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“Welcome to our news page, we hope you will visit it regularly to keep up to date with all that is happening at The Oasis” – Tui Shirley Registered Provider


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Additional Lift being Installed

Building work is commencing Monday 15th October to install a 2nd lift which means access may be restricted around the library area as well as access to rooms 3-5. As a safety precaution some access may be restricted during the day at some stages of construction. We will of course do everything possible to reduce inconvenience but of course our priority will be focussed on safety. Speak to Linda, Steve or Tui if you wish to clarify anything. Otherwise look forward to a wonderful new lift and refurbishment to the landing area on east wing of the home due for completion before Christmas.

Fun Dog Show

On the 7th October we held a fun dog show. Please follow us on Facebook for lots of photos and information about what is going on at The Oasis on an (almost) daily basis.

Here are the contestants from left to right are – (Saluki) Shaz – who won the ‘Come Here’ challenge and ‘Most Appealing Eyes’ and entered his ‘roll over’ in the best trick class. Jake who won (fastest) ‘Sit’ and performed left and right pawed ‘high fives’ in the best trick class. Coco who won ‘Best Trick’ for her dancing and Dave who won the ‘Stay’ challenge and was also voted overall winner as the dog who most people wanted to take home.

All dogs received a ‘doggy bag’ treat bag to go home along with their beautiful rosettes and Dave’s sash. Thank you so much to the contestants who came along and made it such a fun time for the folk who live at The Oasis.

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Bridget now has availability at The Oasis to offer wonderfully therapeutic hand massages, one to one sessions and individually tailored sensory sessions (especially meaningful for people with dementia). Contact Bridget directly This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see our link. holistic-health link.

Bridget Roberts CthA, Complimentary Therapist at The Oasis Care Home, Plymstock, Plymouth


JULY 2016


Chris Merryfield

Thank you so much to Chris Merryfield's family who sent these beautiful flowers with their thanks to the team at The Oasis for the care provided to Chris and who sadly has now passed on. Chris will be sadly missed, may she rest peacefully.




JUNE 2016


Suite Vacancy



Our one vacant suite (room + private wet room) which is in the process of being fully refurbished comes with this brand new, beautiful, fully adjustable bed (for optimum comfort and support). Over £1,600 worth of design specifically to assist older, less able people. See our Accommodation pages or call Nicola on 01752 403256 for more information.


Care Homes Open Day

We celeberated Care Homes Open day. An article has been published in the Plymstock, Plympton and Ivybridge News, please click on the picture to the right to see a larger version.



MAY 2016


Excellence in Care Awards

The Oasis is delighted to have been nominated and recognised for our contribution to The Dementia Quality Mark, The People’s Choice, Innovation and Good Practice in Health & Wellbeing, Quality Assurance and Innovation and Good Practice in Community Links.

A wonderful and fun filled evening for some of our team who were able to join in this fabulous occasion organised by Plymouth City Council in recognition of the high standards and ‘excellence in care’ in care homes throughout the city of Plymouth.

Enjoying a hard earned evening out are

Gail – Duty manager, Linda – Registered Manager, Christine – Senior Carer, Nicola – Deputy Manager, Tui and Steve Shirley – Registered Providers, Sharon – Senior Carer and Leanne – Duty Manager


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APRIL 2016


People's Choice Award: Celebrating Excellence in Care in Plymouth 2016

We would be delighted if you could support The Oasis care home by voting for any of our staff who you feel have made a positive difference to caring for the people living at The Oasis. – Thank you – Steve and Tui Shirley

Please e-mail your nominations to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Plymouth City Council have arranged for an independent panel to review and choose their winner.

You can find out more information by clicking on the following link


Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday - 21st April 2016

To celebrate Her Majesty's 90th birthday we sent her a card with personal wishes from us all at The Oasis.


Dear Visitors to The Oasis

Please be advised that due to the renewal of carpet throughout the east side of the home access to the tv lounge, library and private accommodation from The Garden Suite through to room 19 will be restricted. The green music lounge will still be available for use and rooms 21 to 35 will not be affected. Please call the home if you are planning to visit on Wed 20th April (tbc).


MARCH 2016

Pink and Bald for St Luke's Hospice





To raise money for St Luke’s Hospice Sue volunteered to dye her hair pink and Peter to shave all of his off – going bald (until it grows back). Our thanks and appreciation go to both Sue and Peter for their bravery and generosity J 






St. Patrick's day celebrations at the Oasis

Irish folk music by Poslips.



5 couples enjoyed a tantalising Valentine's menu prepared by Head Chef Peter today.

Garlic mushrooms, pork with caramelised Apple (or veggie alternative) asparagus and potato croquettes followed by tiramisu, ice cream and strawberries - Absolutely fabulous

January 2016


Dementia Friendly Car Parks





The Plymouth Herald has published an interesting item which details the latest measures that Plymouth City Council have made to make life a little easier for carers of people with dementia in their bid to make Plymouth a dementia friendly city.






Trial Going Well of SAD Lamp

We have had a very positive response from a lady residing at The Oasis who has trialled the use of a SAD (seasonal affective disorder) lamp, that replicates daylight, since late autumn. She says that she has felt so much better this winter as in the past she has even been hospitalised due to depression but the use of the lamp has assisted her to maintain an improved mood this winter. SAD lamps can be purchased individually but should be risk assessed before purchase as they are not recommended with some conditions and / or medications.


5 Star Food Hygiene Rating Again



We are delighted to (yet again) retain our 5 star food hygiene rating. We take standards very seriously indeed, striving for the very best for the people who live (and work) here. Therefore we are very pleased to report achieving this highest standard which has been maintained since we (Steve and Tui Shirley) have been providing this service – over thirteen years now. Our thanks go to our kitchen staff Peter, Marlon, Barry and Debbie as well as Ted and Grando who maintain records and keep standards high.



Christmas party 23rd Dec 2015




Head Chef presented a delightful array of party dishes as well as fruit punch or mulled wine.



Our beautiful and magical Christmas elf ensured fun and games were enjoyed by everyone.











The Musical Gentlemen - the hot favourites for our Christmas party this year on the 23rd Dec entertained us all for nearly two hours.






Christmas at the Oasis 2015




We enjoyed a day out to visit the local Christmas festivities





The delightful children of Oreston Community Academy brought beautiful Christmas cheer to us all - a big thank you to them all x







December 2015

We have taken it as the highest compliment that the Care Quality Commission recommended another care home arrange to view our care plans as an example of best practice – to enable the other home to improve their care standards J

November 2015

The Oasis is delighted to announce another successful year achieving our Dementia Quality Mark which is awarded to homes who demonstrate continuous improvement to their services provided for people living with dementia.

We have also been assessed and awarded with the St Luke’s Six Steps End of Life accreditation for another year.

Our thanks go to Registered Manager Linda and our dedicated team of staff who work hard to achieve these accolades and who deliver the care which reflects the high standards demanded of these accreditations.






The Providers and Managers of The Oasis care home are absolutely delighted to be awarded another ‘Good’ unannounced inspection report – making this the third consecutive Good report (which means that all standards are met) since the formation of the Care Quality Commission and the introduction of the current standards. Steve and Tui Shirley complimented Linda on what they believe to be an outstanding summary report and pass their thanks to all of the team at The Oasis who make the home the success that it is. It is a demanding role and every member of the team works hard to achieve the high standards expected in this sector these days. Please click here to see the summary or click on the image to the left to view the full report.





June 2015

Pam's Rose is Blooming Lovely



Pam Humberston's memorial peace rose in full bloom early June.



Wombat Gets Lots of Attention



Visitor Rachel keeps our recently bereaved rabbit Wombat company to help alleviate potential depression following the loss of his mate Upsy Daisy. Thanks to Rachel for her kindness.








May 2015




We are saddened to announce the passing of our dear little friend Upsy-Daisy (our black and white dwarf rabbit) who leaves her best friend Wombat (pictured) clearly feeling lonely and bereaved. Upsy-Daisy was seen playing with Wombat at around 6pm last Friday (22nd May) and then found by a member of staff at 9pm – clearly having died some while ago. The vet informs us that dwarf rabbits are expected to live to around 6 or 7 years (her age) and that it could have been an aneurism, heart attack or they are even known to give themselves serious spinal injury if they kick out too hard.

To help Wombat in his bereavement the vet recommends as much human contact and petting as possible – so next time you are visiting, if you could spare a minute for Wombat – that would be wonderful. Apparently dandelion flowers and leaves are big favourite of rabbits too J



Spring is Bursting Out

The sensory garden trail comes alive with spring colour and scents - a delight to behold for both the eyes and nostrils!



Garden Suite Refurbished


The self-contained Garden Suite apartment at the Oasis has been newly refurbished and amongst other things now boasts a new carpet and soft furnishings and is available for occupation.  Please visit our dedicated page to see a description, more pictures and find out details. Please click here.



Joint Birthday Celebrations at The Oasis






Philip enjoyed celebrating his 95th birthday on the same day that Trudy celebrated her 101st birthday! Our best wishes to them both - what a lovely day it was with families and friends of both Philip and Trudy present to make the day really special.





March 2015

Liz Celebrates 100 Years


We were all delighted to celebrate Liz's 100th birthday at the beginning of this month. Liz enjoyed a wonderful day out with her family on her actual birthday, with a gift bag of treats awaiting her on her return to The Oasis that afternoon. This was followed the next day with a special celebratory tea, cake and flowers presented by Registered Manager Linda Milton-Gorvie. Liz commented that her earliest memory was that of her sister being born when Liz was 3 years old. We wish Liz the very best of health, longevity and happiness...




Avoiding Dementia

We found this useful and informative guide to Avoiding Dementia.


27th February 2015: Successful Collaboration with the DWP

The Oasis care home linked up with the DWP last November regarding opportunities for the right calibre people to be up-skilled to meet the high standards required to undertake a professional career in care. The Oasis, already working regularly with Venus Training, created a bespoke programme combining classroom along side work experience in the work place at both The Oasis in Plymstock and Parkwood in Stoke. Tui Shirley of The Oasis remarked how inspirational working with the group had been. "Their team work and commitment to the course has been 'second to none' "



Vanessa of the DWP said it was the most successful Sector Based Training Programme they had supported in Plymouth. Lorna Reg Manager of Parkwood thanked and congratulated the team for their flexibility and achievements in the more demanding nursing environment. Sue of Venus congratulated the team on passing out today with their introduction to care qualification which is a significant proportion toward their level 2 diploma. It was a very rewarding experience for all of us involved in the project.









January 2015: The Oasis Care Home Achieves the Dementia Quality Mark for the 5th Year Running


We are again thrilled to be recognised for the commitment we continue to make to improve the lives of people with dementia. For the fifth year running we have achieved the DQM (Dementia Quality Mark), for which we were the third home in the entire South West to achieve back in 2011.

We are able to support people who, due to becoming a little confused or forgetful and who are no longer considered safe enough to remain at home, to enjoy the best quality of life possible.

The Oasis is home both to people who require support due to physical frailty and / or due to a decline in reasoning or memory. Friends are made with like minded individuals with similar abilities – whether that be conversation, activities, cards, music or television.



In Memory of Cherry Thornton



In memory of a beloved mother and grandmother and a dear friend to us at The Oasis, Cherry Thornton's family donated this beautiful cherry tree in her memory, which has been placed in our sensory garden. We very much look forward to the spring blooms. Her daughters thanked us so much for the care provided to Cherry during her time with us. She is sadly missed but will be remembered by the planting of this wonderful tree.







St Luke's End Of Life Certification and Accreditation Once Again Achieved By The Team at The Oasis

On the 7th October Registered Manager Linda and Senior Carer Jan were recognised for the outstanding effort they and the team have made in achieving re-accreditation of our St Luke’s End of Life certification which enables us to provide the highest quality end of life care. A lot of hard work has gone into this over the past year and Tui and Steve wish to pass our gratitude for the exceptional leadership and dedication from the team during a busy time over the summer in particular.





Oasis Signs Up to the Social Care Commitment

On the 3rd October Registered Manager Linda Milton-Gorvie, whilst still working toward our St Luke’s Reaccreditation has commitment to developing the staff team through the ethos of the Minister of State for Care and Support’s ‘Certificate of commitment’.

The Oasis Care Home constantly strives to deliver excellence to improve the lives of those we care for and by signing up to this commitment the home is pledging to deliver high quality care and support so the public can have confidence in the service we provide to our community.  Click on the certificate to see a larger image.





Plymouth In Bloom 2014

We were thrilled to finally make it ‘on to the podium’ this year after several years of receiving ‘highly commended’. It was rather a surprise as when the PiB judges visited they said we would be in a better position next year when our newly installed sensory trail had matured. We are all thrilled to bits that our efforts have been recognised......, watch this space as we prepare the gardens for winter time.....

And if there are is anyone out there with a particular interest in gardening who would love the opportunity to be creative and have fun with our gardens by volunteering some time we would love to hear from you. Expenses negotiable. Please contact Nicola on 01752 403256.




Successful Primrose Fund Raising Day at the Oasis

In partnership with The Co-op we raised £260 for the Primrose Breast Care Centre at Derriford Hospital. Thank you to everyone who made donations, bought raffle tickets, entered the lolly count and who supported by attending on the day. Thanks to Watts the Florists who donated flowers as a raffle prize. Around ten lucky winners of flowers, bouquets, chocolates, wine and other goodies with Cherry (and her lucky streak) winning the stunning fruit basket donated by The Co-op. Sharon won the lolly count by guessing closest to the 294 figure with 301!







The Grumpies



On the 1st September we were privileged to receive The Plymstock Bowling Club’s ‘The Grumpies’ all male choir delighting us with their ‘Sea Shanty’ style songs. It was a fantastic performance, without any instrumental backing which we all thoroughly enjoyed. All the more so as some of the men living at The Oasis were friends with choir members having previously been members of the bowling club.





5* Food Hygiene Maintained 21st August 2014

Food safety is a priority and our standards are extremely high. The Oasis has continued to maintain its 5* rating from Plymouth City Council Environmental Health using their Scores on the Doors scheme, following an unannounced visit on the 21st August 2014. The scheme is based on six different ratings (six tiers) which reflects the range of standards that may be found. At the bottom of the scale is 0 which means urgent improvement is required. At the top of the scale is 5 which means hygiene standards are very good putting The Oasis in the top level for any food serving establishment in Plymouth. Ratings are displayed on the Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating Scheme website at: .



Formal Opening Of Our New Sensory Garden Trail

Sensory Trail Opening Day


The people who live and work at The Oasis celebrated with family and visitors the formal opening of our new Sensory Garden Trail on the 8th August. Luckily the weather ‘held out’ to enable us all to enjoy the many features of the garden.

Sensory Trail Opening Day A Refreshing Start

We all enjoyed a glass of Pimms to start the celebration off. Registered Provider Tui Shirley thanked everyone for coming along and paid tribute to Claire Hogg who contributed to the funding of the garden by bravely undertaking a sponsored sky dive and was rewarded for her gusto by formally cutting the ribbon to open the garden. Tui thanked Plymouth City Council for contributing a grant toward the cost of realising the vision of garden which we have wanted to bring to fruition for some years now.

Sensory Trail Opening Day Cutting The Ribbon

The party enjoyed following the garden trail from the start seeing young magnolia, rhododendron and bedding flowers as well as lavender in the first section of the trail that leads to the outdoor rabbit run.

Section 2 includes a kitchen herb garden, herbs kindly donated by Mr Worden as well as climbing roses, hydrangeas kindly donated by the late Mrs Dare-Williams’ family and a selection of plants and flowers purchased by a group of the people who live at The Oasis when they recently visited a local garden centre.

The third section of the garden trail includes a wishing well in memory of the late husband of Joyce. The well sits above a pond with new residents of four gold fish. The garden leads further on to a pergola and another raised garden with people leaving the garden via the conifer arch. The garden includes chimes, charms and solar powered activity throughout.

The celebrations included salsa dancing with thanks to Sue and Phil for a fabulous show, followed by a delicious buffet prepared by Claire and Henry.

Our thanks go to Plants Galore who supported this project, our Maintenance team Mike and Colin who brought together the final jobs needed to open the garden on time and to Stan Merwood who volunteered 3 days of planting to bring the garden to life. A VERY BIG thank you to the all of the people who live, work and visit The Oasis who supported Claire’s fund raising for which the people residing at the home have thoroughly enjoyed choosing items for the garden with.


The Claire, Rabbit with the Wishing Well in the background



Stan Helps Out





Tui Shirley's father Stan on a 'working holiday' from New Zealand assisting with planting the new garden





Sensory Garden Trail Almost Complete!

Good Progress has been made on the long awaited sensory garden trail with planting having started on the 17th July, this picture was taken on the same day.

We are all looking forward to the official opening party on the 8th August.





Claire's Nail Bar


Claire's nail bar is proving very popular with the ladies who live at The Oasis who are asking to be booked a week in advance to enjoy the opportunity to keep their nails and hands looking gorgeous! Mrs CT commented 'It is so nice to be pampered'


The Nail Bar for a pampering manicure! Book your appointment with Claire





Home Worker Takes to Skydiving to Improve Dementia Services



Claire Hogg and her friend Mark Ormrod made their 15,000 foot jump on Saturday 17th May - thankfully with a safe landing. The were both 'blown away' by the experience and can't wait to do it again! All being well nearly £7,000 has been raised toward the sensory garden trail we are hoping to open in time for mid-summer on the 21st June.

When Plymouth care home Activities Supervisor Claire Hogg asked her husband to ‘think outside of the box’ for a Christmas gift, she had no idea what that was going to lead to....

On Christmas day, rather than perfume or pretties, Claire opened her gift to find her husband ‘pushing her out of an aircraft’! He had bought her a skydive and she was delighted!

Claire wanted to make more of the opportunity though and thought about how she could share and put the adventure to good use, perhaps by fundraising for a local charity. It didn’t take long before her family and friends were encouraging her along ‘charity starts at home’ and how about benefitting the people who lived at the care home she worked at.

Claire approached The Oasis care home management who were delighted with the suggestion of raising funds toward the sensory garden they had been planning for some time but due to budgetary restraints and other priorities had not been able to get the project ‘off the ground’.

This was the opportunity to make it happen! The Oasis would kick start the fund raising by contributing £1,000.00 as well as providing employment for someone who had undertaken a garden project on work experience last year, making the event doubly positive.

Claire was delighted when her friend Mark Ormrod, Olympic torch bearer and triple amputee survivor of Afghanistan agreed to jump with her! They are hoping their jump on May the 17th 2014 will raise awareness and donations of sensory items to complete the project.

Tui Shirley – Registered Provider of The Oasis Care Home said “we have dreamed about having a fabulous sensory garden that will enable people to freely go out of doors to enjoy the fresh air, sights, sunshine, sounds and smells of the garden and to exercise more. These are all important health benefits that can delay or slow the progression of dementia and help keep people mobile.

This project is very important for people who otherwise may not be able to get outside as often as they would like to. The garden and trails will enable people to go about as they wish with us reassured that the garden is both enjoyable and a safe place to be.

With Claire raising donations, hopefully, from the community as well, we are looking to extend the facility for non-residents use. It is very exciting and we are delighted by Claire and Mark’s enthusiasm, generosity and bravery”!

Anyone wishing to donate items or time toward the project or to pledge a donation please contact Claire or Nicola on 01752 403256 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Thank you very much.

2016 Care Bill

The government is introducing major reforms to care and support through the Care Bill which is currently going through Parliament. Subject to the passage of legislation, this will set national eligibility criteria for care and support and will implement the capped cost model for care and support funding. The reforms will also introduce a universal deferred payment scheme so that people are protected from the risk of having to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for care. Further detail on the Care Bill and the reforms is available at

The Oasis 2013 Christmas Party !!


This year's Christmas party on the 19th December was another enjoyable festive occasion for residents, their friends and families and staff. Claire and Peter (dressed as Father Christmas and one of his helpers) organised a fabulous day of saxophone, games, competitions, carols, mulled wine and a glorious buffet, enjoyed by all who attended.

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CQC Inspection on 14th September 2013

'Steve and Tui Shirley were once again thrilled by the findings of the Care Quality Commission during their unannounced inspection on Saturday 14th September 2013 (our second inspection this year). Staff demonstrated both their professionalism and high standards of dignity and respect within the service we provide. "We have organised a 'thank you' dinner for all of the team and a special thank you gift to those who were on duty the day of the inspection in recognition of how they demonstrated our ethos, belief, policies and vision for the provision of the highest standards of care". You can view the report at



Dementia Support Worker Service


Following a successful bid to the NHS dementia Challenge Fund the NHS New Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and Adult Social Care have jointly commissioned a Dementia Support Worker service from the Alzheimer's Society. This service have five dementia Support Workers who cover one GP locality each. They are able to provide advice and support to people with dementia or anyone who is concerned about someone with dementia or who wishes to find out more about dementia.

Dementia Support Workers can advise on issues such as future housing options, end of life planning, power of attorney and benefits. If you wish to contact this service please phone the Alzheimer's Society on 01752 608900 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The Alzheimer's Society also run a range of other activities for people with dementia and their carers including Singing for the Brain, Memory Cafes, Peer Support and befriending.



The Oasis's 1000th Order



Sainsbury's celebrated The Oasis' 1000th order by making a surprise visit to the home with flowers and champagne which Tui gratefully accepted on behalf of all at the home

The flowers adorned the reception area in the music lounge and the champagne went into the fridge to chill in anticipation of our upcoming garden party.

Tui thanked Sainsbury's for the recognition and added that it had been a good working relationship between the two organisations. Tui said "people are reassured that we purchase their food from such a high quality grocer and it reflected our ethos of 'treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves' - we also shop at Sainsbury's for groceries".



Chocolate Tasting Event



The Thornton’s chocolate tasting event went down a ‘real treat’ on Saturday (9th March 2013). Around 35 people attended and the tasting included:

A welcome milk chocolate smile with a glass of sparkly followed by a history talk about Thorntons and a taste of their famous toffee. Tui spoke of the history of chocolate from as far back as 1900 BC to the modern day. Guests learnt about the ‘conching’ process invented by Rudolf Lindt which was thoroughly proven by indulging in one of the Lindor milk truffles – a divine favourite of many people. The event went on to consider the health benefits of (dark) chocolate with a sample of Thornton’s 85% cocoa – the most intense Tui has come across. Guests were then informed about the ancient and current day traditions of Easter, spring time, pagan, Christian and Jewish celebrations in relation to eggs, bunnies and hot cross buns. Small offerings of a golden bunny and red foil eggs preceded rounding off with something lighter to refresh the palette in the form of a fresh Thorntons mint bon-bon. Rachel drew Val to win a box of Thornton’s toffee and then Guy drew Cherry Thornton (yes – what a co-incidence, that is her surname) to win the main prize of a stunning box of Thornton’s continental chocolates.

There was a very positive response from the guests who found the event interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. Our thanks go to Katie of Thorntons at The Broadway and to Claire Hogg for assisting Tui with holding the event.

St Valentine's Day Lunch - held 14th February 2013

The Valentine's Day lunch was a great success and all the people who attended couldn't speak highly enough of the ocassion, Mark's delicious menu and Claire's wonderful displays and table decorations she set up on the day. The dining room was strewn with love hearts, rose petals and few would disagree that it was better than any high class restaurant as it had that loving and extra special personal touch for each and every person who attended the lunch. Some guests were so impressed they took home momentos such as the heart shaped place mats and menus. Make sure you book early for next year.





Mark's Valentine's Day Lunch Menu


Starter - Fruit Punch
Main Course - Tenderloin of pork in a cream sauce served with rice, sauteed potatoes and a medley of vegetables
Dessert - I love you - Swan Lake





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