Care, Compassion & Companionship

Archive for December, 2009

Xmas party video clips

more to follow later…

The Christmas Party

We had a very enjoyable Christmas Party. Our special guest singer, Carolynne sang for just under 2 hours. Many residents danced and enjoyed the event. Our Chef (Stacie) laid on a lavish buffet.

Below are videos and pictures of the event. (More will be posted soon).

Fred Collins 90th Birthday Celebrations

While celebrating during the xmas party, we also marked the 90th Birthday of Fred Collins. Quite an achievement to be as healthy as he is at 90.

Many of you will know Fred`s daughter Doreen,  helps the carehome by being a volunteer. She regularly comes in and helps the residents do activities with Elaine. She is a credit to Fred.

As Fred used to work as a handy man, Stacie (our chef) baked two cakes. One for the residents and one for Freds family. The pictures below show the care she took to decorate it with Fred, the handy man sitting on it.

Claire (deputy manager) & Stacie (chef) raise £230 for charity

On Sunday, Claire and Stacie raised £230 for charity. They were brave enough to do a bunjee jump in the freezing cold.

See video below.

Bridging the Generation Gap

As part of the festive season,  The Old Vicarage Residential Home in North Featherstone has been doing a series of events. These have been in partnership with local charities and schools.   

On 8th December, children from North Featherstone Junior School, and volunteers from the All Saints Church came to the care home and spent a wonderful day with the residents. The highlight of the day was when they sang Christmas Carols together. The children had put a lot of effort into preparing for the day.  

 Mr J Singh, owner of The Old Vicarage Care home stated, “We need to bear in mind that the average age of residents in the carehome is 85 years old, and these children are 8 & 9 years old. It is important to bridge the generation gap. The children invigorate the residents, providing stimulation and enjoyment. Equally the children can interact with the elderly and learn from their life experiences. It was an excellent day, which everyone enjoyed.”  

Children from Junior School

 

Two days later, residents from The Old Vicarage care home attended an event at St Wilfred School. They were treated to music and interacted with the teachers and children. Jean Chilton, the manager at the Old Vicarage care home stated, “we have a good relationship with St Wilfreds School. It is a good experience for the teenagers at the school to interact with our residents, and the teachers are very kind and helpful. Our residents get a chance to share and enjoy their experiences.”  

More events are happening at the Old Vicarage Care Home during the festive season, including Christmas parties, visits by Santa and a Wii Olympics competition for residents. The home always aims to provide a stimulating environment for the residents. Age should be no barrier to fun!

Pontefract & Castleford Express

Excellent – Highest rating for The Old Vicarage Care Home

The Old Vicarage Residential Home in North Featherstone recently had an unannounced inspection from Care Quality Commission, the regulator for care services. It awarded the care home its highest rating of Excellent.              

The inspector was highly impressed by the hard work, dedication and high standards at the Old Vicarage care home. The report specifically mentions the quality of management, quality of staff, excellent facilities and high level of activities. Special mention was also given to how clean the care home is kept. 

This achievement is the latest recognition from a long line of awards. Wakefield Council awarded the home, 5 out of 5 stars, Excellent rating for it “scores on the doors scheme” from Environmental Health, earlier this year. The Department of Health recognises the care home as a “Dignity in Care Champion”. Last year the care home achieved a very high score when it renewed its Investors in People. It is now being considered for a Champion in People award. 

The care home has always maintained high standards with its goal as being the “best care home in West Yorkshire”. It has a warm welcoming environment and lives by its ethos of “care, compassion and companionship”. The home now offers day-care for all elderly residents, in addition to its specialist residential care for dementia. Next year it will be offering supported living and possibly nursing care.

Below are pictured from left to right, Claire Hennessey (deputy manager with 10 years experience), Linda Southall (Chef with 17 years experience), Jean Chilton (Care manager with 15 years experience) and Carol Askew (deputy manager with 12 years of experience). The majority of the staff have over 10 years care experience, with 32 staff looking after 30 residents. All of the staff have gained all of this experience while working at the Old Vicarage Care Home, which prides itself on the enjoyable family atmosphere at the home.

5 star “excellent” rating for Old Vicarage Care Home

The Old Vicarage Residential Home in North Featherstone recently had an unannounced inspection from environmental health department from Wakefield council. It was part of the annual inspection programme.

The inspector was highly impressed by the hard work, dedication and high standards at the Old Vicarage care home, and awarded the home, 5 out of 5 stars, “excellent” rating for it “scores on the doors scheme”.

The care home has always maintained high standards with its goal as being the “best care home in West Yorkshire”. It has a warm welcoming environment and lives by its ethos of “care, compassion and companionship”. The home now offers daycare for all elderly residents, aswell as its specialist care for dementia.

Below are pictured Jean Chilton (Care manager with 15 years experience), Linda Southall (Chef with 17 years experience) and Carol Askew (deputy manager with  12 years of experience). All of the staff have gained all of this experience while working at the Old Vicarage Care Home, which prides itself on the enjoyable family atmosphere at the home. The kitchen is also complimented by two other chefs, Stacy Askew and Christine Coe.

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