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More than just a trip out to Seaton Tramway


A small group of our residents recently enjoyed a great day out to Seaton. We caught the tram to Colyton for lunch then headed back to Seaton, admiring the nature reserve from the comfort of the tram, before returning to Green Tree Court. Our residents all agreed it was a very enjoyable day, but the

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Green Tree Court, Exeter’s CQC rated ‘outstanding’ nursing and specialist dementia care home, has marked a commitment to promoting dignity and respect with a new initiative that will see all staff members eventually become ‘Dignity Champions.’ From now, becoming a ‘Dignity Champion’ is officially part of the week-long induction process that all new members of

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From Chutney To Cheque

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Green Tree Court’s recent Summer Fete wasn’t only a chance for residents, staff, family, friends, and local people to get together to have some fun. It was also an opportunity to raise money for two charities that are very close to the heart of everyone at the Exeter residential care home. £1,000 was raised during

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A flying visit


There’s always something going on at Green Tree Court to help our residents enjoy life to the full. From cookery workshops to regular visits from our local pre-school, we organise a diverse range of things to do to add a renewed sense of purpose to every day. There are some activities that almost all our

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Introducing Ruby: the latest addition to the Green Tree Court team

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Green Tree Court regularly welcomes a group of knowing donkeys from Sidmouth’s world famous Donkey Sanctuary. Residents always enjoy the donkeys’ gentle nature as they calmly walk around our lounges and visit individual rooms. With fine, dry weather forecast, a group of us decided to take a trip out to the sanctuary itself to see

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The icing on the cake


We’re always looking for new activities to try, and our recent sugar craft session was a real sweet success. The latest challenge to be taken on by a group of our residents, it was as much a chance to chat with others as to get creative. With the help of an experienced cake decorator, we

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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

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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

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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

New heights falconry   

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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