Case Study: From five-star dining to care home catering, Dhiraj shares his exciting culinary journey

 Dhiraj, the Head Chef at Sherrell House Care Home, has had an inspiring culinary career. From working in top hotel chains in Mumbai, to established UK restaurants, Dhiraj has a wealth of experience in all types of cuisines and now uses his knowledge to ensure residents receive the very best food! 

His journey and success in the catering industry is one to be admired, so in this case study, we will be sharing Dhiraj’s story and how he uses his culinary skills to delight care home residents. 

 Dhiraj was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and from a young age, was always determined to follow in his father's footsteps in the catering industry. Dhiraj’s father manages a restaurant of his own in Mumbai, which gave Dhiraj the opportunity to get his foot in the door and the chance to inherit culinary skills from a very young age. 

In 2016, Dhiraj successfully graduated from The University of Mumbai and obtained a Degree in Hospitality. His qualification and new skills, alongside his family's support, provided him with the confidence to step out of his comfort zone and put his talents to the test. This is when he decided to join The Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai, a luxury, 5-star resort that provides guests with stunning ocean views and a first-class experience. This was a big step-up for Dhiraj, but he wanted to challenge himself and learn from some of the best in the industry. 

During his time at the Oberoi, Dhiraj was able to learn about various cuisines from around the world, including European, Asian, and Indian specialties, as well as traditional Japanese dishes. 

Using the wealth of knowledge and skills he had gained at the Oberia, in February 2021, Dhiraj decided it was time to for his next challenge so he could develop his experience in a different setting. Dhiraj took the brave decision to travel across the globe to England, where he enrolled at the University of Birmingham to study for his Master’s Degree in Hospitality. 

After completing his master’s degree, Dhiraj accepted a role as a Chef de Partie at The Ivy in Birmingham. The Ivy is an established British restaurant that serves traditional food to a very high standard. During his time there, Dhiraj worked alongside a team of 42 highly skilled chefs, where he gained specialist knowledge about modern brasserie classics, Asian-inspired cuisine, and delicious vegan and vegetarian options. Dhiraj said, "Travelling obviously allowed me to improve as a chef—but more importantly, it allowed me to grow as a person. Experiencing different cultures and living independently taught me what was truly 

Case Study: From five-star dining to care home catering, Dhiraj shares his exciting culinary journey 

important in life.” Despite the Ivy offering Dhiraj a sponsorship contract, he felt his knowledge and skills could make more of an impact somewhere else. 

In October 2022, Dhiraj moved to London and was offered a role at Sherrell House Care Home. This was a completely new role and setting, but a different type of challenge that he was keen to take on! 

Since his very first day as the Head Chef at Sherrell House, Dhiraj has been eager to apply his expertise in multi-cultural cuisine to the home's catering service. Dhiraj spent quality time learning about the residents' personal preferences, likes & dislikes so that he could lead his team in tailoring the menu accordingly. His knowledge of different cultural cuisines enabled him to prepare traditional meals for residents from various backgrounds, in order to meet their specific cultural and religious requirements. This has been incredibly well received by the people living at Sherrell House and his traditional recipes brought bring many happy memories from their younger years. 

Since working at Sherrell House, Dhiraj’s desire to improve and deliver the very best food has continued, and after learning more about the needs of the people living there, he recently completed a ‘Best Presentation of Puree Foods’ course to ensure residents receiving pureed foods, get a meal that both looks and tastes delicious. 

Dhiraj continues to strive for culinary excellence, taking every opportunity to improve and better the lives of the people who live at Sherrell House 


107 year old celebrates at Twyford House

It was a special day at Twyford House Care Home on Monday as resident Marie Lycett celebrated her 107th birthday!

Marie, originally from Congleton, moved to the home July 2022 and has been enjoying the next chapter of her life amongst new friends. She is a regular participant in daily activities and enjoys walks around the garden and tending to the flower beds. In her younger years she was involved with the WI and her local church.

Jane Haines, General Manager of the home said

“It’s an absolute privilege to be able to celebrate with such an inspirational lady and the team made sure she had a special day.”

The home recently ran a social media campaign asking for the general public to send cards to the lovely Marie with the aim of reaching 107. Close of play yesterday they had received 397 plus a card from King Charles and Mayor Rod Fletcher who personally hand delivered his. The home welcomed endless visitors throughout the day including BBC Radio, Alsager Nub News, local press and Shady Grove Stores who donated lots of flowers and plants for the garden. Local school children from Highfields Community Primary and Excalibur delivered hand made cards as well.

Marie thanked everyone for making her day so special and said it was honestly the best birthday she have ever had in her whole life!

Twyford House Care Home is located in the heart of Alsager and provides high quality residential and dementia care in exceptional surroundings. Lovett Care operate ten homes in England and Wales.


Aria Care Group launches ‘Chef Academy’ apprenticeship programme

One of the UK’s leading care groups has launched a new apprenticeship academy for budding chefs.

Aria Care Group has partnered with Lifetime, a leading training provider, to offer its Chef Academy, in response to industry-wide challenges in recruitment.

The academy aims to support people with their development and career prospects and nurture Aria’s own homegrown culinary talent.

As a rolling programme, the apprenticeship is open to people of all ages, offers nationally recognised qualifications and the opportunity to learn more about the hospitality industry, which people can join throughout the year.

Five apprentices have already attended two masterclasses - the first in Billingsgate Market, London, in October, which also marked the official launch of the academy; and the second which took place on Thursday, 8th February.

James Clear, director of hospitality at Aria Care, said: “Every day is a learning day as a chef. As a group we invest in our training and apprenticeships provide an exciting opportunity for people to gain nationally recognised qualifications, learn more about the hospitality industry, and achieve the next steps in their role.

“The masterclasses are hands-on courses which not only have all the candidates learning together and encouraging each other, but also gives them the opportunity to witness the skills of our experienced chef trainers first hand.”

Tom Withers-Ryan, second chef at Aria Care’s Ivy Court Care Home in Norwich, said: “The Aria Care chef academy seemed like the logical choice to support me in my journey towards a future head chef role. My favourite part of the programme is the masterclasses; these practical days are great as I can use the skills I have learnt every day in my role, while developing my knowledge of working in a kitchen and my understanding of food preparation.”

In addition to the launch of the chef academy, Aria Care has also rolled-out new crockery into each of its communities. The duck-egg blue Churchill stonewash crockery is designed to offer a day-to-day premium dining experience, while its independence toolkit of crockery, cutlery and drinkware supports residents with dexterity challenges and visual impairment, while still providing a high-level experience.

James said: “From the chef academy to the introduction of new crockery, our aim is to always provide the very best experience for the people living in our communities. Food and drink is really important for social interaction and comfort, but we know there’s still a big stigma around care home food.

“We provide ‘hospitality from the heart’ with a nutrition and hydration framework which is shared with all of our homes. The crockery is important to offer a premium style dining experience, while the independent tool kit further supports residents to ensure everyone is able to enjoy their food and get the most from this time.”

For more information about Aria Care, visit www.ariacare.co.uk


Brendoncare releases single to mark 40th anniversary

Residents, colleagues and volunteers join together to sing I Just Called to Say I Love You.

Hampshire-based charity The Brendoncare Foundation has released a single of an all-time favourite song to mark its 40th anniversary which was on 14th February.

To tie in with the day also being Valentine’s Day, Brendoncare residents, colleagues, community club members and volunteers have recorded and videoed a cover version of Stevie Wonder’s classic I Just Called To Say I Love You. The single is now available to buy. It will help to raise money for Brendoncare’s vital work supporting older people in the community.

To view the video of the song or to buy a copy of the single, please go to: https://www.brendoncare.org.uk/40th-anniversary/

Project manager, Rebecca Spicer, Brendoncare’s Wellbeing Manager, explains: “We decided to record I Just Say I Love You because not only is it a song everyone loves and enjoys, but its message also encapsulates everything Brendoncare stands for.

“A vital part of our community service work is offering telephone support to our club members who are living alone, feeling isolated or going through a challenging time in their lives. Our team of telephone volunteers are there to call them on a regular basis for a friendly chat or at any time when they need help or advice.”

Rebecca continues: “We all had the most fantastic fun making the record and video. Everybody really came together to lend us both their time and their fantastic voices. We do have some real singing superstars out there.”

Residents and colleagues from Brendoncare’s care homes in Hampshire, Wiltshire and West Sussex, together with the two singing community clubs based in Otterbourne near Winchester and Gosport in Hampshire made the single. 

The film was made by Ellis Korde, a student at the University of Winchester, the audio producer being Martine Martin, Brendoncare’s Head of Membership.

A wide range of celebrations are marking Brendoncare’s 40th anniversary, including burying a time capsule, parties and lunches. 

The Brendoncare Foundation was established on 14th February 1984. Its founder, Winchester GP Sir Ronald Gibson, chaired the BMA (British Medical Association). Convinced that older people were often let down by the institutions caring for them, he believed they should never have to move into a different care facility should their health fail or mobility deteriorate.

Sir Ronald pioneered the idea of tailoring a full range of care to fit the changing needs of people, always offering care with discretion, respect, and dignity. These principles continue to guide Brendoncare’s work today. 

Brendoncare has built on his visions and now operates seven care homes across the south of England. Each of them provides a range of care comprising residential, nursing, dementia, end of life (palliative) and respite.

Brendoncare also provides community services for older people including a network of more than 70 clubs across Hampshire and Dorset, online clubs, digital and telephone support, and special events. These are accessed through Brendoncare’s community membership.  

For more information about Brendoncare, please visit the website: https://www.brendoncare.org.uk/ or call 01962 852133.


YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND THEM IN THE KITCHEN AT PARTIES

Happy Couple Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day at Bernard Sunley Care Home And Reminisce About Their 51 Years of Marriage

At Bernard Sunley, the Woking-based residential, nursing and dementia care home run by charity Friends of the Elderly, the care team has shot arrows of love and played Cupid for this year’s Valentine’s Day. They turned the care home’s beautiful Conservatory into a romantic bistro setting and hosted a delicious Valentine’s Day lunch for its residents.

One happy couple who celebrated the loving day, were Jennifer and Mike Lattimer. Jennifer has been a resident at Bernard Sunley since 9th February and Mike visits each day to ensure they spend quality time together. Married for over 50 years, Jennifer and Mike met through mutual friends at a party in London. “The party was in a flat in Trafalgar Square,” said Mike. “I met Jennifer in the kitchen and we instantly got on so well, we didn’t leave – we spent the whole party, in the kitchen, talking to each other.” Jennifer added: “I knew Mike would be a ‘Keeper’, as he helped with the washing up after the party and, yes, we were still in the kitchen.”

For their first date, they went to the cinema in the West End of London. “I’d invited Jennifer to come and see ‘Death in Venice’, the 1971 film starring the late Dirk Bogarde. We were looking forward to seeing the film as it had great reviews,” continued Mike. “Our evening didn’t to go plan, as when we got to the cinema, all the tickets were gone. So, we saw another film, a thriller called ‘Puppet On a Chain’. To be honest, it was a terrible film, but we still had a lovely time as we were together.” However, the couple didn’t miss out, they returned to see ‘Death in Venice’ the following week on another date night. “It was a great film,” added Jennifer. “I’m so glad we finally got to see it; we both thoroughly loved it.”

The happy couple tied the knot at Eltham Methodist Church on 14th July 1973. “I can’t believe it’s been 51 years this year,” said Jennifer. For their honeymoon, Mike and Jennifer went to Bamburgh in Northumberland. “We stayed in a wonderful, small hotel very near to the vast Bamburgh Beach,” continued Mike. “We enjoyed it so much; we’ve been back to the area many times over the years.”

Bamburgh Beach is backed by fabulous sand dunes and the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, with sea views across to Lindisfarne, Holy Island and Farne Islands. “Bamburgh Castle is a Grade I Listed building and known as one of the finest in the country,” continued Mike. 

“It is steeped in history. It’s the first castle in England to fall to canon fire as the Wars of Roses came to an end and was also one of the world’s first ‘coastguard’ stations.”

One of the reason Jennifer and Mike decided on Bamburgh for their honeymoon was their joint love of walking. “We’ve shared, and still do share, a few joint hobbies,” said Jennifer. “We thoroughly enjoyed walking and hiking – and going to classical concerts. We both still enjoy classical music. We had memberships of Yehudi Menuhin School, which allowed us to get cheaper tickets to all the students’ concerts. The renowned violinist founded the school back in 1963 for musically gifted children from around the world. The concerts were superb.”

Jennifer and Mike had a son, James, and both agree that having James was the best part of their long and happy marriage. “Watching our son growing up was a wonderful thing,” said Mike. He was very energetic, a little bit naughty, but mostly a good child. There was nothing better than the three of us, taking long family walks.”

Both Jennifer and Mike had busy careers. Jennifer was a Social Worker and Mike worked for The Heinz Company in the Export Department. Mike then moved on and worked for various food import – export companies, finally working for family office furniture business; but they always made sure to make time for each other. “Once I was sent to Malta on a work trip,” continued Mike. “Whilst I was away, all I thought about was Jennifer and how much she’d love the island.”

Both agree that their key to a long and happy marriage is supporting each other’s interests, looking after each other in sickness and in health and having a good sense of humour. “We laugh a lot,” said Jennifer. “We both have a sense of humour and love telling each other jokes. I also love that Mike is so good at history – he teaches me new facts all the time.”

“We’ve been asked a few times what the secret to our long, happy and joyful marriage is,” added Mike. “We believe it’s never to go to sleep unhappy with each other. We heard that on a Wilfred Pickles radio programme over 60 years ago, and it’s worked for us.”

“I agree,” added Jennifer. “Life is too short to be upset with each other, you have to forgive and forget.”  

“Jennifer and Mike are a wonderful couple, always smiling, chatting and joking together. On Valentine’s Day we wanted to celebrate with them to let them know just how special they are and how special they are to all of us at Bernard Sunley,” concluded Andy Cumper, the Registered Manager at Bernard Sunley.


Making Moving a Stress-Free Process: Rangeford Villages Introduces 100% Home Exchange Scheme

Rangeford Villages, the award-winning UK retirement developer has recently launched a 100% Home Exchange Scheme. Effective across all villages, the scheme allows prospective residents to sell their current property with ease and move into their new home promptly.

Designed to take the stress and hassle of moving home off new residents, this offer enables homeowners to sell their home to Rangeford Villages’ national home buying partners and therefore save on estate agent fees.

Using two independent valuations, once a purchase price has been agreed by both parties, homeowners can legally exchange contracts to purchase their chosen Rangeford Village home, typically within 45 days of instructing their house-buying partner.

Two residents who are already benefitting from the scheme are Keith and June Bedford, aged 82 and 78, respectively. The couple moved from Norfolk to Mickle Hill in Pickering, Yorkshire, in September 2023.

Commenting on their experience, they said that the exchange scheme “Was very straightforward, as far as we were concerned. We had aparticular completion date in mind and so we started the process around the middle of July, whilst we were on holiday. We eventually managed to move in by our desired date and the whole move process took just over 8 weeks.

Speaking out about why they opted for the Home Exchange offer, Keith said: “It definitely shortened the time that it would have taken us to sell our home on the market, and we were well aware it could have taken up to 6 months or more to do that,” adding: “We didn't want the hassle of putting our home on the open market and having prospective buyers coming to view the property as well as knowing full well it would cost us a little bit more.”

The Mickle Hill resident adds that “The advantage of being able to move within 8 weeks was a big bonus to us, and, overall, we are pleased we went for this option. “We looked at several retirement villages when we were looking to sell our home, but none that had the facility of buying or leasing a bungalow like Rangeford Villages did.”

Keith continued: “Mickle Hill is a lovely place to live, with a real community feel,” and with “Rangeford providing the facility of care which we may need later down the line, we know that we can relax and enjoy life without the hassle of having to move again if we require extra care in the future. We are very well provided for here, as we move towards our later years.”

Howard Nankivell, Chief Executive Officer at Rangeford Villages adds: “Moving home, especially in later life, can be a big decision for many, and this is why we have introduced the 100% Home Exchange initiative. It brings peace of mind and a sense of safety and security, not only to the new residents, but also their families, knowing that they are selling their property without the stress and hassle associated with doing so.

“At Rangeford Villages, we're proud to offer this practical support and service to those who need it.”

 *This is a limited time offer and is subject to a reservation on or before 29th March 2024 and legal completion by 28th June 2024.

How the 100% Home Exchange offer works:

  • Once a new Rangeford Village home has been selected, residents will be referred to Rangeford’s trusted third-party partners who will arrange for two independent valuations of the current property.
  • The current property must meet current mortgage lending rules and pass a satisfactory home buyers survey to be eligible for this incentive.
  • Once a purchase price has been agreed by both parties, a legal exchange of contracts can take place, enabling homeowners to purchase their chosen Rangeford Village home - typically within 45 days of instructing the house buying partner.
  • This offer is not transferrable for cash.

REDCOT RESIDENTS HAVE A PURRR-FECT NATIONAL CAT DAY

Surrey Care Home’s Furry Friends – Socks and Slippers - Have a Calming  Effect on Residents Living With Dementia

At Redcot, the residential care home in Haslemere, Surrey, which is run by charity Friends of the Elderly, residents have been celebrating this year’s National Cat Day with Socks and Slippers, the care home’s two loveable, good-natured and friendly cats. 

Brother and Sister - Socks and Slippers - have been Redcot’s ‘paw-fect’ full-time feline family members since August 2021, and from the moment they arrived, they warmed the hearts of staff and residents alike. “We decided to adopt Socks and Slippers after a friend’s cat had a litter of mixed breed kittens,” said Jan Daly, the Registered Manager at Redcot . “It was a Redcot-wide decision to adopt Socks and Slippers and give them a warm, caring, loving and safe home. We chatted with our residents and it was a unanimous, resident-wide verdict – Socks and Slippers became our Redcot Rascals.

“Before they arrived, we showed the residents a photograph of the pair. Socks was christened Socks due to her black body and white paws, and as everyone knows, Slippers always go well with Socks, and so the rest is history – and it really is history,” added Jan. “Apparently it all started 2,000 years ago when The Romans started putting socks in their sandals, which are nearly slippers, to avoid blisters and skin burns.”

As they have got older, Socks and Slippers have ‘found their paws’ and make sure they not only patrol the care home’s beautiful grounds, but also make their daily visits to check in on each resident.

Socks and Slippers have their daily routine and will make sure they see everybody, every day,” said Staci Abernathy, Redcot’s Deputy Manager. “They do the rounds with the care team, going up in the lift, visiting each resident and then coming back down in the lift. They then go to see the residents who are in the Lounge or chatting in one of our cosy areas. They really have a caring ‘cat-itude’.”

Since Socks and Slippers have been at Redcot, Jan and her team have noticed many positive reactions from the residents when they are playing with or fussing the feline pair. “We’ve seen a huge, positive difference in our residents since Socks and Slippers arrived,” continued Jan. “When the residents either play with Socks or Slippers, give either one of them a fuss, let them sit on their knees for a stroke or even give them a small cat treat, it gives our residents a calming and centred focus. This is particularly noticeable in our residents who are living with dementia.”

Even though they are Brother and Sister, Socks and Slippers have different personalities. Socks is the more cautious and timider cat, and Slippers is more adventurous and vocal. Even though they love all the residents, one resident in particular is their favourite. “Susan Osborne, who has been a resident at Redcot since September 2022, is their Best Furr-iend,” continued Staci. “On many occasions we’ve found both Socks and Slippers, curled up asleep with Susan on her bed. Susan has always adored cats which the furry pair must sense. Susan loves to have them sleep with her, and the cats love it too.

“It’s not surprising that Susan, Socks and Slippers enjoy their bedtimes together as there are many positives in allowing a cat to sleep on a bed at night. These include giving the person and the cat or cats a sense of security – both emotionally and physically. Also, having a feline guest in bed with you reduces stress as well as bringing warmth and comfort. As James Herriot once said “Cats are connoisseurs of comfort,” and Socks and Slippers certainly are.”

Jan continued: “Socks and Slippers have different behaviours to show that they really like a person which they demonstrate all the time. They both do the typical cat headbutt, twitch their tails and curl themselves around our residents’ legs; and you’ll always find them asking to have their tummies tickled. They roll over on to their backs and wait patiently for their fussing to begin, purring all the time.

“Socks and Slippers are such happy and caring cats, who bring so much joy and happiness to all our residents – and are a constant source of entertainment. They really are our Redcot furry angels with whiskers.”


THREE Excellent CIW Reports in a Row for Pobl Group

An unannounced regulatory inspection has taken place at Dan Y Bryn, Pobl Group’s residential care home near Pontardawe. It is the third inspection that has been undertaken at the Group’s older people’s services in recent months – and it is the third Excellent rating in a row.

Home to 40 individuals and employing 59 staff members, Dan Y Bryn is a well-established, purpose-built service and the inspectors from Care Inspectorate Wales were impressed by the facilities. Initial verbal feedback noted that there were no areas of non-compliance and gave the following ratings:

Wellbeing: Excellent

Care & Support: Good

Environment: Excellent

Leadership & Management: Excellent

The rating scale ranges from “Poor” to “Needs Improvement” to “Good” and “Excellent”.

“Wellbeing” is considered the overall rating derived and limited by the others – which means that Dan Y Bryn can join Pobl’s sister services,Llys Y Seren and Plas Bryn Rhosyn in the hall of excellence!

James Wadlow, Director of Care and Responsible Individual at Pobl is overjoyed with the feedback. He said, “This rating is testament to the hard work of everyone at Dan Y Bryn, as well those in supporting roles across the wider Group. Teamwork and collaboration really is key.

“To have two of our Care Homes rated “Excellent” by CIW was reason to be proud, but this third inspection has really cemented the fact that our services are among the best in Wales.”

And James is correct in saying this, as the most recent data released by CIW shows that just 6% of ratings given to date have been “Excellent”.

As part of the inspection process, Dan Y Bryn residents, as well as their family members, are questioned about the care provided – which only reinforce the “Excellent” rating. One standout quote from a resident said, “[Staff] really care about us and know what they are doing”.

Meanwhile, a relative said, “I feel part of the family and always welcome” and then came the most telling comment of all, which was, “I’d be happy to move in when my time comes”.

CIW inspections at residential care homes are undertaken unannounced, to ensure that inspectors gain a true and accurate picture of life at the service. The next inspections will take place in around 18 months – whilst CIW will inspect Pobl Group’s numerous other Care services on an ongoing basis.

The full Dan Y Bryn inspection report can be found on the CIW website, here.


OAKMONT LODGE AND RED BRICK HOUSE NURSERY BRIDGE THE AGE GAP WITH NEW LINKING GENERATIONS PROJECT

Bangor-based Oakmont Lodge Care Home and Red Brick House Nursery School have joined forces with Linking Generations NI for a one-of-its-kind pilot scheme that will bring together children aged three to four with older people residing in the Dunluce Healthcare owned care home.

The scheme, which will run in conjunction with Apples and Honey Nightingale in England and Generations Working Together in Scotland, will investigate the positive benefits that can come from cross-generational socialisation.

Speaking of the home’s participation in the ground-breaking project, Ryan Smith, Chief Executive at Dunluce Healthcare, which owns Oakmont Lodge Care Home, said:

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to spearhead a scheme that will, not only promote positive well-being amongst our residents, but will ultimately have a lasting impact.

“Ensuring quality care for our residents is a top priority, and we are pleased to be involved with an initiative that will foster community connections and meaningful relationships.

“Dunluce Healthcare has already seen the benefits of intergenerational socialisation through past projects in which local school children have visited our homes, and we look forward to developing this further in partnership with Red Brick House Nursery.”

In addition to Oakmont Lodge, Dunluce Healthcare currently operates residential and nursing care facilities at Hillcrest Care Home (Omagh), Hillside Residential (Omagh), and Gortacharn (Fermanagh), with the new Peninsula Care Home (Newtownards) due to open in 2024. 

Ashley Robinson, Red Brick House Nursery, added:

“As advocates for early childhood development, we are excited to take part in such a pioneering programme that will help create community spaces for both children and older people.

“We pride ourselves on childcare with a difference, and our involvement in projects such as this will help the children build valuable life skills including empathy and perseverance.

“The training and upskilling that Linking Generations NI will deliver will be invaluable to our staff members, and we’re eager to get started on the programme with Oakmont Lodge.”

The pilot has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund as part of the Bringing People Together funding programme, which aims to build stronger connections across communities in the UK.

Elaine Brownlee, Development Worker from Linking Generations NI, said:

“Intergenerational activity is about more than bringing younger and older people together - it is a systemic approach to community development and wellbeing that recognises and values the contribution of all generations who live there.

“We are delighted to have the support of Oakmont Lodge Care Home and Red Brick House Nursery School as we develop this pilot scheme, which will allow us to establish quality indicators and in turn, make significant strides in improving intergenerational projects across the UK.”

To find out more about Oakmont Care Home visit: dunlucehealthcare.com/oakmont-lodge/

To find out more about Redbrick Nursery School visit: redbrickhousenursery.com/


“Cooking has been a lifeline for me”, says care home resident paralysed in car crash

A care home in Seacroft, Leeds has taken person-centered care to new heights to support 55-year-old resident, Eurico Smythe.

Due to a life-changing car accident, Eurico was left paralysed from the waist down and lost the love of his life, Romayne at the same time.

Staff at Seacroft Green, a 76-bed care home which provides care to working age adults as well as residential, nursing and dementia care for older people recognised Eurico’s love of cooking was more than just a hobby.

“When I came to Seacroft Green there were no facilities in place to support my cooking needs.” said Eurico.

Eurico continued, “When I lost my girlfriend in the tragic accident and my freedom to move around freely, I turned to cooking – particularly home comfort food that my mother used to cook.

“Not being able to cook had a very negative impact on my mental health and desire to live on.”

Seacroft Green provides communal kitchens for working age adults to use, however, as Eurico is in a wheelchair the cooking stations and facilities were not fit for purpose.

Upon understanding Eurico’s needs, staff at the care home redesigned an area making the facilities easily accessible for Eurico.

Home manager at Seacroft Green, Adelina Pangilinan said, “Eurico is not only passionate about cooking, which he is really good at - cooking is an essential need and part of his recovery.”

She added, “We redesigned an area of unused shelving units at the home to create sideboards and draws that are lower and easily accessible for Eurico to cook independently.”

Eurico said, “My mother was my main carer after the accident, and she taught me how to cook and shared recipes her mother cooked for her – Portuguese chicken is a really tasty dish which I now love cooking for staff and other residents.

“I am so grateful to the staff at Seacroft Green for making it possible for me to cook again, I can’t thank them enough.”

Seacroft Green care home is close to major supermarkets which Eurico visits regularly with support from staff, to buy the ingredients he now uses to cook the dishes he loves to eat.