Vacancy – bank RGN or RMN

Glebe Court Nursing Home

West Wickham, Kent BR4 0RZ

Vacancy for a

Bank RGN or RMN

 Early and Late Day Shifts (Some weekends)

 

£14.79 per hour

Training provided

Free healthcare plan.

Contributory Pension Scheme option

 This post is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check.

Further information, job description and application form available from the administration office, Glebe Court 020 8462 6609 or e-mail glebecourt@hotmail.com

Closing date for applications: Friday 17th October 2014

Glebe Court Nursing Home is part of Glebe Housing Association Ltd and has 47 en suit rooms. We are a Gold Standards accredited palliative care home looking after older people with dementia and frail elderly.

March 2014

I am writing this on a lovely sunny day after all the drama of the flooding and closure of Glebe Way.

Further to my article last month, Zoe and Ben came from Avery fabrics with a car loaded with goodies for us from their Christmas cake sale.  Much of this will be used when we set up our Namaste Room for end of life dementia care. Namaste (to honour the spirit within) is a care programme developed in America and taken on board by St Christopher’s Hospice.  It focuses on calming and soothing residents, using touch, sound, smell and taste in a calm and special environment, which includes hand massages, foot spas, lotions, diffusers, soft music, treats and drinks.

Also thanks to generous funding from The Glebe Housing Association Trust Fund we are able to continue the fantastic work of Music Therapist Kwaku, from Nordoff Robbins, who brings such musical joy and enthusiasm every Tuesday to our residents who respond in a most lively and energetic way.

We have been watching the Winter Olympics on and off for a couple of weeks and  getting to see some different skills and sport which residents have found interesting.

We are introducing an evening activity, on a trial basis, for a few of the residents who stay up later, such as music appreciation, watching plays/classics, discussions and scrabble.

Eileen, our fabulous sing song volunteer, extends her support to us in other ways and has held a monthly music group and a poetry group for interested residents recently.  I know they were studying Wordsworth and his poems which was very well researched by Eileen, who had me photocopying lots of poems for them.

Jamie Steen came to perform his variety Express Show which had something for everyone with great songs, comedy, costumes and music.

Tristan our amazingly talented young volunteer pianist came to perform again and was very well received by our residents.

Jim, our “slightly older” pianist (!) came back for a recital, despite having to walk in when the road was closed, and residents enjoyed his music too.

We celebrated Chinese New Year with a delicious Chinese themed lunch and decorations and the gentle tinkle of oriental music in the back ground.

For Valentines Day we decorated the dining room in a blaze of pink and red with lovely new red cloths from Avery Fabrics on the tables and little decorated paper hearts which residents made in Arts and Crafts.  We put out chocolate hearts from Marks & Spencers for every resident to have with their drinks after lunch and Trevor provided a tasty menu of butterfly chicken (heart shaped!) or salmon and a glass of wine went down well with residents who remembered their loved ones.  Romantic music played around the home on this special day.

Lets hope Spring is around the corner. Best wishes to everyone.

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February 2014

Happy New Year, and Happy Chinese New Year (31st January) to everyone.  We have not written since November so this article is a reflection of the lovely Christmas we enjoyed at Glebe Court.

 

Our usual activities continued however, we had lots of outside entertainment including the following:

 

  • The Bencurtis Choir, 10 strong looking festive in their red and black and sounded lovely.  They got us all in the Christmas mood, especially as our Christmas coffee morning followed the next day.
  • Let it Snow followed from Cat’s Pyjamas Production Co – a one woman show with costumes and dancing.
  • Cinderella panto from Rah Rah Theatre company was great fun and residents joined in all the responses, “behind you” !!
  • Stuart Fiddler came to perform some lovely jazz music on his guitar which was calming and relaxing and enjoyed a lot by some residents.
  • In Christmas week S G Productions performed Winter Wonderland (sponsored by the Glebe Court Residents Support Group) which had two lovely singers, lots of sparkly outfits and great dancing, including a memorable Charleston.  Residents really enjoyed this show and readily joined in.
  • Just when you thought Christmas was over and January was quiet, Gordon Bennett, a cockney party entertainer joined us for a “right good laugh and knees up” and lots of fun was had by all of us.
  • We have had two lovely piano recitals recently, one from Natalie, who has returned from maternity leave and plays a great range of music for us and Tristan a young volunteer who plays from memory and has a fantastic repertoire and played beautifully.  The sound of the piano around the home is very calming.

 

So as you can see residents have enjoyed a great variety of entertainment and we shall continue to offer this in the year ahead, thanks to increased support from the Glebe Court Residents Support Group (GCRSG)

 

Our Christmas coffee morning was a great success with lots of visitors coming to look around the stalls which the GCRSG had organised and manned on the day.  Staff and volunteers ran the refreshments and raffle and Martin Charles entertained us with live music from his keyboard in the lounge.  We thank the GCRSG for their help and support with this event.

 

 

 

Avery fabrics in West Wickham High Street, held a cake sale in December on a very  wet and windy day with a view to raising funds for our support group (GCRSG) to benefit our residents.  They raised over £600 which was amazing and they wanted to buy things for the home, so having provided a wish list they have bought us: lamps, cushions, fancy serviettes, tablecloths a new Hi Fi system and for our new “Namaste” sensory room (more to follow in due course) 3 foot spas, towels, lotions, diffusers etc.  This is a most generous donation and we are really grateful for to them for choosing our charity this year.

 

 

 

 

Residents had fun at our film night on Christmas Eve with popcorn, ice cream and drinks both upstairs and downstairs, with Guys and Dolls showing on the big television screens.

 

Christmas Day saw Father Christmas deliver lovely presents, beautifully wrapped (thank you Wendy from the GCRSG) for all the residents who later enjoyed a delicious traditional turkey lunch. We were pleased to welcome so many family and friends to join their relatives and the conservatory became another dining room.

 

On New Year’s Eve our party started with a lively performance from Anna Golden (who kindly stepped in as the booked performer slipped a disc the week before) she got everyone dancing, tapping and joining in and she definitely created a wonderful atmosphere which then carried through to our buffet supper.  Everyone sat round a big, long table stretching the full length of the dining room.  Trevor had arranged for the kitchen, mostly Sue, to prepare a fantastic selection of savoury and sweet treats all washed down with the fizz of pink champagne which we opened with a pop and a cheer!

 

New Years Day was nice and relaxing for residents who enjoyed a Vienna Concert in the morning and The Sound of Music in the afternoon.

 

Ah! It all came and went so quickly but it’s been nice to remember the fun we had.

 

We look forward to 2014 and all the fun and laughs and friendship we offer our residents at Glebe Court who respond with enthusiasm and happiness.

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December 2013

Well, our Fireworks Party did go off with a bang!  Low level fireworks were a real picture for the residents to enjoy from the warmth of the conservatory.  We had pretty ‘LED’ candles inside and real ones outside to set the scene.  Derek, Jim and Les were really busy outside setting off the wonderful colourful firework spectacular and, of course, Handel’s Firework Music Suite accompanied them.  Residents held glow sticks and it was a great atmosphere.  Then, fantastic food was served up by Susie and Wendy.  Ann and Ann provided refreshments of wine and orange juice and the party continued past bed time and fun was had by all.  Thank you to Mary and her team from the Glebe Court Residents Support Group for a lovely evening.

 

We have enjoyed a selection of entertainers this month from regulars like Jim on the piano and Jamie Steen with his shows ‘Bless ‘em All’ and costume changes celebrating the 1940’s with the hits from the blitz.  Newcomers, Almond Greenway, provided a lively show with backing videos and the Showtime Singers, whose simplicity touched the tapping hands and feet of our residents who had a great sing along with them and Chris Clark on vocals and trumpet which residents enjoyed although some commented it was a bit too loud!!

 

On Turkish Independence Day we enjoyed a special menu of Besamel Musakka and Balkan Guveci followed by Seftalili Tart which some residents loved to try.  The room was decorated with red and white Turkish flags and images.

 

Arts and Crafts have continued to be popular with a session painting pumpkin suncatchers which look lovely hanging in the window of the conservatory.  We’ve made fruit plates using stickers and we’ve had fun making objects from soft air drying clay in all colours including snakes, snowmen, dogs, hats, cups, flowers, people etc…

 

Our manicurist, Marisa, is back and residents are really pleased to have beautiful painted nails again in time for Christmas.

 

Eileen, our lively sing along volunteer held a small music appreciation group which was much enjoyed by those who went.

 

Our exciting new project this month has been the start of a six week music therapy pilot.  Kwaku, a wonderfully talented, friendly and engaging therapist is working with three residents on a one to one basis and doing a group session in the upstairs lounge with handheld instruments accompanying his keyboard.  Our residents are making music loud and lively and having great fun.  It’s amazing to see how he works and improvises to go with the flow and the smiles and appreciation from the residents is truly remarkable.

 

We have lots of entertainment booked for Christmas and we are now on a roll for the festive period.

Joanna Brick,  Activities Co-ordinator

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August 2013

I hope you are managing to get out and enjoy some of the sunny days we’ve had recently. Our drive outs continue successfully with many residents getting away for a change of scene. Pet and Marc took another group out for a lovely pub lunch in Eynsford.

We had a holiday theme for our special lunch this month: Caribbean/ Jamaican/Holiday and many residents and special guest, Beth, who joined them, enjoyed the different menu choices of Trinidadian fish stew or Jerk Chicken with rice and peas, all washed down with delicious tropical fruit juices. The dining room looked bright and colourful with white cloths and cheery napkins featuring exotic birds and brightly coloured flower arrangements, from Maggie, our florist, decorated with colourful little umbrellas. Bright pictures and hanging tissue paper fruits, bananas and pineapple, decorated the walls and Jamaican flags on the tables and bunting finished off the look! After a fun sing a along and this nice lunch residents were in a relaxed holiday mood for the afternoon.

We have enjoyed a number of entertainers this past month including:

  • Nathan Rhodes, keyboard player and singer, a regular and popular performer with the residents.
  • Jim, our self-taught pianist, has continued to visit monthly, on a Friday afternoon, which has been a nice way to start off the weekend.
  • SG Productions sent a replacement ‘Frank Sinatra’, as the previous one a few weeks ago wasn’t up to scratch and this was much much better.
  • Martin Charles, multi-instrumentalist, came with a range of instruments and residents enjoyed this afternoon with lots of foot tapping and hand clapping.
  • We had a new entertainer with his LIVE sing a along show with piano and residents readily joined in with all their favourite songs.

 

Our volunteers have been wonderful and are really making a difference in the lives of our residents by giving one to one special time and assisting with activities to enrich their days. Unfortunately, they are now awaiting DBS checks (police checks) before they can resume their volunteering. They were visiting in communal areas, using existing CRB’S, however there has been a policy change.

 

I would like to thank the carers who have undertaken many and varied activities with their residents while I have been on annual leave this summer.

 

Joanna Brick

Activities Co-ordinator