RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch update at Springhill Care Home

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Springhill Care Home residents recently enjoyed the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Garden Birdwatch challenge.

Four woodpigeons, four magpies, two blue tits and a sparrow were spotted over the weekend in the gardens of our Accrington care home.

They managed to keep warm and watched the birds from inside, ticking them off their list to send to the RSPB for their data monitoring.

The birdwatch event takes place every year at the end of January to enable the RSPB top monitor trends and to see how the birds are doing.

But so far, the most colourful bird that they have seen is Bill’s pet budgie, and they managed to get a couple of photos of them together, but unfortunately pet birds don't count towards the RSPB data!



To view the previous article 'Big Garden Birdwatch' click HERE


To view more photographs on Springhill Care Home's Facebook page click HERE



Baking up smiles for Matthew at Riversway

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Riversway resident received a special birthday surprise recently as part of the wonderful Bake a Smile project.


This project matches volunteer bakers to people on their birthday and they bake a personalised cake as wonderful gift.


Last week at Riversway Nurisng Home, it was Matthew’s 60th birthday and Sharon, owner of Bristol cake business Madeira Magic, baked him a beautiful cake and presented it to him with a smile – we could all see how professional it looked and we couldn’t wait to have a slice.


Matthew loved the cake, and birthday gifts including flowers, balloons and cards, along with a special rosary coming all the way from the Vatican in Rome.


Happy birthday 60th Matthew!



Venepuncture training for staff at Birch Green Care Home

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Qualified nurses and a number of trainee assistant practitioners recently took part in a fully interactive venepuncture training session at Birch Green Care Home Skelmersdale.

The procedure is most commonly used for the purpose of blood sampling and is widely performed by nursing and medical staff in a variety of areas such as clinical and diagnostic aid and in-patient management.

The training covered many different aspects including legal and professional considerations for venepuncture, the safe handling of sharps and safe systems of work incorporating infection control and looking at potential complications that could arise from venepuncture.

Mike Lakins, Head of Learning and Development for Springhill Care Group said: “All course attendees had the opportunity to put their theoretical learning into simulated practice.

“As with all clinical training a series of competencies are mandatory following the training day and only when all these are achieved and organisational guidelines and protocols are fully satisfied, will staff be deemed as fully competent.

“It is a rigorous process but one that was enjoyed by the course participants.”



Breakfast Club at Springhill Care Home

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A breakfast club has been introduced for our residents at Springhill Care Home Accrington, and It's becoming increasingly popular.

The Lifestyle team have lots of yummy foods and beverages on offer and helps set them up and keep everyone full until lunchtime.

The aim of the club is for their ladies and gentlemen to be up and about early each morning and get them ready to take on the day ahead.

The team have had some really positive feedback as residents are continually wanting to return to the breakfast club which currently runs on Monday and Friday mornings.



Watchdog praises Birch Green Care Home

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Birch Green Care Home Skelmersdale has been highly praised by an independent health watchdog for the level of its care, its people and its services.


Birch Green was assessed by representatives from Healthwatch Lancashire to gather the views of residents, staff and relatives on standards of care and services.


The health watchdog gave the home its highest possible overall assessment of Green in its ‘traffic light’ system - that it would recommend the home to a loved one.


In summary, the Healthwatch report concluded: “Representatives considered the environment of the home to be friendly, clean, light, spacious and homely with easy navigation points throughout the home.


“The interior has recently been refurbished to create a ‘hotel comfort’ ambience. Residents were consulted on the décor for their home and were shown mood boards to help make decisions. Representatives observed a calm but energetic environment on their visit.”


Other positive comments in the report included Birch Green “going the extra mile,” with “emphasis on health and wellbeing for staff,” and the “extensive information” available. It added that the home – part of the Springhill Care Group - seeks to invest in its staff and create community links.


It follows a recent rating from the industry assessors the Care Quality Commission which awarded the home a ‘good’ rating, with inspectors making particular note of the commitment of staff.


The report from Healthwatch added: “Representatives evidenced a variety of activities were taking place inside and outside the home with relatives having the opportunity to join in such as attending for the Sunday roast.


“Residents told us they enjoyed the activities on offer. Residents and relatives we spoke to considered Birch Green Care Home to be a good place to live with good caring staff, good food and good activities.”


Vicky Sudworth, General Manager of Birch Green, said: “Our staff are committed to providing the very best levels of care and this kind of positive feedback is thanks to their hard work. We are only too pleased to welcome any independent assessment and to understand how we might improve even further.”


Healthwatch Lancashire gathers the views of service users, especially those that are hard to reach and seldom heard, to give them the opportunity to express how they feel about a health service.



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