Celebrating Halloween with a Difference

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The Springhill Care Group has given residents at its three homes a Halloween with a difference.

With a focus on fun; residents, visitors and staff all got into the mood with decorations, baking and singing.

The smell of lavender and orange cake filled Springhill Care Home in Accrington and residents enjoyed pumpkin decorating.

Meanwhile, at Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, a Halloween tea dance was the order of the day, with a selection of themed music put together by the home’s lifestyle team.

Homemade cup cake cream tea was on offer for all who took part in the day and the Skelmersdale care home was personally decorated by staff and residents.

Bristol’s Riversway Nursing Home invited local singer Dave Dean, a former star of TV’s Stars in their Eyes, to entertain residents.

The home was decorated for the occasion with spiders, pumpkins and ghosts, and residents got into the spirit with hats and masks.

Ken Nolan, chairman of Springhill Care Group, said: “Quality of life is key at all our homes and both residents and staff need no excuse to enjoy a celebration – whether it be Christmas, Easter or Halloween.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part and made these events so successful.”

Waterfront visit for Riversway

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Residents from Bristol Nursing Home Riversway took a trip to the city’s famous waterfront recently.

The group, including two residents and their families, took in the city centre, Millennium Square and its water features and statues before a stop at the Horn & Trumpet pub which overlooks the water and the new Pero’s Bridge, known locally as the Horned Bridge for its famous design.

The famous replica of The Matthew ship was the next stop for the group, before heading back to Riversway.

Tasty goodbye for Liz

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Residents at Bristol nursing home Riversway said goodbye to much-loved catering manager Liz Way recently.

The home held its annual barbecue earlier this month in the leafy grounds overlooking the River Avon, for residents and their families.

The popular event was also used as a chance to say goodbye to Liz, leaving the home to move to Cornwall after nine years of service at Riversway. She was presented with gifts including a bunch of flowers.

Jan Wilkins, general manager at the home, said: “The barbecue is always a popular event, and it was a great way to say goodbye to Liz who has been a delight to work with over the last nine years.”

‘Relaxing’ visit for Riversway

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Residents at Bristol nursing home Riversway were visited by a group of medical students recently to learn about the benefits of massage.

Debbie Manning, a trained reflexologist, and ten medical students, visited the home for lunch and to socialise, and Debbie gave a talk on the benefits of her therapy particularly for people with rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, and sufferers of stokes.

Debbie then carried out a demonstration and training session with the medical students and the activities team from Riversway, teaching the staff how to massage the hands and feet with creams and oils and teaching the meaning of reflexology itself.

Residents were then given massages, and the students were shown around the home to learn about life at Riversway.

Jan Wilkins, general manager at Riversway, said: “The day was a real success with the residents finding the massages very relaxing. We were so pleased with the visit that we’re now looking to offer this activity more often.”


Long-serving Georgina celebrates in style

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Staff and residents at Bristol nursing home Riversway helped their longest serving staff member celebrate her 60th birthday in style recently.

Georgina Harriman, quality and training manager at the Crew’s Hole Road home, has worked for Riversway since the facility opened 15 years ago on the banks of the River Avon.

The well-loved staff member was given a birthday to remember with entertainment including singing and food with a special cake for the occasion.

Ken Nolan, chairman of the Springhill Care Group, operators of Riversway Nursing Home, travelled from Lancashire for the party, donning a top hat to join in the fun.

Jan Wilkins, general manager of Riversway, said: “Georgina is a real jewel in Riversway’s crown. She has been with us since the home was first opened, and knows everything about it.

“Residents and staff both regularly sing her praises, and it was lovely that we were able to help give her a day to remember on the special occasion of her 60th birthday.”

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