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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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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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Green Tree Court’s MasterChef


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

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2017 National Care Awards

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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

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Meet the team: Sarah Cundall, Head of Nursing Care

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  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

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Festive recipe time

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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

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Older People And Technology – How It Can Help


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

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Loneliness and the elderly this winter


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.  

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Pampering treats

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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

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Top 10 Things We Love About Exeter


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

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