A ‘good day’ to visit local dementia café for Springhill Care Home

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On Monday 21st January a few of the residents and lifestyle team at Springhill Care Home had an enjoyable afternoon at their new local dementia café in Accrington.

They joined in the therapeutic colouring activity and chatted about various hobbies whilst enjoying a nice pot of tea and cake.  They ended up having a right good old sing song which everyone agreed was so much fun.

Victoria Huntriss, Wellbeing Lead at Springhill Care Home said “It was lovely for our ladies and gentlemen to meet new friends whilst sharing similar experiences, we are already looking forward to the next dementia café”.


*The ‘A Good Day Dementia Café’ meet on the third Monday of every month at the Space2Make creative cafe in Accrington and is hosted by A Good Day.

For more information on the dementia cafe check out @spake2make or @agooddaybox on Facebook.



Springhill Care Group gets Disability Confident Employer status

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Springhill Care Group has been certified as a Disability Confident Employer following a successful assessment. 


The Disability Confident Scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people or those with health conditions.


Virginia Perkins, Associate Director of People and Organisational Development said: “The scheme aims to assist our business to attract, employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.


“We do this by identifying and addressing any barriers that may prevent or deter disabled people from applying for jobs, in addition to assisting those employees currently employed within the business by making reasonable adjustments as required.”


The group has successfully built upon its relationships within the community and the company is now recognised as being at the forefront of care for its staff as well as its residents.


Accrington’s Springhill Care Home regularly welcomes students from Broadfield School in Oswaldtwistle on work experience. The school specialises for those with generic learning difficulties.


Virginia added: “Not only are we a Disability Confident Employer, but we welcome those from the wider community for example young people on work experience who wouldn’t necessarily be able to cope in other demanding situations.


“Springhill is a great place to work and we are happy to attract people within our communities.


“We are extremely proud to have achieved the next level on our journey. We aim on becoming a Disability Confident Leader in the future, which again reaffirms our commitment to achieving our vision of becoming an employer and service provider of choice.”



Local primary school pupils put smiles on faces of Birch Green Care Home residents

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Residents at Birch Green Care Home, Skelmersdale were recently joined by children from St James’ Primary School.

On their visit, sixteen year one pupils from the home’s local school chatted away with residents, talking about lots of topics such as the weather as well as both generations sharing their life stories with each other.

This was the first of many visits from the Key Stage One of St James’ school in Ashurst, as the schoolchildren will be attending these interactive sessions on a regular basis.

There are many great benefits of youngsters visiting the elderly and research has proven that these visits enable great interaction and can decrease older people’s sense of loneliness, delay mental decline, lower blood pressure and even reduce the risk of disease.

Gill Seddon, Activities Co-ordinator at Birch Green said: “It’s a great to see the different generations interacting and getting along so well and the benefits have been medically proven to boost the wellbeing of those living in care homes. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we will look forward to welcoming them back soon.”

Both the residents and the schoolchildren had a great time with a fun-filled day including lots of activities, from clay modelling and painting to drawing and board games. On their visit a cooked lunch was provided - chicken nuggets, chips and beans followed by ice cream and sprinkles that went down a real treat.

They finished the afternoon with a good old sing song and a couple of solo performances.

Mrs Blacoe, Headteacher at St. James' said: "After watching the Channel 4 programme Old People's Homes for Four Year Olds we were inspired to reach out to the local community and make links with the elderly residents at Birch Green.

“The links we have made are having a huge impact on both the school and the residents in the care home. The children are eager to return, next month, to see their 'new friends'. We aim to make this a regular part of our school curriculum."

Shelley Lee, year one teacher at St James’ Catholic Primary School, said: “The children had a wonderful time. The staff were so welcoming and made the children feel at ease straight away. They were able to chat and sing with the residents within a short time of being there.

“When returning back to school, a lot of the children told their parents how much they had enjoyed the day at the care home and wanted to visit at the weekend. The children are excited to return in February and to perform a little something for everyone.”


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



Bunny cuddles bring smiles to faces at Riversway Nursing Home

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Last week residents at Riversway Nursing Home, Bristol spent some quality cuddling time with bunnies Pingo and Biscuit and a bigger lop-eared rabbit called Duffin.

The therapeutic sessions which aim to help enhance communication are really enjoyable to our ladies and gentlemen at Riversway, and it was a pleasure to see the bunnies bring so many smiles to many faces.

Everyone loved them and they all got a little bit emotional when they had to leave as they wanted to keep them at the home. 

A huge thank you to Sarah and Ashleigh for enabling all the ladies and gentlemen (and staff team) at Riversway to have lots and lots of cuddles during these PAT (pet assisted therapy) therapy sessions, they cannot wait until next time you visit!


To view lots more photos on Riversway Nursing Home's Facebook page click HERE



Gentleman’s club comes to Springhill Care Home

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Springhill Care Home's General Manager Curtis enjoyed getting involved with ‘the lads’ at the Gentleman’s club.
The gents played dominoes, cards and others enjoyed watching Match of the Day whilst drinking a few John Smith’s or a Guinness or two.
It was a great afternoon and they all thoroughly enjoyed it.
These sessions aim to promote independence and social interaction by encouraging everyone to bond in an environment where most of them feel comfortable.


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