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Barbers are a cut above for residents
January 2020 | Barbers are a cut above for residents
GOULD Barber Shop in Southport 'went above and beyond' to deliver an exceptional experience for three residents from two local Athena Healthcare Group care lodges, Parklands Lodge and Hesketh Park Lodge. 
One resident Facetimed his son in Cambridge to show him the results of time spent in the barbers chair. He was amazed to receive the call.  
The chatter, the gowns, the laughter and the clippers all brought back memories of visits to the barbers in years gone by, and the post haircut coffee finished the afternoon off well. 
A spokesperson for Athena Healthcare Group said: "The team in the Kew Tesco store were welcoming and hospitable and so excited to be part of this initiative.  
"Giving choice to our residents to have their hair cut by a hairdresser or to come out into the community and visit a barber shop and all that entails is an important addition to all other services our residents enjoy."
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Group's homes support Movember
January 2020 | Group's homes support Movember
RESIDENTS and staff at RMBI Care Co. Homes across England and Wales threw their support behind Movember to raise awareness of men's health. 
The homes held fun activities throughout the month, including moustache themed tea parties, to encourage male residents and staff to talk more openly about their health. 
Residents joined in the fun, donning fake moustaches to pose for photo, while some male staff and residents grew some serious face furniture.  
The company's head office also took part, raising funds for the Movember Foundation, the charity behind Movember.
Tireless volunteer named Every-Day Hero at Birmingham International Tattoo
January 2020 | Tireless volunteer named Every-Day Hero at Birmingham International Tattoo
A DEDICATED volunteer who gives up his free time to help ex-Servicemen and women in Solihull has been commended at the Birmingham International Tattoo. 
Frank Hughes was named an Every-Day (E-Day) Hero in recognition of his nine years volunteering at Royal Star & Garter in Solihull. 
Frank volunteers two or three days a week at Royal Star & Garter, a charity which provides care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia. 
The E-Day Heroes award, which is new to the Birmingham Tattoo, recognises people in the local area who make a difference on a daily basis. 
Frank, who was given complimentary tickets for the Tattoo in recognition of his community efforts, helps with activities and enjoys assisting with the many outings on offer, but his favourite part of the role is befriending and chatting to residents and finding out about their remarkable lives. He also also gives his time to Marie Curie. 
Birmingham International Tattoo raised £8,866 for Royal Star & Garter through programme sales and an end-of-show collection on its second day.
Retirement village set for a blooming beautiful Spring
January 2020 | Retirement village set for a blooming beautiful Spring
GREEN-fingered residents and staff at Middleton Hall Retirement Village have been hard at work planting 15,000 daffodil bulbs to ensure a dazzling display along the entrance drive next Spring. 
A stunning welcome will greet visitors along the Woodland entrance drive to the estate on the outskirts of Middleton St George, near Darlington, thanks to the gardening enthusiasts' efforts. 
The planting initiative follows the Hall's successes at the recent Northumbria in Bloom Awards. 
After Middleton Hall walked away from the event with a clutch of awards including a small cash prize, the Hall's estate's team decided to put it towards purchasing the bulbs. 
The resulting planting project saw co-owners and residents digging in together to create another eye-catching element to the Hall's award-winning grounds. 
Middleton Hall scooped both a gold award and 'Best New Entry' in the 'Small Village' category at the 2019 Northumbria in Bloom Awards, both of which recognised the great contribution that residents have made during 2019.
Manager awarded for her compassion and enthusiasm
January 2020 | Manager awarded for her compassion and enthusiasm
THE manager of a residential nursing home near Needham Market has been awarded a special recognition award at the Suffolk Care Awards for her work in instilling trust in her team and for her understanding. 
Sue Oates, who has been the manager of Barking Hall since October 2017, received an individual award winner trophy following a nomination from colleagues who said that 'Sue has supported me with her enthusiasm and perspective, and she thoroughly deserves this nomination because she makes people feel better for having spent time with her.' 
Since Sue has joined the home, the rating from the Care Quality Commission has been very positive, with it receiving a 'good' rating into all five areas inspected in the latest visit earlier this year.
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Club representatives attend home's opening
January 2020 | Club representatives attend home's opening
SOUTHPORT Football Club recently attended the opening of Birkdale Tower Lodge in Birkdale. 
Cutting the ribbon to open the home along with Southport manager Liam Watson was Mayor of Sefton Councillor June Burns, Steven Wylie, CEO of the Athena Health Care Group, and home manager Maxine Nichol. 
The Athena Healthcare Group and Southport Football Club have begun to work together for the benefit of both residents and the wider community. 
The club has welcomed residents from Parklands Lodge and Hesketh Park Lodge, both in Southport, and given them the opportunity to access football matches and the pre and post-match facilities, along with all other fans on a match day.
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
January 2020 | Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
SPECIALIST business property adviser Christie & Co has sold Spurfield House in Exminster near Exeter on behalf of Guinness Care & Support. 
Having closed earlier this year, it has been acquired by a specialist operator from Torquay who plans to invest in the property and reopen it as a care facility in 2017. 
The site, which stands in a sizeable plot located close to the centre of the village, is a detached period property and was previously registered to provide accommodation for 13 people. 
Christie & Co has been instructed to market the remainder of the Guinness Care & Support care home portfolio which comprises a further six homes in Exeter, Tiverton, Paignton and Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot.
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
January 2020 | Bondcare invests in North East care homes
BONDCARE is investing more than £1m in major refurbishments at four of its North East care homes. 
Allan Court in Benwell, Newcastle; Debaliol Care Home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre in Washington and Redworth House in Shildon, Co. Durham, will all benefit from the investment. 
Allan Court will undergo a full refurbishment of its lower ground floor to create a seven-bed learning disability unit. The refurbishment will include a new heating system, new lounge, kitchen and diner and a full re-fit and redecoration of the home's bedrooms.  
Debaliol will also have a new heating system installed and its public areas and some bedrooms refurbished.  
Donwell House will have a new heating system fitted, some of its bedrooms refurbished and improvements made to the car park and the home's gardens. And Redworth House will benefit from general improvements to the public areas in the homes, including new carpets throughout.  
Chris Denton, manager at Allan Court, is pictured with resident Annie Hunter and Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, choosing materials.
Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
January 2020 | Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
Barclays has provided funding to support Peverel Court Ltd's expansion plans at Bartlett's Residential Care Home The loan has helped facilitate a £1.1m expansion project and complete the first phase of a new 14-bed extension at the facility in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone, a short distance from Thame. Bartlett's Residential Care Home, which is owned and traded by Peverel Court Limited, is a Victorian country house built in 1856 and offers residents around the clock personal care including those with the early onset of dementia. The newly completed extension will allow the care home to increase the number of residents to 38 and will create eight new jobs to take the staff teams to 38. 
Barclays relationship director Neil Chandler is pictured with Peverel Court managing director Anil Dhanani.
Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
January 2020 | Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
A NEW retirement living development has been officially opened in Market Harborough by Methodist Homes. 
Rev Alison Tomlin, who lives in the town, cut the ribbon of Welland Place, one of the newest services from MHA. 
Welland Place has 100 one and two bedroom apartments for people over 60, with individualised care and on site support available 24 hours a day and options for sale, rent or shared ownership. Facilities for residents include a gym, spa, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. 
Residents and local supporters were welcomed by MHA Board Member Norman Mann, followed by a thanksgiving service with contributions from residents and the local Methodist Church.  
Manager Richard Haddon said: "We offer privacy and independence with total peace of mind, the best of both worlds, in a community of like-minded friends and neighbours. Several people have already become firm friends and the new community is growing and evolving all the time." 
MHA also offers residential and dementia care at Aigburth care home in Oadby, Leicester.
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