Christmas season is offically here. We've held our annual 'Glitter and Glue' making Christmas cards, gift tags and some very glittery fingers along the way! All topped off with the first home-made mince pies of the season - who could ask for more?
Our Catering team have been visiting all the residents for our annual 'Stir Up (and make a wish!)' - just the way to start our festive fun!
Our carved pumpkins ready to light the way for the local trick or treaters - if they dare approach! (We've seen that great big spider waiting!)
Plenty of hocus pocus going on at The Old Vicarage this week! Carving pumpkins to light the way for our visiting trick or treaters.... Look away now if you are of a nervous disposition or scared of spiders!!
Our Care Quality Commission Inspector came to pay their regular visit to see how we are getting along at The Old Vicarage. We are regulated and inspected by the CQC who also regulate Hospitals, Nursing Homes and GP surgeries. They look at five particular areas and ask the following of us:
Are we Safe?
Are we Effective?
Are we Caring?
Are we Responsive?
Are we Well-Led?
Our inspector really enjoyed meeting our residents, families and staff and thanked us for the warm welcome they received.
We will keep you updated on the progress and publish our inspection results when we have them!
We were celebrating apple day in our usual delicious way. Freshly pressed apple juice, followed by Normandy meatballs with cider and apple sauce, with all the accompaniments. Followed up with a delicious apple cake and custard. For those that had any room left there was an applewood cheese board to finish. Absolutely scrumptious!
It is a very proud day for all of us at The Old Vicarage to announce that we have been shortlisted in three categories for the prestigious 'Caring UK' Awards:
Best Catering Team
Best Care Home (South West) &
A lifetime Acheivement Award - for Pat and Mike
Today we welcomed Oliver from Caring UK, who met our residents and staff and heard all about what we get up to! Fingers crossed for the awards ceremony in December...
And congratulations to Pat and Mike...
Pat and Mike have been shortlisted for ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award for their devotion and commitment to The Old Vicarage Residents. They established the family-run home 30 years ago and have worked non-stop ever since to make it the special place that it is - we are very proud of them!
National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry which takes place every October. We have been celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together, with our staff and residents choosing their favourite poems to be read out. We had some beautiful readers and some absolutely wonderful poems chosen. What a lovely and relaxing afternoon!
A big thank you to our local clergy for a wonderful Harvest service and for joining us for a lovely, sociable harvest supper. Also a huge thank you for all the hard work behind the scenes, with the decorations, flowers and the preparation of a delicious supper. So nice to have residents, family, friends and staff all joining in.
We are busy arranging flowers and vegetables for our harvest festival display. Tomorrow we will be having a lovely service, followed by a lovely supper together to give thanks for our beautiful and bountiful Devonshire surroundings.
We have lots going on at The Old Vicarage and we love to share all our news with friends and families.
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