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 are some of our favourite moments of 2017 at Green Tree Court.
1) Achieving “outstanding” status. In February, we were thrilled to be awarded “outstanding” status from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Joining an elite group of care homes with this accolade, it is testament to the hard work and dedication of every member of the team. We’re not just here to provide healthcare expertise around the clock. This a welcoming, friendly home where all our staff genuinely care about our residents and their families, each other and the community. Our purpose built, luxury facilities ensure that our space is well thought out to meet the specific needs of residents. And things as simple as always providing high quality food, thanks to our award-winning chef, really makes a difference. And we were delighted that the report recognised all this with the comment: ”No expense has been spared to ensure care, facilities and the environment are of the highest standard for the people living there … People were supported by very kind, caring and compassionate staff who often went the extra mile. This high standard of care enhanced people’s quality of life and wellbeing.”
2) When Ben Bradshaw popped by to say hello. In the summer, we were delighted to welcome our local MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw to see Green Tree Court for himself. Residents enjoyed the chance for some political debate and it gave those who are unable to go out to see him in his surgery the chance to have their voices heard on issues that matter to them.
3) Our sizzling Summer Fete. TV sports presenter Steve Rider joined in the games at our Summer Fete. Residents, friends, family and the local community gathered for an afternoon of fun, laughter, and cream teas. We raised a whopping £1,200, which we split between the Exeter Luekemia Fund and Exeter Dementia Action Alliance.
4) Visits from animals of all shapes and sizes. Just looking at an animal can help to lower blood pressure and reduce feelings of anxiety. More than these physical health benefits, our animal visits also provide moments of laughter, offer a chance for residents to bond with others, and spark new conversations and interests. We enjoyed our many pet visits including Chloe the dog, the llamas, donkeys, and so many more.
5) Taking part in the Cheese Run. 18 members of the team took part in the Muddifords Cheese Fun Run in October. The five-mile route followed the Grand Western Canal, and our active staff team ran, jogged (and walked!) whilst raising money for the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance.
6) Cooking up bakes to rival The Great British Bake Off. We love good food at Green Tree Court. And we love getting together to cook. We think these fruit tarts made by residents are good enough to take the star baker crown.
7) Remembrance day crafts. In November, residents got crafty to remember friends, family, and anyone who has fought for their country.
8) Our Caribbean party. Even the tail-end of a hurricane didn’t stop staff, residents, and family and friends enjoying a tropical Caribbean party in November. 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 Chicken, pumpkin Jambalaya, rice and peas, and fried yams, delicious lemon cake, and ginger cake all washed down with some fruity Caribbean punch. Residents also got involved making cupcakes to be served on the day. And there were hot dogs and jacket potatoes for the kids. Fun activities for our younger guests included face painting, hat and mask making, and a piñata. Both the children and adults got stuck into enjoying themselves at our limbo competition. And to make sure that our staff could really relax and have fun with their families, the food was all served by Green Tree Court’s management team.
9) Watching our Head Chef on MasterChef – the Professionals. Our award winning Head Chef Tim Ware was invited to take part in MasterChef – the Professionals – making him the first every chef working at a residential care home to appear on the programme. We were thrilled he was able to challenge people’s preconceptions of what food in a residential care home is like with his show-stopping dishes.
10) Opening our new Memory Garden area. Our new, fully accessible memory garden was officially opened by Michelle Gorringe, Lexicon Healthcare’s Managing Director, in October. Created to provide a calming space to remember loved ones and share memories while enjoying the fresh air, it’s been specially designed and planted to look beautiful through the seasons. We all know that getting outside for a spot of fresh air can help improve mood and wellbeing. And we’d like to give special thanks to the family of the late Group Captain John Thomson, RAF, for all their support in the creation of this garden area.
11) Now we are three. In November we turned three years old! 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.”
12) Celebrating our shining stars. We said congratulations to Stephanie Walters, Elaine Johnstone, David Barenskie and Marzena Krawczyk, our team members who were the deserved winners of the 2017 Lexicon Healthcare Star Awards. Each was nominated for the accolade by Green Tree Court residents, residents’ family members, or by other members of staff, for their starring role in making every day better for residents.
13) Gaining the coveted Excellent BREAMM standard for sustainability. As well as our vision to offer the very highest standards of care and luxury living we wanted to minimise our environmental impact. When creating our purpose-built home, we ensured we took every step to improve sustainability so we could operate in a carbon neutral way. In November we were delighted to officially receive the Execellent standard from BREAMM, 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 our building in the top 10% of new non-domestic buildings in the UK.
14) The National Care Awards. We dusted down our glad rags for a glitzy night out at The 2017 National Care Awards, organised by Caring Times magazine. Both Home Director Helen Rushton and Head of Dementia Care David Barenskie were finalists at these special awards that recognise excellence in the care industry. Helen and David were up against some outstanding finalists from across the UK in the Care Manager of the Year and Dementia Care Manager of the Year categories.
Green Tree Court specialises in providing an exceptional, luxurious nursing home environment combined with the very best in clinical care and support. This flagship residential, nursing and dementia home provides care that is both highly personalised and focuses on the capabilities of the individual, not their limitationsTo find out more, please call 01392 240400.