NEWS: Government launches engagement portal - join the national conversation!

On 10th September 2018, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a workforce engagement exercise to find out what employees in the sector think about the challenges they face.

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BLOG: Amazing Macmillan Coffee Morning at Avonbourne

On Friday the 28th of September Avonbourne Care Centre participated in the world’s largest coffee morning in order to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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BLOG: Lincolnshire residents celebrate Harvest Festival

Residents from OSJCT homes across Lincolnshire gathered together to celebrate the annual Harvest Festival last week at a special event hosted at The Venue in Navenby.

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NEWS: Brookside Care Home Awarded Gold in South West Bloom Awards – Business Category

We are delighted to announce that The Orders of St John Care Trust care home Brookside in Melksham has been awarded Gold in the South West in Bloom Business category for this year.

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NEWS: Five Finalists from OSJCT for Great British Care Awards – South East Region

We are delighted to announce that The Orders of St John Care Trust has been notified of five finalists for the Great British Care Awards South East Region. An exceptional year for the Trust with finalists spanning a diverse range of categories.

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NEWS: OSJCT colleagues rally together for 109 mile cycle ride across Lincolnshire countryside

A very successful Tour de Trust 109 mile cycle ride across the Lincolnshire countryside was completed on the 2nd of October 2018. The event raised awareness and valuable funds for Dementia UK and The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported the cause and donated generously.

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NEWS: OSJCT Edwardstow Court Care Centre officially opens!

OSJCT Edwardstow Court Care Centre in Stow-on-the-Wold was officially opened on Thursday 27th September by HMEH Fra’ Giacomo DALLA TORRE del TEMPIO di SANGUINETTO Prince and Grand Master of The Order of Malta.

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NEWS: Boultham Park join in Lincoln County Hospital campaign supporting Baby Loss Awareness week

Residents at The Orders of St John Care Trust Boultham Park House care home have joined a Lincoln County Hospital campaign in support of Baby Loss Awareness week (8th-14th October 2018).

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BLOG: OSJCT Brookside residents get involved in Falls Awareness Week

On Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th September Brookside produced and tasted fruit smoothies in aid of falls awareness week. It may not be initially obvious, but dehydration can be a major contributor to falls amongst the elderly population.

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BLOG: Brookside’s very own poet takes centre stage for National Poetry Month

Brookside hosts many talented residents. Many of them have lived fascinating lives, having travelled to some far-flung places, held some very high-powered roles and lived through some extraordinary events.

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BLOG: Holy Catholic Primary School Choir visit #OSJCT’s Grace Care Centre

Our residents at Grace Care Centre were treated to a visit from our friends at the Holy Catholic Primary School when they brought their pupils choir to perform for us.

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BLOG: #teamstirlings walk and cycle their way to fund minibus

The residents and team at Stirlings Care Home in Wantage are taking part in a number of sporting activities over the next few weeks to raise money for their very own minibus.

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BLOG: Seasonal treats at Langford View coffee mornings

The residents and team at Langford View enjoy marking the seasons, and autumn is no different.

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BLOG: Grace Care Centre residents take part in Hatherley Manor

Our residents and staff had a fantastic time attending the Harvest & Craft show held in Gloucester’s Hatherley Manor.

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BLOG: Avonbourne Care Home residents enjoy a Zoolab visit

On Friday the 7th of September, our residents were delighted to have Zoolab come in with a host of animals you wouldn't expect to find in a care home.

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BLOG: Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Harvest & Craft Shows

Our residents got in the spirit of welcoming autumn with two Harvest & Craft Shows which were held in Gloucester and Melksham.

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#OSJCT Monkscroft celebrates ‘Last Night of the Proms’

Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham have been working with Louis Bingham and David Insua Cao since November 2017 to create a choir at Monkscroft Care Centre as part of the ‘Live Music Now’ project.

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BLOG: OSJCT’s Patchett Lodge hosts ‘Last Night at The Proms’ party

Residents and colleagues at Patchett Lodge Care Home, Holbeach enjoyed a delightful Last Night at The Proms themed party last week as part of a challenge set by Live Music Now and the Care Quality Commission.

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BLOG: Diamond wedding anniversary surprise party for two OSJCT’s residents

This week, The Orders of St Johns Care Trust’s Chestnut Court celebrated the first diamond wedding anniversary of residents, Les and Deidre.

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BLOG: Yate Ukulele Band Visit & WWII Remembrance Day arrive at OSJCT’s Grace Care Centre

Residents and colleagues at OSJCT Grace Care Centre welcomed the local ‘Yate Ukulele Band’ with friendly smiles and laughter. Grace’s Café bar was turned into a viewing concert ‘amphitheatre style’.

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BLOG: Choosing a care home, what you need to know

The process of choosing a care home is often an emotional and complex process. The decision to put your loved one into a home is likely to have left you worried about how the change may affect them.

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BLOG: Life’s a fairy trail at #OSJCT’s Brookside Care Centre

Seven residents from Brookside Care Centre took to the countryside last week and spent a day at Hope Nature Centre in Southwick, Trowbridge. The Centre is a registered charity established in 2000 to help provide work placements for young adults with learning difficulties.

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BLOG: OSJCT’s Tour De Trust picks up pace in Lincolnshire

On Tuesday 2nd October a team of budding cyclists will ride the highs and lows across 109 miles of Lincolnshire countryside.

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BLOG: Former champion runner competes for Langford View Care Centre at Oxfordshire Sports Day

Residents from Langford View Care Centre in Bicester donned their running shoes and sports attire and joined other Oxfordshire care homes run by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) to participate in the Trust’s Oxfordshire Sports Day at the Kings Centre in Oxford.

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BLOG: Outstanding party celebrations for #OSJCT’s Monkscroft Care Centre

Monkscroft Care Centre celebrated their huge achievement of being awarded an Outstanding rating in their latest inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) by hosting a fabulous party with residents, their families and the local community.

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Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln.

BLOG: Apple Trees launch new Gents’ Club at Bomber Command

The gents of Apple Trees Care Centre in Grantham enjoyed a trip to the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln to mark the launch of a new monthly Gents’ Club.

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BLOG: Magical Volunteer Michelle works wonders at The Lakes Care Centre

Michelle Mason has been a volunteer at The Lakes Care Centre since July 2017, bringing with her not only laughter but a vast amount of experience.

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BLOG: National Citizens Service students support #OSJCT’s Apple Trees garden project

Students from Grantham and the surrounding area have been supporting Apple Trees Care Centre throughout the summer as part of the National Citizen Service programme.

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Apple Trees, Lincolnshire

BLOG: OSJCT’s Apple Trees residents enjoy “I can’t believe it’s a care home week”

Residents at Apple Trees Care Centre in Grantham enjoyed a wide variety of activities throughout last week as part of The Orders of St John Care Trust’s “I can’t believe it’s a care home week”.

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BLOG: I can’t believe it’s a care home arrives at OSJCT’s Grace Care Centre

On Sunday the 19th August, residents and colleagues at The Orders of St John’s Grace Care Centre were treated to special Neil Diamond Tribute act.

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BLOG: Summer fete arrives at #OSJCT’s Avonbourne Care Centre, Wiltshire

Despite the change in weather from continental warmth to the standard British summertime affair (otherwise known as rain) residents and families of Avonbourne Care Centre enjoyed a lovely laughter and music-filled indoor picnic.

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OSJCT Lincolnshire fun day!

BLOG: OSJCT Lincolnshire residents get together for annual fun day!

Residents, colleagues and volunteers were invited to attend The Orders of St John Care Trust’s annual Lincolnshire Residents Fun Day last week, with a fun filled afternoon hosted at The Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa.

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BLOG: Stirlings Care Home in Wantage holds a summer fete with a twist

There was toe-tapping aplenty this weekend when the Wachumba drummers joined The Orders of St John (OSJCT) care home, Stirlings, for their summer fete in Wantage on Saturday.

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NEWS: OSJCT’s Goodson Lodge achieves highest ever score for Dementia design

The Orders of St John Care Trust’s Goodson Lodge Care Centre in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, has been awarded the Dementia Design Gold Award by independent experts at the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) University of Stirling.

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BLOG: OSJCT’s Grace Care Centre hosts its own ‘Balloon Fiesta’

Residents and colleagues at The Orders of St John’s Grace Care Centre were treated to a warming ‘Balloon Fiesta Party’ on the 11th of August.

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Dementia support day at OSJCT The Lakes Care Centre is a huge success

The Lakes Care Centre in South Cerney hosted their Dementia Support Day on the 8th August with over 60 people in attendance. We had 3 informative talks amongst rounds of tea, cake and Pimm’s!

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Tigger at Skirbeck Court

#InternationalCatDay pounces on OSJCT care homes

Today is National #CatDay and to celebrate we have gathered up the stories of our feline friends around the Trust.

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BLOG: Stirlings’ summer fete set to be an afternoon of fun

If you are wondering how to spend your Saturday afternoon this weekend, Stirlings Care Home in Wantage has the answer! Go along to the home between 1.30pm and 4pm to join in with the fun and games planned for its annual summer fete.

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BLOG: Red Arrows Engineer surprises Digby Court residents

Residents and colleagues at OSJCT’s Digby Court in Bourne, Lincolnshire were treated to a surprise visit from Red Arrows engineer, Corporal Louis Jelley last week.

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BLOG: Coombe End Court’s Summer Fete

A wonderful sunny day shone on Coombe End Court’s Summer Fete on Wednesday 1st August.

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Kim Hewitt, General Manager at Edwardstow Court Care Centre, Stow on the Wold

New General Manager appointed at Edwardstow Court Care Centre

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is delighted to announce the appointment of Kim Hewitt as General Manager at Edwardstow Court, a newly opened 48-bedroom home in the picturesque town of Stow on the Wold.

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Fish Fryday Lunch Club is a huge hit at Grace Care Centre

On Friday the 27th July residents, families and friends gathered at Grace Care Centre to enjoy the homes Fish and Chips Lunch Club, taking place on the last Friday of the month.

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BLOG: The journey from tragedy to legacy at Goodson Lodge

When carer Amy, 19 and her partner Scot tragically lost their baby, Mia, to Strep B in May this year the sad news rocked the home. But Amy could never have envisaged the impact that tiny Mia would have on her community and the legacy she would leave.

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Games, dancing and entertainment galore at OSJCT’s Athelstan Houses Summer Fete

It was a perfect day for a Summer party on Saturday 14th August at Athelstan House.

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OSJCT Gloucestershire care home receives Outstanding rating from CQC

Inspectors from independent regulator of health and social care, CQC, have awarded Monkscroft care home in Cheltenham the highest possible ranking of ‘outstanding’, following its latest surprise inspection.

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Hartsholme House, Lincoln

OSJCT Lincolnshire care home rated as Outstanding by CQC

Inspectors from independent regulator of health and social care, CQC, have awarded Hartsholme House care home in Lincoln the highest possible ranking of ‘outstanding’, following its latest surprise inspection

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Langford View’s summer fete set to be an afternoon of fun in the sun

If you’re thinking about how to spend your Saturday afternoon this weekend, Langford View Care Home in Bicester has the answer! Go along to the home between 2pm and 4pm to join in with the fun and games planned for its annual summer fete.

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Gloucestershire care home celebrates its 40th birthday

The Orders of St John Care Trust’s Henlow Court care home has this week celebrated its 40th birthday.

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Trust in Care - Summer 2018 edition

The new issue of Trust in Care Summer 2018 edition is now available.

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Paro the robotic seal

Robotic seal Paro visits OSJCT’s Langford View Care Home in Oxfordshire

It’s not every day a baby seal visits a care home.

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Residents rock out at Brookside Care Home in Wiltshire

Every resident who joins Brookside Care Centre gets their own personal rock, brightly painted, it sits proudly on a rockery in the front garden, adorned with their name.

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Summer fete rolls into town at The Lakes Care Centre in South Cerney

It couldn’t have been a more perfect day on Saturday to host a traditional English summer fete in Cirencester. The Lakes Care Centre, welcomed over 100 members of the community into the home, to see the facilities, meet the team and enjoy some delicious treats.

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OSJCT Care Leader fights cancer with the aid of Henlow Court colleagues

Steph Hill is a very special member of The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) family. The dedicated Care Leader has been with Henlow Court care home in Dursley for two years.

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Mary Falmilton

BLOG: OSJCT resident recalls her career as a midwife, as the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday

Mary Familton is a resident at The Orders of St John Care Trust's (OSJCT) Athelstan House in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

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See-Saw Nursery children descend on OSJCT’s Goodson Lodge

On this sunny summers morning the 3rd of July some of the children from See-Saw Nursery arrived in high-vis vests and sunhats at Goodson Lodge.

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Pedal to the metal in the fight against Group B Strep infection

It’s a battle no parent should ever face. Amy was overjoyed when she learned she was having a baby girl.

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Kerry Dearden appointed as Deputy Chief Executive

The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) Commercial and Marketing Director, Kerry Dearden, has been appointed as the organisation’s first Deputy Chief Executive.

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#Hatchwatch chicks from #OSJCT’s Stirlings Care Home are all grown up!

Chicken update: the Stirlings chicks are all grown up!

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Summer has arrived at #OSJCT’s Langford View

Langford View Care Home in Bicester, Oxfordshire has embraced the warm weather over the past few weeks and has kicked off the summer with a host of sunshine-filled activities.

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OSJCT employees succeed at BASMOM awards

25 employees from The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) have received a BASMOM award at a ceremony in London.

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OSJCT’s Patchett Lodge treats community to Cupcakes for #CupcakeDay

Residents and colleagues from Patchett Lodge Care Home treated the Holbeach community to some sweet treats on the Alzheimer’s Society’s Cupcake Day.

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OSJCT Carer celebrated for 20+ years service

OSJCT Carer is celebrated for 23 years of service at Gregory House, Grantham, Lincolnshire.

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OSJCT The Lakes Care Centre to host Dementia Support Day

Following on from our hugely successful Dementia Awareness Event back in February, we are hosting a Dementia Support Day on Wednesday 8th August 2019 from 2-7pm.

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OSJCT Coombe End Court resident reveals his sporting past

Resident turned Jockey resides at OSJCT's Coombe End Court

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OSJCT’s The Lakes Care Centre all set for Care Funding event

Throughout June, many homes across OSJCT are running helpful advice sessions to provide you with guidance around Paying for Care. We have invited SOLLA accredited Later Life Advisers to come and talk to those who are looking into care for a loved one.

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Monkey business at OSJCT’s Coombe End Court

It’s not every day our residents get to hang out with a monkey, but for those living at The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) Coombe End Court home, that was exactly what they did

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Dementia Action Week Event – Moorside Place

Moorside Place opened its doors to the community for Dementia Action Week, to discuss attachment therapy and sensory stimulation.

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60 seconds with OSJCT’s Head of Volunteering for #VolunteersWeek

This week is #VolunteersWeek, and our guest for 60 seconds is OSJCT’s Head of Volunteering, Kit Lendon. We spent some time learning more about Kit and her role.

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Cirencester care home celebrates ‘Good’ CQC rating

OSJCT The Lakes Care Centre celebrates with colleagues and residents following Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) report, rating The Lakes ‘Good’.

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Cheltenham care home celebrates ‘Good’ CQC rating

Windsor Street’s Home Manager, Michelle Hearn, has spent 23 years in care.

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Paro the seal is a hit at Dementia Awareness workshops in Wantage

There was a good turnout at the free Dementia Awareness workshops held at Stirlings Care Home in Wantage last week.

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The Lakes Care Centre Open Day!

The Lakes Care Centre opens its doors for Care Home Open Day on the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

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Spa Week at Athelstan House, Malmesbury

Dementia Spa Week at Athelstan House, Malmesbury

In support of Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Week from Monday 21st May to Friday 25th May, Athelstan House opened its doors to the community and residents’ families and friends to enjoy a week of spa treatments and relaxation.

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WIFI in Care Homes

Residents, relatives and employees at The Orders of St. John Care Trust (OSJCT) have been able to readily access the world wide web for some time, thanks to the wi-fi service.

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OSJCT Care Homes in Cheltenham get involved in Dementia Action Week

The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) Windsor Street Care Centre is getting involved in Dementia Action Week.

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OSJCT Care Home in Stamford gets involved in Dementia Action Week

Whitefriars Care Home in Stamford is getting involved in Dementia Action Week. There will be a Residents and Families Bake Off event on Tuesday 22nd May, followed by a coffee morning open to all on Wednesday 23 May from 10.30 - 11.30am. Residents will then host a karaoke event on Wednesday afternoon.

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OSJCT Care Homes in Cirencester get involved in Dementia Action Week

The Lakes Care Centre is getting involved in Dementia Action Week. Dementia Action Week kicks off on 21 May to 27 May, and encourages the community to take actions, big and small, to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

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OSJCT Care Home in Wantage get involved in Dementia Action Week

Stirlings Care Home gets involved with Dementia Action Week by running free Dementia Awareness Workshops.

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OSJCT Care Homes in Trowbridge get involved in Dementia Action Week

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) home, Goodson Lodge in Trowbridge, is aware of just how many families suffer with not only coming to terms with the news their loved one is living with dementia, but understanding how they can help.

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OSJCT Care Home in Stow on the Wold gets involved in Dementia Action Week

Edwardstow Court Care Centre at Stow-on-the-Wold is getting involved in Dementia Action Week.

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OSJCT Care Home in Thornbury get involved in Dementia Action Week

Dementia is a complex illness which not only affects the person living with it, but those who love and care for the person as well. Understanding exactly what dementia is and how to support someone living with dementia can be confusing and overwhelming.

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OSJCT Care Homes in Marlborough get involved in Dementia Action Week

Dementia is a complex illness which not only affects the person living with it, but those who love and care for the person as well. Understanding exactly what dementia is and how to support someone living with dementia can be confusing and overwhelming.

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Salisbury Care Home Peddles its way into Dementia Action Week

Cycling for 36 hours sounds like quite an overwhelming crusade, but when it’s done for a good cause, it was an easy decision for employees at The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT).

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OSJCT Care Homes in Malmesbury get involved in #DementiaActionWeek

Dementia is a complex illness which not only affects the person living with it, but those who love and care for the person as well. Understanding exactly what dementia is and how to support someone living with dementia can be confusing and overwhelming.

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OSJCT Area Operations Director, Aaron Whitehead

60 seconds with Aaron Whitehead, Mental Health Nurse

This week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, and our guest for 60 seconds is OSJCT’s Aaron Whitehead, Area Operations Director for Wiltshire.

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Royally named new Day Care Centre opens at OSJCT’s Marston Court

New Day Care Centre royally opens at OSJCT's Marston Court, Oxford

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Oxfordshire Employee Awards

Oxfordshire Care Homes celebrated at Employee Awards

OSJCT’s Stirlings very own ‘sterling’ retires after 43 years

Wendy Moore retires after 43 years service with OSJCT.

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OSJCT introduces new catering initiative

The Orders of St John Care Trust has launched a new catering initiative using a software platform called Saffron.

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OSJCT Grevill House runs Advice Bites café

OSJCT's Grevill House launches its Advice Bites Cafe' providing guidance on paying for care.

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Care Home Open Day come rain or shine at Henry Cornish Care Centre

Despite the rain, the sun still shone through at Henry Cornish Care Centre in Chipping Norton when everyone came together to celebrate National Care Home Open Day.

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Brookside opens its doors to Care Home Open Day

On Saturday 21st April, Brookside opened its doors for Care Home Open Day

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Care Home Open Day at Goodson Lodge

On Saturday 21st April, the team at Goodson Lodge were busy making their final preparations for Care Home Open Day.

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Care Home Open Day at Stirlings

Care Home Open Day at Stirlings

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Is data the new oil?

OSJCT's Chief Technology Officer Rob Collyer shares his views on GDPR.

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Windsor Street Care Home celebrates Care Home Open Day 2018

Windsor Street Care Centre celebrates Care Home Open Day!

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Care Home Open Day 2018 arrives at Longlands Care Centre

On Saturday the 21st of April the residents, residents, their relatives and the community celebrated National Care Home Open Day at Longlands.

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Brookside residents experience dining on the Titanic

Residents at Brookside in Melksham have lived a day in the life of a passenger on the RMS Titanic, by tucking into a meal that has been replicated from the menu on the day the famous ship set sail.

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Care Home Open Day poster

National Care Home Open Day arrives this Saturday

The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) care homes rarely shy away from a celebration, and on Saturday 21 April, it will be no different.

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Goodson Lodge Care Centre

OSJCT’s Goodson Lodge awarded for dementia friendly design

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is delighted to announce that Goodson Lodge Care Centre in Trowbridge, Wiltshire has been awarded the Dementia Design Gold Award.

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