12 Nov 18

Wild Science at Lime Court Care Home

Lime Court Care Home had a visit last week from Wild Science, who provide animal therapy with a range of animals. They brought along a mixture of fluffy animals and smooth reptiles. Everyone loved stroking and holding the animals; including a rabbit, snake, bearded dragon and guinea pig!

Animal therapy provides a range of benefits for residents. It can reduce loneliness and stress, and also improve movement and communication.


9 Nov 18

Hunters Down Attend Service of Dedication

Hunters Down Care Home was invited to A Service of Dedication at the co-operative funeralcare, Co-Operative in Huntingdon.

The branch have just refurbished their premises so they held a dedication service led by Geoff Boucher, Father Philip Shryane and Reverend James Bamber.

The funeral home was officially opened by The Right Worshipful Mayor of Huntingdon Councillor Sarah Gifford.

Refreshments were served and afterwards all were given a tour of the pristine premises.

9 Nov 18

Rheola Create Special Remembrance Art

Staff at Rheola Care Home surprised Elizabeth the Home Manager with a piece of art they have been making with the residents. Over the past month, residents and staff have created a wreath made of poppies to represent each resident at the home. Each resident’s name is written on a leaf, and for those residents that sadly passed over the past year, decorated with glitter.

It makes a lovely piece of art; marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, and also remembering residents past and present at Rheola. Well done to staff and residents for their amazing efforts.




9 Nov 18

Etheldred Resident Surprised with Special Gifts

An Etheldred House Care Home resident named Brian is very big fan and supporter of Manchester United. Lifestyle Coordinator, Mounia kindly surprised Brian with some very interesting memorabilia. Brian was able to identify the players from the photograph. He was also very excited to get a close-up look of an original Manchester United signed football!

9 Nov 18

Excelcare Finalist in Great London Care Awards

Staff from Excelcare will be attending the Great London Care Awards Gala Dinner tomorrow night. Excelcare has been selected as finalists for the following awards:

Excelcare for The Care Employer Award

“This award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate employers’ commitment to care and how this is achieving success in delivering an excellent service. Employers should be able to demonstrate considerable acumen and entrepreneurial flair whilst at the same time having a sustained track record of delivering high quality care and managing improvement.”

Aditee Naik for The Care Home Registered Manager Award

“This award will be given to the Registered Care Home Manager who has demonstrated a high level of expertise together with exceptional skills in managing the complex business of running a care home. A Manager who shows vision in developing person centred care and supporting staff to meet the ever changing needs of the residents.”

We are sure you will join us in wishing Excelcare the best of luck as they announce the awards at tomorrow’s Great British Care Awards Dinner!



9 Nov 18

Windmill Care Home’s Sensory Garden

The green-fingered residents at Windmill Care Home were very excited when it was time to harvest the herbs they had planted in the home’s sensory garden. They took great pleasure in harvesting the herbs and delivering them to the chef. The chef in turn used the herbs to cook delicious meals for the residents to enjoy. The residents living with dementia love touching and sniffing the herbs with a smile on their faces; they close their eyes momentarily as though remembering something beautiful. Scent is an extremely powerful sense for reminiscence, so Windmill’s herb garden is a very special feature of the home.

8 Nov 18

Remembrance Day Preparation at Etheldred House

As Armistice Day is just around the corner, residents at Etheldred House have been preparing for their Remembrance Service. Staff members made a memorial cross for residents to add names of their loved ones who died fighting in the war. This was a very touching activity for our residents, recalling memories and sharing their stories of the war. Lest We Forget.


8 Nov 18

Diwali Celebrations at Goldenley Care Home

Staff and residents at Goldenley Care Home celebrated Diwali yesterday, which is the Hindu festival of light. They got dressed up in saris and wore bindis, listened to Bollywood songs and had a good dance! Afterwards, the lifestyle coordinator provided tasters of delicious Indian food. Everyone said they loved celebrating this special day!

7 Nov 18

Ashlyn Care Home Residents Feature in Harlow Star

Two residents at Ashlyn Care Home have had their birthday celebrations featured in the Harlow Star! Peggy and Ivy celebrated their 100th and 102nd birthdays with friends and family in the home.

Peggy and Ivy celebrated with birthday parties, musical entertainment and a visit from the lovely Therapy Dogs.

In the articles, the residents recall memories from their younger years and discuss their families. They also reveal their secrets to a happy life: Peggy says hers is hard work, whilst Ivy says hers is to always speak the truth.

Please click here to view the articles and read more about these fabulous ladies!

Happy birthday to both of them from all at Excelcare.


7 Nov 18

St Georges Court Residents Make Their Own Radio Show!

St George’s Court Care Home residents had an exciting time this week making their own radio show! They were visited by radio presenter Gerald Main for his “Radio Here and Now” session. The residents grew up listening to radio, so this was a very special activity!

The residents chose a variety of songs, including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole! They also told stories and talked about their favourite radio shows from the past. They even learnt to make sound effects on the radio!

Afterwards, the radio show was made available for residents, family and friends to listen to! You can hear it by clicking here.