Care Inspectorate Inspection Report

The Care Inspectorate issued their report following their inspection in September 2015. It is published on their website and can be read by clicking here.

We were inspected on 4 themes and were awarded grade 6, Excellent,  for three of the themes, Quality of Care and Support, Quality of Staffing, and Quality of Management and Leadership, and a grade 5 for Environment. The highest grade they award is 6, and clearly we are delighted but a big thank you goes to all our staff for their hard, but caring, work. Even the local newspaper thought the result worthy of them publishing an article about the grades awarded to us.

Ayr Races

A day at the races is one of the regular treats for the residents at Altnacraig. This time the residents had a beautiful lunch and hospitality in the Red Rum box at Ayr Racecourse. They enjoyed the racing and a little flutter, with some, but not many, beating the bookies.

The weather was beautiful which meant the residents were able to go out of the box on to the balcony to watch the horses racing, and enjoy the atmosphere. As is the tradition on their way home they just had to stop and enjoy a fish supper. It simply wouldn’t be race day without the fish supper!

Clydeview Academy

Polly Beck and some of the pupils from Clydeview Academy came to Altnacraig to perform before the residents. The children were aged between 13 and 16 and put on a fabulous entertaining concert. There was a wide range of songs from stunning solos to a barber’s quartet, and the children were both inspiring and inspired. This was their first appearance at Altnacraig, but it certainly won’t be their last!

St. Andrew’s Day

The residents celebrated St Andrew’s Day in different fashions. For some they were entertained royally by Stuart Faulds who came and played the accordion, and took the residents down memory lane with lots of old Scottish favourites. This led to lots of dancing and singing and the residents had a rare old time!

Some of the other residents went to the Chartroom where they were joined by residents from other Care Homes. Not only did have great food, but also great entertainment from the Clydeside Singers, May Hughes’ Dancers, and words from the Reverend I M Jolly. It was an entertaining day all round.

Abba Recall

Due to popular demand there was another stunning performance of Abba Mania in the Garden Lounge. The performance was a sell-out, and the residents were entertained with all their favourite Abba songs. They had a great time but the again so did the performers!

Ambitions Restaurant

Ambitions, is the restaurant in the West of Scotland College Greenock, formerly known as the James Watt College. It is a training restaurant but is open to the public. Many of its students learn their basic skills in the restaurant, starting as waiters and learning how to serve meals in the correct fashion to the diners. From there they work their way up the ladder to become chefs.

One of our own kitchen staff Mark McKinnon is half way through a 3 year course at the College. He invited 4 residents to sample the experience and test Mark’s culinary skills. They enjoyed a beautiful meal starting with Butternut Squash soup, followed by Beef Goulash, then Lemon Sponge with a Chocolate Fondant. All very nice!

Tom Smillie, our head chef, is delighted that Mark has taken this course, and believes his skills are improving all the time.

Religious Services

These are a regular feature at Altnacraig. Recently we were privileged to have Monsignor Carlin from St Mary’s take Mass for the residents. He has also taken church services.

For Remembrance Day Reverend Burt took a service in the Garden Lounge, which was packed with residents wearing their poppies with great pride. He led a moving but lovely tribute to all the heroes who gave their lives for their country.

Tea Dance

Your Voice Inverclyde Community Care Forum hosted a tea dance in Greenock Town Hall. It a regular event and is held every couple of months. This is one of the resident favourite outings, and was held in in Greenock Town Hall.

The World’s Largest Coffee Morning

The residents took part with family and friends in the World’s Largest Coffee Morning, and helped to raise £245 for charity, the money going to Cancer Research.

The money was raised as a result of a raffle and Andrea providing Aromatherapy treatments.

The residents enjoyed lots of home baking, which included a wide variety of cakes and banoffee pie.

An Afternoon at the Movies

The residents have been enjoying a regular Friday afternoon at the movies watching lots of their old favourites. Recently they have been watching a number of the old John Wayne films, which are very entertaining.

Joe’s Harkins Farewell

After many years of dedicated service Joe decided to hang up his nurse’s uniform and retire. The residents and staff gathered in the Garden Lounge to tell and listen to the stories about Joe’s career at Altnacraig, and to thank him for his invaluable and kind service.

St. Columbus High School Concert

The residents were very privileged to be among those to be invited to the annual concert hosted by St. Columbus High School, particularly as Altnacraig is outwith that school’s area.

Although the concert is hosted by St. Columbus other schools in the area also participate. The standard of performance was very high, and the residents were also treated to tea, coffee, sandwiches, sausage rolls, and cakes prepared by the Home Economics Department of St. Columbus. They had a great day out!

Christmas Programme

The recreation staff have excelled themselves throughout the year and have organised yet another very busy festive season.

Things to Come

Saturday 12th Dec         Clydeview Academy singing carols
Wednesday 16th Dec     Christmas Massage and Coffee morning
Tuesday 22nd Dec         Staff Concert and Hamper Draw
Thursday 24th Dec         Xmas Concert with Michael Paterson
Friday 25th Dec               Christmas Day lunch with turkey and all the trimmings
Wednesday 30th Dec    New Year Party with Retro
Thursday 31st Dec         Holly Fyfe playing the harp and Hogmany Party

And finally………….
Thank you to everyone for your continued support and please remember, if your relative has any other family or friends who would like a copy of our newsletter, please let us know and we will send them a copy. You can contact us by telephone on 01475 731308 or by e-mail at agnes@altnacraighouse.co.uk.

Elaine Torbet

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