Teenager takeover at Riversway

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Teenagers from across the country joined together to take over the activities calendar at Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol.


As part of the National Citizen Service (NCS), 15 to 17 year olds get together over the school holidays to build new skills and take on new challenges.


More than 400,000 young adults take part in the initiative each year where they undertake four phases including adventure, discovery, social action and celebration.


Riversway are proud to be part of the social action phase which allows a group of youngsters the chance to come into the home and deliver a community project.


This year the teens supported the activities calendar which saw them get involved with afternoon tea, ball games, one to one sessions, a bbq, seated salsa and other fitness classes.



Thank you to the teenagers who volunteered throughout the week at Riversway Nursing Home, you made a huge difference and lifted everyone’s spirits.



Meet Donna

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In a new series of articles, we meet Springhill Care Home’s team.

Donna Greenhalgh is a team leader about to embark on training to become an assistant practitioner.


My journey with Springhill began not long after I had finished school at the age of 16 when I started working at Springhill House, now Springhill Care Home on a youth training scheme. 


Working with Springhill brings around so many opportunities – before having a family, I worked my way up to senior health care assistant, but after having twins at the age of 21, I decided to put my career on hold.


I returned to Springhill Care Home in December 2009 and have since been promoted to team leader. I’m now looking forward to starting the assistant practitioner course in September which is a level five course that is undertaken over two years.


I have gained valuable experience working in all areas at Springhill, but I currently work in the Springwood dementia suite - this is where my passion for person centred dementia care lies.


Taking on this new challenge will allow me to gain more knowledge which will enhance my role in the dementia suite and allow residents, and my colleagues to benefit from my newly acquired skills.


The most rewarding part of my role is working directly with residents and being part of their lives. I feel very lucky to help care for the people who live here – it often feels like we are part of a big family.


I strongly believe in individuality and I aim to treat each person I care for with the utmost respect. 


I feel after 28 years in care, I’ve had the Springhill values of kindness, respect, dignity and compassion instilled into me right from the start – these values still stand true throughout the group today.



By Donna Greenhalgh

Team Leader, Springhill Care Home




Springhill Care Group teams up with wellbeing specialist

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Springhill Care has partnered up with a leading specialist to enhance the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of its residents.


Springhill Care Group which operates three care homes across the UK, will work with Oomph! Wellness to implement a wellness project and deliver a range of activities for residents with a focus on positively changing the impact of ageing.


Employees at each home will attend development sessions which aims to enhance activity provision for residents, while an exercise leadership in care settings course, endorsed by Active IQ, will also be undertaken by Springhill’s lifestyle team to allow staff to run inclusive exercise sessions.


Oomph! Wellness was set up in 2011 and works to improve the wellbeing of care home residents and older adults in communities.


Photo left to right - Matt Hamblin Senior Business Manager at Oomph,  Donna Briggs Managing Director - Springhill Care,  Parita Doshi Client Services & Impact Director at Oomph, Christine Stevens  Associate Director of Communications and Development  -Springhill Care.Donna Briggs, Managing Director at Springhill Care Group said: “Springhill aims to provide a life not just a service with a focus on enhancing the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of our residents. Over the next few months, Springhill will start to implement a whole-home wellbeing culture which will see all of our staff getting involved in some way.


“We look forward to our residents feeling the benefits of our partnership with Oomph! as we work to further develop our person-centred service, complete with a range of fun activities.”


Matt Hamblin, Senior Business Manager at Oomph! said: “Our team of dedicated experts will work closely with the Springhill team to positively change the impact of ageing and provide innovative exercise and activity solutions, as well as a range of workshops and trips out.”


“Working with Springhill Care Group gives us the opportunity to enhance the lives of people living in care homes - no matter how old they are, we can ensure they live a full life, for life.”



A spoonful of sugar celebration at Birch Green

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A special celebration was held recently at Birch Green Care Home to mark the birthday of Pam Travers’ – Australian-born British writer, best known for the Mary Poppins series of children’s books.


To celebrate Pam Travers’ birthday, first we had a mini history lesson where we learnt about her life. Then we enjoyed an afternoon watching a movie – Mary Poppins – with all the traditional cinema trimmings of popcorn and crisps.


Everyone at Birch Green had a lovely time discussing their favourite childhood stories.


To view more photographs on Birch Greens' Facebook page click HERE




Serious games workshop at Riversway

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Last week at Riversway Nursing Home, their activity coordinators and Matt Nolan, management intern, had the opportunity to get involved with an international Erasmus+ Ad-Gaming project, ‘Serious Games’, to support Alzheimer's research.


As one of ten care homes to be selected, Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol was chosen to take part due to already providing a fantastic wellbeing programme for residents.


The Ad-Gaming project has been designed due to preliminary research which has highlighted that games can improve the cognitive function amongst people who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.


Being part of this pilot project means the home can help researchers test which games work well for people with dementia. At the same time, it will provide cognitively stimulating activities for residents which may help to reduce the rate of functional decline and support enhanced quality of life, social inclusion and wellbeing in people living with Alzhiemers.


The programme also allows experienced Riversway employees to share their knowledge and experience of working directly with residents who have the condition.


We are looking forward to seeing the results of the pilot project over the next few months when it will be rolled out across the country.



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