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Getting Gold


We were delighted to welcome representatives from Stirling University’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) recently, who presented us with our ‘Gold Standard’ certificate. Liam Spillane, Professor Judith Phillips, and Lesley Palmer from the University spent time looking round the dementia care facilities at our Exeter nursing home and chatting to staff.   DSDC is a

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On the hunt for some ‘egg-cellent’ Easter fun


An egg hunt and Easter bonnet competition were just two of the ‘egg-citing’ activities that filled Green Tree Court with colour and laughter last weekend. We welcomed the friends and family of our residents and staff to our home to get everyone together to celebrate Easter. Helen Rushton, Green Tree Court Home Director, commented: “We

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Spinning a yarn as we weave


A group of our residents put their craft skills to the test by weaving pretty baskets from brightly coloured raffia. A relaxing, sociable, and satisfying way to spend some time, the completed baskets were then filled with fluffy Easter chicks and eggs to make a colourful decoration or gift.   “Just like knitting, weaving engages

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Having an Eggs-tra special day


This week’s visit from the youngsters from Chestnut Nursery was ‘eggs-tra’ special as the pre-schoolers and our residents were very busy getting ready for Easter.   Jodie Frankum, Activity Co-ordinator at Green Tree Court said: “Our lounge area transformed into a hive of activity as we got busy colouring-in cute chicks and bunnies, and hunting

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Looking Forward To Having A Cracking Good Time

Easter composition   

It’s just one week to go until Green Tree Court opens its doors (and hopefully gardens!) for our special Easter Afternoon Tea. Planned for 3-5pm on Easter Saturday, 31 March, there will be lots of egg-cellent fun and games for all ages, including an Easter egg hunt, Easter bonnet parade competition, and a raffle. Organised

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A blooming lovely display for spring


The recent bad weather hasn’t stopped our green-fingered residents from putting together a vibrant springtime floral display. First came the task of painting a selection of fun plant pots shaped like tea-cups, tea-pots, and wellies in bright colours. Then residents selected beautiful primula in a choice of bold shades to complete the colourful display. Merle

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Money for good causes


Christmas may seem like a distant memory, but we were reminded of the fun we had in the run up to the big day when we presented two cheques recently. That’s because this money was raised through our Christmas raffle and by selling goodies and gifts made by residents and staff in our special pop-up

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Pre-schoolers bridge the generation gap at Green Tree Court

Pre-school_Three year olds Logan Gwyther and Sophie Read try the biscuits they've been decorating with Mona Harrison and Mary Parry   

Did you watch the Channel Four documentary “Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds”? If you did, chances are you were moved by this simple idea to let older people and young pre-schoolers learn and laugh together.   Inspired by the show, we’ve forged close links with local Burnt House Lane pre-school Chestnut Nursery.  Each

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It was a day like any other until … the Llamas arrived!


Are you dreaming? No, that really is a llama next to the potted plant! This relative of the camel may be the last thing you expect to see wandering around the rooms at Green Tree Court. But their charming, gentle nature makes them an ideal visitor to our nursing and dementia care home. The llamas,

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Helen and David   

Exceptional design of Exeter nursing and specialist dementia care home is recognised by Stirling University   Staff and residents at Exeter’s Green Tree Court residential nursing home are celebrating gaining top marks for creating an exceptionally dementia-friendly environment. The innovative nursing home in Pinhoe has been formally awarded the Stirling Gold Standard, an internationally recognised

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Dementia signs – what to look out for


Spot the early signs of dementia and get the right help sooner to make living with dementia easier.   What is dementia?   David Barenskie, Head of Dementia Care at Green Tree Court explains:   “Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe the physical disease processes that affect the brain, which in turn impacts

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Our 14 Favourite Moments of 2017

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What a busy year 2017 has been at Green Tree Court. We’ve enjoyed smiles and laughter at events and activities for residents, staff, and families. We’ve been nominated for prestigious national awards. And we’ve celebrated achieving coveted exceptionally high standards in delivering care and reducing environmental impact.  It’s hard to chose just 14, but here

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Festive mince pie pinwheels

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Indulgently rich mincemeat and sweet, delicious pastry are a festive staple. But if you’ve had enough of the usual pies or just want to use up any leftover mincemeat in a slightly different way, try this recipe for mince pie pinwheels from Tim Ware, our Head Chef. Dusted with icing sugar like light snowfall, they’ll

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Festive fun

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Family, friends, and Father Christmas made sure there was plenty of festive cheer at our Christmas Party. There was balloon modelling and games for the children. Our kitchen team laid on a cheerful spread of party favourites. All ages enjoyed the visit by Santa. And live music got feet tapping. Ticket sales for our raffle

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Children from Pinhoe Primary School spread Christmas cheer

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A group of pupils from Pinhoe Primary School recently spent the afternoon at Green Tree Court. They exchanged Christmas cards, chatted, and sang carols for the residents. Meanwhile, our residents had been busy making special personalised name tags for each child to take home. They also presented the schoolchildren with a fabulous festive chocolate wreath.

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Christmas at Green Tree Court

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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

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Students swap stories with residents at Green Tree Court


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.

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