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New Operations Manager - Helen Belgrave Joins Management Team

We would like to welcome Helen Belgrave to the Eastgate Management Team as Operations Manager


Helen has worked for almost 30 years in the care industry, starting her career as a Care Assistant and then qualifying as a Nurse. After 15 years nursing in the NHS, Helen followed this with 7 years in care management for Social Services. Her experience extends to Care Home Management in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and more recently she has been an Operations Manager in the North of England.


 Helen’s passion lies with residential, dementia and nursing in older people.



In the short term Helen will be based at Canal Vue as temporary Home Manager.











In the short term Helen will be based at Canal Vue as temporary Home Manager.


Posted on 16 Dec 2014
Christmas Art at Canal Vue & Into the Community

The residents at Canal Vue were treated to a  lantern making session, when  artist Ola Wilson from company Artstage, led two creative groups last week;

In order to create the lanterns groups of 6 residents went about selecting colours and sizes of 'leaves' Below Sylvia enjoys selecting lots of leaves to complete her lantern.

The tricky part was actually sticking the decorations at the end, this proved challenging, but with the help of Activity Coordinator Daniel the task was completed. Pat liked doing the gluing 'bit'..........

This was a way for our residents to participate in the Christmas 'making' event in the comfort of their own home - Canal Vue.

The lanterns are going to be displayed in the Erewash Museum at the Winter Solstice Festival- on the years shortest day - 20th December 'In this way we get to take part in a community event' said a relative.


The next bit of artistry happens when local poet Lynn Luddit pays us a visit.

Following which our residents can relax and watch the Christmas Pantomime - Oh No They Wont - We hope they will.

Posted on 16 Dec 2014
Moving On - Sue Clifford


Following five successful years as Operations Manager for Eastgate Care, Sue Clifford is retiring from her position, to pursue other avenues.


Posted on 11 Dec 2014
Girls night out - Girls night in - Bulwell and Aspley

Park House residents enjoy going out in Bulwell to see the lights & our residents at Melbourne House Aspley like to stay in and enjoy the warmth;


Residents - Bertha Lockyer and Mary Ball with Park House Staff, Carer Nicola and Shirley (Kitchen)  all 'togged up' for their big night out, to see the 'lighting up' in Bulwell town.


Poppies inspire our Melbourne artists to enjoy the warmth of their care home and 'create' while those hardy Bulwell folk wrap up and 'brave the elements' for the lights.


We all like to hear some live music and especially a band playing carols, helps to get in the Christmas spirit.


Concentrating on colouring gives a real focus, as shown here by our lady resident in the pink!


Gathering round the laden tree our ladies pose before returning back to a their warm welcoming home and maybe a cup of Horlicks?

 We can see how satisfying this art activity was by the lovely smile on our ladies face as she enjoys her creativity, in by the hearth.


Well done to all the carers and relatives for making a big effort to get residents to this festive evening;

Posted on 03 Dec 2014
Carers Corner at Park House - A warming story

A warming story, as carer Brenda helps residents in the new Park House wing to make their own 'fire' ;

 All a part of the carers role as carer Brenda gets 'stuck in' literally! Helping residents Dagmar (in the background putting on gloves) and Margaret with their fireplace project.


Listening and learning is as much a part of the carers' role as personal hygiene.

Our carers provide the foundation for daily life at all the care homes. They care for your nearest and dearest.

Carers Maria and Paula make a positive difference to our residents' lives.


Making tiles for the surround - both these residents enjoy interaction with their carers and Brenda obviously has an eye for activities!

The finished fireplace, giving a warm glow to the residents lounge.

More Carers Corner 'tales' from the Eastgate Newsletter;

We asked some of our experienced Park House carers to share their thoughts with us;

Maria Rovetto (4 years as a carer) says: 'The reason I enjoy caring for the residents is because I learn a lot about the residents and the past. I enjoy talking with them and listening to their stories about how their life used to be back in their day, we talk a lot between us'


Paula Butler enjoys her role as Senior Carer partly because of the different needs of the residents, which has changed during her 16 years at Park House. Paula says,

 Care is more varied and challenging today, but that makes it interesting and every day is different.  I work with a great team and I am still learning something new and that is very rewarding.



Posted on 01 Dec 2014
Craft Stalls - A Big Sell Out at Canal Vue

The recent Christmas Craft Fayre, with a variety of stalls, was a huge success for the home with lots of gift ideas for those visiting, mulled wine and mince pies went down well too!

Everyone joined in and Activity Coordinator Daniel enlisted residents Joyce and Sylvia to help with the stalls, they really enjoyed being a part of the action.

Violet sitting comfortably enjoying the 'fare'

 Its great having the stall holders visit, so our residents get the opportunity to browse in the comfort of their home.

Jean likes to look at the Jewellery with the help of Carer Claire.



The tombola was ever popular and contributed to the fund raising.

Cards and Candles for sale added to the purchasing options. Below resident Phillip is joined by his wife.

Lots of funds for the residents accrued from this successful activity and they got to shop too! Thanks to all staff and stall holders for supporting this event

Alison and her card stall above.


Christmas activities continue at Canal Vue, with the ongoing cake raffle and the much awaited Pantomime.

Posted on 26 Nov 2014
Canal Vue Get Wicked at Halloween

Its a happening time of year and their is lots on the calendar for our residents and relatives. Activities are key for us at Canal Vue said home manager Marie Martin and there’s lots more planned;

Residents revelled in the spooky event  and especially enjoyed the themed food—pumpkin pies and ghostly cakes were ever popular. Further enjoyment was gleaned from the staff  ‘dressing up’ and it was rumoured that Count Dracula even paid a visit!  


Pumpkin carving ensured we had a creative day too. 


Christmas craft stall event  Sunday 23rd November, open to the public 2.30 to 4.30pm.,

Puss in Boots Panto, on 17th December and a Christmas Party  too.




Posted on 21 Oct 2014
Great Accolade for Belle Vue Lodge Team


Posted on 09 Oct 2014
Eastgate engAGE with iPad and City Arts Imagine Project

Technology and Dementia are two areas that dont usually 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'.

Certified Dementia friends, following a 2 day intensive workshop learning about; both dementia and how art applications on the iPad can make a whole range of creative tools available to care home residents.

Pictured expert Claire Ford with Eastgate Staff and City Arts Kate Duncan.

iPad engAGE was initially funded by the Arts Council of England, our staff were able to 'get involved' and learn from the findings when expert Claire Ford shared her extensive knowledge with us on a two day workshop.


Katie finds that her love of sewing can be applied using the quilting application on the iPad to create her own design of patterns.

'There are lots of options and lots of things you can do with this, it is truly amazing to be able to put together the technology and the elements of colour and design'

 Julie tries the pottery application to see how that compares to the mess created sometimes, using clay! You can create an unlimited amount of shapes and colour combinations with this.

Claire was able to inform us about the top 50 applications available and instruct us how to use her top 5. Specialist artists also helped to show us how these could be used with various scenarios and they will be working with us and our residents at Park House.


Further involvement by City Arts has meant that local artists can 'get together' with Care Home providers to share their skills and enable us, at Park House initially, to make a range of creative programmes available to our residents.



Posted on 22 Sep 2014
Ice Bucket Finale

To complete our Charity Walk we had an adventurous Care Home Manager who hosted the lunch for the walkers &.......................................... volunteered for the Great Ice Bucket Challenge.

Well done Marie Martin our acting manager at Canal Vue;

 How could you Phil?

 Ooh that is so cold - shocking!

Phil looking pleased with himself, but he did collect some funds for Maggie's  on the walk, from taxi company, to bike shop, he shook his tin.

 Back to normal, as our hostesses, Marie Duke Parker - Care Home Manager at Alexandra House welcomes the walkers 'back home' & Marie Martin recovers following her soaking.


Well done to you all for your good collecting, walking and soaking.

Posted on 11 Sep 2014

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