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Heady Days of Summer at Alexandra House Fayre

Home Manager Marie Duke Parker and her team welcomed everyone to this great summer event, enjoyed by our residents, family and friends; The gathering, with Entertainment, Cakes, Tarot & Tombola, proved as popular as ever - oh those heady days of summer!

Pictured from the event;

Special colourful guests, Reggie and Gemma.


The ever popular Tombola; Senior Manager Sally Barry helps Claude to see if he is a winner.

 Joan and Joan enjoying their scones outdoors and the great occasion with lots of visitors and activities.

Brenda looking the very proud Great Great Grandmother of these twins, in blissful unawareness - but what a delightful photo this is!

Posted on 20 Aug 2014
Sizzling Summer Fayre - First for Canal Vue

Crowds gathered for the first Canal Vue Summer Fayre, and the large car park provided a great space for a range of stalls, fire crew & engine, fashion show and dancing.




Staff & family parade in the lively fashion show in their 1920's-80's gear and once again the car park made a great cat walk area to strut their stuff for the fashion show.

Carol & Kirsty Senior Care Assistants with young Ella-Rose.

Eastgate's Marie Martin is busy dressing up, or 'cookin' up'? - in the background, left.

Activities Coordinator, Daniel and his fashion troupe in their line-up



The good weather ensured that lots of ice cream was eaten and visitors were able to feast on BBQ food and a range of other snacks.

Plenty of buying opportunities and dancing from Lauries School of Dance, kept everyone entertained.

Residents, family and friends enjoyed all the activity and it made a very busy day out at this lovely canal-side location.


Thanks to families and staff who gave generously, to make this a splendid occasion.

Our local community got involved, the local Robins gave the loan of their car park and the money raised goes towards the residents special funds.




Posted on 19 Aug 2014
New Management Position to Drive Performance

We are pleased to welcome Sharon Green to Eastgate's Management team; as Compliance Manager, based at the White Swan, Old Basford;




Sharon has a wealth of experience within adult social care, commencing with her social work degree at Derby University and backed by managing various areas of care across Local Authorities, private and voluntary sectors within health and social care. Her experience of integrated working in multi-disciplinary team settings culminated in 6 years as head of safeguarding and adult assessment.

It is the vision across different health departments that we welcome to the care home environment, where involvement with the diverse range of other service providers, is a daily occurrence.

In a supportive role for the Care Home Managers, Sharon will be found 'out and about' across the five midlands care homes giving directional assistance and providing a framework in which the staff can consistently offer a high quality of care, given the changing assessment criteria.



Sharon’s objectives in her role at Eastgate are;

To develop the staff understanding of the compliance aims and directives from the regulatory bodies involved with the provision of care.

To work towards being part of a highly functioning knowledgeable and skilled workforce, delivering a service to people that is valued across our communities.

This will mean primarily supporting the Managers to implement all necessary requirements, give guidance and utilise her understanding of operational procedures.

Sharon’s outside interests are many and in addition to crafts, sewing and gardening she likes to constantly improve her own knowledge.


The restored White Swan at Old Basford provides head office administrative services and a Training Centre for the team of staff,

Posted on 10 Jul 2014
Can You Feel The Force? At Melbourne House

 A Great tea party was held in honour of our local and National Forces day and something which everyone could enjoy;


Open Day 20th June 2014

 Staff rallied together to put the bunting out and make a special day of it. We also celebrated National Care Home and had a great tea party together.



Our favourite singers came along in their 'war time scrubs' and regaled us all with their  songs of yesteryear, pictured saluting and dancing, cheering us all with their antics.

 Pictured our 3 lady residents, Betty, Doris and Jessie, enjoying the sunshine & entertainment.  


Resident Ted Bowles enjoys sharing a story or to with Navy Warrant Officer Sean Jones, proudly displaying his medals.  


It was fabulous for our residents to get out in the garden on this lovely summers day and share it with their family friends and staff. Irene and Madeline watch the action from a shady spot.

&.........'Hanging out the washing.............'


Eastgate's Handyman - Frank & family join in the days activities, with entertainment and a super buffet, plenty for all to enjoy.





Posted on 05 Jul 2014
Carer Kelly Arranges Bill's Day Out for Maud's Birthday

 What a special thing for a carer to do for Maud's 90th Birthday - Kelly Beeton was able to raise money, get a present from all the staff at the Belle Vue and organise this lovely day out, which meant so much to Maud and 'Bill' and their close friends.


Going home for the day;

Bill celebrates his wife's 90th Birthday with the rest of his family, he went with the assistance of a carer Kelly and was armed with flowers, chocolates, champagne and cards for his wife . 

William Ludlow (Bill as we call him) has been at the Belle Vue Lodge since August 2011, his wife Maud visits the home regularly and has struck up a nice friendship with Kelly.




Pictured Right Maud and Bill, with special carer and friend Kelly. They all had a wonderful day together.



Maud remembers her Bill as a lovely caring and attentive husband - A true gentleman. 

They have had a very happy life together

An emotional day out as family and friends recall bygone times and enjoy Williams visit back home.


Posted on 23 Jun 2014
Activities Abound at Canal Vue

The central lounge at Canal Vue proves to be a great activities area for the residents as you will see;


Inspiration from Care Home Assistant Marie Martin provided the impetus for the residents to get painting - plant pots, which isn't easy.  Arthur and Mary (pictured right)  really enjoyed it, creating brightly coloured pots, this proved to be a great success. 


Most of the residents loved it, it did get a bit messy and we had to put aprons on! They all had a good go, even if it was hard for some of them.  I think Mary, Arthur & ~Beryl like it the most!  said Activities Coordinator Daniel


Painted Pots pictured below with the Erewash Canal backdrop.



Games are a great activity too and are really good for the thought process, especially dominos. As you can see from those pictured on the right, they are really concentrating.

There are about 6 who really like dominos, so we have a few games most days and they also like sitting round a table and rolling the football to and from each other, which is surprisingly good for the coordination.

Daniel who is both co-ordinator and carer studied sports development.

 Plenty of quiet relaxing areas are available for those who would just like to sit and watch the Canal go by, such as the comfortable garden lounge with the lovely gold chairs.    

Posted on 13 Jun 2014
D Day Celebrations with All the Gear at Park House!

Residents were treated to a whole display of authentic army gear as part of the Park House Celebrations;


One of our newest residents Marion, invited her son Jonathan Whyley to come share his interest in World War II memorabilia with the other residents.

Care Home Manager Marie Duke-Parker tries the gun for size and resident Pat is delighted to join in and pose with Jonathan.

Senior Carer Andrew Good gets ready for the D Day Celebrations at Park House, as he prepares to share some genuine props with the residents. Andrew used to garden for a Flight Engineer who worked on the Lancaster Bombers in India, he then donated the gear.

This proved to be a great reminiscence day for many to share memories, looking at pictures and army gear, as they recalled their days in action or what they were doing in Nottingham at the time of the D Day landings. Andrews own father was in the parachute regiment and landed in France.

Below, Andrew checks out the rifle.

A great display of mementos of the war created a lot of interest for the residents.







The tables looked great as the residents enjoyed their D Day tea party.

They were further engaged by entertainer Colin Jackson with songs from the bygone era and of course Vera Lyn 'numbers' were very popular.

Right Pat joins in the dancing, Andrew shows that he can not only 'Care', but dance as well!






Posted on 09 Jun 2014
Sunday Songs Entertain - from Take 5 Choir

The Take 5 Choir treat the Park House residents to a Sunday Sing-a-Long;

A mixture of musicals, '60's songs and current hits delighted the residents and lifted their spirits as only live music can do.

The sounds of the Everly Brothers and a Soprano Solo - 'I Could have Danced all Night' were especially popular.

One residents grandson remarked ' My Gran who used to love going to church and hearing the singing really enjoyed listening to a live choir again' 


Below are our 3 Eastgate superstar singers; Clare McNuff, (Belle Vue) Sue Clifford (Operations Manager) & Marie Martin (Canal Vue) who are 'active' participants in the Take 5 choir, lead by Tanya.

We hope to make this a regular Sunday event at our care homes, now we know how much it is enjoyed by our residents' said Operations Manager Sue Clifford.



Posted on 30 May 2014
Canal Clean up Crew Stop for Tea at Canal Vue

This scenic spot on the Erewash Canal is improved for all the local residents when the Erewash Canal Society visit for the Spring Clean.


Our residents are able to enjoy a more 'litter-free' view as the team pick up an unbelievable amount of plastic and other rubbish that has been dropped or collects in the vegetation on the banks of the Erewash.


Canal Vue's staff show their appreciation and play host to the Erewash Canal Society.





The team in action below, doing a great job tidying up along the canal bank, trimming trees and undergrowth.





The Team enjoy their well earned cup of tea and scone as they don't very often  get these treats on work parties!



Erewash Canal Society help check the spring growth, so that the canal isn't overgrown and residents can walk along at this popular spot.






Work along the Canal Side enhances this lovely spot and really makes it more pleasant for all those in the vicinity and the work of the Erewash Canal Preservation Society is much appreciated.

'We were pleased to be able to host the working party on this Friday in May and the work they do is very important to our residents who 'look out' daily on this stretch of water'

Marie Martin - Eastgate's Support Manager at Canal Vue



Posted on 23 May 2014
Multi-talented New Starter at Canal Vue

 Our latest recruit at Canal Vue can both Care and Coordinate - he is young and fit and gets on well with older people.

Daniel (left) trained in sports and leisure at West Bridgeford College, where he achieved great successes in both tennis and hockey.

He brings his agility and energy levels to share with Marie Martins team at Canal Vue. Daniel also has some experience in caring and lots of ideas for a variety of activities.

We look forward to hearing about his exploits in the coming months and what our new residents 'get up to' in this great care home setting.

Posted on 02 May 2014

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