National tea day at Birch Green

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Saturday was a great day for our tea loving residents at Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, as they got their taste buds tingling on national tea day.


In the morning, residents all took their seats in anticipation for the tea tasting session. As everyone took a sip of each flavour, they had some funny faces being pulled at the different flavours they were tasting.


It was a unanimous decision that the favourite tea flavour amongst residents was lemon and ginger followed closely by rhubarb and custard. Residents and staff also decided that the chocolate orange tea was for an acquired taste only.


Everyone had a lovely morning and they’ve made sure to stock up on the lemon and ginger!



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Private screening at Riversway Nursing Home

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Jules and Phil from Curzon Cinema in Clevedon, recently gave residents at Riversway Nursing Home the opportunity to watch the new Paddington Bear film in a private screening.


Residents invited friends to join them for the movie and everyone was given a special ticket to enter the cinema. Once people found their seats, the lights were dimmed and the movie began.


Jackie and Phil came around with a special treat of popcorn tubes for everyone to share and Debra from HR prepared delicious ice cream cones for everyone.


We all had a great laugh and some even said they felt like they were in a real cinema.


Thank you Jules and Phil for bringing the cinema to us and for the tasty popcorn treat.


FRONT ROOM CINEMA brings the big screen into your front room thanks to generous donations from Nailsea Lions, the Rotary Club of Clevedon Yeo, Portishead Lions Club and others.

With these donations, Curzon Cinema are able to continue running Front Room Cinema throughout 2018.  The project, with equipment bought through funds from St. Monica's Trust and Quartet, was set up in 2017 after a pilot year.  In 2017 they held 18 screenings and entertained more than 350 elderly people, adults with learning disabilities and youngsters from Children's Hospice South West.

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Kath’s 80th birthday surprise at Birch Green

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Last week at Birch Green Care Home, they decided to surprise resident Kath with a party to celebrate her 80th birthday.


The day before her birthday, residents gathered in the communal area and surprised her with balloons, cake and afternoon tea. A small glass of bubbly was shared between residents too.


The following day was Kath’s actual birthday where her celebrations continued with family and friends – Kath shares her birthday with the Queen and she has two birthdays so why can’t Kath?


Happy birthday Kath, we hope you enjoyed your celebrations.



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‘Dynamic duo’ build on their training skills at Springhill Care Home

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Stephen and Lee at Springhill Care HomeStaff training is key at Springhill Care Home, so when our maintenance team asked to undertake a detailed moving and handling course to expand their current knowledge, we invited them to attend an in-depth training course.


By attending the course – which includes mobilising, lifting and hoisting our residents – the maintenance team now has the confidence and knowledge to safely assist care staff in an emergency or as and when required.


Stephen Critchley and Lee Wolstenholme volunteered for the training and took part in the full-day course recently delivered by Ann Rolfe of AR associates.


Through their maintenance role, both staff members attend annual moving and handling training relating to objects, but this was the first time they have undergone training specific to working with people and was something the pair had requested.


As well as keeping our environment safe, warm and comfortable, the maintenance team now has an understanding of the principles of moving and handling our more vulnerable residents, and also a better knowledge of the demands on care staff in this area.


Stephen said: "We spend most of our working day out and about the care home and specialist dementia service, and we’ve always been keen to learn how to properly assist care staff when they need us most.


“Now we can both respond to any situation requiring this level of training and we’re both looking forward to helping if required.”


We’re always looking at ways to help our staff fulfil their potential and offer training wherever it might assist.



Riversway Nursing Home leads the way for innovation project

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A group of university students spent time at Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol as part of a project to tackle some of the care sector’s biggest challenges.


The group, from Cardiff Metropolitan University, is competing in the Care Innovation Challenge, a national competition set up to kickstart new ideas and solutions for the care sector.


The challenge invites students from a range of disciplines to look at various issues facing the industry and ways that they can be tackled.


It was established by high profile sector figures including Alex Ramamurthy, the CEO of the Care Workers Charity, and Ben Allen, the founder of Oomph! Wellness, the UK’s leading provider of exercise, activity and transport services for older people.


The team from Cardiff, including students Olly Webb, Verity Moorehouse and Alex Whelan, are all studying for an MSc in Product Design, and are looking to tackle the challenges of staff retention in the care sector.


The Cardiff students have designed a mentoring app – a project known as Blossom – for the care sector to make the process easier to manage, along with offering guidance and daily motivation and feedback tools.


Research shows that mentoring is a tool which results in new members of staff feeling more connected to the sector they work in and less likely to leave within the first 12 months. The idea has also been presented to the National Care Forum conference to showcase a solution for streamlined mentoring.


Jan Wilkins, Director of Operations at Riversway, said: “The Care Innovation Challenge is set to come up with some really interesting concepts for how the care sector can develop in the future and it was great to meet with the students to hear their ideas.


“We’ve found ourselves that mentoring really helps cement the relationships between staff and the home and we were only too happy to hear what the students had to say and give our feedback. We wish them the best of luck in developing the app and look forward to hearing more about it in future.”




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