‘Finding Ethel’ at Springhill Care Home

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Residents at Springhill Care Home in Accrington recently enjoyed taking part in an activity related to the local heritage project named ‘Finding Ethel.’


The session proved very popular and saw residents and staff looking through a first edition of a book written by local author Ethel Carnie Holdsworth.


They refer to Ethel as ‘Our Ethel’ due to the local connection – she was born in Oswaldtwistle in 1886 and lived in East Lancashire for most of her life.


It was very interesting to read through an extract from one of her books and some of her poetry, and they spent time considering what life would have been like for her.


Residents and staff even tried to get to grips with some old time Lancashire dialect, for example ‘Furze Bush’ which we believe must refer to a gorse bush which we still see in abundance across our countryside.


It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and everyone is looking forward to the next time they ‘find Ethel,’ due to take place on Friday, May 17 from 2pm.


These sessions are open to family and friends – anyone wishing to attend should speak to a member of the lifestyle team at Springhill Care Home.



Down on the farm

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A recent trip saw Riversway Nursing Home residents visit the popular Bristol attraction, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.


The family owned zoo is set on a working farm in 100 acres of countryside south of Bristol.


Our group had so much fun spotting the animals, and made time for sandwiches for lunch followed by ice cream.


To view more photographs on Riversway's Facebook page click HERE



We’re dementia champions, say Springhill Care Home staff

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Staff at Springhill Care Home in Accrington know what it feels like to be ‘Dementia Champions’ after completing their training.


Care staff Janet Cornthwaite, Denise Walkden, Donna Greenhalgh, Julie Stevenson and Justyna Majcher completed an intense training programme led by Jakki Whitehead, Springhill Care Group’s Admiral Nurse – a specialist in dementia care.


The training covered a range of topics including the facts and figures around dementia such as the amount of people diagnosed and how nutrition and good health can help.


The group learned about the importance of communication in providing good dementia care, and how important life history and meaningful activities are.


Finally, the group presented a case study to directors, managers and trainers at Springhill Care Home, which required a significant amount of planning, writing and rehearsing.


The presentation involved seeking permission to work with residents and family members, before identifying and explaining the resident’s life story and how dementia care and the social care environment has affected them.


Following the training, one of the new Dementia Champions praised the training as ‘emotional but very worthwhile.’


Jakki Whitehad said: “The presentations were very challenging but went extremely well. The case studies were very moving and highlighted the amount of compassion and empathy with which Donna, Julie, Denise, Janet and Justyna work.


“We all agreed that the group highlighted the great work being done at Springhill and we are very proud of them for completing the training.


“From a personal point of view I know how hard our new Dementia Champions needed to work to achieve this standard, and I was delighted to see them presented with their certificates and badges.”



Celebrating our nurses at Birch Green

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Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale celebrated the work of its staff to mark National Nurse Week.


This week also saw National Nurse Day, and Florence Nightingale’s birthday. So to show their appreciation, Birch Green presented its nurses with a little thank you token – a personalised fob watch.


We’d all like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all our nurses for the fabulous job they all do.



Riversway Nursing Home ‘rocks’ to silent disco

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At Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol, they love trying new activities and recently they held an amazing ‘silent disco’ for residents to enjoy.


Everyone had a great time, wearing headphones to listen to music and sporting colourful accessories including giant sunglasses and glowsticks.


The lounge was also full of colourful lights while our group enjoyed some wonderful entertainment.



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




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