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First Sponsorship - Eastgate and the Spondon Dynamos

Eastgate's first venture into football:

We are pleased to announce our first foray into the world of football sponsorship .......... by offering support to the Spondon Dynamos.

Canal Vue's Zoe Truemans son, Oakley, plays for this super squad of under 10's.

Pictured Zoe - middle with her co-workers at Canal Vue. Zoe loves her work caring for the residents at Canal Vue and was recently been promoted to Unit Manager.

Oakley is 'on the ball' with his team mates who play in the Derby junior league, soon to be Under 11's. 

The Dynamo's play at the Racecourse in Chaddesden Derby and have had a winning run of games. They are lucky to have both Coach, Paul Kirk and Assitant Coach, Mark Bull to direct them.

We look forward to updating you when the new kit arrives complete with the Eastgate Logo 

'it is good to be able to help the youngsters in this way and the oldsters at Canal Vue would love them to visit sometime' said Managing Director Janine Morgan

We wish the Dynamos all the best in their forthcoming semi final - on the 30th April. 

 

 

 

Posted on 28 Apr 2017
Getting Crafty at Melbourne House - Aspley

Residents show just how creative they can be:

Activity Coordinator Trayce Pullen got organised with lots of materials, wool, pictures, cut outs, etc to stimulate the residents on their creative day.

 

Our ladies below, show that concentration is key when dealing with wool!

This lady shows how she can master this delicate operation, which looks very involved - we would love to know what the outcome is!

These psychedelic flowers resulted from some of the creativity.  It's good to have a bright finished output like this.


 

Another artistic activity involved carefully painting in stencils for a Cinderella dress.

The Cinderella Dress is to be displayed in a glass case at Nottingham train station.

Has anyone seen it?

Once again concentration and accuracy is required.

Melbourne House - A place called home to many and now a creative centre in Aspley!

After their artistic afternoon in, it is rewarding to get out and go to an afternoon Tea Dance. Pauline and Jean  enjoy the change of scene and some tea too.

 

Posted on 24 Apr 2017
EggsTravaganza help Canal Vue Raise funds

A great time was had by all on the creative cake Easter Week end at Canal Vue:

 

Everyone got involved, with the cake making eggstravaganza and produced a fabulous spread.

Stella is really enjoying her bonnet and shows what enjoyment and living can be had at age 96!

Its good to be able to share and a lovely spot to eat and drink overlooking the Erewash Canal. Pictured Nathalie serving drinks to Violet.

Our Carers do a fabulous job.

The cake and 'bring and buy' stall raised £168 for the residents activities fund.

Thanks go to all family, friends, relatives and staff that contributed and made it all worthwhile.

Our New Activities Co-ordinator Louise is already settling in well to her new role;

 

 

Posted on 20 Apr 2017
Spring Sowing and Skittles at Alexandra House

Residents prepare for spring and exert their gardening flair when local school children bring in pansies

Girls and boys from Year 8  Priory School, Eastwood  came to visit, not only did they sing some lovely Easter songs, they all came along with a lovely pansy each, that they presented to a resident upon leaving.

 We thanked them with a little gift of sweets tied up with ribbon and an Easter sticker on it which they were all over the moon with!

Later on June and other residents potted the pansies up for the garden and some for the lounge window so that the residents can watch them grow

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Keen gardener Alan joined us at Alex a few weeks ago and continues his planting ardour with some prize Begonias his sister bought him.

The residents love to play indoor skittles, below George alongside his wife Eileen, going for a strike! 

Joan and Mavis also getting in the mood of things, Joan looks like she is about to deliver a 'pearler' there, while Mavis is a bit nonchalant, no doubt she is waiting for something a little more creative!

 

Life is good with lots of activities to share at Alexandra House, Eastwood.

 

Posted on 07 Apr 2017
Review and Reward on Staff Pay

Eastgate reviews and rewards staff, following the increase in the living wage.

We are pleased to be able to announce to all our staff that we are going to be able to offer payment above the minimum wage (£7.50 for over 25's from the 1.04.17) and will be rewarding staff over 25 years of age - £8.00 per hour.

We are keen to retain our hard working staff and believe that they really are worth it.

We hope to be able to attract new staff with our proper learning and development opportunities, strong team spirit and purpose-built working environment, in addition to this new pay structure.

An extra bonus scheme is also in place for staff who recommend someone to fill an existing vacancy. A £250.00 reward is being offered - this could be an easy way to earn some spending money! Full details will be published in the staff newsletter.

Uniform is an important element of the work place, within the care home and for it to be 'fit for purpose' it needs to be comfortable, cool and smart. With this in mind high quality polo shirts, colour coded according to occupation, have been selected to complement the modern working environment. Colours are as follows;

Care - Burgundy

Seniors - Royal Blue

Nurses - Navy 

Activity - Yellow

 

These Changes are designed to demonstrate the importance of our teams and our appreciation of their commitment and loyalty to Eastgate Care.

 

 

 

Posted on 03 Apr 2017
Belle Vue Planting and Punch

 A range of activities provide stimulation, rounding up with cocktails - some were as 'pleased as punch'

Hurrah for a bit of action, chair zumba or marracas, it does you good..... Some prefer a quiet bit of planting.......
.................after a busy day at Belle Vue a little fruit punch is welcome. Its all down to teamwork which makes for a happy home and contented residents.

We look forward to some warmer weather to get out into the Belle Vue Garden, a great space for activities.

Posted on 28 Mar 2017
Girls go Green for St Pats Day

Irish Eyes were smiling as Mary sings some good old Irish songs for the residents at Alexandra House.

Ethel and her sister dressed up in the traditional Green colour for us and had pictures taken with Nora and Doris.

Mary pictured with George in his special Irish tie.

We do like a good cup of tea in a china cup, after all that entertainment.

Fresh cream cakes go down well too, as George gives the thumbs up - it was a lovely afternoon

Good times at Alex House, a place called home to a big family of residents!

Posted on 28 Mar 2017
A Day in the Life of Care Home - Park House

Often staff behind the scenes do not get the acknowledgements that they deserve, but a recent review raised some very positive points for the hard working team at Park House;

Relative Jackie showed her appreciation recently of the staff and facilities at Park House.

I thought this would be a difficult time for both of us, but he settled in straight away. We have had no problems, he is happy when I visit. He is always well-dressed and smart, I find the staff helpful and caring.
Activities are provided through the week and there is a regular hairdresser on site. 

My father moved to Park House in August 2016.

Having finished cleaning and tidying the dining room at Park House, Domestic Assistant - Christine (below) has time to engage with the residents en route to her next area..........

Unsung heroes of the work place, our domestic assistants provide the operational 'backbone' for the smooth running of the homes. All these tasks are really important to our residents and the staff have to have an understanding of residents needs. Pictured below Rosanna, happy at work, in the laundry.

Its a busy day at the home when the hairdressers come to call. Kerry and Carol like their 'salon' here at Park House. 'It makes the residents feel good to get their hair done - ladies and gents too and it is rewarding to make people feel good in this way' said Kelly.

Theres always plenty of activities and this one was particularly stimulating, testing the geographical memory - at this instant.....Name countries beginning with R ...........Despite it being a lovely spring day there was a bitter wind so our residents mostly were happy with the snug and activities indoors.

Nurse Ida takes a moment after lunch to write- up the important care plans.....

I did see one resident wrapped in a blanket enjoying the newly sprung daffodils, in a sheltered spot.

While the gardeners get the outdoors ready for some warmer spring sunshine, planters to be filled, leaves to be raked etc.

These outdoor areas are well used by our residents and they really appreciate the planting and sensory elements provided. In addition a lot of outside activities are scheduled by coordinator Karen, the staff like to get outdoors too.

Grasses provide colour, light and texture even during the winter months.

Cook Anne is appreciated for her baking skills.

 

Posted on 22 Mar 2017
Top Achiever in Care & Support - 100% for Steph

We are proud to announce the achievements of Stephanie Johnson - Care and Support Co-ordinator across the five Eastgate Care Homes & send Steph a big - WELL DONE - for all her hard work over the last couple of weeks. 

Not only has she passed the teacher training course, but she has also qualified to deliver First Aid training to all our homes.

The whole programme involved a very complex training course, culminating in sitting over 5 exams.  This very comprehensive programme covered learning styles, anatomy & physiology and motivation. Passing all exams, with flying colours, means that Steph has her Level 3 award in teaching and assessing First Aid.

All 5 days of the training involved a lot of theory work, with a final theory lesson on Asthma and a Practical lesson on Regurgitation/Hygiene. I enjoyed the practical sessions on the course, this format was very productive for my learning.  I had done a lot of preparation and actually enjoyed the exams, as I was excited to demonstrate my knowledge. Over the week of the course I began to develop confidence in training sessions and on the last day - SUCCESS - I passed the final course with 100% !

Pictured, Steph - hands-on, with colleagues at Melbourne House, where she was Head of Resident Care in 2015.

I feel that going on this course was a stepping stone onto a brilliant future for training within Eastgate Care.’

Steph said 'Eastgate is a positive learning and development source, with senior staff acting as mentors and plenty of opportunities to develop skills and progress. My interest in the broad picture of an individual’s care sits well with the Eastgate philosophy of person centred care.’

I gained a lot of knowledge on training, which ultimately will drive my knowledge forward to provide good informative training sessions for the staff team which will lead the way for Eastgates future Training and Development. 

 

Posted on 17 Mar 2017
Amy Woo's Us All at Alexandra House

The lovely Amy, with a voice to match entertains and charms the residents at Alexandra House;

She even gets them dancing too .....

A sweet voice, bright dress and super personality make for a great afternoons entertainment for our residents.

Eric looks very relaxed and enjoys the music as Amy sings some of his favourite songs; Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Meet Me in St Louis, We'll Meet Again and many more .....

Mavis confides to Amy what her favourite 'tunes' are .....

........and George is thrilled to have a dance

Sheila and husband Geoffrey relax with a cuppa and a chat with Amy, she had time to speak to every one of the residents.

Well done to Coordinator Debra for organising this special event which everyone thoroughly and enjoyed.

Thanks also to Amy for sharing her lovely voice and stories with all our residents, we hope she will visit us again soon. 

Alexandra House, a happy home to our residents with great entertainment too ...............

Posted on 10 Mar 2017

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