1st Henfield Guides – Remembrance Day Service

We welcomed our friends from the 1st Henfield Guides this week as they provided our residents with a beautiful Remembrance day service.

It was a full conservatory that marked this poignant time.

The Guides stayed and chatted with the residents – they even sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to a resident who was celebrating their birthday the next day!

Thank you as always to the Guides and their Leaders for taking the time to mark this very important time.

South East Region Great British Care Awards Judging Day

This Tuesday saw some of the team attend the South East Region Great British Care Awards Judging Day at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton.

Zoe had been asked to be a judge again for the awards but obviously wasn’t allowed to judge in the categories we had been selected as finalist in.

  • Best Newcomer – Izzy – Care Assistant.
  • Best assessor and care planner – Debs – Deputy Manager.
  • Best end of life / palliative care – Team Valerie Manor represented by Jane – Registered Nurse, Lucy – Care Supervisor and Alan – Office Manager.
  • Care Innovator for his innovative services to Valerie Manor – Mike Slator, Upper Beeding Pharmacy.

The interviews were spread throughout the day but Izzy’s was the only one in the morning but her colleague Lucy offered to go with her as support.

Everyone felt that the interviews went well and it’s now fingers crossed for the Gala award night on 9th November 2019.

Huge congratulations to all of our fantastic team who continue to provide high standards of care to our residents.

Cricket in November? – Howzat?

We welcomed a new form of activity to Valerie Manor this week – table top cricket!

We created a cricket ground in the restaurant as Dave set up the wicket on three tables. The residents took turns in batting, bowling and cheering each other on ably assisted by Chelsea and Lucy.

As you can see from the photographs it was an extremely successful ‘match’ which everyone enjoyed.

Thank you to Dave and to all the wonderful staff who assisted.


Bonnie & Arthur

It has been some time since we had a visiting Pets as therapy Dog (P.A.T.) at Valerie Manor, but we were pleased when we were recently contacted by someone who wished to do so.

Bonnie & Arthur come highly recommended as they know Derrie & Lola – who you may remember visited us for many years before Lola  retired.

Praise indeed!

This week we completed all the paperwork to allow the regular visits to commence next Wednesday.

We introduced Bonnie & Arthur to some of the residents and he showed off one of the tricks he has learnt.

Bonnie balanced a biscuit on his nose and he waited until he was told he could eat it, then flipped it into the air and ate it!.

As you can see from the below photograph Bonnie even taught one of our more ‘boisterous’ visitors the same trick!!