Pet therapy at Riversway

We were visited by two lovely dogs recently at Riversway for a spot of special ‘pet therapy.’

 

The furry friends did tricks and played games with us, involving finding tasty treats.

 

The visit from Paws for Wellbeing was really enjoyed by us all, especially the residents who have owned dogs in the past. Brenda in particular interacted with the dogs and Toni enjoyed playing games and laughing about past memories.

 


 

 

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Riversway shortlisted for major awards

Bristol’s Riversway Nursing Home has been shortlisted in a number of categories for the care industry’s top awards.

 

In total, Riversway has been recognised in six categories:

 

Nicholas Wood – Dignity in Care

Jakki Whitehead – Care Innovator / Good Nurse

Lisa Hodge-Dean – Dementia Carer

Natalia Haftek – Care Trainer

Marilisa Chies – Activity Organiser

  

The Great British Care Awards is one of the top dates in the care sector’s calendar, with a range of regional heats held across the country before a national final in November.

 

Meanwhile, Riversway’s sister home Springhill Care Home in Accrington has also been recognised, with staff member Susan Balaz shortlisted for the Good Nurse award in the NW heats.

 

In Skelmersdale, Birch Green Care Home has also been shortlisted in six categories in the awards:

Rebecca Green – Care Home Worker

Mishang Klincke – Care Newcomer

Sian Gardner – Trainer

Sharon Davies – Frontline Leader

Team Birch Green – Palliative Care / End of Life

Residents’ Lifestyle Support Team – Putting People First

  


 

A MASSIVE congratulations to all our Springhill Care Group finalists.

 


 

A healthy activity

At Springhill we understand the importance of a healthy diet and making sure that fresh fruit and veg are always available.

 

So at Riversway Nursing Home recently we took part in a great activity which centered around a veg box!

 

We were supplied with the box full of fresh fruit and veg including apples, pumpkins, beetroots, carrots, cobnuts, tomatoes and blueberries.

 

The donation came from a local company The French Garden Ltd and its managing director David Foster, along with Martin Fry – father of Kristy, our activities coordinator.

 

We then spent time talking about what the produce was, and reminiscing about memories they brought up, along with sensory exploration and taking in the smells and feel of the fruit and get.

 

We spoke about recipes and the properties of the food, and residents recalled funny stories and memories.

 

One, Joan Jefferies, told us how interesting and beautiful it was to see the display, as she remembered her mother cooking and preparing dinner.

 


 


 

 

Poetry at Riversway

A group of residents and staff gathered in one of Riversway’s lounges for a creative writing session recently.

 

The group took it in turns to help craft poems about autumn and animals, with staff making notes.

 

It was a great session and it was lovely to hear some of the results.

 


 

What lifts you up?

At Riversway Nursing Home our approach to care has always been person-centred.

 

To that end we regularly organise activities and trips out – recent visits have even included a boat trip.

 

But sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference.

 

For Hazel it was a trip to the ‘hair salon’ at the home. For Bob it’s keeping routines and dreaming of winning the lottery! He hopes to buy a boat, but in the meantime he is happy just thinking of his favourite cup of tea he always has in the afternoon.

 

Meanwhile for Ted, it’s a chat over a cup of coffee or a frothy cappuccino in a sunny spot outside. During a recent conversation Ted told us about his favourite memories and pointed out all the beautiful things visible from the garden.

 


 

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