A wealth of generations have come together to celebrate a resident’s 101st birthday at Mundy House Care Home in Basildon

Nora English enjoyed a party with fellow residents and members of her family, including her daughter Gill Simmons, who regularly praises Mundy House for the work it does, as well as its fantastic members of staff.

Surrounded by beautiful flowers, a wonderful cake, and an impressive collection of cards, Nora had a lovely time celebrating and sharing many entertaining stories from her life.

Nora was married to her husband Archie, and after he passed away she met Tom, who she was with for ten years. She has had seven children – five daughters, Gill, Beryl, Mandy, Molly and the late Kathleen and two sons, Keith and Roger.

Keeping Active

Nora is a keen participant in Mundy House’s activities. She particularly enjoys being out in the fresh air with nature and around animals. Nora also used to enjoy knitting and gardening.

Nora has been a resident at the care home since 2012 and celebrates birthdays with her friends and family every year. Her family have expressed their thanks to the home for continuing to deliver excellent levels of care and for being instrumental in Nora having a long and healthy life.

Josi George, home manager at Mundy House, said; “Nora is such a lovely member of our home. She’s so friendly and caring and she always brings a smile to my face every time I see her.”

Nora’s daughter, Gill who is 75, said: “We all had a wonderful time at Mum’s 101st birthday party. The home went to a great deal of effort to make sure it was special.

“I can’t fault Mundy House at all. The staff are brilliant and the care they provide is second to none!”


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Great Horkesley Manor Care Home in Great Horkesley, Colchester, has been praised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following its most recent inspection by the independent regulator.

The home on Nayland Road was given an overall rating of ‘Good;’ following the CQC inspection.

The CQC judges care homes on their levels of care, responsiveness, safety, effectiveness and leadership. They also incorporate comments from residents and their relatives into their assessments. Following this, the CQC produces a report of their findings.

The latest report for Great Horkesley Manor highlighted the positive management system and staff commitment which enabled residents to live according to their own preferences.

A Friendly Atmosphere

One resident told the CQC representatives: “There’s a very friendly atmosphere here. I know if I am worried about anything they will help me.”

Another resident added: “There’s a very friendly attitude throughout here. It’s a very pleasant place to live. I could go anywhere here, and they would be friendly to me at all times. The staff are respectful. They know what they’re doing, and I would trust them. I feel wanted here.”

Other comments from the inspectors included:

“The service was consistently managed and well-led”

“People’s needs were met through good organisation and delivery”

“People were supported and treated with dignity and respect; and involved as partners in their care”

“People’s outcomes were consistently good, and their feedback confirmed this”

Continuous Improvement

Alison Day, Home Manager at Great Horkesley Manor, said: “The CQC’s recognition of the quality of care provided at Great Horkesley and its rating of ‘good’ is testament to the hard work, dedication, passion and expertise of the staff.

“We all pride ourselves on delivering individualised and person-centred care to enable our residents to have maximum choice and to live as fulfilling a life as possible.

“While we are delighted to have received such a positive inspection, we won’t be resting on our laurels and are always looking at ways to improve.”

Great Horkesley Manor Care Home has recently undergone significant refurbishment work to the original manor part of the building. This includes a stylish new lounge bar and stunning recreational areas.

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This Christmas, residents from Hope House Care Home in Clayton le Moors were pleased to be invited to have Christmas dinner with a group of local pre-school children. The children and staff at Early Start Nursery in Oswaldtwistle welcomed a group of our residents to join them for their annual Christmas lunch.

Pat, Evelyn, Christina, and Kathleen enjoyed roast turkey with all the trimmings, complete with crackers, Christmas hats, and a good old Christmas sing-along. They loved spending time with the children and hearing about the things they had asked Santa to bring. As the afternoon drew to a close, the nursery presented each of the residents with a box of chocolates.

We believe it is very important for our residents to spend time with the younger generations, with many proven benefits for both parties. Visits like this can help promote wellbeing, social skills, and improve memory skills. This particular afternoon at Easy Start Nursery helped our residents to reminisce about their own childhood memories of Christmas.

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The residents of Laureate Court Care Home in Rotherham have been spending time with some very cute four-legged friends. The charity Pets as Therapy has been visiting the home with some of its specially trained therapy dogs.

These pet therapy visits give residents the chance to spend time playing and bonding with the animals. This provides companionship, can help to combat loneliness and has many benefits for those living with dementia.

The visits from Pets As Therapy really do make everyone’s day and form part of our packed activities programme, which has something for everyone to enjoy every day.

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Residents at Highfield Care Home in Bekesbourne, Canterbury, enjoyed a great selection of entertainment over the festive period. The home’s character lounge area proved to be the perfect backdrop for a couple of Christmas sing-alongs.

The Bridge Choir joined the local vicar, dressed in Christmas jumpers, to lead the Highfield residents and staff in some traditional carol singing. Residents also enjoyed a special Christmas performance by the legendary local vocal group “The Greatstone Seniors.”

We have a great relationship with many local musicians and performers at Highfield. Fantastic live entertainment continues to be a popular feature of our regular activities programme.

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It was a busy Christmastime for the residents of St Mary’s Care Home in Scunthorpe. The main highlight of the festive period at the home was the Christmas Fayre. On Saturday 14th December, relatives joined residents, staff, and visitors for an afternoon of Christmas food, games, entertainment, and the chance to meet Santa in his Grotto.

The St Mary’s team got into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up as elves, angels, and a Christmas tree! Visitors browsed stalls featuring handmade gifts, cards, and sweets, while a singer performed festive songs. Residents enjoyed rocking around the Christmas tree and seeing children open presents from Santa Claus.

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During November and December, Harmony House Care Home in Nuneaton held an appeal to bring smiles to the faces of Children admitted to A&E over the Christmas period. The home is situated close to the George Elliot Hospital, and residents and staff decided they would like to do something to help cheer up visitors to the Children’s A&E department at Christmas.

A collection point placed in the reception area of Harmony House encouraged visitors, staff, and volunteers to buy one selection box while Christmas shopping to donate to the appeal. On hearing that around 60 children visit the department each day over the festive period, the target was set for a day’s worth of selection boxes.

Thanks to the kind donations from all involved, Harmony House successfully reached its target. Care Home Manager Karin Scott and Activities Coordinator Hayley Gibbs delivered the mountain of selection boxes for the children as well as a tin of biscuits for the staff to enjoy.

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Residents of Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton have been giving a little back to the local community this Christmas.

The home organised a collection of much-needed food items for the Salvation Army Foodbank as well as selection boxes for the children’s ward at Wishaw University Hospital.

The appeal received a heartwarming response from residents, their families, visitors, and members of the Avonbridge team. This meant that we were able to deliver several bags full of food essentials and Christmas treats to the foodbank, and a sack full of selection boxes to the children’s ward.

We would like to pass on our thanks to everyone who took the time to make kind donations to our appeal.

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There were big celebrations at Cameron House Care Home in Basildon as resident Bill Fredrick celebrated his 100th birthday in the run-up to Christmas.

On the day members of the care team gathered around him as he opened his official telegram from Her Majesty the Queen.

Bill, a former firefighter with the local service, spent the week celebrating at a family party and going out for a meal with his former colleagues.

Congratulations to Bill on reaching this milestone from everyone at Cameron House.

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It was a lively Christmas Day for the residents of Mundy House Care Home in Basildon thanks to a special visitor.

Santa Claus took time out of his busy schedule for a whistle-stop tour of the home, visiting residents in their rooms as well as the main lounge. Brimming with Christmas spirit, and nearly bursting at the seams from all of the mince pies, he delivered presents to one and all!

Residents enjoyed spending time chatting to the jolly fellow and discussed their own memories of Christmas Days over the years.

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