- Woodleigh has been specially chosen to take part in a national trial to improve access to GPs and improve the care they provide. This involves a local GP undertaking SKYPE consultations with residents – assisted by staff and support by our IT systems manager. Initially this will only involve a few residents that have agreed to take part, obviously if they need to GP to visit them then that would happen as normal.
- Thank you to everyone who supported our coffee afternoon on the 18th April you raised nearly £200 for our charity “Friends of Woodleigh” which will go toward trips, entertainers and other special events for residents.
- Helen, our chaplain led services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Thank you to everyone who helped arrange these and attended.
- We would like to take this opportunity to thank our long standing friends of Woodleigh, David and Sheila Addison, for their monthly contributions to leading Holy Communion every month, in addition to everything else they have done for us here for the last 27 years. They have decided to take a step back from leading the communion, but will still remain an integral part of the wider Woodleigh family, especially in volunteering their time for the “Woodleigh Warblers” with Sally, Charlotte and the rest of our award winning Choir.
- We are delighted to welcome Tanith Alvey as our kitchen manager who is now an integral member of the management team
- Angela is continuing her regular Friday drop in sessions for residents and relatives.
We are pleased to introduce our Home Manager Rachel Squire. Rachel has over 7 years experience in care work with older adults and has specialised in care for those with a dementia.
Rachel was an integral part of the team that opened, trained all the staff and commissioned Baily House.
Rachel has achieved her NVQ level 5 registered managers award and is an advocate for staff training and forward thinking – looking for new ways to meet the ambitions of the residents.
Rachel is passionate about providing personalised care and has recruited a high quality team to deliver this at Baily House.
Today was Valentines Day, and all of our residents enjoyed a special day. With everyone receiving a personal red rose
- Christmas celebrations included the ever popular carols round the Tree on Christmas Eve. Led by Helen Curzon with readings by residents, we all sung some well-known carols followed by some refreshments including some very tasty mince pies. Santa arrived on Christmas Day – as always! – With presents for all. Lots of family visited, presents opened and a wonderful traditional Christmas dinner.
- Woodleigh Warblers Christmas concert: A packed house of residents, relatives and friends enjoyed the Christmas concert at Chesterfield Road Methodist Church. The Warblers sang a mixture of Christmas and other well-known songs; there were readings and poems, followed by a wonderful buffet and more entertainment from the lively “Noisy Neighbours”. A fantastic evening and another one jointly shared with Baily House
- Part of the concert was recorded as the resident’s entry to “Care Home Idol” 2014 competition. This is a national competition open to all care homes. If you want to see the entry click here Thanks to Daniel for videoing and editing this.
- “Soundtrack to your life” A special Christmas news item was recorded for the BBC local news programme East Midlands Today. The clip describes some of the novel work undertaken by our Chaplain following a training course where residents are encouraged to put together a series of songs reflect their life and could be used to help trigger memories.
- November: The Fireworks and Pie and Pea Supper was the first joint event to be celebrated by residents, relatives and friends from both Woodleigh and Baily House.
- September: Woodleighcare announce the opening of its band new state of the art sister home: Baily House on Botany Avenue, Mansfield by Hazel Williams, the founder of Woodleigh and Ron Eggington the Major of Mansfield. Baily House is a residential and dementia home.
- July: The Strawberry Fayre and family day. was enjoyed by residents and families, a Bouncy Castle in the garden, ice cream van in the drive and a whole host of stalls were around the home. Entertainment and afternoon tea with strawberry scones were all part of our traditional event. Over £500 was raised for the “friends of Woodleigh” charity.
- The Woodleigh Warblers resident choir came Third in the National Final of the Care Idol 2013 competition with their rendition of “Swing Low” which they sang at the 25th Anniversary celebrations.
- Blackpool was the new destination for the resident holiday. Booked into a very comfortable hotel right on the sea front everyone had a great time with trips to the Tower, Liverpool, ice creams on the Promenade . However we avoided the Big Dipper!!
- We have also had lots of day trips to the parks and gardens and a wonderful outing to Skegness.
- In May Angela,(Home Manager) started her regular Friday drop in sessions for residents and relatives.
- We have had another two successful audits by external bodies. For the fourth time Woodleigh has been re-awarded with Investors in People (IiP)? IiP has been around for more than 20 years and is a standard that is based on the principle that happy and healthy workforces are the most effective, and that seeking feedback on how organisations are doing helps them to make continuous improvements.
- We have been re-awarded the internationally recognized ISO 9001:2000 Quality Assurance accreditation giving formal recognition of the quality of care given to our residents.
- In April we were visited by the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group who annually inspects the care provided, primarily from a nursing point of view. The results were excellent and a copy of their report is available on request from our administrator and is in the document folder in the foyer.
- In March, Helen Curzon, our Chaplain joined the Woodleigh management team fulltime.
- Stuart Marshall has been promoted to Catering Manager.
- In October we celebrated our 25th Anniversary with a stupendous concert laid on by our choir the “Woodleigh Warblers”. Held in Mansfield Baptist Church and attended by over 200 residents, relatives, friends, staff; old and new. The choir sang a selection of songs including from “The Sound of Music”.
- If you want to see our resident’s choir in action watch them at Carehome Idol. This is our entry for Care Home Idol 2013 please cast your vote by 31st March 2014. Please pass this message and ask your friends.
- Also at this special occasion we recognised Woodleigh’s founder Hazel Williams RGN, making a special presentation and renaming the main lunge the “Williams lounge” in her honour.
- We are delighted to announce that the appointment of Angela Anuzis RMN (Registered Mental Nurse) as the manager at Woodleigh. Angela is well known to everyone as she has worked at Woodleigh since leaving school. Starting as a carer she left to train as a Registered Nurse and returned to our nursing team in 2008.
- Congratulations to the kitchen staff who scored a maximum 5 stars in the recent Nottinghamshire County Council environmental audit of the kitchen.
- Butlins in Skegness is the next location for the residents holiday this September.
- For Easter John has brought in some eggs and an incubator. Hopeful by Easter we will be joined by a dozen new chicks.
- Hopefully you will have noticed a number of striking decorations around the home, in particular in the chapel dining room. These are as a result of a window dressing course. Six of us went on a day’s course in York so we could display our arts and crafts work in all its glory. We will change the displays on a regular basis.
- In March we were inspected by Nottingham County Council, a copy of their report can be found in the foyer.
- Helen Curzon joined the staff as our new Chaplain. She is leading bible study every Thursday and is available to spend some time with all residents.
- Building improvements: Sol a Duke of Edinburgh teenage volunteer is helping residents redecorate our dolls house.
- When it’s a dark and cold day in January where better to go than a sunny place. Hawaii was a little too far away for this year’s holiday so staff brought it here. We had music, films, activity, fancy dress, and Hawaiian food.