Guy Fawkes Sizzler! Bonfire Night Fun and Fireworks

7th November 2013

Care Unlimited maintained recent tradition holding its 4 successive Bonfire and Fireworks party inviting resident, tenants, relatives, staff and friends. People from our various homes and supported living houses made it out in good numbers.

Once again we held our Homemade Soup Competition fromwhich was boasted high tasty standards, and our regular Guy Fawkes competition - the guys seem to don ever better clothes each year! Chaldon Rise did well and won both, but the soups and Guys were so very close in quality!

We got through lots of burgers and hotdogs on the night. The event was once again well attended and the weather certainly cleared to allow all those who made it to relax and enjoy.

Thanks go to Bob Munns Group's actitivities coordinator and the Chaldon Rise team for hosting the event yet again. Also a special thank you to Peter Pacer our plumber for helping again with fireworks display.

A great night of fun, music, fire and beautiful fireworks.

We have 5 out 5 nominations reaching finals at the Surrey Care Awards 2013

7th November 2013

Care Unlimited is proud to announce that all 5 of its nominations to the 2013 Surrey Care Awards have been made it through to the finals, and will be judged later this November.

The Surrey Care Awards are the best opportunity in Surrey to recognise the hard work, achievements and commitment of people in the Independent Care Sector, bringing together the most ambitious care providers in Surrey, and health and social care professionals.

Our staff have reached the finals of various categories before, but we do hope to land a succession of wins this time round. We did receive very heart warming testimonials from residents, relatives and colleagues which certainly helped present their nominations effectively.

Here are the categories we are hoping our finalists will win:

- Frontline Leader’s Award, 2 finalists: James Ballinger Dom Care/Supported Living Team Leader, AND Gassan Coopersamy, Chipstead Lodge Care Home Team Leader.

- Care Newcomer Award, Robert Munns - Group's Activities Coordinator, based at Chaldon Rise

- Dementia Care Team Award, - Care and Nursing staff at Chaldon Rise Care Home

- Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award , our nursing founders and family directors Danny and Carmelita Shamtally - 40 years each in Health and Social Care in Surrey, 30 running Care Unlimited.

We wish all of the finalists above all the very best for the night. The event is being hosted once again at the Epsom Derby Racecourse on 22nd November 2013. They all throroughly deserve to win, but we know the competition will be tough on the night. We shall keep you posted. If they do win in their categories, they shall be entered for the National Care Awards in Decemeber 2013!

Treatment for Alzheimer's edges closer!

10th October 2013

The BBC have reported on some very encouraging scientific developments treating Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. We hope the developments leads swiftly, but safely, to treatments for millions around the world who suffer from this terribly debilitating group of diseases which not only affect the sufferer but all too often also their relatives, friends and carers.

BBC reports: The discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease has been hailed as the "turning point" in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

More work is needed to develop a drug that could be taken by patients. But scientists say a resulting medicine could treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and other diseases.

In tests on mice, the University of Leicester showed all brain cell death from prion disease could be prevented.

Prof Roger Morris, from King's College London, said: "This finding, I suspect, will be judged by history as a turning point in the search for medicines to control and prevent Alzheimer's disease."

He told the BBC a cure for Alzheimer's was not imminent but: "I'm very excited, it's the first proof in any living animal that you can delay neurodegeneration.

"The world won't change tomorrow, but this is a landmark study."

... For the whole story please visit the news page here.

Surrey Mirror article praising staff and care at Chaldon Rise

27th June 2013

We are very proud to report that Chaldon Rise has been featured in the local Surrey Mirror newspaper, thanks to a very warm and moving tribute to their staff from the wife of one of our residents who sadly passed away in May. The Home, located in Merstham in Surrey specialises in Mental Health Illnesses and Dementia, and was praised alongside The Byre Day Centre.

Surrey Mirror: Thursday, June 27, 2013

"MY FAMILY and I would like very much to say a very big thank you to all the staff at Chaldon Rise Nursing Home in Merstham.

My husband spent the last ten months of his life there, prior to his death on May 23. The staff were kindness itself and the love and care shown to all the residents could not be equalled.

Nothing was too much trouble and visitors were welcome at all times and were immediately offered tea or coffee. The menu was varied and well thought out.

The staff did their best to ensure my husband was well nourished, even when swallowing became difficult.

I would have no hesitation of being cared for myself there, or recommending it to others.

When we hear so much about bad nursing homes, it was a great relief to us to find Chaldon Rise. A very big, big thank you to Elaine Fretwell and her staff, especially those who work behind the scenes.

I would also like to thank the staff at The Byre Day Centre for people with Alzheimer’s. My husband attended two days per week for nearly two years until he had to go into full-time care.

It is a relief to know that such centres do exist. Again, the staff were very caring and tried many techniques to stimulate the users so that they could live at home for as long as possible.

Nora McCarthy"

END of Letter.

Care Unlimited, on behalf of the staff of Chaldon Rise, would like to thank Mrs McCarthy for her very kind words to really shout about the high quality care being delivered at the Home.

See the Live Surrey Mirror article here.

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