Stop the Press we've done it again!






On the 8th of December Sanjay, Dominik and Steve attended the National Caring UK awards in York, we are very pleased and proud to announce that we won first place in two categories.


Best Outdoor Environment Award


This award is aimed at care homes with outstanding outdoor facilities that engage residents.


with special recognition to Adam Wallace for the outstanding job he does in keeping the gardens looking so amazing




Activities Team of the Year


From bingo to aerobics, this category is all about keeping your residents engaged and entertained with activities, again special recognition goes to Andrea Eltham and Tina Holmes for such an amazing activities program and hard work they do in the home.


for anyone keeping count that’s 6 times this year we have been national finalists in categories of care, management, leadership, gardens, catering and activities


and 3 times we have won National awards for Catering in the home, Outdoor environment and activities team of the year!


not that we are ones to blow our own horn but TOOT TOOT!


Once again to all – Thank you!



Residents blog
 Hello and a very Happy New Year to everyone. It is now the end of December and I have been at The Close for just six months. I am getting used to the change in lifestyle; all the staff work very hard to make the residents feel at home and having just experienced Christmas, I think special mention should be made of the chefs and all the kitchen staff. I can hardly move at the moment! I should also like to express my great appreciation to all the carers, cleaners and laundry staff for their efforts on our behalf Our great activities team work very hard to help us fill our days. I always try to attend the weekly quiz and very much enjoyed the various parties: Halloween, 5th November and then Christmas with the amazing performance of Cinderella by our incredibly talented staff (Andrea and Ally were quite a sight to be seen as the Ugly Sisters!). Congratulations to everyone involved. There are also outings to local garden centres, markets, shopping centres and other places of interest with Andrea and Tina managing to take care extremely well of several wheelchairs and 'walking wounded' and getting us all safely home again. Many thanks to them. I spend a great deal of time reading and make good use of the Library, as well as appreciating various volumes brought by friends. I also, of course, love to see my two sons when they are able to visit. Unfortunately, this is not very often as they both live quite a long way away (the elder one even abroad) but we did manage a lovely day together on Christmas Eve. I hope you all had a good Festive Season and wish you peace and contentment in 2018. Best regards, Ruth Tschudin

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