Thanks to Alice

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AliceAll the staff at Riversway work very hard to ensure our residents have the highest possible level of care, but occasionally we like to highlight the work of someone who has truly gone the extra mile.

Alice Backhouse is one such staff member. She began work at Riversway as a bank carer and is now working full-time, looking to study for her Access to Nursing course, one of the first steps to training as a nurse with the NHS

Alice is a conscientious carer who has developed her skills and knowledge considerably, and will always go out of her way to help our residents.

Recently one of our residents was admitted to hospital, and Alice spent time checking on him and indeed visited him at Frenchay Hospital. His family were very appreciative of her visit.

We’d all like to show our appreciation for Alice and let her know we’re all proud of her.

Thank you Alice.

Students learn ‘handy’ skills

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Hand MassageWe are always keen to welcome visitors to Riversway, and recently a group of medical students joined us recently for a relaxing session of hand massage.

The Bristol University students visited as part of their course on a trip arranged through Riversway’s GP surgery, Wellspring. They spent time getting to know our residents before discussing how massage can be used and the benefits.

We discussed the importance of touch and contact, particularly for people who have dementia as it is a great way to introduce sensory stimulation to people who may no longer be able to communicate or express themselves to others.

Massage helps the circulation and nervous system, and also helps with relaxation and digestion - all of which we can benefit from as we get older.

The students also spoke about the different oils and the effects they have on people - for example, frankincense can be used to help slow the breathing, and grapefruit helps people feel uplifted.

The students had a chance to practice before trying it on some of the residents at Riversway.

Everyone benefitted from the attention given to them by the students, and really enjoyed the relaxation and pampering.

The students picked the techniques up quickly, learnt a lot and really enjoyed the time they spent with us.




For further information: You can read Dr Sean Ninan latest Blog (posted on the 20/02/14) 'Twenty (One) Tips for junior doctors working with older people' on the British Geriatrics Society’s (BGS) website by clicking HERE


Tasty treats for Valentine’s Day

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Residents and staff marked Valentine’s Day at Riversway by cooking some tasty treats.

Biscuits were the order of the day as we spent time rolling out pastry and making heart-shaped snacks (pictured) and then decorating them with bright pink icing.

Everyone enjoyed the afternoons baking session and most of all, everyone enjoyed sampling them!

Forum helps to share experiences of dementia

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Here at Riversway we know how important it is to support not just our residents, but also their friends and family, in dealing with the effects of dementia.


Recently we held the first meeting of our new dementia forum, designed to be a welcoming and confidential setting for people to share experiences of their dementia journey.


Led by Jakki Whitehead, who heads our specialist services in mental health and dementia, and general manager Jan Wilkins, the meeting was a success with 10 people in attendance.


The group discussed issues including facts and figures about dementia, and how it affects the people they love.


Both Jakki and Jan shared their own stories and experiences of working in the dementia care industry.


We believe there is much we can achieve through this forum, and we hope to invite people with specialist knowledge to join us on occasion, such as trained memory nurses.


If anyone would like to join us at our next meeting, do get in touch.

Returning the favour

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For the last ten years, parishioners and clergy from a local church here in Bristol have regularly visited us at Riversway to sing hymns and worship together.


We have always wanted to arrange a visit in return – to take a group of residents to visit Bristol Nazarene Church – and recently we were delighted to see this take place.


Residents including Audrey and Betty had a great time as we visited the church, in Broadwalk, Bristol, and listened to Rev. Matthew Norris as he detailed its history and joined in with singing.


We would like to thank everyone who made the visit possible.



To view more photographs  of our visit to The Church Of Nazarene on our Facebook page - click HERE

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