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Moving into a Stow Healthcare Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On July 2, 2020
All Stow Healthcare homes welcome new admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will be happy to help answer any questions you may have when making this decision for yourself or your loved one. You will be pleased to know that we are working very closely with hospitals, healthcare professionals, local authorities, and prospective residents […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE 2/7

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On July 2, 2020
We are delighted to announce that full home staff and resident COVID-19 testing is now complete, and all staff and residents in Stow Healthcare homes have received negative results. That said, we are conscious that we remain in a pandemic, and care homes in our region are still reporting their first outbreaks.  As such, we […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE 14/5

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 14, 2020
The ongoing support we are receiving from our extended Stow Healthcare family has been fantastic. We thank you for all your messages, calls, emails, and letters of encouragement and gratitude. We continue to pay close attention to government guidance and to understand every measure we can take to protect residents and staff. Although restrictions are […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE 24/4

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 24, 2020
We continue to be so delighted by the support from the incredible extended Stow Healthcare family. We thank you for all your kind words, gifts for staff, and support for the hard work undertaken in all of our homes. While regular visits sadly remain suspended during these difficult days, we are supporting families who need […]
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**Stow Healthcare is Open to New Admissions**

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 22, 2020
Stow Healthcare understands the role it has to play in the current Coronavirus pandemic. We are open to admissions across all of our homes to support frail and vulnerable people who need nursing or residential care, whether coming from their own home or a hospital setting. You will appreciate the need for us to take […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE 10/4

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 10, 2020
From the directors, the senior management team, and all our staff, a huge thank you for the ongoing support and wonderfully warm messages you have been sending to our homes. We know you join us in thanking also our wonderful staff for adapting to the considerable changes they are adapting to, to help protect themselves […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE 7/4

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 7, 2020
Thank you for your ongoing support for those being cared for in our homes and our wonderful staff, who are looking after all our residents so diligently, and keeping spirits high. Our homes remained closed to visitors unless they are essential medical or maintenance visits. Visits to those receiving end of life care will be […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – UPDATE 2

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On March 17, 2020
Thank you for the supportive way that you have responded to our communication of last week, as we do everything that we can to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible. Many of you will have listened to the news last night, and the Prime Minister and his health/scientific advisors talking about the […]
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STATEMENT FROM STOW HEALTHCARE: UPDATE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On March 12, 2020
It is very important to us that the health, safety and well-being of all those who live and work in our homes can be assured. This statement sets out the plans that we are making and measures that we are taking to ensure that we do everything possible to keep everyone who lives and works […]
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Alex Ball Wins Bury Free Press Employee Accolade

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
Stow Healthcare Group employee Alex Ball was the proud recipient of the Bury Free Press Employee of the Year Award at a ceremony held at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds in October. Alex is a true unsung hero of our company, supporting every home behind the scenes and working hard every day to help them […]
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Ford Place hits National Heights

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
Ford Place has had a fantastic awards season. Not only has it been shortlisted twice in successive years in the Care Home of the Year category for the National Care Awards, but it also reached the national shortlist for the End of Life Category in the Caring UK awards. To have reached national finals in […]
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National Success for Stow Healthcare Group

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
Stow Healthcare triumphed at two national care awards in late autumn, scooping the Care Group of the Year accolade at both the National Care Awards and the Caring UK Awards. Winners of the National Care Awards were presented with their trophies by host Simon Brodkin at the high-profile Gala Night held on Friday, 29th November […]
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Regional Success for Stow Homes

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
The successes kept on coming in autumn 2019 as Melford Court, Halstead Hall, Ford Place and Stowlangtoft Hall all saw staff shortlisted as finalists in the East of England GB Care Awards finals. It was great to see so many Stow Healthcare staff cheering each other on as they enjoyed a night of success in […]
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Brandon Park’s Manager wins national award!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
In late autumn, the Directors of Stow Healthcare, and Brandon’s home manager Sam Gallagher were honoured to attend the Leaders in Care Awards hosted in Birmingham to celebrate the cream of the care industry. Stow Healthcare was shortlisted in the Care Group of the Year category, and Sam Gallagher was shortlisted in the Registered Manager […]
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Valentine’s Brings Love at Ford Place

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
Valentine’s Day was always going to be celebrated well at Ford Place, a home that signs with love and joy every day! We celebrated with cards, gifts, a musical performance and even a special heart themed cake. We love the love. Hope it was a special day for everyone!
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Santa comes late to Ford!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
Well this has been quite the winter for nasty viruses, and Ford Place tried to escape but didn’t quite make it when a small number of residents got flu just before Christmas. Staff worked hard to ensure that residents were protected and the spread was minimised, but it did mean that lots of our Christmas […]
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Stow in the Snow Means Festive Joy

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
‘Stow in the Snow’ returned for its second year to help provide meaningful Christmas activities within the homes and engage staff, residents and their families all together at this special time of year. Categories were chosen by staff and residents ranging from best ‘Winter Wonderland’, to best table decoration or festive floral arrangement, there was […]
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Thank you From Alison…

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
As many of you know, our Home Manager Alison was really poorly in December and very fortunately, and in no small part due to all the support she received from all of you at Ford Place, she has returned to work, initially part time, as she builds up her strength to return full time. Alison […]
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Miss and Mrs Ford – A Beautiful Competition!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 17, 2020
Wow – what a special day our home had in November, with our very own Miss and Mr Ford contest! An amazing opportunity for residents and staff alike to don their finery and compete in a number of different categories, as they strut their stuff through a beautiful arch of balloons in the home. Resident […]
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New Senior level support for Stow

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 13, 2020
We are delighted to announce that Helen Hill, RN has joined our company in January as the new Head of Care and Compliance. Helen has worked across a range of corporate and family run social care providers and is currently working with the University of East Anglia on two very exciting medicines management research projects. […]
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Perfect Pooches Abound at Ford Place!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 14, 2019
It was ‘yee-hahs’ all round at Ford Place this summer when the summer fair came to town! Cowboys and cowgirls looked glorious in their get up, accompanied by great music and dancing for all to enjoy! As if that wasn’t entertainment enough, the dog show saw lots of gorgeous canine friends come to visit and […]
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Bill is a Swimming Success!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 14, 2019
At Ford Place, our aim is to keep residents connected with the things they love to do. Most recently the team supported resident Bill to connect with the Blind Veterans who arranged a 6 day holiday to Brighton for him. Since his holiday, his confidence is grown and staff have maintained this by organizing fortnightly […]
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Stow Healthcare’s Busy Autumn of Awards

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 14, 2019
We are really happy to announce that again Stow Healthcare has punched well above its weight as a small company to have been awarded a significant number of finalist places in national care awards to be judged over the course of this autumn and winter. Stow Healthcare Group has been selected as a national finalist […]
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Stow in Bloom sees Budding Success!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 14, 2019
The second annual floral and craft extravaganza that is Stow in Bloom took place in July, with judges bowled over by the standard of entries. We were delighted to welcome back judges Pam and Bob Jackson from Woolpit Nurseries and Julie Martin and Georgie Stevens from the Suffolk County Council Aduly Community Services, who enjoyed […]
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Awards Success for Stow’s Homes

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 30, 2019
Stow Healthcare’s award success continued in March at the Great British Care Awards with three finalists from across the company after they won their categories at the regional finals in November. Ford Place’s Denise Phipps was a finalist in the End of Life/ Palliative Care category as was Grace Watson of Melford Court in the […]
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Here’s to our Fabulous Nurses!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 22, 2019
We love to recognise our valued staff at Ford Place! Sunday 12th May was International Nurses’ Day and we marked the celebration with an afternoon tea party for the whole nursing team who took some time out to reflect on what it is they enjoy most about being a nurse. “As a nurse I love […]
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Awards Success at Ford Place

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 22, 2019
Our award success continued in February with a win at the Norfolk Care Awards. We beat off tough competition to scoop the ‘Effective Coordination in End of Life Care’ Award at the ceremony. We were praised for our holistic end of life care that was unlike any other that the judges had seen. We are […]
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Our first Resident Seminar at Ford Place!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 22, 2019
As part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, one of our residents hosted an event to raise awareness about the disease and living with it. Alan Bateman’s excellent seminar helped raise awareness among staff, visitors and fellow residents. There was great feedback about the session with comments about the interesting facts and personal anecdotes that made the […]
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Pop it in the Post – a tour of Post History

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On May 13, 2019
Many of you may have seen the ‘Pop it in the Post’ exhibition which we were lucky enough to have been loaned by the National Postal Museum. The display told the history of the postal system, including banners with fun facts about the history of mail and authentic uniforms for everyone to try on. The […]
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Stow Healthcare Awards Success – 2018

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
Congratulations to all of our staff who were nominated and received awards and finalist places last year. We are extremely proud of all of you! Laing Buisson National Awards 2018 • Winner- Residential Care Provider – Stow Healthcare Bury Free Press Business Awards 2018 • Winner- Business Leader of the Year, Ruth French, Stow Healthcare […]
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Incredible Turnaround for Halstead Hall

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
There was a special Christmas Present for staff and residents at Halstead Hall as it was rated ‘Good’ by CQC in their inspection report published on Christmas Eve. Inspectors noted the significant change” seen under the new ownership in the last 12 months as the home was rated Good overall and outstanding in the ‘Well […]
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Stow Healthcare’s Outstanding Hat Trick!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
They say that things come in threes, and that certainly was the case when we received the fabulous news that Stowlangtoft Hall had been rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC after their inspection in October 2018. Inspectors rated the areas ‘Caring’ and ‘Responsive’ as Outstanding, resulting in an overall ‘Outstanding rating.’ The inspectors said in their report: […]
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Brandon Park is Doubly Outstanding!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
Staff and residents of Brandon Park Nursing Home are jumping for joy after CQC visited the home and gave it it’s second ‘Outstanding’ rating. Following the CQC’s unannounced visit in September, the inspectors said in their report: “There was an exceptionally strong family ethos within the home of treating people as individuals and with respect. […]
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Stow Healthcare wins National Award!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
We are thrilled to announce that Stow Healthcare was named Residential Care Provider of the Year at one of the most prestigious awards in the industry, the LaingBuisson Awards 2018. More than 1,000 people were present at the glittering awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge which celebrated the best in health and social […]
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Long Service Awards for Dedicated Staff

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
This year Stow Healthcare launched our Long Service Award Scheme to recognise and reward staff for their considerable length of service dedicated to the home and its residents. Home Manager Alison, presented the awards to staff. In total, 9 staff at Ford Place received awards for reaching service milestones including 10, 15 and 20 years […]
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Stow in the Snow brings Success!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
Following the success of our summer competition ‘Stow in Bloom’, we launched our very first winter competition ‘Stow in the Snow’ to get everyone into the festive spirit. This competition was designed to provide meaningful Christmas activities within the homes and engage staff, residents and their families all together at this special time of year. […]
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Our special Celebration of Remembrance

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
On New Year’s Eve, we held a special service of remembrance to remember all the special people we have said ‘Goodbye’ to in 2018. Alison and Silvia led a memorial service with a special video, readings, poems and the reading of names of all of those who had passed away in 2018. We were joined […]
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A Spook-tacular Hallow’een at Ford…

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
We can’t forget Ford Place’s fabulous Hallow’een party in October, complete with homemade masks unique to each resident. Together with the staff, Matt and Karen held a very special Masquerade Party full of Halloween treats and decorations and fancy dress for both staff and residents to enjoy. No party would be complete without a Hallow’een […]
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Our Inter-Generational Partnership

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 21, 2019
The benefits of children and the elderly having the opportunity to send time together are currently a hot topic in the media. We have been embracing the opportunity to get to know some new friends with children from the local nursery ‘Tranquinas Childcare’ visiting residents at the home on a weekly basis. Every Wednesday, Ford […]
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Sister Home, Melford Court, rated ‘Good’

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 31, 2018
We are delighted to report that Melford Court has been rated ‘as good overall and also good in all five categories by CQC following their May inspection. The inspectors said they found: “a welcoming, open and uplifting culture at the home.” as well as commenting that “the entire staff team worked cohesively together.” We are […]
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Award Finalist Places for Home and Staff

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 31, 2018
We are thrilled to announce that Ford Place has scooped prestigious finalist places in several national care awards. The home has been selected as a finalist in the Care Home of the Year category in both the National Care Awards and the Caring UK awards with the home’s End of Life Care also being shortlisted […]
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Stow in Bloom Success!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 31, 2018
This summer we encouraged residents to get creative in the garden with the launch of our inaugural ‘Stow in Bloom’ competition, to engage residents, families, staff and volunteers to contribute to the effort to find ‘Best in Stow’! With categories ranging from tallest sunflower, to best hanging basket or vegetable crop, there was something for […]
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Teddy Bear’s Picnic Provides Great Fun!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 31, 2018
After last year’s success, the annual Teddy Bear’s picnic returned to Ford Place for 2018. Residents, families and staff were invited, along with their teddy bears, to an afternoon of food, games and fun. The weather was perfect which allowed us to make great use of our outdoor space on the lawn and down towards […]
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Birds of Prey drop into Ford Place

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 31, 2018
Residents were excited to welcome some feathered friends from the Phoenix Birds of Prey centre visited Ford Place on the 3rd September. Residents were invited to hold the bird of prey using the special gloves. This was a well-received afternoon by all. The Phoenix Birds of Prey group is a group of volunteers who rely […]
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Harvest Festival with the Salvation Army

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 31, 2018
We welcomed the Salvation Army to Ford Place to host this year’s Harvest Festival Service for residents and their families. Members of the local Salvation army band played traditional harvest hymns as part of the service on the 7th October. A huge thank you to all at Ford Place for the Harvest festival donations gathered […]
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Acquisition of Halstead Hall Care Home

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On June 20, 2018
We are very pleased to announce that Stow Healthcare has expanded its premium care brand into Essex with the acquisition of Attwood’s Manor care home in Halstead. The home is an elegant 19th Century country manor house that retains many of its original features and is located on the edge of the historic north Essex […]
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Go Green-Fingers for Stow in Bloom!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On June 20, 2018
We are really excited to announce the inaugural Stow in Bloom competition! Residents and others across out five homes have suggested ideas for categories, which include Best Hanging Basket, Tallest Sunflower and Best Edible display, as well as opportunities to create a craft or miniature garden! Judging will take place in the week starting 23 […]
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Awards for Stow Healthcare & Ford Place!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On June 20, 2018
We are thrilled to announce that as a company, Stow Healthcare has been named Care Employer of the Year at the inaugural Caring UK awards held in York in December. This is Stow Healthcare’s 1st company award and an achievement which we are hugely proud of. These awards also saw the Management Team at sister […]
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Ford Place Achieves ‘Outstanding’ Rating!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On June 20, 2018
We are delighted to report that Ford Place has been awarded the coveted ‘Outstanding’ rating by CQC following an unannounced inspection in November. The inspectors said in their report: “We observed kind, compassionate staff spending time with people and their families to ensure peoples’ well-being and offering support around their individual needs.” They noted that […]
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A Date for your Diary…

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 21, 2017
On Saturday 17th June Ford Place will be participating in Care Home Open Day from 11am till 5pm, including: • Native American Indian performers • Thetford Hapkido • Star Wars characters • Sean Moyes “The Banjo Man” • Craft Stalls • Clairvoyants • Tombola • Bottle stall • Guess the weight of the cake • […]
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Easter ‘Eggs’travaganza at Ford Place!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 21, 2017
On Easter Saturday, the Easter bunny visited Ford Place to hide eggs throughout the home and the grounds of Ford Place, eggs were even hidden in the Forgotten Garden. The event was a huge success with staff, residents and their family and friends all came together to take part. There were was also a refreshments […]
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Nutrition and Hydration Week at Ford Place

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 21, 2017
Nutrition and Hydration week highlights the importance of good nutrition a hydration to residents in the social care setting. Throughout the week of the 13th March, residents enjoyed a variety of food and drink based activities to help promote and encourage positive health and wellbeing through good nutrition and hydration. Children from Norwich Road school […]
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Jane’s Sponsored Swim!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 21, 2017
The residents of Ford Place would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to Domestic team member Jane Burke who recently completed a sponsored swim for Ford Place. Jane managed to raise a grand total of £122.00 for the Residents’ fund to put towards activities and entertainment. Thank You Jane!
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Spring at Ford Place

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 21, 2017
Spring has well and truly sprung and the warmer weather and the longer days means there is lots to look forward to in the coming months. Over the past few months Karen and Graham have continued to work hard to create an exciting activities schedule to keep residents busy and entertained. There have been a […]
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Stow Healthcare Nurse Maureen Tilbrook Reaches National Awards Final

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On April 21, 2017
Friday 31st March saw the Great British Care Award Final with Nurse Maureen Tilbrook from Stowlangtoft Hall reaching the final 6 in the country in the good nurse category, which is an outstanding achievement. The awards were hosted at the ICC in Birmingham where Maureen went along supported by her family and colleagues to a […]
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Acquisition of Melford Court Nursing Home

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On February 6, 2017
We are thrilled to announce that Melford Court Nursing Home in Long Melford has been acquired by Stowlangtoft Healthcare. Melford Court, a beautiful grade II listed building, is a popular local home located at the centre of the historic wool town of Long Melford. We are very much looking forward to getting to know our […]
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Stowlangtoft Healthcare Group wins two National Awards!

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On December 8, 2016
Stowlangtoft Healthcare is celebrating after having seen two of its staff win accolades at the 2016 National Care Awards in London. Sam Cutts, Deputy Manager at Brandon Park Nursing Home was awarded the title of Best Registered Nurse in the UK, beating off stiff competition from four other finalists. The judges said that Sam was […]
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Acquisition of Ford Place Nursing Home

  • Posted by Roger Catchpole
  • On October 24, 2016
We are thrilled to announce that Ford Place Nursing Home in Thetford has been acquired by Stowlangtoft Healthcare. Ford Place, a beautiful grade II listed home on the outskirts of Thetford, is a popular local home with a Good CQC rating and is set in lovely grounds with a walled garden and riverside position. We […]
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Moving into a Stow Healthcare Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

All Stow Healthcare homes welcome new admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will be happy to help answer any questions you may have when making this decision for yourself or your loved one. You will be pleased to know that we are working very closely with hospitals, healthcare professionals, local authorities, and prospective residents and their families to ensure that everyone stays safe during this time.