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Homes appoint Resident Ambassadors
Homes appoint Resident Ambassadors
THE Athena Healthcare Group would like to congratulate its new Resident Ambassadors for both Birkdale Tower Lodge, Southport and Woodlands Lodge, Formby. 
The Resident Ambassadors will be working closely with the home manager to ensure fellow residents' thoughts and ideas regarding activities, events, menus and more are brought forward.  
Not only will the Resident Ambassadors be the voice for all residents, but they will also be included in the interviewing process for new team members as well as being in charge of the in-house mobile shop. 
Resident Ambassadors will be appointed in all Athena homes by the end of August, with residents either being nominated or volunteering for the roles.  
This initiative aims to ensure that residents' preferences and choices are always voiced, heard and met.

Betty celebrates her birthday in style
Betty celebrates her birthday in style
BETTY Spear celebrated her 107th birthday in style at St Judes in Sutton despite the lockdown. 
Coronavirus prevented Betty's son-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren from being physically with her to mark the day, however, she was treated to a surprise birthday from her family at the care home in which she resides.  
Matron Patricia Fyfe said: "We were honoured to celebrate Betty's 107th birthday. Her joyful laugh and infectious smile has been a blessing in our home since she arrived in 2018.  
'While every birthday is a cause for celebration, marking 107 years during unprecedented times needs something extra special.  
'Betty has lived through a lot including two World Wars, The Great Depression and has even witnessed women getting the right to vote. We were determined not to let coronavirus stand in the way of her celebrations.'

Staff appreciation day at Romford care home
Staff appreciation day at Romford care home
STAFF at Chaseview Care Home in Romford have been praised for going the extra mile during lockdown so the wellbeing team decided to organise an appreciation day for all of their colleagues to enjoy.  
Kim Caddelden and Terri Bones hosted an event to take place in the home's garden.  
This involved a free tombola for each member of staff who all received a special gift. The presents were donated from family members and other staff, with the local Morrisons and Asda supermarkets also contributing. Pizzas were also delivered for the team. 
Home manager Rhonda Ware said: 'All staff had a great afternoon and the team spirit was very high. Everyone enjoyed that little extra treat and days like this boost team morale significantly. We are all one big team at Chaseview and we all appreciate each other.'

More than 750 care homes share COVID-19 response on Care Sourcer
More than 750 care homes share COVID-19 response on Care Sourcer
CARE Sourcer has launched its new Covid-19 response feature, giving providers the opportunity to share the procedures they have in place to tackle the spread of infection.  
By being able to share their Covid-19 response on their online profile page, care providers can demonstrate how they are tackling the pandemic to thousands of people who use the website each month to find care.  
Care Sourcer CEO Andrew Parfery (pictured) said: 'Due to Covid-19, more care seekers are investigating care home safety measures.  
'However, it's hard to find and compare this information online. We wanted to make it simple for people searching for care to find this information, and for care providers to share it with a wider audience.  
'I believe the significant increase in phone calls to homes who have shared their Covid-19 response on Care Sourcer proves this transparency is helping to build trust.' 
So far more than 400 UK care homes have shared their Covid-19 response on their online Care Sourcer profile. Those that share their response receive a green badge on their profile and have seen a 34 per cent increase in phone enquiries.

Resident celebrates her 100th birthday
Resident celebrates her 100th birthday
JESSIE Normansell, a resident at Borough Care's Bruce Lodge home for older people in Offerton, Stockport, recently celebrated her 100th birthday.  
Jessie's 100th birthday celebrations began by her opening lots of birthday cards and presents from family and friends.  
She also had cards from people all over the world who are part of the Postcards of Kindness Facebook group, which Bruce Lodge is participating in.  
This initiative was set up to combat loneliness and remind care home residents that there's always someone thinking of them, which is especially important at this time. Jessie also received a birthday card from the Queen, which she is absolutely thrilled with.

Home reunites couple for surprise date on wedding anniversary
Home reunites couple for surprise date on wedding anniversary
DOROTHY Cox, a resident at Brinnington Hall in Stockport, has been reunited with her husband for the first time in weeks for a surprise date on their 49th wedding anniversary.  
The couple had been separated due to the pandemic but thoughtful staff at the home wanted to make sure they could celebrate their anniversary together. 
The care team had invited Dorothy's husband David, for a socially distanced outdoor visit, however to his amazement, when he arrived there was a private, afternoon tea for two set up for him and Dorothy to celebrate the special occasion.  
Staff had cleverly arranged a decorated table to ensure that although government guidelines were adhered to throughout, Dorothy and David felt like they were enjoying an intimate meal for two. 
During their date, the couple were serenaded with their favourite love songs by a local singer with his acoustic guitar in the home's garden, at a safe distance.

Gladys celebrates her 103rd birthday at care home
Gladys celebrates her 103rd birthday at care home
A RESIDENT at L'Hermitage Care Centre in St Peter, Jersey was delighted to be able to celebrate her 103rd birthday with family members as visitor restrictions start to be eased and garden visits begin at the Home. 
Gladys Manning, who has been a resident at the home since 2014, has lived in Jersey all her life, through two wars, including German occupation in WWII, and has now seen the coronavirus pandemic cause major changes to everyone's way of life.  
Her nephew Peter Monamy said: 'I usually see her at least twice a week, but that hasn't been possible since the lockdown measures came into place in March.  
'The home has done a great job enabling us to keep in touch, almost daily by telephone, and I deliver items of shopping to her weekly.  
'Under the new visiting rules I can now also visit by appointment to meet her outside for half-an-hour so we did this for her birthday and I hope helped to make the day special for her. 
'Obviously arrangements for her birthday this year were somewhat different from usual, but with home manager Colette Bonner's help, Gladys still managed to meet up with family and friends - and I was able to join her for a special birthday lunch.'

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