Anyone for Lawn Bowls at Springhill Care Home?

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Springhill Care Home Accrington was filled with laughter recently as they held their latest Sports Fun Afternoon.


Residents were invited to join in, taking part in ‘lawn bowls’ with points marked out on the floor. The aim of the game was to score the most points in order to win a small prize.


The gentlemen especially began to get competitive as the game developed, and they had a lovely afternoon filled with jokes, laughter and lively conversation.


Everyone got a prize or treat for taking part.



Care group commits to dementia action

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Victoria Huntriss (centre) of Springhill Care with Holly Hartley of Homewise (left) and Lyndsay WheatcroftSpringhill Care has partnered up with community services across East Lancashire to help pioneer dementia care awareness.


Springhill Care Group, based in Accrington, has teamed up with members of The Hyndburn Dementia Action Alliance (HDAA), a local association of the national Dementia Action Alliance (DAA).


This is a collaborative scheme helping to change the way that people feel about dementia and improve the lives of people living with dementia.


Victoria Huntriss, Health and Wellbeing Lead at Springhill Care Home, said that by working together, the local community can make a difference to those living with and those affected by dementia.


She said: “This partnership means we can get up-to-date information about what is available in the community so that we can take residents along to events or make links with people who can bring events to us.


“We already have some ideas of how we can work together, and this will help make sure that we don’t forget this part of the community. We can also signpost any carers or anybody who comes along to our dementia cafes towards this group that we are currently developing to offer local support.


Nationally, there are 7340 members of the DAA with 357 local alliances aiming to encourage partnerships, raise awareness within the community and provide up-to-date quality dementia training.


Partners supporting the programme include: Action For Dementia, Carers Link Lancashire, Diocese of Blackburn, East Lancashire Teaching Hospital Trust, Home Instead East Lancashire, Homewise Society Ltd, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley CVS, Hyndburn Borough Council, Lancashire Constabulary, NHS East Lancashire CCG, Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall Solicitors and Hyndburn Community Fire Safety Team.


Lyndsay Wheatcroft, of the Hyndburn Dementia Action Alliance, said: “We are working together to radically improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers and this is a pioneering community initiative.


“We urge any organisation in Hyndburn who is interested in becoming more dementia friendly to get in touch and see how they can be involved. It is free to join, and we ask members to complete a brief action plan setting out what they can do to make a difference to people living with dementia and their carers.”


Photograph - Victoria Huntriss (centre) of Springhill Care with Holly Hartley of Homewise (left) and Lyndsay Wheatcroft (right)



Springhill Care Home announces learning partnership

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Springhill Care Home in Accrington has teamed up with a local training provider to create a number of opportunities for residents.


The home is working with Lancashire Adult Learning, which offers more than 2,000 courses to more than 14,500 learners across the county.


Victoria Huntriss, Wellbeing Lead at Springhill, is working with Laura Myers from the organisation to discuss ideas for residents.


The first is focussing on digital inclusion and will teach people a basic understanding of how to use a tablet or smartphone, empowering them to connect with others and access resources such as music and information.


The workshop will be held over three, two-hour sessions, and family and friends of residents are also being encouraged to sign up.


The free course will begin on April 25th in the Oakhill Lounge at Springhill Care Home, with learners encouraged to complete the three sessions to help them get the most out of the opportunity.


Victoria said: “Learning is one of the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ which we incorporate into our lives here at Springhill.


“Future workshops will be focused on general wellbeing and may include relaxation, arts and crafts, and food related activities.”



Riversway Nursing Home accepted onto Teaching Care Homes programme

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Bristol’s Riversway Nursing Home has been accepted onto the industry-leading Teaching Care Homes programme.


Led by Care England, the Teaching Care Homes programme aims to develop a network of homes working to raise the profile of long-term social care as ‘an exciting, rewarding and forward-thinking career choice’ while sharing knowledge and best practice.


Homes accepted onto the programme work to: demonstrate a commitment to person-centred care; become a centre for learning, practice development and research; and create strong working relationships with academic and education providers and become a resource for other care homes.


Mike Lakins, head of learning and development at Springhill Care Group, said: “Teaching Care Homes is a fantastic initiative. As an innovative market leader in the care sector already, this is an exciting opportunity to collaborate further with our partners Dementia UK and the Clinical Commissioning Group.


“Working alongside partners like this on such a prestigious programme will not only strengthen our position but will give our workforce the very best learning opportunities available.”


The programme was started in 2016 with a pilot involving five homes funded by the Department of Health and is now supported by the Burdette Trust for Nursing. Last year a further five homes were selected to participate.


Now, in partnership with the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) a third round of homes have been welcomed onto the programme, including Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol.


Riversway, part of the Springhill Care Group, is a purpose-built home offering care for people with a wide range of physical needs, including younger people. It also offers a dedicated 17-bedroom suite with trained support staff to care for residents with dementia.


The focus for homes involved in the 2019/20 programme will be collaborating with partners such as acute services, universities and GP practices. Participants will benefit from a support and development programme including workshops, mentorship and on-site support.



Springhill Care Home's Teddy on tour - Copenhagen

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Springhill's resident teddy bear hit the road for a trip to Copenhagen and, according to the pictures, he had a fantastic time.


Springhill Care Home Accrington’s Service Support Manager, Karen Fairclough, went to the Danish capital for a holiday and made sure to get photographic evidence to show us all!


The photos show Teddy – complete with his own Springhill staff name badge – on the plane and around the city at locations including the famous Little Mermaid statue.


We’re all looking forward to seeing where his next trip takes him and would love for anyone going away to take him on their own travels too.


To view more photos of Teddy's visit to Copenhagen on Springhill Care Home's Facebook page click HERE


Get in touch with a member of our Lifestyle team at Springhill Care Home if you’d like to include Teddy in your own adventure.





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