Daffodil Tea Party

On Saturday 5th April Eastwood Court in Giffnock hosted a fund raising Daffodil Tea Afternoon.

Residents, relative’s and friends came along and enjoyed a cup of tea with home baking.

There was a raffle with lots of fabulous prizes and everyone had a lovely time.

All residents, relatives and staff were very generous and £312.00 was made on the day!

This money will help our sensory garden to get underway and hopefully it wont be long until the residents will be able to enjoy it.

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Valentines date at Eastwood Court

Eastwood Court Activities Co-ordinator Lynn Mcquillan arranged a special meal for the residents in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Eastwood staff invited the partners of the residents to attend a love-ly lunch.

Lynn commented, “It was really sweet to see everyone together. Days like these are so important. It’s wonderful to be able to help make lovely memories for our residents and their loved ones.”

Three sets of couples attended the Valentine’s Day celebrations. The fabulous three-course lunch was held in the conservatory, the entire room was decorated with a pink theme. Before the meal the couples enjoyed a glass of bubbly and some chocolates were given to the ladies afterwards.

Activities Co-ordinator Kevin Murphy enthused, “Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a wonderful, romantic afternoon. It was a really successful day.”

Resident Ron commented “I had a lovely time, the food was delicious and it was so nice to spend the time with Wilma.”

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Lights switch on starts care home Christmas countdown

A local Care home started its countdown to Christmas with the switching on of the light on its giant outdoor Christmas tree yesterday.

Braving the icy conditions, staff and residents at Eastfield Hall and Lodge on Moss Road, Askern watched as Mayor of Askern Councillor Francis Jackson did the honours and lit up the 18 foot tree in the front garden of the Larchwood home.

Afterwards there was a communal sing-along of favourite Christmas carols around the tree, followed by warming mulled wine and mince pies.

The funds for the lights and the recently installed Santa’s grotto were raised by the Eastfield Bingo Club headed up by chair Mrs Anne Beckwith. A member of staff for more than 20 years, Mrs Beckwith runs a weekly bingo club that provides entertainment and a social activity for pensioners in the Askern area as well as raising funds.

Speaking at the event, Councillor Jackson acknowledged the place of the home in the community and thanked the volunteers “Eastfield Hall and Lodge provide an important and much needed service for the community. Like many organisations some of the more fringe benefits can only be provided as a consequence of the voluntary support given by those unseen and unacknowledged volunteers. So I ask you to show your appreciation not only for the dedication of the staff here but for the background workers known as the Friends of Eastfield Bingo Group who tirelessly organise bingo sessions raising funds for the benefit of the residents.”

Home manager Tracey Turner said “We’d like to say a big thank you to the Bingo Club for all they do for the home. We’re also very grateful to Councillor Jackson for giving up his time to join us this evening. The residents have really enjoyed it and it has kicked off the festivities for Christmas.

“Next week we will be hosting a massive Christmas dinner for more than 100 residents and their families, and tonight has been a great start to our celebrations.”

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Eastfield Hall are ready to beat heart disease

Eastfield staff and residents have all participated in ‘National Wear Red Day’ for the British Heart Foundation, a charity that Eastfield Home Manager Emma Strutt is interested in supporting.

The residents and staff all dressed up in red and pink in participation of the campaign. The residents also made red flags and paper chains in celebration of the day (as shown in the photo).

Emma said “It’s always nice to do something different with the residents. It maintains a lovely atmosphere in the home and the residents really enjoy doing something a little bit different. It’s also great to be able to help a good cause.”

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Dove Court raise superb sum for funding

An amazing £560 was raised for the activities department within Dove Court.

The outstanding amount was reached by the home by them being host to a superb summer fete in their garden area.

The home really went that extra mile to set the scene of a small fair for the residents and any Grandchildren visiting on the day by providing a bouncy castle; a hook a duck activity; face-painting; a raffle and tombola. Furthermore, sales at the book sale and car boot sale went above and beyond what was expected and the refreshment stand was busy with customers all day.

After making these fantastic arrangements, the home managed to raise a terrific total amount of £569.21 on the day, which will go towards arranging activities and trips out for the residents.

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Festive fun at Cranford

Larchwood’s Cranford in Aberdeen was delighted to welcome local school children into the home last Wednesday,   10th December.

Spreading Christmas cheer amongst the residents and staff, the children from Banchory – Devenick primary entertained their audience with a programme of Christmas songs.

From ages 5 to 11 wearing tinsel and santa hats the children used the Cranford audience as a rehearsal for their nativity play to be performed at school next week.

The concert was much appreciated by the residents who received gifts of flowers and chocolates from the pupils.

In preparation for the visit, the homes’ housekeeper had made cupcakes for the children and they also enjoyed a well-earned juice and biscuits after their performance.

Home Manager Carol Mainland said “It was so lovely that the children took the time to come and see us. The residents were thrilled to see the whole school arrive on a double decker bus. For some of the children it was their first time in a care home but they seemed very happy to be here and we were delighted to have them sing for us. We’re looking forward to another visit from the children, before next Christmas we hope as they have promised to come and see us again.”

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Mayor and MP Compliment Cameron House

For National Care Open Day on Friday 19th June, local Mayor Councillor Don Morris and MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe, stopped by Cameron House for some cakes and conversation. Pictured above are residents Joyce, Jean and Juliette with Don and Stephen.

The cake stall provided everyone with a little bite to eat and to add an element of fun to the day, Cameron House had arranged for one of their entertainers known as ‘Trevor the cowboy’ to perform some rodeo-style dancing. He put everyone in a good mood and one of the residents, Jean, enjoyed it in particular. She said, “It was a very enjoyable day and the entertainment was nice”.

The performance got everyone together and chatting even more and the visitors both expressed a keen interest in the work Cameron House do to keep the residents feeling at home and in high spirits. “They were really impressed with the efforts the staff put in”, said Ian Jones, Administrator at the home.

It’s great to see this open day event creating opportunities for homes to gain recognition from local communities for the excellent work they are consistently carrying out.

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Putting the pieces together at Burges House

This picture may look like a normal picture, however it is actually a jigsaw turned picture made by Burges House resident Val Williams. Val takes great pleasure from making jigsaws and then allows the other residents to enjoy them by framing the finished product. The jigsaws are kindly brought in to the home for Val by family and friends. Once finished and framed they are then hung throughout the home.

Val has produced some lovely jigsaw art including a snow scene, a selection of roses chocolates and a poster style picture of television series Downton Abbey, which is shown in the picture. Susan Webster, Activities Co-ordinator commented, “Val finishes her jigsaws so quickly, and they are incredibly intricate and detailed. They are not small puzzles either, some are over 1000 pieces! Everyone enjoys coming to see them and they are the talking point of the home.”

Val said that she was “Elated to have been recognised for her work and enjoys seeing her efforts displayed to everyone.”

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A beautiful Burges House on very own Ascot Day

The ladies of Burges House looked ravishing at the home’s recent very own Royal Ascot day. It was all class with a refreshing glass of bucks fizz, the lush combo of strawberries and cream and a choice of chocolates.

Some residents and staff picked out their favourite occasion hat from their wardrobe and others decided to jazz up a plain hat using a variety of materials and bright summer colours to wear. Residents and staff contributed ideas for each other’s hats and worked as a team to ensure they all looked the part.

“It was a fabulous day!” said Susan Webster, a member of staff at the home. The day was clearly the perfect fit for a lady and the girls of the home got to spend some quality time together!

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Burges House residents steal singing spotlight

An entertainer who was organised for the afternoon of National Care Open Day on Friday 19th June 2015 was extremely engaging with the residents of Burges House, singing famous songs which were easily recognisable to them and getting them involved in the performance; the residents took centre stage when the microphone was passed over to them to finish certain parts of a song.

Local MP Mrs J Stevens also came in to see the residents for the day. Mrs Stevens was given a guided tour and talk through of the home by the staff and she appeared to be very interested in the work that the home does for the residents.

Mrs Stevens enjoyed meeting everyone and the residents had fun with the singing!

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