Friday, July 1st, 2022



Jane Stevens, a hostess at Lavender Fields Care Home in Sevenoaks, is walking 30 miles this month in aid of Dementia UK, and some of the residents at the care home are supporting her by walking with her. Jane was inspired to take on this challenge as both her mother and mother-in-law are living with dementia, as well as many residents at Lavender Fields, which offers both residential and dementia care. Whilst Jane is completing the walk outside of her duties, she is undertaking some parts of the route around the gardens of the home- and even within the home when the weather

Greensleeves Care, the care home charity which operates local home, Gloucester House, celebrates its 25th anniversary on 1st April. As part of its celebrations, the charity is spotlighting some of its longest-standing residents across all 26 of its homes.Winnie Hull, an 87 year-old lady, has lived at Gloucester House since 2002, and during her time at the home she has raised over £48,000 for the residents’ amenity fund, and has won multiple fundraising awards.Born in 1934 in North Shields, Winnie left school aged 14 and had several jobs including working in a fairground and selling deckchair tickets on the beach.At

This week marks Student Volunteering Week, and local Sevenoaks care home Gloucester House is celebrating the success of their volunteer scheme, which over the years has seen many volunteers continue go on to become permanent team members.Emma Adams and Emily Dixon-Brown, Level 3 Health and Social Care students at North Kent College, have been regularly volunteering at the Greensleeves Care home since October, and this week the residents bid them a farewell and good luck as they left to focus on their upcoming exams.[caption id="attachment_14179" align="aligncenter" width="602"] Emma and Emily[/caption]Student Volunteering Week, led by the Student Volunteering Network, is focused

The last two years have shown us one thing; no one can plan for the future.  One thing you can plan for is the possibility of you clients needing care or facing a change in their current care requirements.To support your clients in 2022 and fulfil their wishes of remaining safely in the comfort of their own home, introduce them to  an 'Outstanding' live-in care provider, The Good Care Group, so they begin exploring their future care needs.Whether this is convalescent care after a planned operation, respite care so their family can take a holiday or a loved one feels, after spending time

Wedding bells have been ringing out at Weald Heights Care Home, after a resident was surprised with a re-enactment of her granddaughter’s wedding, after she was unable to attend the special day.Audrey a resident at Weald Heights, on Bourchier Close, was unable to accompany her granddaughter, Holly and now grandson in-law, Steve, on their special day, so the team decided to bring the big day to Sevenoaks and contacted the family to plan a surprise re-enactment.Wedding celebrations were in full swing with the Weald Heights team going and above beyond to ensure the day went off without a hitch. The

The staff and residents at Lavender Fields, a care home in Sevenoaks, are demonstrating the ways in which they prevent loneliness within the home, in time for International Day of Friendship on Friday 30th July. ‘Chronic loneliness’ is a pressing issue for many older adults worldwide, more so than for their younger counterparts, with 6% to 13% of people aged over 65 living in the UK saying that they felt lonely all or most of the time. Older adults who are socially isolated are also at a higher risk of both mental and physical health issues. International Day of Friendship sees countries around

Gloucester House care home with nursing in Sevenoaks, has partnered with local physiotherapy company, Neurorehabilitation Kent, to provide ground-breaking physiotherapy classes to the home’s residents as part of the care package.Without the encouragement to stay active, many older adults will face a decline in mobility and can become more susceptible to injuries and falls.  A physical injury in an older age, such as a fall, is one of the main factors why people need to move to a care home.  Even though regular rehabilitation is crucial after the injury, many care homes do not offer physiotherapy programmes as part of

Lavender Fields, a Greensleeves Care home in Sevenoaks, has been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in its inspection at the end of April.The inspection focused on five key areas integral to the running of the home, including whether the home is safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led. These key areas surmise the full report, which saw Lavender Fields receive a rating of ‘Good’ out of the possible ratings of ‘inadequate,’ ‘requires improvement,’ ‘good’ or ‘outstanding.’The CQC inspectors spoke to several of the residents’ family members, who were particularly appreciative of the care staff. The report showed comments

Residents at Weald Heights Care Home are searching for Sevenoak's most lovable pooch in our virtual dog competition and raising funds forForget-me-not cafes.Simply email your photos, along with the name of your dog and category to you are also happy to make a donation to Forget me not cafes via the just giving website (see donation link below), that would be much appreciated.Categories are:-Best puppy (up to 1 year old). Golden Oldie. Cheeky chappie or lassie. Happiest face. Best of friends.(the winner will be judged on the best overall of these categories).Enties no later than midnight on 2nd May

Whilst searching past copies of the local paper for something else, I came across a much more interesting story, that of (William) Bill Dewing and his extraordinary life.Bill wasn’t a native of Sevenoaks. Born in 1886 in Deptford, he moved to the town sometime in the 1940s.He first appears in the Sevenoaks Chronicle in 1949. Clearly already a popular figure, Bill was a dream for any interviewer, in that he was happy to talk about his many experiences.Bill, now a purveyor of dried logs and manure, is first profiled with his trusty mare, Stella, who pulled his cart through the