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Sing YourSelf Happy!!

On 29th July, the residents had a large Sing Yourself Happy day….

From the videos below, you can see it was enjoyed by all…..


Summer Celebrations at Vicarage Court with a Brass Band

We had a large celebration party at Vicarage Court care home to celebrate being recognised as the top care home in West Yorkshire. The home hosted Wakefield Brass Band, who were very well appreciated by the residents and families.

Many families who had relatives at the home over the last few years were invited.

It was a perfect summer day and the feedback from the residents and families were excellent.

Well done to Helen, Janet and all other staff who were involved in organising it.

Christmas Fare….

On the 8th December, the care home had its Christmas Fare. It was a very busy event with many families and residents involved. Below are a video and pictures of the event.

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Two Singing dogs… I got you Babe… & 90th Birthday party

Thursday 15th December was an eventful day at the care home. We had a 90th Birthday party for a resident and we were visited by two Singing dogs…. Please see video and pics below….

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Christmas Dinner Service

On the 16th December, the care home hosted its annual Xmas dinner service. This is organised so that families can spend the xmas dinner together, even if they cannot come on Christmas day. It has become a large event with over 50 family members joining the residents for the Xmas dinner. Below are some pictures from the day…..

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Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas at the carehome. Santa visited the residents this morning.

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Communion at Vicarage Court

Every month christian volunteers come to the care home to do communion with the residents who wish to join in. Below is a video of the December communion.

Xmas Party….

The residents had a busy week with the puppet show and various other Xmas. On Friday this was the Xmas party…. We had a special live singer which the residents enjoyed. Below is the pics and video…

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Christmas Dinner for Residents and Families

As in previous years, the Vicarage Court care home held a special Christmas Dinner on Saturday 19th December for families who will not be able to spend Xmas day together as a family.

This years many families took up the option and enjoyed a festive day. The menu was below:

Starter  – Homemade Tomato Soup with Bread Rolls or Prawn Cocktail.

Main Course – Traditional Roast Turkey served with Roast potatoes or mash, Julienne carrots, button sprouts, stuffed balls, pigs in blankets, roasted parsnips, and Yorkshire Puddings…. with Glasses of Bucks Fizz

Desert – Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or Trifle

followed by Tea and Coffee served with warm mince pies and mints..

Below are pictures of the event.

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Christmas Day at Vicarage Court…..

Residents and staff have had a great day today at the Vicarage Court Care Home. All residents had presents from the Care home directors….

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Upcoming Special Events for Xmas at Vicarage Court Care Home

Friday 4th December – 12 noon – Christmas Fayre

Monday 7th December – 10am – Carol Service

Wednesday 9th December – 3pm – St Wilfreds Xmas Lunch

Friday 11th December – 2pm – Special Xmas Puppet Show

Tuesday 15th December – 1.30pm – School Choir Service

Thursday 17th December – 2pm – Music duo live show

Friday 18th December – 12 noon – Residents Xmas Party with buffet and live Singer.

Saturday 19th December – Special Family Xmas Dinner (reserved places only)

Monday 21st December – 2pm – Special Xmas Bingo

Thursday 24th December – 2pm – Xmas Carols Sing Along with Mulled Wine & Mince Pies.

Fun, singing & laughter on Forget Me Not Unit

Residents on the “Forget Me Not Unit” had a fantastic day of fun, singing and laughter on Thursday 20th August. Special singer Kevin Kitchen sang for the residents and done his comedy sketches. Resident JM enjoyed his birthday and families joined in the festivities.

Resident MJ said, “it was lovely, we had so much fun. The singer got us all dancing….. ”

Further singers are booked for more parties. We have Alan Turner, who was an X-Factor finalist is back on Friday 9th October and Kevin Kitchen is back Monday 26th October.

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Happy Birthday!!!

One of residents celebrated his birthday with a musical party today. Many of his relatives came to party and all the residents of the home enjoyed music from a 12 piece band….

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Video from the event.

Upcoming Events….

The following is a list of up coming events at the care home

Thursday 30th July – Big Summer party with live singer
Monday 3rd August – Church service
Tuesday 11th August – Holistic Pampering Day
Tuesday 11th August – Special Birthday Party with live singer
Thursday 20th August – Special live singer on Forget Me not Unit.
Tuesday 25th August – Holistic Pampering Day
Friday 28th August – Coffee Morning and Bon Marche

The regular weekly classes will continue as normal in September
These include :-
Tai Chi on Thursday mornings,
Gardening classes on Monday afternoon,
Memory Book on Wednesday afternoon,
Dance on Wednesday morning,
Sing Myself Happy Class on Thursday afternoon.

Other events for your diary.
X factor Finalist singer Alan Turner will return and do a live performance on Friday 9th October at the care home.
War time Songs on Friday 6th November on Remembrance weekend by a live singer.
Xmas Fare on Friday 4th December
Xmas Carol service on Monday 7th December
Xmas Puppet show on Friday 11th December
Xmas Party on Friday 18th December
Johnny Evans live singer on Wednesday 30th December

Alfresco dining At Vicarage Court Care Home

The residents have been enjoying the warm weather. The care home is blessed with 2 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and large courtyards and balcony areas, which the residents have been enjoying.  There have been lots of extra drinks, choc ices and ice lollies enjoyed.

Due to the very warm weather, the residents on the “Forget Me Not Unit” were given the option of having their formal dining Alfresco style, which some of them took up the option… are below…..

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Just because you have grandkids does not mean you cannot dance grandma… Enjoy!! happy!!

A video from an American supported living facility. We are planning on making our own version of this… Families are welcome to join in the project….



Dance Class at the Vicarage Court Care home

At the Vicarage Court Care, we run many weekly classes for the residents. These include dance, tai chi, gardening, memory books and “Sing yourself happy”. Families as well as residents can participate in these classes.

These operate across the units, so that those on the Forget Me Not unit , plus the residential and nursing can join in.

Below is a scene from a recent dance class.

From todays class….


The Great Easter Party…..

The residents and staff at Vicarage Court care home love their parties. This year the Easter one did not disappoint in any way. The residents favourite celebrity singer, Alf Berry, from Hull got the residents in the dancing mood. Residents from all units joined in….

The Party included a large buffet, stalls and a raffle.

Below are videos and pictures of the residents and staff having some fun.


“Sweet Caroline”

Some more classics…..

The finale has to be “You Never Walk Alone”

Ethel winning her prize in the raffle….







Easter performance by local schoolchildren

As many of you know, Vicarage Court Care home has many partnerships with local schools and colleges. On 26th March 2015, local schoolchildren performed for the residents at the care home as part of the Easter festivities.

The performance was enjoyed by the residents and the children had an opportunity to interact with residents. Below is a short video of the performance.



Live music event …… enjoyed by all.

As part of National Care home Open day, last Friday we hosted The Manchester Trio. They have played at the care home before, but this time they brought some friends.

It was lovely music. Residents came from all the units into the large main lounge. Below is video and some pictures. It was a very enjoyable day.

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Invitation to Big Easter bash at Vicarage Court Care Home

Dear friends and families,

The residents and staff at the Vicarage Court Care home have been busy preparing for our Easter Big Bash on Wednesday 1st April at the Carehome.

All friends and families are welcome to join the celebrations on the day between 1pm and 3pm. The Party will have special live Singer Alan Turner from X Factor fame. He is very well liked by the residents at the home.

The party will have a buffet, tumbola, raffle, cake stall and hand made jewellery stall by Yvonne Stern.

We have not updated this blog for a number of months. We have so much to put up from the Xmas parties and events, the big Summer fete, Beach trip, numerous live parties, puppet show, Classic music events, Tai Chi classes, Gardening club, dancing classes, Reiki, aromatherapy, and arts & crafts events. We will be putting these videos and pictures up over the next few weeks on this blog.

Dates for the future include Anzac Day celebrations on Friday 24th April and many events booked for Dementia Week in May.

Vicarage Court Management


Mediotech Thera- Trainer

As part of constantly looking at best practice, Vicarage Court Care home will be having a Mediotech Thera Trainer. It is an adapted exercise bike for building up confidence and leg muscles. The aim is to prevent falls, encourage independence in a fun atmosphere.

Residents on the residential, nursing and dementia unit will get access to the machine and it will be their choice how often they wish to utilise the machine, with assistance with carers.

For more information, click

The below youtube video shows how this trainer is helping elderly residents in European countries.



Bumper Pre-Xmas Events & Activities Schedule

Hi Everyone,

Below is a list of special programmes for the December month. These are in addition to the daily activities that happen everyday in the care home.

It is a fun packed bumper schedule…..

Families and care professionals are welcome to attend.

Monday 1st December – 1.30 – 3.30pm – Gardening class
Tuesday 2nd December – 10am – midday – Art Class
Wednesday 3rd December – 10am – midday – “Forget me not unit” Dance Class.
Wednesday 3rd December – 1-3pm – “For Me Not Unit” trip to New College Xmas Party
Thursday 4th December – 10am – midday – Tai chai Class
Friday 5th December – 2 -3pm – Xmas Special Puppet Show
Monday 8th December – 1.30 – 3.30pm – Gardening class
Tuesday 9th December – 10am – Midday – Art Class
Tuesday 9th December – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Massage & Alternative therapies
Wednesday 10th December – 11am -midday – Christmas Carols by North Featherstone Junior School
Wednesday 10th December – 3-5pm – St Wilfreds Xmas party
Thursday 11th December – 1pm – 3pm – Vicarage Court Xmas Party
Friday 12th December – 10am – 11am – Residents and Relatives Meeting
Friday 12th December – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Tai Chi For Residents
Monday 15th December – 1.30 – 3.30pm – Gardening class
Tuesday 16th December – 10am – Midday – Art Class
Wednesday 17th December – 10.30-11.30am – Pontefract Family Centre Choir
Friday 19th December – 10.30 -11.30am – Xmas Winter Wonderland Show
Friday 19th December – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Tai Chi For Residents
Monday 22nd December – 2pm – 3pm – Vintage Academy Singer – “Forget Me Not Unit”
Tuesday 23rd December – 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Massage & Alternative therapies

The details of the special programmes for the Xmas week will be released once they are finalised in the upcoming Residents and relatives meeting.


Vicarage Court Management

Children in Need

Staff raised money for Children in Need at Vicarage Court Care home. Staff came in dressed in pyjamas and did numerous activities with residents.

Staff and residents had a fun day……


Moulded Food – A Real Treat!

Elderly residents at the Vicarage Court Care Home have seen their dishes literally take shape with the introduction of moulded food portions.

Residents at Vicarage Court Care Home who struggled with solid food can lose weight as the pureed alternative offered to them may not whet their appetite.

So staff have been forming the food into meat and vegetable shapes in an effort to make them more palatable.

Care home manager, Ann Wood said, “One of the main issues we found in encouraging residents to eat meals was the presentation. People eat with their eyes, so providing food our residents can identify and presenting it well, encourages them to eat better and reduces weight loss.”

Cooks worked with visiting dietician to plan menus which would meet the nutritional needs of the residents, aided by fortified drinks and food supplements.

“We now provide diets of the appropriate texture and consistency, which our residents enjoy,” said Ann. “We can offer even meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, and puddings. Our cooks discuss menus with the residents and if they do not like anything on the menu, we will prepare special meals of their choice.”

“This means that we can provide them with food and drinks that meets their individual needs and preferences. We can also identify how much people have eaten, as the moulds contain a pre-measured amount of food. We can also fortify the food with the extra calories or vitamins, if required. Then we put it into a mould and shape it to look like the food item.”

“In many carehomes, residents on a pureed diet had their whole meal blended together. At Vicarage Court Care home the food looks better and the residents are eating better.”

Cook Julie Williams shows a plate with a resident and Claire Hennessey.


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