Health

Meet the care home therapy dog proving a big hit with residents

A lovable pooch called Fred whose future looked bleak after his elderly owner was unable to look after him has been given a new lease of life as a therapy dog at a care home. The nine-year-old Shih Tzu is proving a massive hit with residents at Pendine Park’s Hillbury Care Home in Wrexham who’ve […]

Mum-of-three with dementia rides off into the sunset after recreating iconic music video

A former care worker with Alzheimer’s Disease tracked down an old school pal who’s a famous TV director to make a touching documentary programme to prove there is life after dementia. Mother-of-three and grandmother-of-five Eirlys Smith, 59, from Menai Bridge, on Anglesey, lost touch with Tim Lyn, 58, who now lives in Llansteffan, near Carmarthen, […]

Care home residents all shook up at Elvis party

Care home residents were all shook up when they paid tribute to King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in style on what would have been his 85th birthday. The spirit of Elvis was in the building at Pendine Park’s Highfield House as the residents and staff danced the sounds of his famous hits including Blue Suede […]

Brave Ceri overcomes traumas to become mental health champion

A woman who overcame a series of traumas including being diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer has become a mental health champion at the housing association where she works. Along with 13 other colleagues, Ceri Twist, 46, has been named as a mental health Champion at Cartrefi Conwy where she is the Independent Living Manager. Ceri […]

Tuneful tots sing happy birthday to care home resident Norma, 78

Tuneful tots belted out happy birthday to retired office clerk Norma Porter when they paid a heart-warming visit to the care home where she lives. The children from Welsh language nurseries Cylch Meithrin Bro Alun and Cylch Meithrin Summerhill called to see residents at Pendine Park’s Hillbury care home in Wrexham. The visit was organised […]

Christmas parcels filled with love for homeless people

Kind relatives and staff at a care home are spreading a little festive cheer among homeless people who will be sleeping on the streets or in a hostel this Christmas. The idea behind the special Yule Tide delivery of the “parcels filled with love” came from Cindy Clutton, manager of Pendine Park’s Hillbury Care Home in […]

Caring ex-builder strikes gold

A FORMER builder is laying the foundations for a strong future in the care industry after striking gold at the Welsh social care ‘Oscars’. Wayne Barry, who works as a maintenance assistant at Ysguborwen Care Home in Aberdare, has hailed the team effort which led to him winning a gold award in this year’s prestigious […]

World class orchestra brings magic of Christmas to care home residents

A world class orchestra brought the magic of Christmas alive for care home residents in Wrexham with a moving Yule Tide concert. The talented trio from the Hallé performed a string of Christmas jingles and carols as part of an enrichment partnership with the Pendine Park care organisation. The musical team was made up of, cellist […]

Caring Rita is as good as gold

A care worker who has long held the admiration and respect of her colleagues has now literally hit the gold standard. Rita Martin from Caldicot was among the main winners of this year’s Wales Care Awards, which are organised each year by Care Forum Wales to acknowledge exceptional work in the care sector. The glittering ceremony, […]

Caring Nicola wins social care Oscar

A WOMAN respected for her efforts in helping people as they come to the end of their lives has collected a prestigious care award. Nicola Williams had never worked in the care industry until five years ago, when she joined Pineshield Health and Social Care Services, based in Whitchurch, Cardiff. Since then she has made […]