More than you expect

Welcome to your summer Chronicle which, if you were in any doubt in the first place, shows that care homes are active, happening places grounded in the communities we serve.

In this edition we highlight the flexibility of short-stay care, popular with people for many reasons, and explain how we are supporting the national Dementia Friends initiative by welcoming more community contacts into our homes for information sessions.

We also report our annual call for nominations for the National Care Awards. Entries offer a chance to celebrate great work and pay tribute to team members and colleagues, while a win or a place on a shortlist can be a huge boost for the individual and their home. There are categories for all job disciplines and there is ample time over the summer to make sure nominations go in before the closing date.

We’re delighted to include some expert insight into the role of care homes by the famous GP and broadcaster Dr Hilary Jones, who hosted a public open day recently at our newest home, Wellington Grange in Chichester. Dr Hilary discusses what, in his view, good care looks like and what he thinks people should ask about when they are considering a choice of care home.

I said above that our homes are active, happening places, and this is clearly shown in our article on giving residents ‘the best seats in the house’. From watching Premiership football to going on theatre trips and visiting horse trials, there is much more to life in a care home than you might think.

You can receive more information on individual homes by joining the mailing list for our quarterly community newsletters. If that’s of interest, please speak with your Home Manager, or send an email to and we will add you to the list.

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