Happy 25th birthday to Avante Care & Support

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Happy 25th birthday to Avante Care & Support

Residents at Amherst Court love using the exercise ball!

Avante Care & Support celebrates providing 25 years of care and support through its care homes and home care services.

Avante Care & Support is a registered charity formed on the 4th December 1990, providing residential care and support for older people living with dementia, a home care and support service for those living in their own home and Stepahead Support a service for young people and families.

Avante Care & Supports Head Office based at De Gelsey House, Faversham, Kent has 12 care homes and care and support services across Kent and South East London. This Friday the 4th December the charity will reach its 25th year of providing care and support for people living with dementia or physical frailty, adults with learning difficulties and to young people and families.

At a time of austerity, the importance of charities such as Avante Care & Support is critical, to offer care and support to those who require it.

In 2014/15 the charity provided care for 810 people with complex needs at any one time across its 12 care homes, with a further 46 placements for day care. Over 88% of these people had a dementia related condition.

During the same time the home care service offered support to 697 individuals providing 228,630 hours of care. The New Outlooks service for people with learning difficulties and other specialist needs such as autism, mental health and brain injury, provided 21 individuals with 11,394 hours of support.

The charity which rebranded as Avante Care & Support in 2009 has expanded to now employ some 1,600 employees delivering services to over 1,000 individuals on a daily basis within older person’s registered care homes, at home through domiciliary care or support and support for young people and their families.

“We are all extremely proud to be celebrating our 25th birthday this week especially as this is at a time where a greater proportion of us are reaching retirement age and living longer, often with dementias, placing a greater strain on health and social care services. Our value to the local communities we serve can be judged by the demand for our services. So, in celebrating our achievements we also look back at some of the milestones in our charities history which has seen Avante care for and support probably more than 50,000 people over the past 25 years”.Managing Director, Mark LLoyd

To ensure everyone was involved with celebrating Avante Care & Supports milestone birthday the care homes and services all hosted celebratory parties on Friday 20th November, inviting all residents, family members and staff to join and raise a glass to Avante Care & Supports 25th birthday.

Singer Annie Love helped with the celebrations at Amherst Court in Chatham by treating the residents to their favourite all time classics.

Avante Care & Supports Patron Bob Bushell also attended the party and thanked staff for their hard work and congratulated them all on their recent Outstanding CQC rating.

Bridge Haven, nr Canterbury, entertained their guests with a local singer where there was plenty of toe tapping, singing and dancing taking place.

“Since our recent refurbishment at Bridge Haven it was lovely to be able to thank residents and families for their cooperation and patience, we all had a great time”.Home Manager Ian Chandler

Barton Court residents in Sheerness had a DJ, with a variety of music playing throughout the afternoon, staff dressed up in bright colours and brought in wooden frames to create a ‘photo booth’ effect for the residents and staff to enjoy.

Whilst the residents at Court Regis, Sittingbourne enjoyed entertainers ‘Reflection’ covering 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music. Cllr Anita Walker, Mayor of Swale and Trustee Sandra Hendry attended the party and also opened the celebrations.

Puddingstone Grange, Greenwich partied with Elvis as the impersonator wooed residents and family members. Trustee Philip Harland also joined the party and opened the celebrations.

To mark the occasion Pilgrims View care home in Snodland cracked open the Champagne which was kindly donated from Tesco and presented to the care staff by Andrew McIntyre, a Representative from Tesco Stores. The home also had music and plenty of dancing throughout the day.

The home care team who have branches in Kent and Erith also joined with the celebrations by holding small buffet lunches at each branch, inviting service users and home care staff to join.

More celebrations took place on Tuesday 25th November, this time at De Gelsey House, Faversham, where Trustees and Head Office staff held a small buffet lunch. Chairman Peter Smallridge opened the celebrations and thanked everyone for attending which included former Trustees Molly De’Courcy, John Bragg, Lexi Douglas, Amanda Cottrell and former KCHT CEO David Howells.

Avante Care & Support – Provides care homes specialising in dementia care for older people living with dementia, and homecare services for older people wanting to remain living in their own home.

For further information please call us on 01795 597400

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