Riversway basketball

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At Riversway Nursing Home they like to keep residents active throughout the day.


Each month they take part in a sporting activity that everyone can get involved with – this week everyone took part in basketball training.


The moving basketball net and soft ball visited everyone in the communal areas and in their rooms. Residents had such good fun shooting the ball into the net throughout the day and some even got a little competitive.


Staff and residents had a great time playing basketball and are looking forward to their next session soon.


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



Skills network adds weight to care campaign

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A national skills organisation has thrown its weight behind a campaign led by care home network Springhill Care to highlight the growing skills shortages facing the care sector.


Skills for Care supports adult social care employers to deliver its services through the development of learning initiatives and workforce development for the sector’s workforce including qualifications at all levels.


Its chief executive Sharon Allen has come out in support of the Caring Heroes campaign which was launched by Springhill Care Group to help raise awareness of the lack of skills and the way care sector employees are undervalued.


She recently took part in a parliamentary public accounts committee debate to discuss the future direction of adult social care in response to a National Audit office report on the social care workforce.


She told the panel: “It’s a national shame that we only pay the workforce a National Minimum Wage.


“The social care and healthcare workforce should have parity in all ways including pay but also terms and conditions, and then we need funds to run a national recruitment campaign.


The lack of pay in the care sector is also associated with a lack of skills when in fact it is a highly-skilled industry. Social care at its best transforms lives.”


The Caring Heroes campaign won the backing of industry leaders including Martin Green, chief executive of Care England and Alex Ramamurthy, CEO of the Care Workers Charity, along with MPs Graham Jones of Hyndburn and Rosie Cooper of West Lancs.


Donna Briggs, managing director of Springhill Care Group with three homes in Accrington, Skelmersdale and Bristol, said: “We watch developments with great interest and the whole sector is now galvanising itself to ensure we are in a better position to provide the services being demanded from a growing ageing population.”


A Green paper on the future of adult social care with recommendations for new funding is expected before the summer recess of Parliament.


Springhill Care Group submitted written evidence to the public accounts committee setting out a case for increased awareness of career opportunities within the care sector, how a more joined-up NHS and social care network would reduce hospital admissions and the need for increased funding for workforce development.


Activity in the Caring Heroes campaign can be followed on social media using #caringheroes



Tasty activity marks Pizza Day at Birch Green

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National Pizza Day went down a storm at Birch Green Care Home, Skelmersdale.


They celebrated the occasion by baking their own with all their favourite toppings including tomatoes, sweetcorn, ham and pineapple.


Activities are always extra special when they can be eaten afterwards!



To view more photos on Birch Green's Facebook page, click HERE




Time for a Cuppa at Riversway Nursing Home

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There’s always time for a nice brew and slice of cake at Riversway Nursing Home, Bristol.


Recently, staff went round Riversway offering everyone a piece of delicious cake including a chocolate cake and strawberry cake to go with their cuppa. The tasty treats were arranged as part of the national Time for a Cuppa Week, organised by Dementia UK (1st - 8th March).


Everyone thought the cakes were lovely, and as they ‘delivered’ the tasty treats they also started a raffle with staff and family members to raise money for the good cause. The raffle prize will be Easter eggs.




Spring clean at Birch Green Care Home

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Recently Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale helped to mark the national Great British Spring Clean, run by national group Keep Britain Tidy.


Staff and residents donned their marigolds and feather dusters and spent time cleaning everything from clocks to furniture. In one funny moment, even staff got a dust off!


To view more photos on Birch Green's Facebook page click HERE




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