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Scottish Care Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce we have two finalists in the Scottish Care Awards 2017.

Resident and talented artist Nora Liberi, 92, has been nominated for The Resident Achievement Award, which seeks to celebrate the lives of individuals and their continued achievements whether within the home or in the wider community: “Nora has been like a breath of fresh air within the care home, improving the lives of all her fellow residents” – Lynn Fenton, Unit-Staff Nurse.

The Nurse of the Year award is presented to an outstanding individual who represents effective nursing practice within the care home environment and we are delighted that our nurse Jennifer Stein, 25, has been nominated: “I feel that Jennifer epitomises the spirit, dedication and caring role of the nursing profession” – Barbara McQuillan, Relative of a Resident.

We wish the best of luck to both Nora and Jennifer, whatever the outcome however, they’re always our winners!  

Scottish Care Awards 2017 Nora  Scottish Care Awards 2017 Jennifer


Exciting Expansion!

We are pleased to announce that due to demand for places our Bearsden Care Home is going to be expanding – with a custom built extension providing us with more space for new residents. 

Since we opened in 2012, we have cared for more than 100 members of the local community, providing the highest standards of care within a safe, friendly and warming environment. 

Situated in Maxwell Avenue, built over 3 floors with floor to ceiling windows and expansive views of the leafy Glasgow suburbs, our home offers a variety of luxury services for our residents including a Cinema Room, Sensory Garden, Putting Green, Library, Hair Salon and much more. 

Our Home Manager, Adelaide Maynard, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to extend our services and meet the needs of more of our local elderly community for years to come.”

To find out more about our home, have a look through our website or arrange a tour by calling Adelaide on 0141 942 5834 or email  .


Residents of Westerton Care Home welcome Sharon, along with her fantastic dog Sky through their doors for daily pet therapy sessions! 

Sky, a fully qualified Therapet, is the loving and well-behaved companion of Westerton Care Homes Therapet owner Sharon. Sky has brought much joy to residents during the therapy sessions, who delight in petting and cuddling her.  

The Therapet programme trains animals to promote health and happiness through animal assisted therapy. Pet therapy is particularly beneficial for people living with dementia as it is believed to improve moods and have a calming effect, as well as rekindling fond memories. The therapy aids reminiscence and communications for people living with dementia, helping to induce positive memories.

Activities Coordinator at Westerton said:

“Sky is a loving and friendly dog. She loves being petted by residents, and the residents thoroughly enjoy having her around.
She is very well behaved, and I will certainly be bringing her back for plenty more Therapet sessions in the future!” 



Ladies Night

Residents were in for a treat on Wednesday 14th October when we hosted a very popular Ladies’ Night!  

The night itself took place in our bar area, with plenty of refreshments to go round! The evening began with a few games of dominos – one of our resident favourites! – before moving on to classic card games. The fun wouldn’t be complete without music, which our residents enjoyed singing and dancing along with!

Ladies night events are enjoyed by both our female and male residents, of course – though we also recently hosted a Gentleman’s night to even the balance!

Pictured are residents enjoying dominos and a few tipples.

  


Activities at Westerton Care Home.

Our residents have been enjoying a visit to the Lomond Shores. The Lomond shores. Loch Lomond Shores is Scotland's most spectacular visitor destination, combining the beautiful environment with an outstanding mixture of leisure and shopping. It was a lovely sunny day so we decided to take the residents out on our mini bus over and made a day of it. All of the residents had lunch at the shores and then it was off for a spot of shopping around the outlets.
We had a great day at Lomond Shores and got some great snaps I’m Sure that we will be back very soon.

 

 


An Afternoon of Music

Our residents are a musical bunch and love nothing better than an old sing song!
We try to get an afternoon of music arranged every once in a while and it’s not just the resident’s that get involved all of the staff love joining in too! Our piano is one of the residents favourites and when there are not singing along they are even playing.

 




A Special Guest at Westerton – The First Minister Visits

We were delighted to welcome the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to Westerton Care Home this Easter Monday, where she enjoyed a tour of our home and joined us for Afternoon Tea!

The First Minister was welcomed by residents and staff, and enjoyed chatting over a cup of tea with residents – who were also enjoying the press attention, as Nicola had been accompanied by several journalists and news crews! Residents who love the limelight enjoyed taking part in photographs, and were also filmed for a news piece – which you can see here: 

 

The visit was part of the SNP’s launch of plans to protect benefits for the elderly and raise pensions – but Ms Sturgeon also spent time getting to know our residents, chatting with them and finding out more about life at Westerton Care Home.


Joan Fraser, Head of Care, said:

“We were delighted that Nicola Sturgeon took the time to visit us here at Westerton Care Home. It was exciting for our residents, especially with all of the press attention - it was more like a celebrity visit! She was very natural, laughing, speaking and dining with our residents, and she was keen to chat with our staff about the care we provide – which we’re always more than happy to talk about!  I hope she enjoyed her day as much as our residents did, and she is always welcome to stop by again for a cup of tea.”

 


Top Marks for Westerton Care Home!


The Team at Westerton Care Home are thrilled to officially announce the outstanding grades they were awarded for their latest Care Inspectorate Report. The state-of-the-art home, based in Bearsden, cares for a total of 86 elderly residents with a range of healthcare needs and boasts a number of impressive facilities, and at its most recent inspection was awarded excellent Grade 5 marks for all areas including Quality of Care, Environment, Staffing as well as Management and Leadership.

Westerton’s Head of Care Joan Fraser, who has over 25 years’ experience within Care Home Management and is supported by experienced staff providing 24 hour nursing care for residents, explained:

“The Team and I were overjoyed when we heard how well the care inspection had gone. Having been opened for only 18 months, I am so proud to have been awarded such high grades for every category!
Westerton Care Home is a truly luxury facility and these grades reflect the hard work and time which our all of our staff put in to ensure each resident has the best experience possible. We’ve all worked hard to ensure Westerton has reached this high standard and we’re certainly planning to keep it that way!”

Built over 3 floors, with floor to ceiling windows and expansive views of the leafy Glasgow suburbs, Westerton Care Home has 86 ensuite bedrooms and offers a variety of luxury services for residents including Cinema Rooms, Sensory Garden, Putting Green, Library, Hair Salon and much more.

If you would like a tour of Westerton Care Home or any more information, call 0141 942 5834 to arrange an appointment and discuss your requirements.

Learn more about how the Care Inspectorate grading system works by downloading our info sheet: click here

To download and review the report: click here


 

Westerton Team Fundraise for MacMillan Cancer Support

Staff at Westerton Care Home have been putting their best foot forward to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

On Saturday 6th April, the Team from the Bearsden Care Home banded together to conquer the rocky and hazardous terrain of Ben Lomond. A total of 16 staff members completed the sponsored walk, Head of Care Joan Fraser explained:

“When the Team came to me with the idea of hiking up Ben Lomond, I was honestly a little nervous for them – knowing the Scottish weather, I was worried it would’ve been a pretty treacherous journey but it was for a cause which is close to all our hearts and the Staff were so determined! The walk took the Team from 9am to around 5pm which was a tough slog but clearly very rewarding and it definitely brought them a lot closer, too.”

Staff raised a grand total of £3308.40 between them which was officially accepted by the local fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support, Ryan Taylor, on Thursday 16th May.

Joan continued:

“Macmillan Cancer Support does fantastic work and offers exceptional support for those who have been affected by cancer - it feels wonderful to be a small part of that. We’re all incredibly proud of what the Team have achieved and I’m sure they can’t wait to do it again next year!”

The Team present Ryan Taylor from MacMillan Cancer Support with a cheque for £3308.40!

Well done to: Jim Hamilton, Megan Brennan,
Jackie Connor, Nicole Coyne, Allison Galli, Simon
Keogh, Debbie McEwan, Liz McKay, Cat Meechan,
Heather Nelson, Gordon Norwood, Natalie Norwood,
Isla Scott, Leanne Taggart and David Williamson!

 

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