Et Voilà! Bearsden Care Home Residents Learn French

Et Voilà! Bearsden Care Home Residents Learn French

Residents at a care home in Bearsden are proving it’s never too late to learn a new language by taking up French lessons.

Meallmore’s Antonine House care home has teamed up with Glasgow-based social enterprise Lingo Flamingo, who visit once a week to provide interactive language classes.

Language learning in later years has been shown to have a number of benefits and it is believed that speaking multiple languages can delay the onset of dementia by up to five years. The classes help to improve residents’ cognitive ability, communication skills and well-being, as well as build their confidence.

Care home turns into pizzeria for National Pizza Day

Care home turns into pizzeria for National Pizza Day

A TEESSIDE care home transformed into a pizzeria for the day as residents baked their own Italian creations. National Pizza Day was celebrated by staff and residents at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.

Alwyn Behan, 86, Marian Knightly, 83, Jane Monaghan, 72, and Sylvia Smith, 77, were among those who created their own pizzas.

The residents chose their favourite toppings, including pepperoni, chicken, ham, and a variety of vegetables, before baking them in the oven.

Jane Monaghan said: “Pizza making has gone very well. Only I've got tomatoes everywhere. I've always been a messy cook. 

“It brought back memories of pizza-making parties with my grandchildren. My favourite pizza is double cheese with herbs.”

Mayor serves new year tea party for Peterlee elderly

Peterlee elderly enjoying their tea party

A MAYORAL afternoon tea was enjoyed by residents from a Peterlee care home.

Town Mayor Councillor Scott Meikle invited residents from Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, to the annual over 60s new year tea party.

Hot drinks and snacks were served throughout the event, at Shotton Hall, while the visitors enjoyed entertainment, bingo and a raffle.

Dawn Minto, activities coordinator at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, said: “We have been attending the Mayor’s new year afternoon tea for over 10 years.

“It is a highlight of our calendar in January and the residents always look forward to it.

“The event was very well organised and everyone had a great time. We’d like to say a big thank you to Mayor Councillor Scott Meikle for the invitation.”

Mamma Mia 2 has elderly dancing in cinema aisles 

Residents at Mamma Mia 2

A CINEMA turned into a dance hall for elderly care home residents during a dementia friendly screening of hit musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Residents from Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, leapt out of their seats during one of the film’s climactic hits to strut their stuff in the aisles.

The screening specifically for those with dementia was the first of its kind at the Metrocentre, in Gateshead.

Michelle Park, activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, said: “Our residents were dancing in the aisles to Dancing Queen – they absolutely loved it. 

Bertie Boater celebrates 1,000 Shows this Summer!

Bertie Boater celebrates 1,000 Shows this Summer!

This summer marks 3 years since Bertie Boater began a new career as an entertainer, after working 30 years in software development. Bertie sings the classic songs of the Great American songbook, accompanying himself playing baritone ukulele. Specializing in the care industry, Bertie now has over 200 clients. These include residential homes, nursing homes, day care centres and sheltered accommodations around Sussex, Kent and Surrey. During summer 2018 Bertie will be performing his 1,000th show !

M8 Bespoke Live Entertainment

M8 Bespoke Live Entertainment

We know that you provide your residents/customers with very high-quality care, so we believe the entertainment should meet that level.

M8 understands that live entertainment is important so we provide quality solo performers at affordable prices. We supply care homes, retirement homes and sheltered housing.

As part of its first class service, M8 goes the extra mile and does the searching, organising and booking of the artists for its clients. This is all included as part of the service and fees. There are no hidden charges

Sean Hodder - professional vocalist

Sean Hodder - professional vocalist

Described as "A first class showman" in his reviews, Sean Hodder is a consummate ​professional vocalist who has been performing around Devon for many years.

A self tought vocalist Sean has a wealth of experience in singing, from formal choral singing with award winning choir Rejoice, to social club,pub,restaurant entertainer!

Sean Hodder is a very positive crowd pleaser,  performing at several weekly hotel spots on the English riviera at Torquays Sherwood palm hotel,where he projects a light hearted fun atmospheric evening of covers of all genres,styles and decades,as well as his amusing Elvis cabaret.

Mayor invites elderly to new year tea party

care home

A special mayoral invitation was sent to care home residents ahead of the annual Peterlee over 60s New Year tea party.

Residents from Bannatyne Lodge Care Home were among those to attend the event, hosted by Town Mayor Cllr Mary Cartwright.

They were joined by elderly residents from across Peterlee, alongside care home staff and council members.

Hot drinks and snacks were served throughout the tea party, held at Shotton Hall, while entertainment was provided by singer Shirley Mack.

Derek Unthank, who lives at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, said: “It was such a great afternoon. I really enjoyed having a dance.”

Fellow resident Monica Taylor added: “I thought it was wonderful. It’s not often we get tea served to us by the lady Mayor.”

Folk Celebrations The Romanian Way

Folk Celebrations The Romanian Way

Staff at a nursing home in Wellington donned traditional eastern European folk outfits to take to the dance floor as part of an event to celebrate the Romanian culture.

The event, hosted by the activities team at Camelot House & Camelot Lodge, featured Romanian music and dance, and the showing videos of Romanian customs, dancing, wildlife and landscape.

“Everyone had a brilliant day. It was a huge amount of fun and everyone really got into the spirit,” said Camelot’s Richard Dempslake.

“Our members of staff cooked up a huge amount of traditional Romanian food for everyone to try and in the afternoon dressed up in traditional costumes.

WW2 veteran gives pupils first-hand history lesson

war veteran gives pupils first-hand history lesson

School pupils received a World War 2 history lesson from a medal winning veteran of the conflict, living at a Stockton-on-Tees care home.

The youngsters from St Teresa’s RC Primary School, in Ingleby Barwick, visited residents at the Ingleby Care Home dressed as children from the 1940s.

Among the residents is John Podsukites, 95, who received the Medal of Ushakov from the Russian Federation in 2016 for his service on the arctic convoys in 1944.

The convoys – named the “worst journey in the world” by Winston Churchill – delivered essential supplies to the Soviet Union during the height of the War.

John was part of a convoy that fought off 18 attacks in two days by German U-boats and aircraft, before arriving safely at its destination.

Slimy snails and slithering snakes visit Deangate Care Home

Slimy snails and slithering snakes visit Deangate Care Home

A SLIMY encounter with giant snails and slithering snakes took place at a Barnsley care home.


Elderly residents at Deangate Care Home, in Mapplewell, took turns holding creepy crawlies and reptiles as part of an animal therapy session.


Animal handling company ZooLab brought along the exotic visitors, including giant African snails, lizards and snakes.


Julia Chambers, home manager at Deangate Care Home, said: “Holding snakes and lizards might not be for everyone but all our residents got a thrill from seeing them.


“Those brave enough to handle the animals said they loved it. It brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

Lollipop & Tinkerbell to Travel to Care Homes

Lollipop & Tinkerbell to Travel to Care Homes

Our lovely miniature ponies Lollipop & Tinkerbelle will travel to Residential/Care Homes even going in lifts to visit residents who are unable to leave their rooms. They are gentle and affectionate and the residents love interacting with the ponies and there are smiles all round.


The ponies wear special tabards to prevent any little accidents left behind which gives everyone peace of mind. Ponies are known to offer therapeutic benefits to the vulnerable , elderly and very young.


They are intuitive and respond to the emotions of the people around them. The ponies also enjoy the visits as they get the occasional piece of  forbidden cake or biscuit. 

Music For The Brain

Music For The Brain

Singing has been proven to play a special role in dementia care and one Sussex care home has capitalised on music’s therapeutic effects by partnering with Alzheimer’s initiative - Singing for the Brain.
Clifden House, specialist dementia care centre in Seaford, started holding a daily singing group for residents after learning about the work of Chreanne Montgomery-Smith, of the Alzheimer's Society.
Chreanne devised Singing for the Brain sessions in 2003 after noticing that even though other memories may be hard to retrieve for a person with dementia, music is actually easy to recall.

Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley To Host Regular Memory Café

Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley To Host Regular Memory Café

On Thursday 11th May, Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley will be hosting a regular Memory Café, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society
The Sunrise community is offering this free drop-in service, which will take place on the second Thursday of every month, from 10 am – 12 pm. The Café is open to all who may have concerns about their memory or the memory of a loved one or friend.

A relaxed combination of activities and memory focused group gatherings will be planned, but the community will also be liaising with attendees to find out what they would like to get out of the meetings.
Some sessions will have a guest speaker from the local area – ranging from dementia and nutritional experts to paramedics and GPs, that can offer advice and answer any questions.