations, daisy cupcakes and a selection of cakes, and a limo provided by Daniel Robinson Funeral Directors.


11 May 18

Announcing Our Award Winners of 2018

Excelcare are excited to once again partner with Guildmore to host our annual award ceremony, which is being held on Friday 22nd June 2018! The purpose of the event is to pay tribute to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding performance including the staff here at Excelcare; all of whom play a key role in the day-to-day running of our business.

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the Excelcare & Guildmore 2018 Awards, which celebrate the success of caring, innovative and dedicated individuals who have made a difference to the lives of others. Please click here to view the list of our hard-working and caring staff members who will be receiving an award at the upcoming Annual Awards event.

11 May 18

Cause for Celebration in Excelcare’s Essex Region

In recognition of all ten Excelcare homes in the Essex Region achieving a ‘Good’ rating From the CQC (Care Quality Commission), Regional Director Helen Bennett treated the Home Managers and her Regional Team to Afternoon Tea as a way to say thank you for all of their hard work.

Helen said “It was nice to do something different for a change and the team were all presented with a gift to recognise their achievements.”

Well done team Essex!