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Trip of a lifetime for our in-house game-show addict

Our game-show loving resident Christopher mingled with famous faces recently when he took a special trip down to London to sit in the audience during the recording of Tipping Point Celebrity Special. A fantastic Leeds based company named ERS Medical kindly offered to transport Chris in his wheelchair down to the studios free of charge in a manned ambulance, where he and a few members of staff enjoyed front row seats during the show. Chris never misses an episode of his favourite TV programmes, which includes Tipping Point and The Chase and he elated to be given the opportunity of …

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All aboard for a fun day out

It was full steam ahead for our residents when they set off on an exciting day trip with East Lancashire Railway for Dementia Awareness Week. We joined up with ladies and gentlemen from across Bury and Rossendale for a reminiscence train ride across the valley, spotting sheep, horses and even alpacas on the enjoyable journey. Volunteers from local businesses kindly provided a trolley service with hot tea, coffee, a selection of sandwiches and freshly baked scones with jam and butter for hungry passengers. Toe tapping tunes from yesteryear were sung and residents had a great time remembering old stomping grounds …

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Residents are keeping active at Lavender Hills

Our residents have had a busy few weeks thanks to a comprehensive activities schedule courtesy of our in-house coordinator, plus a host of exciting birthday parties taking place. Debbie of DJ Fitness has been making an appearance at our home every other Wednesday to run an upbeat arm chair exercise class which gets residents working their whole body from head to toes, using simple but challenging moves that improves health and fitness levels. Celebrations were also in order for our lovely resident Rose, who turned 92 on the 20th April. Rose was joined by her daughter, grand daughter and great …

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St George and the Dragon swoop on Lavender Hills

Celebrations took place at our home recently to honour the Patron Saint of England and the famous tale of St George and the Dragon. Residents dug out Pritt Sticks and red tissue to re-create the flag of St George during an arts and craft session with Georgia, a volunteer from the local college. During the day, resident Shelia was given a one-to-one tutorial on how to use her new touch screen phone so she can call friends and family for a chat. We also got underway with our weaving project, which will involve using recycled newspapers and magazines to weave …

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Residents get busy with an Interior Design challenge

Our residents have been getting stuck in to an Interior Design challenge to come up with a new design concept for our lounge following a recent refurbishment consultation. Activities and Life Style Coordinator Charlotte created an accessible and visual questionnaire for residents to allow them to note down their ideas for the front lounge and what they wanted it to look like. Everything from carpets and light fittings, through to wall paper and pictures were chosen by the residents, with the room set for completion in the coming weeks. The refurbishment has already been such a success that we are …

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Talented residents showcase their writing skills

Our talented residents got their thinking caps on recently when they took part in a writing workshop with local poet Paul Jenkins. Residents were treated to snippets from Paul’s recent publication, ‘Poem’s from a Villagetown,’ a book inspired by Ramsbottom, before getting the opportunity to write their own poetry describing their surroundings. Paul supported our creative residents, who live with Dementia, sight loss and other conditions, to collaboratively write a beautiful poem entitled ‘Lavender Hills.’ At the end of the enjoyable session, our enthusiastic resident, Barbara Hibbot, who is 93 and registered blind, stunned us all by reciting a number …

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It’s all fun and games at Lavender Hills

We’re delighted to announce that we were a runner-up in the Daily Sparkle competition ‘Everybody’s Talking’ for our dedication to care home activities. Judges praised our ‘whole home approach’ and how we use the key strengths and skills of all of our staff members to come up with new and engaging activities for residents. To enter the awards, our activities coordinator Charlotte wrote in to the newspaper with details of the variety of activities on offer at Lavender Hills, before being invited along to attend a training day to gain more ideas on hosting meaningful activities that residents will enjoy. …

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Painting the town green, white and orange

Our residents showcased their creative skills recently when they dug out paintbrushes and pots for a St Patrick’s Day themed celebration. Artistic residents painted the town green, white and orange with an arts and crafts session, which involved making Leprechaun styled beards and top hats to wear as masks in honour of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who’s passing is officially marked worldwide every year on 17th March. Resident artist, June Wright, impressed staff with her amazing ability to paint with her left hand despite her paralysis. After a delicious dinner, which included a special Bailey’s Cheesecake created by our …

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An ‘egg-cellent’ time to be had at Lavender Hills this Easter

Residents and staff will be getting into the swing of spring on Thursday 13th April when they don their Easter bonnets and strut their stuff on the catwalk for our hotly anticipated Easter Fete. Families will be ‘bouncing’ into Lavender Hills for an exciting afternoon of fun and games around the home and its grounds, including an Easter egg hunt, raffle, cake and Body Shop at home stalls, plus the colourful Easter bonnet fashion show. The event has been organised to give residents and their families of all ages the opportunity to spend quality time with each other and enjoy …

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Lavender Hills Newsletter – Jan 17

January 2017 Newsletter After all the Christmas celebrations in December, including pantomime entertainment, solo artists and the Bury Male Voice Choir, January could have potentially been very quiet! But we have been getting up to all sort of fun…Well the first month of 2017 has been & gone in the blink of an eye and we hope the New Year has been good to you all so far.   January – We began the month celebrating the much loved comedy Dad’s Army, watching old episodes, competing in quizzes and with some of the residents even getting dressed up for the …