Great British care awards

Lavender Hills care home shortlisted for national awards

Lavender hills shortlisted for Activities team of the year award at the Great British care awards The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout England and are a celebration  of excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards are to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. After 20 months of volunteering and visiting residents at Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom Nickie, Gaynor, Mia and Elsie joined Lavender Hills as a committed Activities and lifestyle team. Since joining Lavender Hills earlier this year, the atmosphere has become exciting …

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It’s been a busy few weeks at Lavender Hills

We’ve had a busy few weeks of activities here at Lavender Hills with residents revealing their artistic flare. Surprising us all with her talent, June created a range of novelty ‘weather catches’ which provided hours of laughter amongst residents. Joan Murphy has recently been bagging up sweeties for the children. Joan is well practiced in the art of Pic n Mix as she used to own a sweet shop with her husband. September has also seen the launch of our new book club. A group of residents have met every Thursday afternoon for the past two weeks. They are currently …

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Taste of Italy at Lavender Hills

The gastronomic delights of Italy came to Lavender Hills recently when residents whipped up homemade pizzas for an afternoon snack. A colourful assortment of fresh ingredients were brought to the table, including peppers, spinach, ham, tomatoes and lashings of cheese – a firm favourite for our residents. As big advocates of traditional British culinary delights, many of our residents had never tasted pizza before and enjoyed tucking into them for the first time. A lucky few spoke of their experiences of travelling to Italy and sampling the popular dish for themselves under a sunnier climate. We all reminisced about holidays …

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Residents relax during a day of pampering

Residents enjoyed a day of pampering recently after we turned our hair salon into a make shift spa, complete with sensory lighting, candle light, calming music and arm massages. One of our residents, June, has had a number of strokes and has lacked all movement down the left side of her body for a long time. During a massage from our Activities Coordinator Charlotte, she began to get some sensations in her arm and could feel her touch. After some more gentle massaging, June was able to move her left arm up and down, much to the delight of all …

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It’s all fun and games at Lavender Hills

Wimbledon fever hit Lavender Hills recently as one of our residents, Marian, challenged Activities Coordinator Charlotte to a friendly game of table tennis. Lovers of the sport have been glued to the television over the past couple of weeks to cheer on Great Britain’s very own Andy Murray. Despite the often damp and dreary summer weather we have experienced in Ramsbottom, residents have been making the most of the board games on the shelf. One of our residents, Rose, who is registered blind got stuck in to a game of solitaire thanks to a pack of large print cards, whilst …

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Residents have been busy beavers

We’ve had a busy few weeks of activities here at Lavender Hills, with residents participating in cooking classes and drawing. Our new resident Jean’s artistic flair was revealed after she sketched a beautiful impression of our front lounge fireplace with a Christmas theme, surprising us all with her talent. Jean named the picture ‘Home is Where the Heart is.’ Doreen and Brenda have recently taken part in a reminiscence session, whereby they read the Daily Sparkle magazine, which states what happened ‘On This Day’ throughout recent history. The magazine is targeted at the elderly and those with dementia and covers …

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Give a girl shoes and she can conquer the world

The glitz and glam of Hollywood hit Brookdale recently when we honoured the late American icon Marilyn Monroe’s 92nd birthday. We dug out some of the actresses best films, including ‘Some Like it Hot’ and ‘Seven-Year Itch’ and celebrated the best of the fifties era. Our residents Margaret, Joan and Marian raided their makeup bags for some lipstick and blusher and took part in a makeover session. During the course of the afternoon, we moved through the decades with a swinging sixties themed therapeutic adult colouring in book session. Many of our residents were reminiscing about Marilyn Monroe and discussing …

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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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