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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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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 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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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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