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New Look for resident Ian at Park House

Ian Headspeath decides to do something special for charity, to raise money for the Childrens Cancer Unit at Nottinghams Queens Medical Centre.

Resident at Park House from January 2014, Ian grew his beard so that he could undertake the sponsored shave at Park House Care Home, Bulwell.


It proved to be quite an occasion and his carer Ruth Woodward and Katie Feetham (Activities) took charge.

Ready steady go....



Ian seemed to enjoy the event and looks happy to be cleanshaven raising £160.0's with his 'stunt' for children.



Ian Headspeath cleanshaven - Raising £160.0

Well done Ian




Posted on 05 May 2015
HR Professional Sue Young returns to Eastgate Care



As the Human Resource focus increases in importance,

with the growing number of Eastgate Staff and their development needs, we welcome back Sue Young to assist with this function.


Sue brings a great wealth of knowledge gained throughout her career in personnel roles within leading Nottingham businesses and with Eastgate Care.

Posted on 05 May 2015
Spring Fayre at Canal Vue by Erewash - Saturday 2nd May 2pm

Come and join us at the first of our fayres in 2015 with plenty of buying opportunities and a good cup of tea, accompanied by some home baking. Be sure to be there this Saturday 2nd May, from 2pm

 We welcome relatives and friends, local residents too, to come and appreciate the lovely lounge at Canal Vue.

A great venue for a spring fayre and our residents will enjoy visitors and the opportunity to 'shop' in their own home.

There will be activities too come and see what you can do?


Come and look at this 'designer home' with it's great canal location and friendly welcoming team.

'My Grandmother is in Canal Vue, and loves it. She is well looked after there by all staff, they are all very kind and caring. She enjoys all activities that are held at Canal Vue. And everyone has a lot of time for her.'

Worth a visit!

Posted on 30 Apr 2015
Well Received at Park House - Sparky Revived


Hello Helen -

After visiting Mary yesterday we have noticed a marked improvement in the atmosphere and general ambience of Park House over the last couple of weeks. The staff seem much more at ease and seem to be now enjoying their work. The placing of a nurse's station in the centre of the main lounge is a great idea as it means that there is always a member of staff present, which has not been the case over the last few months.

We have also noticed that there are 2 new residents in the corner of the lounge (the budgies). This is also a great idea as we think it has a calming effect on the residents and We are sure that they appreciate this. Sparky was sadly missed.

We have also noticed that tea/coffee is now given mid morning and mid afternoon as it should be and also visitors are offered a drink, which again is much appreciated.

We sincerely hope that this good work will continue when the new manager takes up her post.

Thanking you again

Kind regards

Graham and Marion



Posted on 13 Mar 2015
Melbourne House gets the Top Recommendations

Highly recommended.........................

Melbourne House gains 5 recommendations over the past month and becomes Eastgates hightest rated home with a fabulous 9.4 points out of 10 on the carehome.co.uk scale. (this is the leading indicator of performance in the UK)

This is borne out further by the Nancy and Maxs'  family who put this into words on their thank you card to all the staff.


I am writing on behalf of our family to express thanks for the care you gave to Mum and Dad (Nancy and Max) when they lived at Melbourne House. I would particularly like to thank your for the devotion shown to Dad at the time of his death and the support you gave us.

There are many staff who’s names I am not familiar with and I do not want to leave anyone out because they are all worthy of thanks. However I would like to ask you to pass on our gratitude to Alicia, she went beyond the call of duty staying to sit with Dad when he was right near the end, even though she was off-duty. Rachel a stalwart throughout Mum and Dads time with you and always strove to ensure they received the best care possible. Antoinette was very kind to Mum in the mornings and I really appreciated the way Barry and Christine supported them both calmly, firmly and kindly. I also have to mention Koalas strength and commitment to Dad in his final hours.

I know that Dad had great respect Pauline, as do I, You always made yourself available and willing to help us and were a great support to me. Thank you for attending Dad’s funeral, I guess it is sometimes in the small things we notice the real depth of care – I’ll never forget the way you warmed up my soup when staying at the home, shortly after Dad’s death, you were busy and also ill and should’ve been at home in bed, but you took care of my needs.

I hope all is well at Melbourne House and wish you the very best for the future, please accept the enclosed cheque as a small token of thanks for your staff. Please use it as you see appropriate.

Once again many thanks for all you’ve done for us.

Jim S & Sue S


Care Home Manager, Pauline Zadwirny, proud of her 'caring team' and a shining example herself.


Staff and residents at recent Pajama gathering!



Posted on 12 Mar 2015
Chef Catering for Residents Needs at Ilkeston

John Williams is 'Super Chef' at Canal Vue and believes firmly that home-made is best and I'm sure if you visit us you will agree!



When I called into Canal Vue, Beef Stew and Dumplings were just being served up to the residents, accompanied by fresh veg chopped and steamed just that morning. John knows his veg. too, having run a wholesale fruit and veg business for a number of years - so unafraid of an early start also.


Residents are enjoying the range of dishes John can create and are especially fond of his strawberry cheesecake (home-made too, who could resist!)


One visitor remarked, 'this looks much better than the food i ate out last night at a local venue'




John trained at Clarendon College Nottingham when he was 16, and therefore has a good few years of catering experience, having worked at Nottinghams clubs and restaurants.


He is now ready for a 'quieter' time and enjoys the welcome homely atmosphere at Canal Vue and working with the residents nutritional needs.






Posted on 05 Mar 2015
Event this Sunday, Talk, Tea and take a Tour

We are holding a Sunday Tea Party at our lovely canal side setting - Canal Vue Care Home with live guitar music and a dementia information session.



Dementia Nurse Amanda will provide information and answer any questions people may wish to ask and share her knowledge with you.


 This  Sunday 1st March, at 1pm - Dementia Tea Party


All are welcome, pop in and have a look round too.


Friends and relatives of residents & All Welcome in the local community.

More details - Call Ros McArdle – Care Home Manager Canal Vue

Tel 0115 979 1234 Option 5


 At Canal Vue, Awsworth Rd - Talk, Tea and take a Tour

Canal Vue

Awsworth Rd, Ilkeston, Derby. DE7 8JF



Posted on 27 Feb 2015
Music on Mondays at Melbourne - starts 2nd March

Lakeside Arts staff have teamed up with Nottingham University Students to bring entertainment to Melbourne House Care Home at Aspley.


The inaugural meeting to decide what sort of music the older people enjoy, already had success inspiring the residents, when one lady gave an unaccompanied rendition of 'On a street where you Live' she had known this song from when she was very young and could still remember all the words. Other songs popular with the residents are;  songs from the musicals, Elvis Presley, hymns, lively dance music - a bedbound lady loves La Traviata' and one resident said 'Any music is good music for us'


 The great thing about music is that it evokes a lot of emotion from individuals and really stimulates the memory, as well as being very uplifting. The versatile students play a range of instruments; guitar, violin, cello, with great singing voices too. Other ideas for making instruments, inviting friends and relatives and using children's instruments (for their lightness) were discussed. Prior to 'getting together' for the initial meeting Kate Duncan of City Arts conducted a 'dementia friends' session with the musicians and students to help increase aware 

Melbourne House is always a welcoming home and entertainment adds to the whole attractiveness. 'We look forward to these sessions starting Monday 2nd March , 4pm and as always welcome the involvement of friends and relatives' said home manager Pauline Zadwirny.




Posted on 27 Feb 2015
What People Really Think of the Care at Park House

Lots of heartfelt wishes are received at Park House, to thank our staff for the great job they do providing care for the residents every day;





Carers Corner; Maria & Paula with resident Margaret


Posted on 10 Feb 2015
An engAging time for residents with iPads and City Arts Nottingham

Technology and Dementia are two areas that dont always go 'hand in hand', but we were able to get the full benefit of  top expertise on this matter. City Arts Nottingham put together a programme for utilising the iPad within a care home setting, to make a range of  creative activities available, as part of the Imagine Project. This project was established by City Arts following their successful funding win for 'Arts and older people in care'.

 Activities Co-ordinator, Katie, shows Pat some different things she can do on the iPad.

 Workshops over the 6 week period culminated  in this monatage below. It was discovered that residents liked an end result, such as a 'printed' output and that an exhibition of the work created an even more positive outcome for the individuals involved. This helped recall of the tasks undertaken. Patricia Wass, Mary Hazard and Keith Gilbert were the residents who enjoyed creating the poster below. 

 iPads are used to stimulate creativity and can be used to record activities, with a vast access to a wide range of creative programmes from design to filming and music. The flower arranging activity was especially popular and residents enjoyed taking their finished item to display in their rooms.The little decorative birds used in the arrangements have created a lasting impression.


Resident Keith selected the Elvis picture, as he is a very keen fan, he enjoyed listening to Elvis whilst viewing the pictures of him , with this picture of Elvis being his favourite. 


 As well as the residents enjoying the art programme, Katies said 'We enjoyed the whole experience and I am thankful we had the chance at Park House to introduce this programme with the iPads'

 Individuals involved in this particular workshop selected their individual background designs.Those who hadn't engaged in the project became used to the activities and got interested in what was taking place.  

Posted on 25 Jan 2015

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