We’ve just launched a new page on our website, which comes with an accompanying booklet. Our ‘choosing a care home’ page is full of useful information for those who are about to begin choosing a care home. It’s full of useful tips and impartial advice, and comes with a free checklist booklet. For more info and to order your free copy in the post, click here
Care England’s Chief Executive, Professor Martin Green OBE, recently spent the day visiting four or our care homes. Our Chairman, Rachel Beckett was the tour guide for the day. First stop off, was our Nightingale Hall home, where Martin experienced our activity and sensory projects first hand, which he loved. It was then onto Ryton Towers, to show off their new refurb. Martin was extremely complimentary and was especially liking our new exciting plans for our upcoming dining room Pantry project. Glenholme next and he was literally blown away by our new safety monitoring sytem, saying that it was like nothing else anyone was doing. After finishing the day visiting Eighton Lodge to see another newly launched refurb, he left us with high praise and some very kind and encouraging comments, which left Rachel and all of her team feeling extremely proud. An absolute pleasure Martin and hope to see you again soon.
To help those who may be considering a career in care, we’ve created a brand new section on our website. Full of super useful information, including how to prepare a CV, how to prepare for that all important interview, as well as giving lots of insight into what working in the care industry is like. It should give anyone thinking about a career all the tools needed, to help you make an informed decision and to give them the best possible chance if they decide to apply for any of our current or future positions. To explore the new careers section, click here.
Here at Wellburn, we take huge pride in our recruitment and the way in which we do it. Finding the right people for the right positions is always a challenge, but our super talented team are a testament to our recruitment choices. For our latest recruitment drive, we’ve been busy filming some of our staff, who share their thoughts on the care industry and explain what it’s like to work for us. To view more of the videos, click here
It was all down to the seaside for the residents and staff at our Nightingale Hall care home. A day trip in the sun was enjoyed by all and sometimes there’s just nothing better than fish and chips by the sea. Such a glorious day and so much fun.
Our residents are loving the amazing sunshine we’re all enjoying. Residents from our Rosevale care home have been regularly sunning it up in the local beer garden of late. Summer sun, pub lunch and great chat - what’s not to love about that?
Our Chairman Rachel Beckett, discusses a range of subjects in her regular ‘Agenda’ piece, in the latest issue of our quarterly magazine The Wellburn Post. In a fascinating read, Rachel discusses amongst other things CCTV inside care homes and the very topical issue of gender pay gaps. To read her Agenda, you can either download a pdf copy of the Post or subscribe to receive a free copy in the post at www.wellburncare.co.uk/the-wellburn-post
Back in 2015, we launched the first edition of our quarterly magazine The Wellburn Post. Created to keep residents, their loved ones, staff and our local communities up to date with all the goings on across all 14 of our homes. Now in its 12th issue, the Post has enjoyed more successful than we ever thought it could. Issue 12 is out now, including some of the best things to do in the North East this summer, we take a look at some of our recent refurbishment work, and discover some pretty staggering figures, when it comes to some of the numbers involved in the running of our homes - including getting through 1.7million cups of tea a year. To subscribe and get you hands on a free copy, please visit www.wellburncare.co.uk/the-wellburn-post
For the last 2 years, we’ve hosted the Forever Young Festival at our Grimston Court home in York. The aim of the festival is to raise as much money as possible, for two amazing charities - Age UK York and St Leonards Hospice. Each year, the festival has been bigger and better, and the third festival is coming soon. This year promises to be even more exciting, with live music, food, stalls and fun for the whole family. We’d love to see you join us for a day of fun, so save the date, September 1st.
Creating spaces that both our staff and residents feel at home in, continues as we complete the latest projects in our ongoing refurbishment programme. With well thought out design, which brings a sense of modernity, without compromising that home from home feeling, our latest work is something we all feel very proud about.
Earlier this year in May, we launched our new staff initiative – The ‘wOw’ (Wellburn Outstanding Work) award. Replacing our former Star of the Month award, we developed the wOw award to allow each of our Home Managers from all 14 homes to recognise their staff at a local level. Each award is presented to a member of staff that has gone above and beyond what is expected of them. We’ve had some very worthy winners since the initiative was launched, and our staff have really embraced it. Well done to all winners so far.
One of our very talented team members, Davey Harrison has been working hard on a secret project recently. Davey came up with the idea and created this fantastic sweetie cart, for our Ryton Towers care home. The amount of thought and effort he invested absolutely blew us and our residents away. A huge thank you to Davey and our more sweet toothed residents have been enjoying the fruits of his labour!
Over the past few months, as part of a series of sensory workshops in partnership with Sensory Connexions, we’ve been busy welcoming local nursery and school children from around the North East into our homes. Each sensory workshop involves engaging activities that benefit both the children and our residents, which in turn aids personal, social, and emotional development. We’ve found that our residents really respond to an increased level of engagement and interaction, particularly when participating in meaningful activities, so workshops like these are vital to our residents wellbeing. Sensory Connexions owners, Denise Wilson-Bainbridge and Gill Chapman reflected on the partnership ‘We’re passionate about the benefits our workshops bring, enabling residents and children to explore their creative sides together. Whilst working with Wellburn, we’ve all seen such positive results, which is a huge thrill.’
As part of this years Dementia Action Week, our Nightingale Hall home have been working on a project in collaboration with education and arts company Creative Minds. Their initiative ‘Everyone Has a Voice’, was the inspiration behind the collaboration, helping to create a stunning mural for the home. The mural consists of a tree, with each leaf on the tree representing a residents name, and a bird made up of comments and expressions from our residents. Nightingale Hall hold regular residents committee meetings to ensure that everyone feels they have a voice and collaborations like these, just cement our commitment to that belief.
As part of our twinning project with care homes in Australia, we made a little video to share with the residents in Australia, to showcase the city we love. Residents from our Glenholme House home, have spent the last few weeks writing, presenting and filming the video. And here’s the final edit. We’d love to know what you think of it.
We’re extremely proud to have been recently recognised by carehome.co.uk. Picking up their Top 20 Recommended Care Home Group 2018 Award. Our Chairman, Rachel Beckett reflected on the award - “We’re extremely proud to pick up this this award. Our teams work so hard and their dedication and commitment to our residents is second to none. This one is for them.”
Replacing our former Star of the Month, we've developed a new initiative to allow the Home Manager from each of our homes to recognise staff, at a local level, who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them. The first WOW awards will be presented by the Home Managers over the next week. We've some very worthy winners, who have made a significant impact on the care provided to our residents. If you witness any outstanding work from any of our staff, please do share your experience and the name of the member of staff with home management, and they could scoop up a wOw.
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