Happy 104th Birthday to Nell Ashman at Abbeyfield Tamar Extra Care Society
Happy 104th Birthday to Nell Ashman at Abbeyfield Tamar Extra Care Society
Nell was born in Plymouth in 1917. The day she was born it was snowing heavily.
She grew up in Plymouth attending schools in Devonport and at 14, she left school and began working for Gould’s.
She would have to hang lots of boots on the ceiling and then walk miles to hand deliver them.
Later, she moved to London when her father left the Navy which is where she met and married Willian Ashman (Bill).
Bill served in the Navy during World War 2 and once he left, they returned to Plymouth and had one son and one daughter.
Bill bought a butcher shop in 1948 which they ran together.
Once Bill and Nell retired, they enjoyed travelling to many different countries such as Canada, America and Norway.
Nell particularly liked Norway because she enjoyed the northern lights, but Singapore was her favourite. She loved ballroom dancing with Bill and old-time dancing with friends.
Bill passed away in 1998 after 60 years of marriage.
Family has always been very important to Nell and she treasures spending time with them.
She said her secret to a long life is to ‘treasure your family, laugh a lot and enjoy everything’.
Happy 104th Birthday Nell!
Let's hope that 2021 is a better year for all of us
This last year has been a difficult and challenging time for us all in one way or another.
With the relentless spread of the coronavirus, hospitalisations and sadly many deaths, most of us have been ‘touched' in one way or another.
Some of us have even lost loved ones or know someone that has.
Perhaps for some of us, life will never be the same again.
What will be the ’new normal’ we may ask.
Here at Abbeyfield Tamar House, we are pleased to report that all of our staff and residents have now received the first of their vaccines.
This represents a 100% commitment by everyone and we are very proud of each and every one of them.
Together, we will fight this virus and continue our efforts to make our home as safe as we possibly can.
We believe that we will get there and that 2021 will be a better year for us all.
19th January 2021
Meet Our New Activities Co-ordinator
Hello, I’m Rachel, the activity co-ordinator at Abbeyfield Tamar Extra Care Society - Tamar House. I’m a fun-loving positive person full of lively enthusiasm, I am married to a fabulous man and I am mum to 3 lively boys.
I have worked within the sector of adult social care for the last 22 years moving into elderly care 4 years ago when I became activities coordinator in a nursing home. I am passionate about providing a stimulating and meaningful fun activities programme to enable residents to live fulfilled lives whilst maintaining their independence, dignity and relationships.
During my spare time - if I am not cheering my boys on on the sidelines of a muddy cold football pitch - you will find me baking and creating bespoke birthday cakes in my kitchen. I also enjoy music and enjoy watching live music at many different venues. I also like to swim, and I am a huge chocoholic.
100th Birthday Celebrations
November has seen another 100th Birthday Party here at Tamar House and all the staff and residents were delighted to be able to make it a special day for Geoffrey Tonge!
In a short interview for our websites' News page, Geoffrey shared the following insights into his life along with his top tips to making it to 100 years of age - Happy Birthday Geoffrey!!
Geoffrey was born on the 14th November 1920 in Moore cottage in Dickleborough a village 15 miles outside of Norwich and this is where he spent his childhood
He left school at the age of 14 and purposely failed his scholarship exam by flicking ink all over the exam paper, as he wanted to leave education and earn money.
He found himself a job in an electrical motor company but his father insisted that he also attend night school to become an engineer.
Geoffrey worked for the company for many years and worked his way through each department finishing in the drawing department.
He then began working for Switch Works were he met his wife Kathleen who was the chief engineer's secretary. They both had very similar backgrounds, became close and fell in love. Kathleen was Geoffrey’s first and only love and they married in in 1944 in Norwich and together they had two sons Andrew and Paul whom they raised in Norwich.
Geoffrey continued to work as an engineer and in 1955 joined Smiths’ Industries missile division making guided missiles. This job saw him travel to Australia in 1960 to set up a firing range to test the missiles.
When the missiles stopped being made he transferred to the clock and watch division within the company, travelled to Vienna and worked alongside Kodak in developing an item for inside a camera.
He continued to work for this company until he retired in 1982 at the age of 62.
In retirement Geoffrey enjoyed spending time with his beloved wife Kathleen. They would holiday in Europe and also enjoyed spending time in the UK travelling and enjoying many museums gardens and galleries.
Kathleen sadly passed away in 2008 after they had been married for 64 wonderful years.
He has always been a keen gardener and used to enjoy making and growing new apple and pear trees. He also enjoys keeping his mind active by solving problems and listening to classical music.
Geoffrey moved to Plymouth Tamar House in 2018 to be close to his son Paul. His other son Andrew is currently living in Ohio.
He is very proud of his two sons Andrew and Paul and also extremely proud of his grandchildren Jeffery, Christopher and Ellie.
When Geoffrey was asked the secret of becoming 100, he said "Always do the things you are naturally inclined to do and find the love of a decent women".
A Day of Remembrance at Tamar House
Wednesday the 11th of November saw all the residents of Tamar House taking part in a number of activities to mark Remembrance Day. Two minutes silence was observed by all and the home fell silent as both staff and residents reflected upon the sacrifice of others to whom we owe our freedom today.
The wellbeing of our staff is paramount......
At Abbeyfield Tamar House we care about the wellbeing of our staff. This is an unsolicited letter received from one of our staff members:
"Over the last few months it’s been a difficult time for everyone and the uncertainty of the situation dealing with COVID 19 has added to everyone’s anxiety, which has personally affected me and the people I work with.
Before this outbreak Tamar House had a great support network for anyone who had any mental health issues, including counselling and general support.
There’s also a well being board with information and telephone numbers for staff to help themselves to. This has a wide range of organisations to seek help from.
Since the outbreak off COVID, I’ve benefited from the support that has been put in place by my manager. We have daily meetings with any updates or changes. This has helped by making me able to cope.
Being made to feel that we are all working together and supporting one another has been a great help.
We have also had training to keep us up to date and make us aware off any changes.
On a personal level it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. The fear of the unknown has been the worst experience for me each day, bringing different challenges Mentally.
Getting through each day has been the positive, knowing I have support at work and I am able to talk to people who understand and are also feeling anxious helps us all to cope.
Having a manager who supports you is vital and I am lucky to say I have that, although sometimes it can seem a battle emotionally doing the job I do and working at Tamar House makes it all worthwhile."
A BIG Thank You to All our Staff at Tamar House......
......for doing such a remarkable job in these difficult and challenging times.
Not only have the entire team managed to work together to enable us to achieve another ‘Good’ CQC rating (with ‘Outstanding' for Care) but their dedication and resolve in caring for our residents and their safety goes way beyond what one would normally expect.
It is all of them that makes Abbeyfield Tamar House what it is today.
We salute them.
Meet just some of them in the short video clip below.
Abbeyfield Tamar House receives another ‘Good' Report and rated ‘Outstanding’ in caring.
After another unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Abbeyfield Tamar House Care Home in Brest Road, Plymouth has just received another ‘Good’ report and rated ‘Outstanding’ in caring.
This inspection was carried out under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and a rating is provided for the service care under the Care Act 2014.
The unannounced inspection took place on the 9th March 2020 and was published on the 10th April 2020. The home was last inspected on the 3rd and 4th August 2017 and previously 23rd and 24th July 2015 when the service was also awarded ‘Good’ overall.
Maintaining standards is vitally important and Abbeyfield Tamar House is continually striving to maintain the high standards expected of them.
In this latest inspection, the question of ‘Is the service caring’ was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC - something of which everyone at Tamar House is very proud.
Areas That Were Assessed.
Is the service safe?
Is the service effective?
Is the service caring?
Is the service responsive?
Is the service well-led?
The CQC met with most people who used the service and spoke with ten people in more detail about the care they received.
They also spoke with ten visitors, six staff members, the registered manager, deputy manager and two visiting professionals.
Care records of three people, medicine records, records of accidents, incidents, compliments and complaints were also reviewed as well as staff recruitment, training, support, audits and quality assurance reports.
After an extensive look into all these aspects of care provision, Abbeyfield Tamar House was awarded ‘Good’ overall and ‘Outstanding’ in ‘Caring’.
This is quite an achievement and one of which all members of staff should be proud.
it is also reassuring for residents and their families who are continually seeking high standards in the care industry.
Twenty-seven people were living at Tamar House when it was inspected.
It provides residential and personal care for up to 28 people.
People may be living with the early stages of dementia, mental health and/or sensory needs.
All people living at the home at the time of inspection had a level of limitation to their physical ability.
The service works with other agencies to ensure residents have access to the support they needed including GP’s and nursing from the community nursing service.
The home can also provide respite care for people leaving hospital and unable to initially live at home unaided.
Sometimes, it can even provide a short rest period for families and carers who just need a short break and know that their loved ones will be cared for whilst they take that break.
A registered manager is employed to manage the service and is a person who has registered with the ‘Care Quality Commission’ to manage the service
Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’ and have a legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated regulations about how the service is run’.
The service provided by Abbeyfield Tamar House was rated as ‘Good’ overall.
Is the service safe? Rated ‘GOOD’.
Is the service effective? Rated ‘GOOD’.
Is the service caring? Rated 'OUTSTANDING’
Is the service responsive? Rated 'GOOD’
Is the service well-led? Rated ‘GOOD’.
The full report from the CQC can be viewed by clicking on this link and elsewhere on our website.
Caring - The CQC looked for evidence that the service provided by Abbeyfield Tamar House involved people and treated them with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.
At the last inspection, this key question was rated as ‘Good’.
At this inspection, this key question has improved to ‘OUTSTANDING’.
People and their relatives were 'keen to tell us how the service and standard of care had far exceeded their expectations’ reported the CQC.
This is something that everyone at Tamar House has worked hard to achieve and is immensely proud to announce.
We hope that this rating will enable residents and their families to feel confident in the level of care that is provided.
All in all, the report confirmed the exceptional standard of care provided by Abbeyfield Tamar House, which is a registered charity and affiliated to the Abbeyfield Society.
It is also reassuring to know that the area has such a facility of which we can all be very proud.
Further more detailed information is in the full report which the registered manager will be able to provide.
It can also be found on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk or clicking on the various links on our website.
Press Release supplied by: Trevor Addis. (Executive Trustee Abbeyfield Tamar House)
Further information can be obtained from the Care Manager.
Paul Boult (Membership Consultant -West, of The Abbeyfield Society) presenting Trevor Addis (Trustee Tamar House) with the certificate.
Francesca Fletcher (Registered Manager) at Tamar House having just received the certificate from Trevor Addis.
Francesca Fletcher (Registered Manager) proudly holding the certificate with Tracey Bryan (Business Manager).
Smiles all round when the children from
St. Matthew's come to visit.
Residents and children enjoying
Tamar House residents can't wait for
the next visit!
Residents and Staff were delighted to welcome the Mother and Baby group to Tamar House
The babies brought smiles to the faces of so many residents (and staff!)
The visit was an immediate hit with the residents who are now looking forward to the next one!
Lyn and Paula with the free gifts from the Peninsular Dental School