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‘Thank you for saving my life’ Derek tells medical responders

Avon Reach resident Derek Harker presents the new oximeter to Mike Jukes, Group Co-ordinator, Bransgore Community First Responders watched by (left to right) Linda Brownlie, Operations Manager; Ruth Wildman, Home Manager, and Gabriele Solescu, Clinical Lead. Derek Harker, 83, a resident at Avon Reach in Mudeford, presented a new pulse oximeter to Bransgore Community First Responders (BCFR), telling co-ordinator Mike Jukes: “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for people like you.” We offered to pay for the £300 oximeter after Ruth Wildman, Avon Reach’s Home Manager, saw a BCFR appeal.... read article...

Our Macmillan fundraising is a cut above

Rachel Graves, Activity Organiser and Hairdresser at Wellington Grange, shaves Will Barber, having completed Carmen Flueras to laughter all round. Looking on and next in line for the clippers is Richard Upshall. A close shave for several team members were just two of many activities across our homes, which raised a total of more than £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The encounters with the clippers, at Wellington Grange in Chichester and The Aldbury in Poole, raised more than £3,300 alone. Other homes ran cake sales, a bake-off... read article...

 

Planting smiles

Competition judges in Salisbury praised Braemar Lodge for gearing its garden totally to residents. With Activity Organiser Sylvie Rodulson are 100-year-old Ruby Culter (left) and fellow resident Mickie Cashin. Two of our homes are celebrating success in community gardening competitions. For the third year in a row, Braemar Lodge came top in the annual Salisbury City Council Gardens Awards, seeing off competition from a strong field, including householders, hotels, pubs, B&Bs and schools. Judges praised the home for gearing its garden totally to residents,... read article...

Colten House is at the heart of operations

ONE TEAM. Colleagues from different work areas together at the new purpose-built Colten House in Ringwood. Our new, purpose-built office hub is now open, bringing together colleagues who work in direct support of all our homes’ quality care services. Colten House, on the Forest Gate Business Park in Ringwood, Hampshire, is at the heart of our geographical reach. It gives us greater scope to plan, deliver and prioritise essential operational activities... read article...

Braemar’s ‘highly realistic’ fire drill is lesson to all

Staff at Braemar Lodge with firefighters and trainers following the fire drill Team members at Braemar Lodge in Salisbury were put on the spot in a surprise fire drill, complete with ‘smoke and fire’, attending fire crews and simulated casualties. The home’s safety procedures were prompted to swing into action when a ‘smell of burning’ was noticed coming from a room, the ‘incident’ escalated and urgent decisions... read article...

Leah takes learning online

Leah Cooke Advising and supporting our clinical care colleagues involves developing training packages that suit different learning styles. Not everyone can be in the same place at the same time to attend a seminar, for example. That’s why we’ve devised an online suite of training materials for our Senior Care Leads under the direction of Nursing and... read article...