Vicky helps to take care home into new era at Birch Green Care Home

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Vicky has joined the Birch Green management team as the home develops its range of services.

With many years of experience in the NHS as a fully qualified nurse, Vicky Sudworth has joined the team to help develop services to the local community including nursing and personal care, specialist dementia care, learning disabilities and mental health conditions.

She said: “I’m hugely excited to be joining Birch Green at this time as we understand further the needs of the local community and how we can offer them quality of services locally that live up to the vision and values of the company. My dad ran care homes for many years so I have always been around them and know what needs to be done to make a happy home.”

Vicky moves to Birch Green from her role working as a nurse in the Accident and Emergency department at Wigan Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.

Phillippa McGrath, General Manager of Birch Green Care Home, said: “Vicky brings a wealth of experience from the nursing sector and a great positive attitude as we move forward which will help us as we further develop our services to even higher levels for now and the longer term.”

Birch Green Care Home is part of the award-winning Springhill Care Group, which also operates homes in Accrington and Bristol offering a wide range of high quality long-term personalised care and support for adults and older people, including those requiring nursing care, specialist dementia care and specialist end of life care and other complex healthcare needs.






Sensory bottles at Springhill Care Home

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Residents in Springhill Care Home’s dementia suite in Accrington spent an afternoon crafting sensory bottles for others.


The bottles featured a range of elements useful for triggering the senses, from beads to colourful paper.


One resident commented on how peaceful it was to make them.


It was a rewarding afternoon for everyone.




Showcasing Riversway

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A number of our team from Riversway recently attended at job fair at Colston Hall, Bristol, to make young people aware of what career pathways are available at our nursing home.


They joined more than 30 other organisations to demonstrate what is on offer and talked to a number of people who may be interested in working with them as a career in the care industry.


Jan Wilkins, Operations Director at Riversway, said: “We have a range of work here at Riversway and we are always looking for the right people across all age ranges and skills so our message is please submit your CV if you think you may be suitable and we will always take a look.”




VJ's passion for sketching

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Residents at Springhill Care Home, Accrington are a talented bunch, and have many hobbies and interests that they are supported to continue once they come to live with us.


One resident, Vaughnton, known as VJ, is particularly talented at sketching wonderful portraits that are instantly recognisable.


Among his creations recently have been actor John Wayne, sportsman Valentino Rossi, and historical figure Sitting Bull.


At 37 VJ is the youngest resident at Springhill, and his creations have been inspiring us all.



To view a small selection of VJ's sketches click on the video link below







Marking Remembrance Sunday at Riversway

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Riversway Nursing Home pulled out all the stops to mark Remembrance Sunday.


There were poppies everywhere, and posters decorated by residents themselves along with a special poem written for the occasion (see below). Volunteer Ian even taught them how to dance the polka and waltz.


The posters featured memories of 1939-45 including pictures of food available at the time, along with typical wartime scenes and singing star Vera Lynn.


One poster was produced entirely by one of their residents, George, with volunteer Gill.  Two weeks in the making, this project combined George’s passions for writing and history.



Ian dancing



The Riversway poem – ‘I remember the poppy field’ – in full:



Sirens roaring so shelter we took,

Loved ones we lost but will never forget.

We will always remember the kindness we shared.

Military men we honour now are always in our thoughts.

We will wear the poppy with pride.

I remember when the war was over people jumping for joy,

The dark times were over, time to rebuild our lives.


 To view more photographs on Riversway's Facebook page, please click HERE



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