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Therapy Huskies Visit to Whittle Hall
On the 11th May Whittle Hall had Antartica Day. A day to learn a few things about that part of the world. We had a special visit from Therapy Huskies, who brought along four gorgeous Husky dogs who have been specially trained to make our resident’s day full of love, comfort, joy and smiles. These cuddly creatures really do bring a lot of fun to the day and as well as loving all the attention from our residents they also took quite a shine to our sheep.
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5/31/18
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Design in Mental Health Awards 2018 double win for Whittle Hall
The Team at L&M Healthcare were absolutely thrilled to be double winners at The Design in Mental Health Awards last night. The awards, which celebrate excellence in designing calm therapeutic environments for the benefits of patients, residents and staff alike were held at The National Conference Centre in Solihull and were presented by Dr Jacqui Dillon. Jacqui is a respected activist, writer and speaker who has lectured and published worldwide on trauma, abuse, psychosis, dissociation and healing. She is national chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England, Honorary Lecturers in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Community Mental Health Birmingham City University and a member of the advisory board, The Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care, St Catherines College Oxford. In 2017, the university of East London conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Psychology on Jacqui in recognition of her services to mental Health.

L&M Healthcare won the ‘Art Installation of the Year’ award for Whittle Hall’s Living Wall a soft sculptured wall interactive hanging produced in collaboration with Little Islands. Jeanne Davies, Director of L&M Healthcare and April Roberts, Creative Director at Little Islands were presented the award by Jacqui. The team also won Best Collaborative Estate and Facilities team project for Whittle Hall’s Dementia Plus unit. Home manager Deborah Payne and Deputy manager Megan Owen were presented the award By Jacqui Dillon.

This has certainly been a great year for Whittle Hall awards wise as they have also been shortlisted for two more awards at the National Care Home Awards due to take place at Xcel in London on the 24th June 2018. Its a testimony to the hard work and dedication that goes into developing a new care home, and making it as calm and therapeutic an environment as possible. The team have everything crossed!
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5/16/18
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L&M Healthcare Finalists at CHA Awards 2018
We are delighted to announce that Whittle Hall is a finalist in two categories of this year’s Care Home Awards. The awards which celebrate excellence in care provision across the country will be presented at ExCel in June 2018. Whittle Hall is a finalist for Best Interior Design and also for it’s ground breaking dementia plus facility in the Best Specialist Care category.

‘We are absolutely delighted’ said Jeanne Davies, Director of L&M Healthcare. ‘We are extremely proud of Whittle Hall and in particular our dementia plus facility which is the first of its kind in the area and is already producing amazing results. It’s wonderful to see the judges have recognised this too.’
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St Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Whittle Hall
Celebrating the day that St Patrick converted the Irish to Christianity one day early, meant it was all things Irish at Whittle Hall today. We had some fantastic entertainment from Sandra Currie who sung lots of Irish songs and had residents up on their feet and dancing. In fact Eileen Keneally was on her feet dancing for the whole show!! Some fabulous cakes were accompanied with a little tipple of Irish Whisky or an Irish cream and the days menu had a taste of Ireland too. There’s an old Irish saying that says ‘If you are lucky enough to be Irish…. You’re lucky enough.’ Well today all our residents did have the luck of the Irish. What a fabulous way to mark the day.

You may or may not know this, but Sandra Currie has recorded a therapeutic CD called ‘Sweet and Low’ which is ideal for people suffering from dementia. Whittle Hall often play this in our hub areas.
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3/16/18
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Whittle Hall Community Open Day

Formerly opened by the first ever L&M Healthcare resident at Gainsborough House, the lovely Pearl, who is now aged 91, Whittle Hall opened its doors to hundreds of local residents who were greeted with a glass of Prosecco, taken on a full tour of the facilities and then treated to an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea while being entertained by a five-piece band and Charleston dancers.

The day had a lovely atmosphere and most people were amazed at the standard of the facilities and luxurious decor. We also had an official visit by the Deputy Mayor of Warrington, Karen Mundry, accompanied by her consort Jason, who was quite emotional when she walked into the general nursing dining room. She said, ‘It was like something you’d expect to find on a cruise ship and definitely not your typical nursing home’. As director Jeanne Davies thanked everyone for coming and thanked staff for their all hard work in pulling it together, the Deputy Mayor proposed a toast, ‘when you come into Whittle Hall you are like a butterfly, come in here to have a rest, but never forget to fly’ she said.

It was a fabulous day, the children left with faces painted and lots of balloons with most of the adults left asking when they could move in! If you missed the open day and would like to have your own personal tour, please feel free to call Whittle Hall directly and our staff will be only be too pleased to show you around.
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8/22/17
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WHITTLE HALL OPENS IT'S DOORS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
Whittle Hall is our new 74 bed general nursing and dementia care residence, opening in Great Sankey, Warrington on Saturday.

To mark the opening, we are inviting everyone in the local community to pop in for a free Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea this Saturday, 19th August 11am - 4pm. Locals will have the chance to tour around the home and see all the first class facilities it has to offer including; cinema lounges, hair salon, bistro style dining and a community library. The community library is open to anyone in the local community aged 65 or over, it's a great place to meet friends, exchange books and have a free cup of tea or coffee.

Like all L&M Healthcare homes, Whittle Hall will be a beautiful place to live and work and will be more like a five star hotel than a nursing home. If you'd like to see Whittle Hall for yourself, then feel free to pop in on Saturday anytime between 11.00am and 4pm.
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Care Home Awards 2017 Winners

Our team travelled to the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London yesterday walking in over the red carpet and walking out with a trophy and a highly commended plaque.

We won Best Use of Communal Space for the Community Library at Finney House and were highly commended for Best Architecture and Interior Design at Finney House.

The Care Home Awards recognise excellence and innovation in the care home sector and the team were delighted to have been recognised in this way. The awards ceremony was a very glamorous affair, awards were presented by Alan Didicot (voice of the National Lottery and Strictly Come Dancing) and we were entertained by the lovely Sugar Sisters, fed a delicious lunch and the champagne was flowing. A well earned treat for a very hard working team.
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5/26/17
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An Easter bunny, eggs, bonnets, baby goats and a professional singer!

The Easter bunny visited and gave everyone a chocolate egg, we made bonnets, we had egg hunts, a mini farm visited bringing baby goats, lambs, and 3 bunnies (who kept escaping) and 2 geese, we had a bouncy castle and a professional singer, it was just a typical Easter in an L&M Healthcare home, lots to do with everyone included. Residents and their families were also treated to a lovely buffet and luckily the rain managed to stay away long enough to wear the Easter bonnets and everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
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4/18/17
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L&M Healthcare are Care Home Awards 2017 Finalists

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in four categories at the Care Home Awards 2017.

The purpose of the Care Home Awards is to establish a benchmark of excellence and innovation for UK care home management, operation and delivery. L&M Healthcare are finalists in Best Architecture and Interiors for the interior design of Finney House, Best Use of Communal Space for the Community Library at Finney House and Best Marketing Initiative for the L&M Healthcare website and the launch of Finney House. Judges also shortlisted L&M Healthcare in the overall achievement category Best Care Home Group.

“We are absolutely delighted to hear that we are finalists in these four categories” said Jeanne Davies Director of L&M Healthcare. “We really put our heart and soul into making our homes into the kind of place you would like to live in yourself and it’s fantastic to know that our work has been considered worthy to be finalists in so many categories.”

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 25th May which will be held at The Royal Garden Hotel in London.
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The world’s biggest coffee morning

It was cakes all round on Friday 25th September, with all three homes sharing coffee and cake with residents and visitors in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support . Together we raised a total of £251.71.

Gainsborough House managed to raise £54.00. Darnton House made a sterling effort and raised £85.71. Head office based Carol Nelson, ably assist by resident Damian Davey wheeled a trolley full of cakes round all floors so that residents and relatives could partake of a slice. Cherry Tree House topped the bill with an impressive £112.00 raised.

At the time of writing this news piece, coffee mornings around the country have raised £876,563.33 with more expected to follow. Jolly well done to all those who took time to bake the cakes and, to those who paid to enjoy eating them.
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