Christmas is a special time of year, and nowhere more so than at Green Tree Court. From carol singing and crafting to making plans for a spectacular feast for the big day itself, there’s lots going on. It’s a time for family, friends and, of course, sparkling decorations and presents. Here we share some of
We recently welcomed a group of local students from Exeter College and Honiton College to Green Tree Court. The students were taking part in the national NCS (National Citizen Service) programme that brings together schools and businesses to build a stronger and more cohesive society. Residents and students chatted and enjoyed making Christmas crafts together.
A corner of Green Tree Court has been transformed into a traditional Victorian Shoppe for the festive season. In the run up to Christmas, residents, staff, family, friends, and the local community are all invited to pop in to soak up the festive cheer and stock up on goodies. “Every year we transform our
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to compete on MasterChef? Green Tree Court’s Head Chef Tim Ware tells us The competition on BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals is heating up as talented chefs from all over the country compete for the coveted MasterChef crown. We were very proud to watch our Head Chef Tim Ware
We dusted down our glad rags for a glitzy night out at The 2017 National Care Awards. Our Home Director, Helen Rushton, and Head of Dementia Care, David Barenskie, were both finalists at these special awards that recognise excellence in the care industry. Helen and David were up against some outstanding finalists from across the
I am the Head of Nursing Care at Green Tree Court and I also co-ordinate the in-house training for the home. I am the homes Manual Handling trainer. How did you get into caring? I come from a long line of Nurses and healthcare professionals. My great grandmother, grandmother and Mum are all
It’s that time of year to make merry and enjoy plenty of tasty goodies. If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional Christmas Pudding, why not give this tasty Cranachan from Green Tree Court’s award-winning Head Chef Tim Ware a try? Poached Pear Cranachan Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert. It’s usually made
We live in a world surrounded by the latest gadgets and technologies. From shopping to communication, the digital revolution has definitely made life easier and more comfortable. And technology is also finding a place helping older people to live well too. Here are some of the ways we use the latest technologies at Green Tree
Research suggests that feelings of loneliness and isolation from other people can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It increases the risk of death by 26%. And yet one in 10 older people are reported to be in contact with family friends or neighbours less than once a month.
Who doesn’t like a bit of pampering now and again? Gabi Bunyard, our resident beautician recently held a pamper morning for some of our female residents. Offering a range of relaxing treats, it was a chance for our residents to get together and put their feet up, and unwind. Merle Weiner, our Head of Activities
At Green Tree Court, we recognise how lucky we are to live and work in Exeter. It’s one of the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live in the UK and labelled a “glorious gateway’ to the west.” Here are our top 10 things we love about Exeter. 1) The countryside and green space
We recently got creative with the help of Nina Bunyard, a visiting art teacher who showed us some new techniques and shared her ideas. Green Tree Court Activities Co-Ordinator Merle Weiner commented: “This time we experimented with paints, ink and pencil to create some stunning pictures of fish. Some wonderful pieces of work
They say prevention is better than cure. As we get older, our bodies can find it harder to fight off infections. That’s one of the reasons why good hygiene is so important, especially amongst older people or the frail. Green Tree Court’s Sarah Cundall, Head of Nursing Care, shares her top tips on some simple
It’s three years since Green Tree Court was officially opened by TV star Angele Rippon OBE. To celebrate this milestone, we gathered residents and staff to enjoy a very special tea party with lots of delicious cake and music from our popular regular singing duo “Sounds Easy”. And we look at the top three things
Sometimes, talking to older people can feel awkward, especially if they are living with dementia. Even if you’re a close relative it can sometimes be hard to know what to say. We ask Merle Weiner, Head of Activities at Green Tree Court, to share her ideas to make conversations easier next time you’re chatting to
Exeter’s Green Tree Court has proved it’s green by nature as well as name by gaining a coveted Excellent BREAMM standard. BREAMM is the world’s leading design assessment method for sustainable buildings. Green Tree Court is one of only a handful of nursing care homes in the country to achieve this highly-respected status, putting the
We may have waved goodbye to the summer, but that didn’t stop us throwing a tropical Caribbean party for our staff and residents with their family and friends. Our way of getting everyone together to have some fun, partygoers feasted on Caribbean delicacies thanks to the skills of our kitchen team. Tropical delights included Jerk
We recently welcomed a group of eight French students to Green Tree Court. The students, who are studying social care in France, were really interested in seeing our Care Quality Commission “outstanding” approach to caring for older people and people living with dementia. The day proved a big success as both our residents and the
Spending time together doing meaningful activities can be a real boost for anyone living with dementia. You could try doing something brand new. Or you could opt for something based on their interests. Whatever you choose, it can help to spark conversations, encourage sociability and give a real sense of purpose to every day living.
Did you know that a single ostrich egg is the same size as around 24 chicken eggs? That’s a pretty big egg to crack! Our Activities Co-ordinator Merle recently demonstrated the correct way to open one of these huge eggs. Some of our residents had a go at mixing it before it was put into