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Nightingale Care Home receives “GOOD” in all areas

CQC latest inspection at Nightingale Care Home receives a “Good” in all areas!

The team at our Nightingale Care Home in Welborne, Norfolk have welcomed a “good” in all areas Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection rating.

Angela Newsome  manager of the care home near Norwich  says “We are delighted with the report.  As a team, we share a passion for good care and I am delighted that this has been recognised by the inspector.”

The inspector notes that people were  treated with dignity and respect by the staff members. They developed good relationships with people living at the home, which ensured people received the care they wanted in the way they preferred.
 One visitor at Nightingale said staff were, “Really lovely, very kind.” Another visitor told us, “Best staff ever, really marvellous, couldn’t find better.”  We spent time watching how staff interacted with people and found that they were kind, gentle and considerate towards people. They spoke to them with affection and respect.
They also noted that staff were caring, kind, respectful and courteous. “Staff members knew people well, what they liked and how they wanted to be treated. They responded to people’s needs well and support was always available. Care plans contained enough information to support individual people with their needs. People were happy living at the home and staff supported them to be as independent as possible.”
To view the report, visit http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/new_reports/INS2-2663197874.pdf
Angela has also praised the team at Nightingale for their excellent support and dedication. “Some staff have been here several years and training sessions are well attended, and this wealth of knowledge, experience and overall culture of care was reflected in the CQC report”. Angela is also proud that Nightingale has a team of activity co-ordinators working 7 days a week, providing stimulation for our residents, either one to one or as group activities, which is essential for well-being.
For more information please call Nightingale Care Home Team on 01362 850329

Welcome Back To Nightingale Care Home

The care team at Norfolk Care homes

Welcome back!

How wonderful to see some sunshine, and with it the anticipation of longer, warmer days to come. Here at Nightingale Care Home we celebrated a very special birthday last week: On Tuesday, John turned 90! Here you can see him with his wife as Emily brought the cake to him.
To mark such a special birthday, I decided to have a chat with John’s wife Isobel to find out a little of his history:
Born in Dorset, in 1926, his father was a priest and went on to become the bishop of Dunwich. After studying at Sherborne Public School, John went on to graduate in Modern Languages at Oxford University, then completed his 18 months of National Service with the Marines. Later on, Worksop College in Nottinghamshire had the benefit of his skills where he was a School Master teaching Modern Languages for more than 30 years, and a House Master for nearly 20 years.
In 1970 John married Isobel, and they went on to have two sons, and now have four grandchildren. Norfolk beckoned the couple in 1985, but John wasn’t ready to hang up his teacher’s hat just yet; he transferred his expertise to Taverham Hall Preparatory School for a few more years.
In his private time John loved music, was a keen musician and played the cello. Isobel tells me that he also sang very well and loved to sing with choirs. Over the years he had suffered a stroke and some T.I.A.s (transient ischaemic attack – or a “mini” stroke) and this brought on Vascular Dementia. Although he stayed at home for as long as possible, eventually the decision was made to bring John to live here with us in 2013.
At Nightingale Care Home we specialize in Dementia care, and although this can be a difficult decision for families to make, we hope that they are reassured by knowing that when their loved one comes here (for respite or long term) they will receive 24 hour care as needed by a trained team. We do our best to encourage individuality and as much independence as possible, whilst being on hand to give as much assistance and support as needed – in short “Person Centred Care”.
Click on this link for more information about a T.I.A.Transient-ischaemic-attack  and here for information about Vascular Dementia 

Meet a Nightingale! Allow me to shine my “spotlight” on Marian!

Marian gave up her job in 2013 to spend more time with her Dad (Fred) and to look after her Granddaughter. Fred came to Marian at Norfolk care homeslive here at Nightingale Care Home early in 2014, and Marian and the family became frequent visitors, until his passing in the spring of 2015.
With her Granddaughter starting school Marian found she had time on her hands and decided to find something worthwhile to do. At that time we had decided to take on a second person to assist with Activities, and so Marian applied for the post. She told me that she had “always been so impressed with the care” she saw her Dad receive, that when she was offered the position she “jumped at the opportunity to give something back and help make a difference”.MARIAN'S DAD, FRED

In October 2015 we were delighted to welcome Marian to join Carole in our Activities Team, and she tells me she’s really enjoying interacting with the residents. In particular she enjoys working 1 to 1 and finding about each person, and is especially moved when she walks into the home and is greeted with hugs and kisses.

As well as helping our residents to feel valued, motivated and settled, Marian has a talent for fundraising! She has recently been working hard selling raffle tickets for Easter, and is enjoying brainstorming to come up with new ideas to raise money for the Resident Comfort Fund. Last week Marian and Carole were busy helping make decorations for Easter. In the photo above you can see Marian, with Florence wearing the hat she made in time for the Easter Party on Good Friday. We are very pleased to have Marian on board and already she has made a difference!
Thursday 24th March: Easter Church Service. For any residents and their families who wish to attend. The service will run from 2.30 – 3.30pm with refreshments to close.
Friday 25th March: Easter Party! From 3.30pm. There will be a buffet, and we will be entertained by Vicky. Raffle tickets are still available, and prizes will be drawn on the day! Thank you everyone who has donated prizes or bought tickets.
Happy Easter from myself and the team at Nightingale Care Home!

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The Norfolk Care Home Christmas Jumper Day

The care team at Norfolk Care homes

It’s A Norfolk Christmas Jumper Day At Walsham Grange Care Home

Did You Have a Norfolk Christmas Jumper Day? We Did!

Here in Norfolk this year at our lovely Walsham Grange Care Home, we put on our festive jumpers to support Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day. Three charities, Macmillan, Make A Wish and Save the Children benefit from the money we raised on the day.

In case you’re new to the event it’s a national day that happens every year in the UK, everyone is encouraged to join in by wearing a festive jumper and donate at least £1.

The first ever Christmas Jumper Day started in December 2012, so it’s still relatively new as national days go. We’re not sure when the first ever Norfolk Christmas Jumper Day happened, if you know then please tell us.

Some of the jumpers worn were knitting masterpieces, they were originals, but then there were others that were just over the top, we won’t mention any names!

The day started at 10.30am when we all got together for tea and biscuits, soon after that, there was a bit of a rush because the Christmas pantomime had started and everyone wanted the seats right at the front.

It’s always fun shouting out “He’s behind you” whatever age you are!

After the excitement of the panto, we had a lovely traditional Christmas lunch, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

It didn’t stop there, as a few of us started to get a bit too cosy Bob, who was the star of the show arrived for a Christmas sing-a-long. Before you knew it we were all clapping our hands, stamping our feet and we were completely wide awake again, singing along to some of our all time favourites.

A Christmas party is only a proper Christmas party when it has a raffle! We all love a raffle, and we all secretly hope to be the winner but this year the winner was one of our receptionist with a very lucky ticket number, which we now can’t remember!  We all agree that not remembering the ticket number is probably best or we’d be fighting over it next year!

As well as the raffle there were stalls selling Christmas Bric and Brac, along with a tombola, all of which raised funds. The money raised goes back in the residents activities fund at Walsham Grange so we can have plenty of great activity days, not just at Christmas but all year round.

Find out more about the events we put on here at Walsham Grange Care Home, Norfolk

We also had a Christmas party at The Limes Care Home in Hellesdon, Norwich, this one was slightly more relaxed than Walsham Grange but just as fun!

Book a visit at one of our care homes, we’d love to show you round and introduce you to the team

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