Health

Dazzling dementia-friendly garden is blooming marvellous

Residents are a care organisation are keeping in touch with nature thanks to a dazzling dementia-friendly garden. The vast array of thousands of varieties of flowers and plants at Pendine Park’s 11-acre site in Summerhill Road on the outskirts of Wrexham is providing a blaze of colour and a profusion of mother nature’s perfumes. There […]

University’s pioneering meditation courses help NHS staff cope with pandemic stress

A pioneering university course in a discipline endorsed by comedian Ruby Wax is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer – and playing a part in the fight against the pandemic. Bangor University broke new ground when it became the first university in the world to offer a Masters degree in Mindfulness after earlier being the […]

There were tears of joy as daughter heard her father sing Calon Lȃn

A musician in residence at a care organisation has been hailed as a “Covid heroine” for keeping the residents singing throughout the pandemic. Nia Davies Williams, 49, has been conducting daily singing sessions to raise the spirits at Pendine Park’s Bryn Seiont Newydd care home in Caernarfon. According to Nia, it was only because she […]

Vulnerable people at risk due to growing number of care workers self-isolating

The increasing number of care workers self-isolating is potentially more of a danger to vulnerable people in Wales than the Covid-19 virus, a social care leader has warned. According to Keri Llewellyn, the vice chair of Care Forum Wales, they were getting reports of care homes and domiciliary care companies where 40 per cent of […]

Sergeant Major Sheila still on a mission to clean up after 30 years

A DEDICATED housekeeping manager has no plans to retire as she celebrates her 30th anniversary with a leading care organisation – but it very nearly didn’t last. Sheila George has been with Pendine Park since joining in 1991 in a relief domestic role, quickly becoming a permanent and respected member of staff – although she […]

Welsh Government needs to “step up to the plate” to avert new social care crisis

A social care leader says it’s time for the Welsh Government to “step up to the plate” to avert a new crisis and fund the sector properly so that frontline staff can be paid what they deserve. Mary Wimbury, the chief executive  of Care Forum Wales, said social care workers had responded heroically to the […]

Motorbike man John revs up for new challenge

A motorcycle-mad care home resident is gearing up for a new challenge to lovingly restore an old bike. John Wykes, 83, who now lives at Pendine Park’s Hillbury home in Wrexham, has a life-long passion for motorbikes and classic cars and has returned numerous ‘wrecks’ to their former glory. Now he’s aiming to rebuild the […]

Former hospital cook takes university course to qualify as a nurse

A former hospital cook is now looking after more than just her patients’ appetites after qualifying as a nurse in time to join the fight against the pandemic. Mum of three Claire Davies, from Denbigh, is now kitted out in full protective clothing on the front line at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, after a three-year […]

Gladys finds a cool way to thank care home’s Coronavirus warriors

A MUCH-loved resident celebrated her 91st birthday by finding a cool way to cone-gratulate a care home’s ‘Coronavirus warriors’. Gladys Cross is a long-term and popular member of Pendine Park’s Highfield nursing home in Wrexham. Movingly described as “part of the family” at Highfield by staff, the great-grandmother wanted to repay the home’s team for all their hard work – […]

Raising charity funds is a piece of cake

TWO small ponies proved a big hit with delighted care home residents when they were the special guests during a fundraising day. Bryn Seiont Newydd in Caernarfon annually holds a Cupcake Day in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, enjoyed by residents, their relatives and staff. The event helps raise hundreds of pounds for the cause, thanks […]