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Free support afternoon in Cringleford for carers

A care home in Cringleford is inviting the local community to a free event offering support and advice to family carers.

On Wednesday  November 14, from 1.30pm–4pm, the team at Care UK’s Cavell Court on Dragonfly Lane is welcoming people to its first ‘Communication for Carers’ event, designed to help local family carers to get to know each other and share ideas and experiences.

Gina Brown from Age UK Norwich will be hosting the interactive workshop and will discuss the different types of dementia, behaviour changes in loved ones, and tools for effective communication.

Carers are also encouraged to bring their loved ones along to the event, who will be able to take part in a range of activities delivered specially by Cavell Court’s lifestyle team.

After the event there will be a Q&A session with Gina and the opportunity to meet the friendly team at Cavell Court, as well as take a closer look at the care home.

Cavell Court home manager, Jennie Rodger, said: “Here at Cavell Court, we strongly believe that being informed and sharing experiences can make a real difference to those caring for a loved one, and it can often be a great comfort to hear that others understand your situation.

“Our free advice events always prove to be incredibly popular with local people so I’m hopeful that our first Communication for Carers workshop will also be a success. We look forward to welcoming Gina to Cavell Court for what promises to be an interesting and inspiring afternoon of information and guidance.”

For further information on Cavell Court, or to book your free place, please call customer relations manager, Samantha Woods on 01603 856 835, or email samantha.woods@careuk.com.

Cavell Court.

 

Swimming treat for Cringleford’s brave Nikki, 54,

Nicole De Greef, a 54-year-old resident at Cavell Court care home, on Cringleford’s Dragonfly Lane, has impressed fellow residents and staff with her unwavering resilience in the face of serious illness.

“Nikki” was diagnosed with cancer in May 2017 and has vowed to stay strong and live her life to the full – declining medical treatment for the disease.

She moved to the Care UK home earlier this year and is an active member of its community.

Nikki has always lived an active lifestyle and particularly loves swimming. The Care UK team arranged for her to visit the UEA Sportspark pool for a morning, in the hope it would give her enjoyment and ease some of the pains she lives with as a result of the cancer.

Nikki said: “I’ve missed swimming so much and the feeling of freedom it provides. There is something about being in the water that makes me feel so calm and relaxed – it really is my happy place.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy battling cancer without treatment, but I want to enjoy my life while I’m still able to, so I really can’t thank the care team enough for helping me to do this. When I came to Cavell Court earlier this year I was blown away by the kindness and compassion of the whole team, and how they are all genuinely dedicated to ensuring people are treated as individuals and are able to enjoy a good quality of life.

“I felt amazing after my swim and my confidence soared. For the first time in a long time I felt refreshed and like me again – I can’t wait to go back!”

Jennie Rodger, home manager at Cavell Court, added: “Nikki is one of our younger residents and is simply a joy to have around. She is forever pushing boundaries and going out of her way to get the most out of her day – and helps others to do the same. We were delighted that we were able to help Nikki do something we all know is so special to her, and it was clear how much the time in the pool meant to her.”

Nikki (centre) with Care UK staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cringleford home puts kettle on for Macmillan

A Cringleford care home is asking local residents to join them for coffee, cake and a chat to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

From 10am-4pm, on Friday September 28, Care UK’s Cavell Court on Dragonfly Lane is taking part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and hopes local people will join them in supporting the millions of people facing cancer in the UK.

Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a relaxing day sharing a cuppa with friends, along with a tempting selection of homemade cakes and treats – all of which will be available for a small donation to Macmillan.

Every year Macmillan organises the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in kitchens, offices and village halls across the globe to fundraise for people living with cancer. Since the very first coffee morning in 1990, over £200m has been raised for the charity, enabling it to support individuals from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.

Home manager Jennie Rodger explained why Cavell Court is taking part in the Macmillan coffee morning: “We understand how cancer impacts the lives of not only the people battling the illness themselves, but also the lives of all those around them – a sad reality which many of us know far too well.

“Taking part provides us with an opportunity to show our support to the fantastic Macmillan nurses and give thanks for all of the incredible work they do. It also creates a lovely occasion to invite local people, family and friends to join us for a cuppa and a catch up while raising funds to support the vital services provided by Macmillan. It’s set to be a great event and we hope to see lots of people from the community here on the day.”

 

Cringleford care home celebrates Hawaiian style

A Hawaiian-themed party, with luau decorations, local singer Ben Lake, and a barbecue will help Cavell Court care home, on Dragonfly Lane, Cringleford, celebrate its third birthday on Friday July 13, from 12.30pm-4pm.

The local community is invited to join the fun. Jennie Rodger (pictured), home manager, said she hoped the day would be an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the “warm, friendly home-from-home we have created here.” 

 

 

Meet Cringleford care home’s new manager

Cavell Court care home in Cringleford is inviting the public in to meet its new manager.

On Wednesday June 13, from 2pm-4pm, the care home on Dragonfly Lane will throw open its door to the community and invite them to meet Jennie Rodger (pictured) and take a closer look at the care home and its facilities.

Jennie took over at Cavell Court earlier this year, having worked at Care UK since 2012. She has been involved in the care sector for almost two decades, which has included working at several Care UK homes in Suffolk, two as a home manager.

Jennie said: “I am delighted to welcome the local community into the home for this event and am looking forward to meeting our neighbours. I’ve been in the Care UK family for six years now and strive for the best results from my team to ensure we are creating the best environment for residents and their loved ones.

Cavell Court provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.

To find out more about at Cavell Court, or to book your free place, please call customer relations manager, Samantha Woods on 01603 856 835, or email samantha.woods@careuk.com.


Cadets transform care home’s garden

Residents at a Cringleford care home are enjoying a transformed garden, thanks to the efforts of a group of police cadets.

Cavell Court, on Dragonfly Lane, now boasts newly-painted garden tables and chairs, an improved sensory space and plenty of handmade enclosures to attract local wildlife.  Panola pansies, begonias, bellis reds and dwarf conifers have also been planted, adding to the existing displays.

The cadets and their leaders joined residents as part of a community project which also aimed to encourage friendship between different generations.

Youngsters helped residents make fat balls for the birds and create colourful decorations such as pinwheels to brighten up the outside space.  A total of 40 handmade birdboxes have also been added to the garden, with all of the timber donated by a local Jewson’s branch.

Afterwards, the police cadets joined residents, their relatives and the Care UK team for a well-deserved buffet and firework display. Richard Lawson, home manager at Cavell Court, said: “We’re so grateful to the police cadets who helped spruce up our garden,  the project proved to be a real success and you could see from the residents’ faces just how much they enjoyed spending time with the cadets. “Intergenerational relationships have been proven to be beneficial to older people, and it was clear that the residents at Cavell Court really enjoyed the afternoon.

“The outdoors has many therapeutic benefits for older people, not least because it’s given them the opportunity to get back to nature, but it can also improve mood, concentration and relieve stress. We hope the garden will bring much joy to residents and visitors over the coming years.”

Cavell Court is an 80-bed care home which provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.

Picture: Lucy Taylor Photography