26 Jul 18

Westport Residents Enjoy a Nandos Day Out!

Over the last week, Westport Care Home have taken some of their residents out to lunch for a treat. They visited Nandos restaurant in Whitechapel.

The first two to visit Nandos were Carmen and Richard, followed by Ron and Ken a few days later. Ron wore his favourite hat that he likes to wear around the home! All of the residents loved the fact that they could help themselves to refillable ice-cold drinks, especially in this hot weather! Richard was such a gentleman and kept refilling everybody’s drinks for them.

Everybody enjoyed their piri-piri chicken. Whilst Carmen, Ron and Ken went for hot seasoning, Richard went for mild with a summery lime and mango sauce. Ken is more of a traditional meat and two veg kind of man, so he wasn’t as keen on the piri-piri flavour. Ron gladly helped him finish his meal! Despite this, Ken said he loved getting out, as it was a long time since he had been to a restaurant. Richard chose the frozen yoghurt for dessert, which was from a refillable machine. Again, he loved being able to go up and help himself! He then told Westport staff about a statue near the restaurant which he particularly likes.

Everybody returned to Westport with full bellies and big smiles!

26 Jul 18

Ashlyn Care Home Get Active for Sports Day

Last Wednesday, Ashlyn Care Home held a Sports Day event. This was part of Excelcare’s fundraising week, in which our care homes held Sports Days to raise money for the Excelcare Staff Benevolent Fund.

Staff and residents gathered outside in the gardens to take part in a variety of activities. This included an egg and spoon, relay and three-legged race. Some of the staff got quite competitive in the three-legged race! Everybody had a great time and were laughing and cheering.

Ashlyn also held a raffle and a ‘non-uniform day’ in which staff wore their sports gear for the day! Overall, the home raised £81 for the Staff Benevolent Fund, which is a brilliant achievement!


25 Jul 18

Sherrell House – RAF Flyover

This month, the Royal Air Force held a flypast one hundred days after their official 100th birthday. This was a spectacular display of over one hundred different military aircrafts. The flight path started in Suffolk, passed over Essex and finally ended in London.  Everybody at Sherrell House Care Home gathered in the gardens as they waited patiently for the planes to fly over.

Puma, Chinook, Juno, Lancaster, Hurricane, Spitfire, Tucano, Shadow, Sentinel and Voyager were among the aircrafts that flew over. Residents said that they had a lovely time being out in the fresh air with a cup of tea! They loved seeing the historic aircrafts that they remembered from childhood, as well as the new RAF additions.

24 Jul 18

Lime Court Care Home – Sports Day 2018

Like many of our Excelcare care homes, Lime Court held their own Sports Day last week.

It was a day of active fun and games held in one of the lounges. Residents gathered together to  take part in the activities and cheer each other on. All of the games were chair-based, so that those with low mobility could participate. Games included inflatable skittles, basketball, tennis and football! Afterwards, staff  joined in the fun with relay and egg and spoon races.

The games were a great way for residents and staff to do something different, and have fun whilst getting active!

24 Jul 18

101st Birthday at Sherrell House!

Sherrell House celebrated an exciting birthday last week – Beatrice Linden turned 101 on the 17th July! She spent her birthday with her family, and Sherrell House threw her a big party the following day to celebrate.

Staff bought Beatrice a lovely bunch of flowers and 101 balloons, and decorated the lounge in colours of her choice. Throughout the morning, Linda kept coming into the lounge to get an update on how things were coming together for the party, because she was very excited to get started!

Beatrice’s daughter and son-in-law came to the party to celebrate, along with all of her friends in the home.  Staff arranged an entertainer to come in and perform all of Beatrice’s favourite war-time songs. She made a lot of requests! The kitchen staff put on a delicious buffet, and made an amazing 101st cake. The bar was open for those who wanted to celebrate with a drink.

Everybody got together and wished Beatrice a very happy 101st birthday. Afterwards, Beatrice sang her favourite song to all of the residents as the party came to an end. She said she had an amazing afternoon and thanked everyone who came and the staff for organising the party.

We would like to wish Beatrice a very Happy Birthday from all at Excelcare!

24 Jul 18

Sports Day at Hunters Down

Whilst Excelcare CEO Ozzie and his son Sami were skydiving last Wednesday to raise money for the Excelcare Staff Benevolent Fund, many of our homes held Sports Days to support them.

Hunters Down Care Home had a brilliant time at their Sports Day event. Staff and residents assembled in the garden to watch and take part in a variety of races. These included Egg & Spoon, Hoop Race, Football and more! Everybody cheered on the competitors, who received well-deserved medals at the end of the events.

It was a hot and sunny day, so residents stayed cool by sitting underneath gazebos and the lovely willow tree. It was a great excuse to get active, spend some time outdoors and enjoy Hunters Down’s garden!



23 Jul 18

Excelcare Essex’s Race for Life

Excelcare’s Essex Regional Team completed the Race for Life yesterday in Chelmsford. This was a 5km run, in which they all dressed up in Excelcare T-shirts and tutus.

Despite the hot and sunny weather, the team did brilliantly to all make it to the finish line! They also managed to raise a very impressive £2074.50  for Cancer Research, which is an amazing effort! The team are already planning their fundraising event for next year.

Well done to the Essex Regional Team – they should be very proud of their achievement.

23 Jul 18

Fire Safety at Limetree Care Home

At Excelcare we have been focussing on Fire Safety in our homes. This is to ensure that everybody, including staff and residents, knows what to do in the event of an emergency.

Steven from Norwood Fire Station came to visit Limetree Care Home last week in a fire engine with three of his colleagues. Residents loved spending the afternoon looking at the fire engine, taking photos and talking with the firemen. Steven then gave a talk on fire safety to staff and residents to ensure that they know how to safely respond in an emergency situation.

The fire team then looked around Limetree to give specific advice to staff about fire safety in the home. Everybody now feels knowledgeable and confident should an emergency arise.

Thanks to Norwood Fire Station for their time – it was a valuable experience for residents and staff.



23 Jul 18

Police Cadet Fundraising Car Wash at Glennfield

On Tuesday 10th July at Glennfield Care Home, Wisbech Activities Team held a fundraising car wash to raise funds for their Residents Comfort Fund. 

Seven Police Cadets from Meadowgate school sixth form stepped up to the challenge to help. 

The staff and relatives at the home were lining up to have their cars washed, and the Police Cadets did a fantastic job! They washed and buffed 13 cars in the space of less than two hours, which was very impressive! Everybody reported that the Cadets did a far better job than the local car wash.

We are pleased to report that the cadets raised over £70  on the day for the Residents Comfort Fund. The money raised will be used for activities and special treats for those living in the home.

Glennfield Care Home looks forward to working with the Police cadets again, when they return to the home in Autumn


23 Jul 18

Castlemead Court’s Sports Day Olympics!

As part of Excelcare’s Sports Day events last week, our Milton Keynes team held their own Olympics!

The event was hosted by Castlemead Court Care Home, who waited patiently for the arrival of their competitors from Neath Hill, Dovecote Manor, Waterhall and Willows care homes, as well as the Regional Office team! The Podium and Score board were primed and ready to go.

Each home had five or six team members, and brought their own event to Castlemead Court.  Events included a Sack Race, Space Hoppers, Relay and Balloon Race. The finale was a Fun Run (which involved running in wellies!), Portrait Painting and Dressing up in as many items of clothing within the time limit. Each event was scored, and medals were given out accordingly. Residents lined up alongside the race tracks to spectate and cheer on the teams. The overall Olympic winners were the hosts, Castlemead Court. They will  retain the trophy for the year until the next Olympics!

The day was a great success and finished with a delicious BBQ and Ice Lollies. Well done to all at Milton Keynes – they put on a brilliant event which everyone enjoyed, and raised money for the Excelcare Staff Benevolent Fund!