Riversway Nursing Home creates life

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Riversway Nursing Home, Bristol are creating life, in the form of beautiful butterflies by making homes for chrysalis to grow.


Children from a local nursery and residents from the home have been observing the chrysalis over the last week, housing them in small jars to create a safe habitat for them to grow in.


This week the silk which was formed around the chrysalis, has been carefully cleaned away and they now sit in a large net while everyone eagerly awaits their transformation into lady painted butterflies.


Lady painted butterflies are well known for their distinctive brown and orange colouring with white spots.


Residents, children and staff should expect to see the chrysalis transform into butterflies within the next two weeks. 


Keep checking Riversway's photo album on Facebook for updates - click HERE



Birch Green Care stages Easter parade

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Birch Green Care Home celebrated Easter this year by being crafty.

Throughout the week residents prepared for an exciting Easter parade by creating their very own, beautiful Easter bonnets using an array of brightly coloured paper, chicks and sweets.

To drum up some competition between residents, a competition was held on Good Friday during the parade for the best Easter bonnet. Nurses, Kim and Angie, who judged the competition, had a tough decision with lots of great designs and, in the end, chose two winners - Kath and Flo. Both residents were presented with a delicious box of chocolates.

Runners up Edna and Lilly also received a small treat for their fantastic creations.

Once the parade was over, residents and staff enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea with cakes, sandwiches and a nice cup of tea.

Before residents went to bed on Saturday night there was a rumour in the air that the Easter Bunny was coming to pay them a visit the next day and they weren’t wrong.

To view more Easter photos on Birch Greens' Facebook page, click HERE



Easter treats for Riversway Nursing Home residents

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In the spirit of Easter, residents from Riversway Nursing Home, Bristol had a bright and breezy afternoon on Good Friday making a variety of Easter cakes.

Residents decorated the Easter cakes by topping them with mini eggs, jelly babies and carrot sweets – staff and residents shared the traditional Easter treats with a nice cup of tea to wash them down.

Joining residents was Riversway’s special visitor Cody, who is the son of activities coordinator, Kirsty. Cody is a regular visitor to the home and often pops in on bank holidays to help out with fun activities.

On Sunday residents had a lovely surprise when they realised the Easter Bunny had paid them a visit.


Thank you for the kind donations of Easter eggs received by staff and residents – they were thoroughly enjoyed by all.


 Click HERE to view more photos taken over Easter on Riversways' Facebook page 




Planting seeds and Easter egg creation at Riversway

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Residents from Riversway Nursing Home love to garden and with spring well on the way they thought they’d get planting to make the home look beautiful.               


The gardening session started with planting seeds in planting containers. Over the next few weeks the residents and staff team will watch the plants grow into beautiful flowers.


After they had finished planting they made a multi-coloured Easter tree which they then used to make a small display in the dining room. To accompany the tree, residents also made some brightly coloured Easter baskets which were weaved by hand.


The Easter baskets are decorated with chicks and chocolates – Everyone can’t wait to get stuck into them over the Easter weekend.





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




Dementia champions at Birch Green

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Our congratulations go out to four members of Birch Green’s staff who were recently awarded their Dementia Champion certificates.

Sian, Gill, Emma and Sharon were presented with the certificates following an intense four-day, bespoke training course at Birch Green Care Home, Skelmersdale.

The course was created and facilitated by Springhill Care Group’s own Admiral Nurse, Jakki Whitehead – based at Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol.

You can read more about the dementia training in Jakki’s latest blog.

A special presentation was held, which saw senior staff attend including Donna Briggs, Springhill Care Group Managing Director, Virginia Perkins, Associate Director of People and Organisational Development, Christine Stevens, Associate Director of Communication and Development, Bernadette Bennett, Dementia Service Manager at Springhill Care Home and Vicky Sudworth, Birch Green’s Acting General Manager.

The visitors agreed it was a moving afternoon listening to each member of the team speak about their projects in detail.

Donna Briggs said: “Each life story was sensitively portrayed in a compassionate and unique presentation, it was an honour to be part of the afternoon.”

After the presentation was over the afternoon finished with two delicious graduation cakes baked by Gill.

Everyone at Springhill Care Group congratulates you on your hard work.



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