News

Inspiring people

Sally is such in inspiration to us all at Lavender Hills

Sally is such an inspiration to us all Sally is a night carer at Lavender Hills Care home in Ramsbottom, after receiving an email about the extra lengths of care that sally had provided to one of the residents at Lavender Hills from a relative we had a chat with Sally and found out there is so much more she does to care for not just the residents at Lavender Hills care home but a long list of people in need of some support. Sally is part of a charity Christian group the Malachy church in Collyhurst where in her spare time …

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,
Brookdale logo

Brookdale News Jan-March

                     BROOKDALE NEWS Jan-March         In this issue: PLANS FOR BROOKDALE HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017 PET THERAPY AND SUZIE’S VIST WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON AT BROOKDALE -UPCOMING EVENTS INCLUDING AN EXCITING VALENTINE’S SPECIAL!! STAFF INTERVIEWS THANK YOU’S AND CELEBRATIONS         Edith and Neil the Manager and deputy manager at Brookdale care home   2018 IS LOOKING VERY EXCITING FOR BROOKDALE We would like to thank everybody who made 2017 so great!      ‘2017 has bee a really exciting year for us at Brookdale and I’m looking forward to continuing with our innovation drive and filling every day with excitement. We worked hard to commission our garden lounge, which has implemented the latest in academic research around creating a stimulating environment for our residents using sight, touch, sound and an interactive and immersive environment. This has created a really exciting space for our residents and friends, including Suzie the dog who enjoys running around the cherry blossom tree! This year sees the launch of our Families Forever group, which is an opportunity for family members of former residents to establish their own social network with our support. We will also be launching our staff Innovation Forum which is centred around empowering our care team to make their own managerial decisions. We have an absolutely packed activities programme developed by both Clare and Tash and really looking forward to seeing Brookdale be a thriving place to live and work. ‘ Edith       BROOKDALE CARE HOME CLOSE THE GENERATION GAP IN AUTUMN CHALLENGE      Brookdale Care Home, a …

Tagged , , , , , , ,
Norley hall 22

An Interview with Pat at Norley Hall

Pat is a lovely lady at Norley Hall who is very independent, Pat loves living at Norley Hall care home in Wigan and has nothing but great things to say about life at Norley Hall and the staff. I asked Pat a few questions about life at Norley Hall in Wigan where she has been a resident for a while now.   Pat – What do you enjoy doing most at Norley Hall? I like reading, there is a lady coming in now who does activities for us, you know like things that make us happy, she did karaoke last …

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,
Home made meals daily

Hayley’s home cooked food and signature roasts at Lavender Hills

Hayley’s Food-  A chat with our cook at Lavender hills care home Ramsbottom , We are very lucky to have Hayley at Lavender Hills and her signature Sunday roasts and scones!   Hayley- How do you get your inspiration?  – By trying new things, when I go out for meals, if I have something new and I like it, I try to recreate it. Now my salt and pepper chicken fillets are better than the ones from the Chinese restaurant I first tried them at. Sometimes if I have got a lot of something I google what I can make …

Tagged , , , , , , , ,
Edith and neil (003)

Brookdale care home Bury amazing Interviews with Managers and Carers

  At Brookdale care home Bury they have made a lot of changes over the past 12 months which have been a great success, they have re-designed a lounge that is now known as the garden lounge, as well as introducing a lot of different therapies that help change the quality of the lives of their residents at Brookdale. The Garden lounge at Brookdale care home Bury, has been created to have therapeutic benefits where residents and their families can enjoy spending time in an immersive and stimulating environment with the beauty of outdoors from the comfort of a lounge, …

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,
Thank you B&J

An interview with two lovely residents at Lavender Hills care home Ramsbottom

    Joan- What would you say to sum up Lavender Hills care home? Lavender Hills is a very well run care home, well organised, excellent staff that are always ready to help you in any way.   Barbara- What would you say about Lavender Hills Ramsbottom? It’s very good, a lovely setting and I love looking out at the scenery.   Joan- What is your favourite part about living at Lavender Hills? I love the activities, they’re all good but I do love the crafts, it brings out the arty side in me.   Barbara- What is your favourite …

Tagged , , , ,
Dorothy

An interview with Dorothy, a lovely resident at Lavender Hills

Dorothy has been resident at Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom for 18 months now, I had a chat with Dorothy who is a retired home economics teacher to get her feedback on how life is living at Lavender Hills.   Dorothy- How are you finding it here at Lavender Hills? “I’m very content, I have everything I need to hand- My ipad here, a large television in my bedroom, a phone to call my family and friends.. everything.” Dorothy’s bedroom is in my eyes ultimate comfort, she really does have everything you could need to hand and Dorothy has personalised …

Tagged , , , , ,
Neil and Connie

Mystic Connie and the unusual engagement

Neil Holman, a carer assistant at Lavender Hills care home Ramsbottom got engaged at the weekend in Reykjavik Iceland, but before Neil even knew he was going to pop the question to his partner he had been told by Connie one of our residents at Lavender Hills care home that it was going to happen after she had a dream about him getting married! After Connie told Neil about the dream he thought about it so much that he ended up dreaming about going engagement ring shopping with Connie. When Connie first told Neil about her dream Neil said “I …

Tagged , , , , , , , ,
DTM8-o7WkAM8TgE

Brookdale residents kick-start 2018 with craft sessions

Residents at Brookdale Care Home are being encouraged to explore their creative sides this January. Brookdale has seen a new splash of colour as residents have been creating an array of firework pictures using colourful paints and a variety of craft materials. Residents have also been busy making their own candles to light up the home. They’ve been rolling natural beeswax sheets and using candle wicks. Soft toys and keyrings have also been created by sewing together lots of different animals and characters. However, It’s not all arts and crafts at Brookdale. Residents have also enjoyed baking some delicious scones …

Tagged , , , , ,
Christina 2

Great work Christina, well done.

Employee of the month Christina at Brookdale care home Bury has been awarded Employee of the month for December,  Christina has gone the extra mile and beyond with the care she provides at Brookdale. We surprised Christina with a bunch of flowers as a small gesture of thanks for all her hard work and dedication. Whilst visting Brookdale we had a chat with Christina and asked her some questions about her role as a carer at Brookdale care home Bury. Christina supports everybody at Brookdale including the staff when she senses they need a bit of support, regularly comes up …

Tagged , , , ,
Mad Hatters Christmas

Lavender Hills Mad Hatters Christmas Tea party! huge success- Everybody came together

 Residents at Lavender Hills had such a fantastic time with their families and friends as they joined in the fun of the Mad Hatters Tea party on 22nd Dec to celebrate Christmas, the party was enjoyed by all and even the staff at Lavender Hills invited their families along to join in the celebrations. Mr and Mrs Howard have both their mother’s resident at Lavender Hills were so pleased they said “It’s amazing here at Lavender Hills, they make every day Christmas day!” Mr and Mrs Howard brought their pet dog Daisy along who was a hit with the children …

Tagged , , , ,
Adswood

Millennium care announce expansion in to Stockport with high specification purpose built care home

Millennium Care UK Limited, advised by Indigo Planning, have received unanimous approval from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council’s planning committee for the re-development of the Adswood Hotel, Adswood Lane West, into a 60-bed care home offering specialist dementia care located at the heart of the Cale Green Conservation Area. Millennium care are very passionate about keeping the historic value within the Stockport community and plan to keep changes to the locally-listed Adswood hotel to a minimum retaining the beauty of the buildings original features which can be seen from the road as motorist and pedestrians pass by which means they can …

Tagged , , , , , , , ,
Thank you Francis

Lavender Hills say Thank you for a great surprise!

Lavender Hills care home were delighted to receive a home made cake to be donated to the Mad Hatters tea party on Friday this week, the cake was donated by Francis Brewer who is a family member of Katie Cocking one of our late residents at Lavender Hills. We would like to say a big Thank You to Francis and the cocking family John, Molly and Kylie for such a kind and thoughtful gesture. The Mad Hatters tea party will be held here at Lavender Hill this Friday 22nd December and will be a fun afternoon with a carol singing service …

Tagged , , , , ,
DQR7qXfX0AEpGhU

Christmas Crafts keep residents busy at Brookdale

Our Residents at Brookdale Care Home stepped into the festive spirit as they made personalised decorations for their home and Christmas cards for their loved ones. The snowmen, which have been embellished with cotton wool and glitter, will adorn the home throughout the festive season. Residents played popular Christmas carols and spoke about their favourite food which they like to indulge in over the festive period. Staff have also been busy making the home look festive and ready for Christmas Day. Brookdale Care Home provides residential and dementia care in Bury, located 2 miles from the town centre. It has …

Tagged , , , ,
Julie playing the claranet

Brookdale spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear

Brookdale Care in Bury have been spreading Christmas cheer all around by singing carols and playing musical instruments. Ivy the star singer and one of the residents at Brookdale says “Oh i loved every minute of it” Ivy then went on to talk about her favourite singer and idol Tom Jones and talks about the time she met him that she will never forget. Ian another one of  Brookdales residents says “It was absolutely brilliant.” Julie one of the staff members at Brookdale care home played the clarinet for the carols to be sang along to, the smiles and Christmas …

xmas party 4

Windsor House host Christmas party

Our residents at Windsor House along with their relatives and friends enjoyed a festive afternoon of Christmas carols, a buffet tea and a tombola as they hosted their annual Christmas Party. A band kick-started the celebrations at Windsor House, keeping guests entertained with an array of Christmas songs. The band was of the resident’s family friends, who agreed to perform for a donation, which would be given to the Dementia Charity. A total of £220 was raised through selling raffle tickets as part of a tombola. The money will go towards days out for residents next year. A large chocolate …

Tagged , , , , , ,
The garden lounge featuring a cherry blossom tree complete with birds, butterflies and a park bench.

Brookdale brings the great outdoors indoors!

Brookdale Dementia Care Home Bury has been busy creating a beautifully tranquil garden lounge, residents and their families can relax in the most calming and tranquil of settings from the comfort of a warm armchair. In doing so, the home has sought to bring the great outdoors indoors! The garden lounge featuring a cherry blossom tree complete with birds, butterflies and a park bench. The latest dementia research has proven the importance of well designed environments for people living with dementia, namely the therapeutic benefits of spending time in immersive and stimulating environments. A well thought out social space can …

Tagged , , , , , ,
IMG_6661

Residents make poppies for Remembrance Day

Brookdale Care Home have been busy exploring creative ways to mark Armistice Day. Residents and staff at Brookdale Care Home were rolling up their sleeves this week to craft beautiful homemade poppies. Showcasing their talents, residents used paper plates, paint and tissue paper to create a vibrant display for Remembrance Day. Armistice Day, held on November 11 every year, commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on 11 November 1918 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Tagged , , , , , ,
IMG_6712

Brookdale welcomes the Boom Project

A group from the Greater Manchester Youth Network came to visit our residents at Brookdale Care Home, and hosted activities as part of their Boom Project. A colourful assortment of arts and crafts were brought to the table for residents to get creative. Paper and paintbrushes came out of the cupboard and were used to create firework designs. Residents thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the arts and crafts session and commented on how great the group were throughout the afternoon. Greater Manchester Youth Network is a registered charity, who work to enable young people and organisations to participate, develop and …

Tagged , , , , , ,
Screenshot 2017-10-18 15.32.15

Halloween arrives at Brookdale Care home

Halloween is less than two weeks away and residents have been going all out to spook passersby with spooky mummies, candy collages and other ghoulish decor. In between creating spooky displays, residents embraced a fun filled week of entertainment. They welcomed ‘Brian the Entertainer’ and ‘Geoff the Puppet’ who both brought hours of joy to Brookdale. Celebrations were also in order for resident Ian, who was joined by residents for an afternoon of karaoke. Many happy returns Ian!

image1

Brookdale Care Home staff take part in Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk

Our team at Brookdale Care Home shared a proud moment when they took part in a Memory Walk to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. The memory walk started at Heaton Park and followed a route alongside the whole park. Staff had the option to walk 2km or 10km. A grand total of £105 was raised during the course of the afternoon, which will be donated directly to the Alzheimer’s Society to fund services and treatment. We are still receiving donations via our JustGiving page, and that will also be sent to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Tagged , , , , ,
IMG_6308

Miniature horses spotted at Brookdale

Two miniature horses galloped in to Brookdale to entertain our residents. Teddy and Billy, who belong to Mello Memories, received lots of love and attention as they paid each resident a visit. Mello Memories are a company that features a miniature horse drawn carriage for special events – they brought lots of joy and laughter to the day. Residents, family and staff thoroughly enjoyed the visit from Teddy and Billy and decided to welcome them back for their summer fair.

Tagged , , , ,
IMG_6295

Rain didn’t dampen spirits at Brookdale’s summer fair

Brookdale had a host of animal fun for their annual summer fair. They welcomed back Miniature Memories, who ran pony and carriage rides throughout the day. The event also featured a range of stalls including a tombola, Dollies personalised gifts, (personalised phone cases, water bottles and t-shirts), Best Wishes (hand crafted cards and wooden gifts), face painting and many more. Despite the rain showers, it was a very successful day as the event raised £504.69, which will go into the resident’s fund, helping to pay for activities, entertainers and days out. Luxury Cupcakes in Prestwich supplied cupcakes for the event …

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,
june making weather forcasters

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 …

Tagged , , , , , , ,
the gang summer fete 2017

Summer fete success for Lavender Hills Care Home

Residents and staff are celebrating the success of their recent vintage-themed summer fete. Lavender Hills held its annual summer fete for our residents raising £180 through a raffle, cake stalls, and a performance from singing duo Vintage Pearls. Friends and family of our residents attended the 1940’s themed event on Sunday (September 3). Charlotte Oliver, Activities Coordinator at Lavender Hills, said: “Our summer fete was a great success and this was one of our best yet with families and people from the local community also joining us. “The fete is another way for us to raise funds to help residents …

Tagged , , , , , , ,
painting love hearts with our young volunteers

Residents relax during a day of pampering

Residents enjoyed a day of pampering recently after staff at Lavender Hills turned the hair salon into a make shift spa, complete with sensory lighting, candle light, calming music and arm massages. One resident, 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 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 up and down, much to the delight of the staff. …

Tagged , , ,
pizza making 1

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 …

Tagged , , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 16.22.34

It’s all fun and games at Lavender Hills

Wimbledon fever hit Lavender Hills recently as one resident, 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 experienced in Ramsbottom, residents have been making the most of the board games on the shelf. One resident, Rose, who is registered blind got stuck in to a game of solitaire thanks to a pack of large print cards, whilst Jean and Ena battled it out …

Tagged , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 16.09.30

It’s a picnic in the park for Brookdale residents

Residents at Brookdale have always loved a good old chinwag, so it was with great delight that they took part in a recent Knit and Natter session as part of an activity session at the home. Many of our ladies are skilled with a knitting needle and were passing on their advice to younger members of staff. Arts and crafts sessions have also been hosted recently, with our residents recycling old buttons and gluing them onto card in the shape of their initials. Paper and paintbrushes came out of the cupboard and were used to create pictures of Forget Me …

Tagged , , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 14.15.35

Monkeying around during day trip

Brookdale residents made friends with Marmoset monkeys recently during a trip to Bradley Fold Garden Centre in Bolton. The group enjoyed a tasty afternoon tea at the café, before doing a spot of shopping and having a short stroll around the animal section of the centre. Colourful fish of all varieties were on display, as well as Marmoset monkeys who were a welcome sight for residents. A relaxing pampering and foot spa day was also held at the home for residents to enjoy. Staff began the treatment with an electronic foot spa before doing foot massages to boost circulation and …

Tagged , , , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.47.00

Residents have been busy beavers

It’s been a busy few weeks at Lavender Hills, with residents participating in a range of activities including cooking classes and drawing. New resident Jean’s artistic flair was revealed after she sketched a beautiful impression of the front lounge fireplace with a Christmas theme, surprising staff 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 …

Tagged , , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-06-23 at 15.04.04

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 …

Tagged , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-06-23 at 14.24.39

Grab a Cupcake for Alzheimer’s

Our team devoured delicious treats for Cupcake Day on 15th June to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. Staff and residents whipped up a beautiful display of sweet delights in an assortment of flavours, including chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, lemon and strawberry. We opened our doors to families and enjoyed the sunny weather with a glass of bucks fizz out in the garden, whilst children enjoyed getting their faces painted with makeup in the conservatory. Participants took part in a ‘Guess how many Sprinkles’ competition, whilst local companies donated cakes to include on the table. A grand total of £105 was raised …

Tagged , , , , , , , ,
CM2

Brookdale team dig deep to unite against dementia

Residents and staff at Brookdale Care Home have been beavering away in the kitchen to whip up a selection of delicious cakes in aid of raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society. A coffee morning was hosted at the Bury based home for residents and their families, with cups of tea on demand for sipping in between taking big bites of cake. Suspicion was rife over which members of staff had ‘baked or faked’ a cake. The coffee morning was hosted in honour of Dementia Awareness Week, an initiative aimed at getting people to unite against the disease and fight to …

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 16.22.36

All aboard for a fun day out

It was full steam ahead for residents at Lavender Hills and Brookdale when they set off on an exciting day trip with East Lancashire Railway for Dementia Awareness Week. Residents from both homes 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 …

Tagged , , , , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 15.27.02

Easter Bunny spotted at Brookdale

The Easter Bunny hopped in to Brookdale to join in with a Good Friday family fun day. Our home was awash with ears as children and adults bounced around the grounds to hunt for chocolate eggs, before taking part in a tombola and raffle to win an array of exciting prizes donated by staff, resident’s families, as well as local companies. Prior to the event, residents got busy crafting paper bunnies, chicks and painting eggs to decorate around the home using a variety of textiles. Chocolate egg nests were also prepared for visitors during our popular cookery class. Prizes on …

Tagged , , , , ,
P1000468

Norley Hall – one of the most recommended care homes in the region

Our very own Norley Hall Care Home has been awarded a Top 20 Recommended Care Homes Award for the North West after receiving praise for the care it delivers. The home was awarded the accolade from online independent website www.carehome.co.uk after receiving positive feedback and reviews from the families of residents who live at the home. The carehome.co.uk Top 20 Care Home Awards 2017 highlight the most recommended care homes in each region of the UK. The awards are based on over 55,000 reviews and recommendations received from residents, family and friends of residents from February 2014 to February 2017. …

Tagged , ,
18136966_1354352387947542_1140718450_n

Residents are keeping active at Lavender Hills

Lavender Hills residents have had a busy few weeks thanks to a comprehensive activities schedule courtesy of their in-house coordinator, plus a host of exciting birthday parties taking place. Debbie of DJ Fitness has been making an appearance at the 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 resident Rose, who turned 92 on the 20th April. Rose was joined by her daughter, grand daughter and great grand …

Tagged , , ,
18175580_1354221591293955_925630660_o

St George and the Dragon swoop on Lavender Hills

Celebrations took place at Lavender Hills 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. Staff and residents also got underway with a weaving project, which will involve using recycled newspapers and magazines …

Tagged , , , , ,
pexels-photo-94664

Lavender Hills residents undertake an Interior Design challenge

Residents at Lavender Hills have been getting stuck in to an Interior Design challenge to come up with a new design concept for the home’s 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 …

Tagged , , ,
16976865_10154455946008262_1655800610_n

Talented Lavender Hills residents showcase their writing skills

Talented residents at Lavender Hills got their thinking caps on recently when they took part in a writing workshop with 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 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, Lavender Hills’ enthusiastic resident, Barbara Hibbot, who is 93 and registered blind, stunned everyone by reciting a number …

Tagged , , , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 16.41.29

Havana Nights tango and twist their way in to Brookdale

Toe-tapping tunes were provided for residents recently when Havana Nights dancing duo Samantha and Steve tangoed through the doors of Brookdale Care Home. Residents and staff were treated to a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ cabaret style afternoon, with the couple dancing their way though a variety of routines, from Latin American through to Salsa and Ballroom. Dean Martin made a surprise appearance during the show, with Havana Nights’ Steve picking up the microphone for a rendition of the musical legends hit singles. Havana Nights have appeared on popular TV shows including ‘Strictly Dance Fever,’ ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘Got to Dance’ …

Tagged , , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 15.41.40

It’s all fun and games at Lavender Hills

Lavender Hills has been announced as a runner-up in the Daily Sparkle competition ‘Everybody’s Talking’ for their dedication to care home activities. Judges praised their ‘whole home approach’ and how they used the key strengths and skills of all staff members to come up with new and engaging activities for residents. To enter the awards, 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. A cheque for £25 …

Tagged , , , , ,
17760157_1331191390263642_2923442509788737731_n

Painting the town green, white and orange

Residents at Lavender Hills 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 …

Tagged , , , , ,
St Patricks Day 2

St Patrick spotted at Brookdale

Irish (and British) eyes were smiling recently when a host of leprechauns skipped into Brookdale Care Home for an afternoon of singing and dancing with residents. The Emerald Isle was celebrated with a visit from Paul Davies from YouCanUkulele!, who played a special selection of Irish songs including Danny Boy, a collective favourite for residents on the day. Staff and residents adorned an assortment of colourful hats, headbands, coats and green flowers, as well as bright orange beards in recognition of the Patron Saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick is known as the Apostle of Ireland and is celebrated the world …

Tagged , , , , , ,
easter-eggs-2093315_1920

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 …

Tagged , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 16.05.53

Potting and planting ready for spring

Our green-fingered residents at Brookdale Care home took advantage of the sunny spring weather recently when they potted a selection of colourful flowers. Budding horticulturists got stuck in to their activity session by preparing Dahlia’s and other seeds ready for planting out in our home’s landscaped gardens, which also features beautifully crafted fairy houses kindly donated by residents families. Our residents enjoy getting involved with the maintenance of the garden and are encouraged to take leisurely strolls around the grounds to observe the birds and other wildlife that stop by for a visit. A range of exciting activities have taken …

Tagged , , , , ,
Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 16.50.20

Superhero staff put their best fundraising foot forward

Staff at Brookdale and Lavender Hills care homes raided their fancy dress boxes recently to participate in a sponsored walk up Holcombe Hill. The 10 strong team of cartoon characters, which included ‘Wally’ from the popular children’s books, ‘Where’s Wally?’ Marvel character ‘Deadpool’ and a Bumble Bee, put their best foot forward to tackle the 128 feet high hill. The good-spirited gang embraced the challenge in order to raise money for residents at both Lavender Hills in Ramsbottom and Brookdale in Bury. After climbing the challenging hill up to Peel Tower and back down again, the group were able to …

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,
16523711_391317544559969_1368135331_o

Residents of Windsor House get competitive

Our fun loving residents at Windsor House recently sat down for an afternoon of competitive games as part of their interactive activity session. Residents got their thinking caps on to participate in a range of traditional board games, including Connect 4, Snakes and Ladders and a spot of drawing. Participants were put into groups to play the larger than usual board games, specially adapted to make them easier to see and handle. It’s been a busy few weeks at Windsor House, with residents enjoying a host of their favourite hobbies, from baking cakes through to pizza making. Our activities coordinator …

Tagged , , , ,