10 May 18

Lime Court Care Home’s Royal Wedding Celebrations

Lime Court Care Home has organised a ‘Royal Week’ on 15th – 19th May. Various events are taking place over the week to celebrate the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. All family and friends are welcome, so do come along and join in!


Tuesday 15th – Arts & Crafts with Creative Mojo & Teentalk Gardening Visit

People in the Home will be making royal-themed paintings and collage at 10.30am with Creative Mojo. Additionally, the volunteering group Teentalk will be visiting the Home to take part in Gardening activities.


Thursday 17th – ‘A Right Royal Singalong’

Clare from Harwich Sing will be entertaining everyone in the home through music. The audience will be encouraged to join in the singing!


Friday 18th – Street Party

Thhere will be a traditional British lunchtime menu followed by live entertainment with Dennis Maisey at 2pm. There is a Patriotic dresscode, so wear red/white/blue and bring your flags and tiara!


Saturday 19th – Viewing of Royal Wedding

There will be a lunchtime viewing of the Royal Wedding, followed by a Music Therapy ‘Best of British Show’ with Kidley Divey at 2.15pm and finally a themed buffet tea.



9 May 18

Dovecote Care Home’s Racing Superheroes

On Monday 7th May Ravinda Chawler, who lives in Dovecote Care Home, took part in the Milton Keynes Fun Run.

It was a 1.5 mile race for all ages and abilities, and everyone had to dress as a superhero! Ravinda chose a Princess Peach costume.  She was joined by Dovecote carer Kevin Watson (Mario) and two of her family members (Luigi and Batwoman)!

The race took place on closed roads and finished in Stadium MK football ground.The sun was shining on Bank Holiday Monday, therefore there were many spectators cheering everyone on.

Ravinda collected her well-deserved medal after the race. Well done to Ravinda, and also to her family members and Kevin!


8 May 18

Ashlyn Care Home’s Funeral Appeal

Ashlyn Care Home is appealing for mourners to attend the funeral of 104-year old Daisy Staines. Daisy had been in the care of Ashlyn since developing dementia in September 2010. She was the eldest person living at the Home.

Unfortunately Daisy does not have known friends or family. Her brother, Fred, who used to visit her at Ashlyn Care Home died at age 103 last year. Staff are hoping that people will hear Daisy’s story and attend the funeral, whether they knew her or not.

Daisy lived a colourful and vivacious life, having been a keen dancer and fan of music. Activity Co-ordinator Allison Armstrong speaks very highly of her: “”Daisy was a very keen dancer, she used to enjoy talking about dancing with her late husband and looking at old photos of them both.”

“She was such a character, she had a great sense of humour and she was also telling us stories about the war years.”

Her story features on Essex Live News.

Daisy’s funeral is at 10.45am on 18th May at the Parndon Wood Road Crematorium.


3 May 18

A fundraising skydive to help make wishes come true

Care home operator Ozzie Ertosun of Excelcare will be swapping compliance dashboards for the open skies with his 19-year old son Sami on the 18th July 2018, when they jointly undertake a 20,000 foot skydive to raise money for the Excelcare Staff Benevolent fund that has recently been set up to help terminally ill staff in their time of need.

Excelcare recently rated second best in the UK according to a nationwide ranking of the top 20 care provider groups in terms of their compliance with CQC (Care Quality Commission) however Ozzie said on the 18th July they will be checking their parachutes for Outstanding compliance.

Caring for others takes a special person, it is a very hard and demanding role; along with early starts and long hours to ensure that high standards of person-centered care is delivered along with a quality of life.

Our staff are not just staff to us, they are the Excelcare Family and unfortunately at some point of everyone’s life, we come across unforeseen circumstances or very sadly a terminal illness that may put us beyond financial limits or where we would like to create a lasting memory. The Staff Benevolent Fund has been set up to give back the care that our staff have always delivered by granting them a wish from the fund.

Please click here to view the campaign on GoFundMe.

27 Apr 18

Gymnastics for all ages with Hunters Down Care Home

On 20th April,  Hunters Down Care Home visited the local Huntingdon Gymnastics Club.  The sky was blue and the sun shining as they walked to the Club, situated only five minutes away.

Kim Hall from British Gymnastic Foundation runs the “Love to Move” sessions at Hunters Down Care Home.  The people living in the home got the chance to watch and join in her Baby and Toddler classes at the Gymnastics Club.

The first session was for toddlers with their parents and grandparents; and the second session was for the babies. Kim did some structured play using different size balls and parachutes with music and movement. Then the children went on the gymnasium equipment and explore.

People from the Home joined in with the nursery songs and played the musical instruments alongside the children. The youngest baby was 5 months old and the eldest adult was 101, making it a truly intergenerational event!

Both parties really enjoyed and benefited from the session – so this will become a regular feature on Hunters Down Activity Schedule!

27 Apr 18

St Fillans celebrate Care Home Open Day

St Fillans Care Home celebrated Care Home Open Day 2018 with a ‘Right Old Cockney Knees Up’ on Saturday. Events began with the Cor Blimey show, and a rendition of Chas and Dave.  Everybody was treated to to a variety of traditional London songs, including ‘Knees up Mother Brown’; ‘Lambeth Walk’; ‘Show Me The Way to Go Home’ and more. Everyone loved joining in singing the old pub songs! As a result, the Home was filled with song, dance and laughter.

Everyone then sampled traditional London recipes: cockles, potted shrimps, pie, mash and liquor followed off by apple pie, crumble and custard. All of this was washed down with a glass or two of something!

Lastly, everybody sang Happy Birthday to the Queen to celebrate her Majesty’s 92nd Birthday. The Home was also decorated with flags and bunting for the occasion.

26 Apr 18

Ashlyn Care Home Open Day 2018

Ashlyn Care Home held an afternoon cream tea to celebrate Care Home Open Day 2018. Family and friends of people living in the Home were invited to join in the activities, so the Home was nice and busy!

The sun shone throughout the afternoon, so everybody could sit outdoors in the garden. The tables were filled with delicious sandwiches, cakes, scones and fruit!

After tea, people got involved in a bit of Line Dancing, and some wore feather boas for the occasion! A fun afternoon was had by all – it was a great way to celebrate Care Home Open Day.

26 Apr 18

Little Angels visit St Fillans Care Home

St Fillans Care Home had a visit from Little Angels Pre-School last week.

The children, aged 3-4 years old, spent time getting to know the people living in the Home. They chatted, sang and played on the piano! The children loved playing with the baby chicks and ducklings that hatched at St Fillans over Easter.

Everyone at St Fillans loved meeting the “Little Angels”, therefore they will become regular visitors to the Home!

26 Apr 18

Longfield celebrate Care Home Open Day

On Saturday 21st April, Longfield Care Home took part in the National Care Home Open Day. This happened to coincide with the Queen’s Birthday! They celebrated by throwing a regal tea party for everyone in the home to enjoy. Lots of visitors came to celebrate with the people living in the home. Anna, the brilliant chef provided scrumptious cakes which everyone enjoyed with cups of tea. The sun was shining, so people made the most of the weather and sat in the garden.

Longfield Care Home would like to thank all of the friends and relatives who made this a very special day.


25 Apr 18

Goldenley Care Home Open Day 2018

Goldenley Care Home celebrated National Care Home Open Day on Saturday, inviting family and friends to enjoy the festivities.  They had a sunny and fun-filled afternoon with everyone laughing and joking around.

Debbie the ‘Best of British’ singer provided the entertainment . She sang a variety of songs, from wartime songs to the Beatles, and finished with the National Anthem to honour the Queen’s 92nd birthday.  Everyone was then treated to a delicious buffet meal, and continued the celebrations in the lovely weather.