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BAY FM transmitting two programmes recorded at Rose Lodge

A couple of weeks ago, BAY FM came to Rose Lodge to record stories by some of the Rose Lodge residents. The two programmes of Dot’s diary will be broadcast on FM (107.9) during the Exmouth festival week:

Thursday 26 May 10 am to 11 am – repeated Sunday 29 May 7 pm to 8 pm

Thursday 2n June 10 am to 11 am – repeated Sunday  4 June 7 pm to 8 pm

These boots are made for walking…..


At Orcombe point - What a great day!

Walking down the esplanade

Rosemobile turns into snack-van for our pit-stop

Last Saturday, residents, family and staff took part in a sponsored walk to raise money for some new garden furniture for the residents. We all met up at the lifeboat station where the Exmouth Journal came to chat with us and take a couple of pictures (and did a nice story about the walk in today’s Exmouth Journal). We all walked together to the Marina and then back to the Lifeboat station where we had a little pit stop. On to Orcombe Point and back again to the lifeboat station. 5 Miles all in all which took us a couple of hours. One of our residents walked the whole distance which was pretty impressive!


The walk was organised by Care assistant Brenda Kelsall with a lot of help from her colleagues. She did a fantastic job of bringing it all together in such a great afternoon for us all.

In fact we enjoyed ourselves so much that we have decided to start a walking club for residents, family and friends, and anyone else that would like to join us!. Watch this space…..

Bay FM to record ‘Dot’s diary’ at Rose Lodge 14 April

On Thursday 14 April, Bay FM will be recording  their “Dot’s diary” programme at Rose Lodge, from 10.30 am to 12.30 am. Dot will chat with the residents and relatives about some of their favourite memories and music. The programme will be transmitted on FM during the Exmouth Festival week  (26 May to 3rd June)

Listening to the wireless

Our chickens were being featured on BBC Radio 4 today in a programme called ‘Atilla the Hun’. So we gathered in the lounge to listen to the programme. Interestingly the radio really captured people’s attention, much more so than the television would. Perhaps this is because people remember sitting around ‘the wireless’ when they were younger, or perhaps it is because it is less confusing than a TV (there are only sounds to focus on, not sounds and pictures). Anyway it worked well and we will do this some more. Our chickens were duly mentioned, including the mess they are making of our raised beds. This weekend we will put a roof over their pen so that will help. Anyone who can help us clip their wings ?

Three Exeter care homes ‘not meeting standards’

As reported by BBC today

Three care homes in Exeter are not meeting quality and safety standards, a health watchdog has said.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) told Devon County Council it was concerned about Alphin House, Arthur Roberts House and Exebank Care Home (in Exmouth – our italics).

The watchdog said delays in treatment could be putting people’s health at risk while some practices undermined patient’s dignity.

The council said it accepted there were problems and was working to fix them.

The residential homes cater for older people with a range of needs, including dementia and mental illness.

‘Robust plans’

The CQC said that its inspectors, who visited the premises earlier in the year, found that not all staff showed residents respect.

Inadequate record keeping, staff arrangements and training for staff were also highlighted as concerns.

The council said that there could be no excuses and that it recognised the shortfalls, having identified many of them itself prior to inspections.

It said it had been in the early stages of putting new structures in place during the inspections.

Devon County Council said it accepted the inspectors’ reports and analysis of the services.

Malcolm Vede, assistant director for adult and community services, said the council was “determined to do better” for residents.

It added: “We have agreed robust improvement plans for each home with CQC, and we will be commissioning our own independent forensic inspection of the homes in the near future to make sure we’re getting it right.”