20 Jan 16

The Queen Vic comes to Chigwell with Sherrell House’s pub transformation

Glasses are clinking, pool balls are knocking together and even a last orders bell is ringing out at a care home after an ‘amazing’ transformation.

The Queen Vic has been brought to Sherrell House in Fencepiece Road, Chigwell after staff set out to give residents their own working pub.

With a bar, darts board, pool table and traditional décor, the sitting room et-up aims to recreate the authentic boozer, and has even been named after the Eastenders local.

It is hoped the pub, which will only be open at certain times, can offer something to all of the home’s residents but it is also part of Sherrell House’s ‘dementia friendly strategy’.

Resident Mrs May DeFerry, 99, attended the pub’s opening on Monday (January 18).

She said: “Everyone is enjoying themselves, not drinking too much.

“It is lovely for people to be friendly together.

“It is a good home, I don’t feel old at the moment.”

The grand opening this week with drinks and a fish and chip dinner follows weeks of planning from staff.

“It is going down well,” said activities co-ordinator Fateha Uddin.

“They have all been speaking about having a bar for a while and we thought we would go all in.

“It is so they have a space to socialise and have a good time in a place where they are familiar.

“Some of them can be quite anxious, but this gives them a chance to socialise without leaving the home.

“It gives them the chance to reminisce, it is just amazing.”

Care manager Alison Taylor said maintaining everyday life is key for people living in the home, who are all 65 and older.

“You need to involved everyone in everyday life, it is about bringing normal life back to them.

“Everybody likes going to the pub and they are no different.”

Although similar activities have been used to help people with dementia remember times gone by, Ms Taylor said the pub – and care at the home – is designed to be suitable for everyone.

“To me it is person first, dementia second.

“There are no labels in the house, we get the fulfilment from people enjoying themselves.”

Article also available at http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/14214311.Queen_Vic_comes_to_Chigwell_with_care_home_s_pub_transformation/

4 Jan 16

Christmas at Sherrell House

4 Jan 16

Macmillan FC

Members of the Wisbech based Macmillan Football Club switched their attentions from football to singing to spread some Christmas cheer to residents at the Glennfield Care Centre.

Players were joined by Wisbech man Roy McManus who played the organ, his wife Liz and their friend Tony, to provide an afternoon of fun for the elderly residents at the Money Bank, Wisbech,home.

Just Cross, manager of Macmillan FC, said: “Jude Reeve, the manager at Glennfield, couldn’t thank us enough.

“We really enjoyed it, to be honest, and I may now take a Macmillan FC choir on to X Factor!”

22 Dec 15

Excelcare Raise Money For Charity “CRISIS”

Following a seasonal challenge made by Assistant Chief Executive Sam Manning, Excelcare have raised a grand total of £1,000.00 for the Homeless Charity “Crisis” this Christmas. Departments at the Bromley Head Office were invited to come up with novel ideas to raise money for CRISIS, the charity company chosen by the company this year which provides for people without the comfort and security of a home at Christmas.

The staff of Excelcare rose to the challenge, as they always have when an appeal for a charity has been made, with the finance department giving a lead with Aran from Payroll Department having both his legs waxed in order to raise money; he completed the challenge without flinching -a response few of his colleagues expected -as they made their donations and waited for Aran to join the company of those with graceful hairless legs in time for the party season.

Sathy from Accounts Department dressed up as Santa and welcomed donations for a selfie with Santa while Human Resources showed a festive side to their contribution with Christmas Gingerbreads baked from an ancient HR recipe up for sale to trusting fellow workers. A traditional Christmas Raffle and a Dress down day were organised and responded to with the spirit of generosity which had marked the fundraising efforts for people facing homelessness at Christmas.

Sam Manning has thanked everyone at Head Office for getting in the true Christmas Spirit, donating contributions, as a practical demonstration of consideration, thinking of people without the good fortune and security of having a loving home in which to celebrate this unique time in the year and by giving tangible support, improving their chance of their happiness, through the funds raised to aid CRISIS in their work with homeless people.

2 Dec 15

Santall Horn, Excelcare Home Manager at The 17th Annual National Care Home Awards

On the 27 November 2015 at the Hilton London Metropole, Santall Horn, an Excelcare Care Home Manager at Etheldred House in Cambridge, was judged Best Care Manager.

This prestigious event was supported by Christie & Co; as the main sponsor and marked by a gala dinner to accompany the celebration of the very best talented care managers in the care sector. Judging took place before the event and judges commented that contestants deserved high acclaim for the phenomenal standards achieved to reach the final selection event. The host for the National Care Awards 2015 was Hugh Dennis, who appears in the TV series, Mock The Week, and stars as Pete Brockman, in Outnumbered.

The shortlisted finalists were announced before the event but the winners were only revealed at the Gala Night. Santall was overwhelmed with happiness when her name was announced as the Care Manager Winner for 2015!
Excelcare Chief Executive Osman Ertosun praised Santall and her team at Etheldred House on this very special award and said that Santall richly deserved to have her skills and talent recognised as she is an inspiring and caring manager to her team and is always prepared to go the extra caring mile for the 82 people who receive care services at her home.

Ozzie went on to say that everyone involved in the care industry recognised the challenges that faced care providers over the last few years and he was very lucky to have a great team working for him, who really did put Excelcare services before their own personal interests.

Ozzie added that Santall has a great ambassador in her Regional Director, Louise Jones. The Cambridge region staff work exceptionally well as a team and would all be feeling be very proud of Santall’s award.

Well done Santall, a proud moment for everyone as you gain public recognition of your qualities as an exceptional care home manager, able to provide exceptional quality care, giving attention to the satisfaction of people living at Etheldred, the morale of staff and promotion of excellent service standards.

16 Nov 15

Hunters Down hosts Gym Fit Sessions

On Tuesday 10th November, Hunters Down hosted their first session of their Gym Fit Exercise class which will now be held every Tuesday at 2pm for 6 months.

Hunters Down was privileged to have been chosen for this pilot scheme run by The British Gymnastics Foundation and Age UK.

The scheme first started in Japan and is now run in every Japanese Care Home, with the scheme to be implemented across all Care Homes in Britain if the pilot is a success.

The programme is a seated exercise and movement programme packed with fun, music and laughter; it is designed to help improve the fitness of a person’s mind and body.

19 residents from Hunters Down joined in with 7 family members. The session was enjoyed by everybody and there was certainly much fun, music and laughter. One family member of a resident said she could not remember when her and her mother had laughed so much. Another resident’s family member said her husband found it very valuable as a lot of the exercises were visual like throwing and catching a ball.

After the session, everybody was talking about it and looking forward to the next one.

10 Nov 15

Remembrance Sunday for Hunters Down

On Sunday 8th November, 3 residents from Hunters Down attended their local Remembrance Sunday Service organised by RAF Wyton.

The residents arrived at 10.15am to assemble alongside 29 other organisations and paraded to the Market Square outside the Town Hall to the War Memorial.

A hymn was sung, the Last Post sounded, Standards lowered, Church Bells sounded followed by a two minutes silence.

Laying of wreaths took place where our eldest resident, Jack Jolliffe, 100 laid down a wreath on behalf of all of Hunters Down residents.

10 Nov 15

Hunters Down holds Auction

Hunters Down held their own Auction of Promise on Saturday the 31st October, which raised an outstanding amount of £817. The promises up for auction included a helper for 3 hours, 3 hours garden work, Christmas Hampers, tickets for Hamerton zoo and many more.

Everybody was able to get involved, whether they donated an item or a promise or bidding on the day of the auction.

Punch wine was handed out before the auction for residents and their families, friends and staff to all enjoy.

Former family member Peter and Activity Coordinator Pear Ewing’s husband were both kind enough to give their time on the day to run the auction.

29 Oct 15

Sherrell House October Newsletter

Sherrell House Care Centre, 414 Fencepiece Rd, London, IG7 5DP
0208 501 3389

Pub and Sensory Room Excitement!

By Victoria Picking

There are some exciting things happening at Sherrell House this month, as we are pleased to announce that we have a brand new Sensory Room and Pub in the making, ready to open very soon!

Both areas will be open all the time for residents and visitors to use. In the pub we can host regular afternoons of drinks, pub quizzes, darts and pool, as well as it being a nice place for residence to sit and relax.

The sensory room has been completely redecorated and is located on 1st floor. It is soon to be filled with lots of exciting objects to cover all the senses. The grand opening of both of these rooms will be at some point in November.

Silver Sunday

Every year we host Silver Sunday, a national celebration of older people and their contribution to the community. Events were happening all over the UK.
This year we celebrated in style by inviting a favourite singer of the residents, Robert Jerome, to come and entertain, along with having a tasty buffet. Friends and family were invited to come and join in with this happy day.

Wear It Pink

This year the staff of Sherrell House took part in the Wear it Pink day, to raise awareness and money for Cancer Research.
We decorated the home with pink decorations, and all come in with our brightest pink clothes on!
Overall we made a grand total of £50!

Halloween Tea Party

To celebrate Halloween, we hosted a Halloween Tea Party, complete with spooky cakes and drinks, and even a real life wizard!
The wizard entertained us all with a range of magic tricks and spells while everyone tucked into the tasty treats. We also had a guess the name of the pumpkin competition, which was won by…

For your Information

• Please check notices around the home and posters for all upcoming events.
• Employee of the month last month was Ashley Haley.
• If you wish to vote for the next employee of the month, forms are available at reception.

• Redbridge Guide Dog Tour – 4th
• Firework Night -7th
• Pub and Sensory Room Opening
• Sporting Memories – 21tst

22 Oct 15

Congratulations to our excellent Chefs

On Wednesday 14 October 2015 five of our care home Chefs took part in ‘The Chef of the Year Competition’ at Unilever’s Head Office in Leatherhead. A tremendous effort- well done to everyone involved in demonstrating their culinary skills.

The Chefs taking part:
Anna Selfversparra – Longfield Care Centre
Anthony Tilley – Castlemead Court Care Centre
Daniel Stevens – Ashlyn Care Centre
Blair Vaughan – Brook House Care Centre
Paul Mason – Lime Court

All five contestants were of a very high calibre and each created some superb meals from their ‘mystery ingredients bags’. The day was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Unfortunately there could only be one winner and we are proud to announce that Daniel Stevens of Ashlyn Care Centre in Harlow won ‘The Chef of the Year’ award and congratulations on such an outstanding achievement.

Additional awards and congratulations went to Anthony Tilley from Castlemead Court Care Centre for the best Main Course and to Blair Vaughan for the best Dessert. A memorable day for us to celebrate the recognition of the skills and achievements of our Chefs.