Students learn ‘handy’ skills

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


Forum helps to share experiences of dementia

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.

Riversway celebrates Dignity in Care

Riversway's Digni-Tree ‘Dignity & cakes’ was the order of the day for our residents and staff here at Riversway as we celebrated Dignity Action Day.


The national event, led by the National Dignity Council, is designed to showcase a ‘respectful way of behaving towards vulnerable people;’ and during Dignity Action Day, those in the health and care professions are asked to promote dignity in their place of work.


At Riversway, residents and carers were asked what dignity meant to them, and then their answers were written on colourful paper leaves, flowers and butterflies to hang from their ‘digni-tree’ – a decoration that really catches the eye of visitors to our home.


A group of residents also helped to decorate cakes for a special ‘digni-tea party’ which were enjoyed by all.


Dignity in care is an important part of what we do at Riversway, and the day really gave us all a chance to show off why it is so vital.


One of our residents told us she thought it was a great idea, and a very important subject for people to express their views about.


You can view our facebook Dignity in Care photo album by clicking on HERE


Read more about Dignity in Care on their website by clicking HERE

Person centred care a focus for Jan

Jan with her certificateOur own Jan Wilkins recently completed an industry-leading course on ‘person centred’ care.

Jan undertook the year long course through Dementia Care Matters – led by noted industry expert David Sheard, during which she covered the ‘emotional journey’ of dementia.

The course is designed to provide an understanding of the emotional process of a person with dementia, as well as those around them such as friends and relatives.

Jan, already an experienced professional with years of dementia care experience under her belt, reports that the course was an invaluable experience which has armed her with advanced skills.

Key to the course was understanding and supporting people with dementia and those friends and relatives affected by their condition.

Expert David Sheard – recognised as one of the care industry’s leading lights in the field – gave part of the training course himself.

Jan will now pass on her knowledge to the staff at Riversway and support the dementia team in its work.

Jakki leads dementia services

Experienced care professional Jakki Whitehead has joined Riversway to help lead specialist services in mental health and dementia.

The registered nurse joins from a care home in south Cheshire, and returns to her roots with her role at Riversway. Jakki trained in Bristol and worked as a community psychiatric nurse at Southmead Hospital for a decade before work took her away from the area.

As part of the Riversway team, her responsibilities include supporting training, developing the dementia services, working closely with residents and their family members, and helping to develop activities.

She also holds a number of qualifications including a QCF Level 5 and a Certificate of Continuing Education in dementia care.

Jan Wilkins, general manager at Riversway, said: “At Riversway we pride ourselves on providing the highest levels of care.”

“Dementia care is a fast-moving specialism and with her enviable background Jakki will continue to develop our care provision and oversee the training our specialist care staff receive.”

Opt-in to receive our care group newsletter & communications

Contact Us

Contact : General Manager - Jan Wilkins

Riversway Nursing Home
Crews Hole Road, St. George
Bristol, BS5 8GG

Tel: 01179 555758
Fax: 01179 540145
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call Us: 01179 555758


Care Homes & Services


Click HERE to review Riversway Nursing Home on

 Riversway Nursing Home Recommended on






Cookies help us improve our website and make them more user friendly, so you get a better experience. For the full details please read our Cookie Policy. You ok with our use of cookies? To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

  I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by