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Summertime fun in the sun


We’d like to send a huge thank you to everyone who came and supported our sun-drenched summer fete on Saturday. We raised £1,000, which will be split between Breast Cancer Care and the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, two charities that do so much to help people. Over 200 family, friends, and local people joined staff

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Fun and games in the garden

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The thwack of croquet mallets and the laughter of children was ringing out this week around the gardens at Green Tree Court as residents took on the youngsters from Chestnut Nursery for a game or two.   Head of Activities Merle Weiner commented: “We took advantage of the glorious weather and headed outside this week

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Dementia Awareness at Kennaway House

David Barenskie   

They say knowledge is power, so we’re thrilled that our Head of Dementia Care, David Barenskie, will be helping to empower people living with dementia and their carers, at a special dementia awareness event in Sidmouth on Monday July 9th 2018. Taking place at the stunning Kennaway House, this free event is open to anyone

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Don’t leave me now

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We’re all too familiar with the huge impact a diagnosis of dementia can have on family life. So we’re looking forward to being part of a special event today (Thursday 21 June 2018), that will include a performance of ‘Don’t leave me now’, a play that handles this fallout with humour and great insight.  

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Dementia Action Week

Staying Active in Later Life   

Signs of dementia – what to look out for and how to get help   To mark Dementia Action Week 21-27 May 2018, David Barenskie, Head of Dementia Care at Green Tree Court, outlines the key signs of dementia to look out for.     Spotting dementia early on means getting the right help sooner.

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A feast fit for a king to celebrate the Royal Wedding


  Staff and residents celebrated the Royal Wedding at the weekend with a very special lunch prepared by the chefs at Green Tree Court. The team had researched royal menus to serve dishes that have graced royal wedding breakfasts from the past, including Dover Sole, Smoked Salmon Mousse with Lyme Bay Crab, and Lamb with Jersey Royals.

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Birds of prey land at Green Tree Court

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Majestic and intelligent, the stunning birds from Exeter’s New Heights Falconry made quite an impression when they swooped in for a visit recently. Residents had the chance to hold these impressive birds of prey during this more unusual experience. Merle Weiner, Green Tree Court’s Head of Activities, commented: “We thoroughly enjoyed getting hands on with

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Green Fingered Fun

Gardening with Chestnut Nursery   

To help celebrate National Gardening Week  (30 April – 6 May 2018) our residents at Green Tree Court have been helping our regular pre-school visitors to get greener fingers with some colourful planting.     “Every week 10 pre-schoolers aged from three to four years old, come along to Green Tree Court to join in

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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

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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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