Ascot Care at The National Care Awards 2017

Last Thursday 30th November, we attended the National Care Awards - a celebration of the best and brightest from the social care community. We were honored to be nominated for several awards on the night with finalists representing the enthusiasm and excellence we strive for at Ascot Care. Although unsuccessful in the awards three of our team did come away with a bottle of bubbly for winning the best selfie competition.

Our finalists were;

Gemma Wynne - Activities Coordinator Award, Westoe Grange
Linda Royal - Good cook/Chef Award, The Gardens Care Home
Lee Curtis - The Good Nurse Award, Castleview Care Home
The Gardens Care home for The Care Team Award

Being recognised as being among the best in social care services the industry has to offer is truly an honour and we will be striving to maintain the high standard we are already working at.

The awards nominations for the outstanding work done by our staff don’t stop their. We have been nominated for the 2018 Armed Forces Covenant.

Ascot Care Honored at National Care Awards

Tonight, Thursday 30th November 2017, Ascot Care will be attending the National Care Awards at the Gosforth Marriott, Newcastle-upon-Tyne where we are nominated for no fewer than 12 awards across the agency and the 6 care homes the categories of nomination are below:


The Care Employer Award
The Care Home Registered Manager Award
The Care Home Cook/Chef Award
The Dignity in Care Award
The Dementia Carer Award
The Care Team Award
The Care Home Activity Organiser Award
The Home Care Registered Manager
The Home Care Coordinator Award
The Good Nurse Award
The Palliative Care/End of Life Award
The Outstanding Contribution to Social Care

“It really does go to show how dedicated and compassionate the team we have built are for us to be nominated for an award. Knowing that all there hard work is being acknowledged and honored just adds to the pride and respect I already have for them. Our residents and their families are always singing the praises of our staff and we are extremely honored to be considered at the National Care Awards this year.”
                            - Gareth Nesbit, Director

Ascot Care Hero Salute

On the eve of Armistice Day as we go about our busy lives it’s often easy to forget and take for granted the sacrifices of those that have served and those that are still serving. Our very liberty and freedom is the enduring legacy of these brave service men and women.

At Ascot Care we are not only committed to providing our elderly veterans with the quality of life they deserve, but are equally committed in maintaining our close relations ships with the 1820 foundation and Hire a Hero who we have helped to raise funds and awareness for.  Both organisations help brave heroes and their families who return to civilian life and are in need of some extra support. From training, housing, employment and care they provide a clear pathway toward stability and a better future for those that have served on our behalf.

Our next ever popular charity golf day is just around the corner as well as some other exciting fundraising events through which we will continue to provide support to military charities.

This armistice day as we remember our brave heroes of the past let us not forget those in the present and the personal battles they face when they come home.

Ascot Care Sponsors Golf Day for MND

On Friday 22nd September, Ascot Care was proung to be a sponsore for the 6th charity golf day in aid of MNDA at the Wilton Golf Club in Redcar, hosted by Jon Hinchliffe.

Motor Neurone Disease affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord that sends messages to the muscles, causing them to weaken and stiffen. The golf day helped raise funds for the Cleveland branch of Butterwick Hospice, close to Ascot Care’s head office. The money raised will go towards Therapeutic treatments for both suffers and carers in Stockton, available every Friday.
 

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Our Tribute to the Soldiers of Passchendaele

Yesterday, the Commonwealth paid tribute to the fallen soldiers of Passchendaele on the centenary of the day the battle started. At the special ceremony held at Tyne Cot cemetery in Belgium, Prince Charles, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May, lead the nationwide tributes to the 320,000 Allied forces lost during the 3 month long battle that ended in November 1917. The service saw poignant letters and stories read out of the soldiers who bravely fought, which brought home the true courage of all those who have served in the military back then and today.

Ascot Care and our incredible team members want to also reiterate the tribute to those lost during Passchendaele and add our own appreciation and gratitude by continuing to support military charities and helping military veterans in any way we can.
 

For several years now, we have been supporting and helping raise money for military charities, including 1820 Foundation who focus on helping ex-military personnel and their families financially, and Hire a Hero who help ex-military personnel move into employment, training, housing and care. Our ever popular Charity Golf Day is just one of the events we hold to raise awareness and funds and will be returning soon to Close House in Newcastle. 

We are very honoured to be fully committed to supporting The Armed Forces Covenant, a pledge from ourselves as a company and our team members within it to treat those who serve or have previously served in the military along with their families with fairness and respect. 

Recently, Ascot Care has begun work with two forces support officers and are helping them to get in touch with veterans born prior to 1950 (67 years of age and above) who may not know they are eligible to veteran badges, medal entitlement, as well as recognition and thanks. For their work in the military.

The support officers are also looking to help families to receive full-service records of loved ones who have previously served so they can celebrate and appreciate their courageous military careers. 

Ascot Care Fully Supports The Armed Forces Covenant

Ascot Care is honoured to be fully committed to supporting The Armed Forces Covenant, a promise from the nation that those who serve or have previously served in the armed forces and their families are treated with fairness and respect. 

The covenant supports members within the armed forces community and helps them gain access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen. This support includes education, housing, employment and financial assistance. 

The Armed Forces fulfil a responsibility to face danger at the risk of injury, and sacrificing some civilian freedoms, while their families play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of the Armed Forces duty. The armed forces covenant recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to support and respect members of the armed forces and sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. 

The Covenant is supported by the community covenant, which encourages local authorities and communities to help integrate the armed forces into local life and nurture the public understanding of issues affecting the armed forces community. It is also supported by the corporate covenant, a public pledge from businesses and organisations who are committed to their support of the armed forces community and demonstrate through recruitment and training. 

Find out more about The Armed Forces Covenant here.

Ascot Care Salute Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is back on Saturday 24th June where we all show our support for the men and women who are part of the Armed Forces community. With celebrations taking place throughout the UK, the day welcomes everyone to show their appreciation for those currently current serving to veterans, cadets and Service families.

Starting on Monday 19th June, when the Armed Forces Day flag will be raised on buildings and landmarks around the country, there are so many opportunities to get involved including special events in town, city centres and within local communities. Take a look at the handy map here to see what is happening close to you.

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At Ascot Care, we have been continually supporting two fantastic charities which raise awareness and funds for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

1820 Foundation lays focus on supporting ex-Armed Forces struggling with personal or social issues, as well as helping children and families who have lost family members during the course of military service.

With a range of events hosted by the charity, from sports and endurance challenges to social and fun events, there are plenty of ways to actively take part in helping build awareness for the 1820 Foundation, including our bi-annual Charity Golf Day.

Another of the charities we support is Hire A Hero who assist ex-military personnel in moving into employment, training, housing and care. They work in partnership with public, private and third sector organisations to provide a network of support to lead service leavers to appropriate resources.

The Charity Golf Day

Ascot Care is a platinum sponsor of the Hire a Hero Gorillas, a rugby club used to promote the charity and raise awareness and funds. Our staff participate in events and also volunteer their time out of office to help raise awareness and funds for Hire a Hero as well as the 1820 Foundation and will continue to do so in order to demonstrate our support of the military.

Showing your support on Armed Forces Day helps boost moral for the troops and their families. Click here to find out more on how you can help support and celebrate.

A Very Big Thank You - Carers Week

This week we are celebrating Carers Week from Monday 12th - Sunday 18th June. This is an annual campaign that raises awareness of the hard work that goes into caring and to highlight the challenges carers can face.
 
The incredibly supportive staff of Ascot Care are no exception, and we want to say a huge thank you to each one for their continued hard work.
 
Here at Ascot Care, we make sure every carer receives all the training they need to support people in whatever way they can. Our residential care homes and nursing homes across the UK have staff members who can offer specialists care to people as well as offer respite and day care to support fellow carers in need of hours or days off.
 
As an agency, we also have a group of incredible carers who are available to help out other residential care homes and nursing homes when they need additional temporary staff members.  Our home care team care for clients in their own homes and go above and beyond to ensure the clients are well cared for in a safe environment.
 
Carers Week highlights and celebrates the 6.5 million in the UK who are unpaid carers to loved ones. The campaign sets out to build Carer Friendly Communities by asking people to recommend an organisations, services and employers who are carer friendly, as well as asking people and organisations to pledge themselves as being carer friendly.
 
Ascot Care offer free training and awareness in Dementia as well as a host of other courses so if your require training or assistance with care or assistance in finding staff we can help.
 
You can find out more about Carers Week by visiting the campaign here to recommend an organisation, make a pledge or print off the Carers Checklist which sets out steps you can take to become carer friendly.
 
Finally and most importantly we to say a huge THANK YOU to our carers.

Golfers Tee Off For Fourth Charity Golf Day

Our charity golf day was back and took centre stage last week on Friday 26th May, with golfing teams helping raise funds for military charities and dementia services.
 
This was our fourth annual golf day and was hosted in Newcastle at Close House in Heddon-on-the-Wall. 15 local golf teams joined for a good game across the 18 hole course, with picturesque views across River Tyne Valley. For the daring golfers, there was a prize of £10k, providing by us at Ascot Care, for anyone who could get a hole-in-one - but sadly, it wasn’t won. Maybe next time. 

The winning team of the day consisted of Paul Mackings, Ritchie Thirkel and Daniel Heckles, who won British Master’s Polo shirts to wear on the course, a set of golf balls to match and corporate hospitality at a Newcastle Falcon’s game next season. Other competitions on the day were the ‘Longest Drive’ and ‘Nearest to the Pin’, both won by Paul Cooper who won a golf polo shirt and a set of golf balls. But the real winners of the day were the charities we were raising money for to support ex-military personnel and those suffering from dementia.

One of these charities is 1820 Foundation, who are North East based and raise awareness for the ex-Armed Forces community through sports, endurance challenges, social functions and fun events. The funds raised support ex-military personnel. The charity have plenty of events coming up, including a Wine Tasting evening, Carry The Orphan Challenge and The Stretcher Carry coming next year.  These events are open to anyone and for further information visit www.1820foundation.com

Due to the huge success of the previous Golf Days, we are planning on hosting our next golf day this September, and turning this day into a bi-annual event.
 
A very big congratulations goes out to all the winners of the Golf Day and to those who joined in and supported us.  We hope to see you all again in September.

The Gardens

The Gardens is working towards becoming an Alzheimer's Society 'Dementia Friendly' organisation and we are doing this by:

  • Holding regular Dementia Friends sessions so all the staff at the home can become a Dementia Friend
  • Opening those sessions up to relatives, carers and friends of residents to also become Dementia Friends
  • Working with an external consultant to develop and provide an activities programme within the home that supports all residents including those living with dementia
  • Working to redesign parts of the homes environment to become more dementia friendly

Also, as part of the dementia awareness programme The Gardens is holding several events on the 15th June 2017 to celebrate Alzheimer's Society Cupcake Day (#CupcakeDay) which will include:

  • 10:00 Coffee morning open to all residents and families, with cupcake's homemade in resident activities
  • 14:00-15:00 'Dementia Friends' session for staff, relatives and the local community
  • 18:00-19:00 'Dementia Friends' session for relatives, families and the local community

We have included the Dementia Friends sessions below so you can sign up:

14:00 session link - https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
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18:00 session link - https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
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