This Saturday Worthington Lake care home opened it’s doors with a 1940’s style street party which took place at the award-winning home grounds
There were displays of military and emergency vehicles from the era which filled the car park, 1940’s style live entertainment – music, dancing, afternoon tea and re-enactors among the celebrations.
Throughout the home visitors could find displays of vintage items and clothing from WW2 with the original stories behind them.
There is no denying the world has changed dramatically over the last eight decades and some of the Millennium care home residents who have seen it all came along to the opening from care homes across Lancashire.
Residents thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time which brought back memories from their childhood and even their 20’s and 30’s in some cases.
For Mary Bell who travelled to the opening from Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom the open day took her back to the days her husband was in WW2 servicing aircraft for Lancaster bombers while she was at home looking after her then 5 children which was a difficult task using a ration book, Mary turns 101 this summer.
Throughout the day there were many fun opportunities including the chance to sit inside one of the original vehicles from the 1940’s including many war time military vehicles.
On the tables, which are laid with pretty tablecloths included stands full of fresh mini Victoria sponges, Scones, Pork pies and many more afternoon tea treats which were on offer throughout the day to visitors to enjoy whilst listening to the 1940’s band with a celebratory glass of champagne in hand.
Other tables included displays of original war time produce with ration books, war time weapons and tin hats with educational talks which proved fascinating and not just for the children.
Visitors from the Wigan community were able to come together in support of the new and unique Dementia care home and sing along with wartime songs while enjoying the re-enactors from MVT the Military Vehicles Trust.
The red ribbon was cut by Secretaries from MVT Angela and Alan who talked about the importance of Dementia care and that Worthington Lake is a very exciting new model of care that will allow people who live with Dementia be able to flourish and not lose their independence, they praised the homes ethos and Millennium care thanked the trust for their support in the open day by presenting MVT with a giant cheque for the sum of £500.
Emily Fitzsimmons HR Generalist for Millennium care say’s
“Culture of care is important for me and we have designed a new and revolutionary staffing model and structure for Worthington Lake that provides our team with learning a wide and new set of skills to create a truly person centred experience at the home. Worthington Lake will be one of the first homes in the UK that has a unique and innovative approach to our staff team that I look forward to seeing will make a positive and life enhancening imact on the careers for my team and also our residents”.
Worthington Lake is dementia care with a difference, There is strong focus on the environmental design from an academic perspective and it is aimed to fuse this with a non-institutional staffing and care model to create a truly unique care home which allows people with dementia to retain independence.
Ann Sheward Home Manager say’s
‘I am extremely grateful for the involvement of the Wigan and Standish community in joining myself and my team in celebrating the opening of Worthington Lake. It was a pleasure showing our guests and visitors on the day the award winning work that we have done with Stirling University in making the environment a therapeutic and empowering place for our residents and also celebrating this occasion with my team and new recruits. I have been passionate about dementia care for decades an am extremely excited to lead on such a highly innovative facility for Standish and Wigan’
Visitors also included Liam Bryne from Wigan Warriors who posed with residents who have been lifelong fans of the rugby club which made the day even more special for many.
Alice Carter a visitor from the local community said
“What a fantastic day filled with community spirit! The atmosphere created by the 40s band, war time vehicles and memorabilia was like travelling back in time. We started as we mean to go on, the home full of life, laughter and good times!”
Worthington Lake care home is now open for business.
Worthington Lake care home announce grand opening with a difference.
On Saturday 9 March Worthington Lake will open as a care home in Standish Wigan and celebrate the truely bespoke 32-bed home which will offer true person centred dementia care.
The build started in July 2017 and has been designed with Sterling univeristy, Worthington Lake is on track to receive coverted Gold Award in Dementia once open and will be one of only a handful of care homes in the UK to do so.
The built environment and interior design of Worthington Lake have focused on enabling residents with dementia to be as independant as possible.
The Grand opening will be held on the grounds of Worthington Lake with a 1940’s street party style celebration leading up from the drive way to the home where MVT Militery vehicles will be parked outside the home in support of the homes opening.
Entertainment will be in full swing with songs of the era.
Come along to see the truely bespoke home and enjoy going back in time to 1940’s.
Windsor House Wish Tree Project Grants Residents Christmas Wishes
Windsor house care home in Wigan has been running a ‘wish tree project’ when Activities Co-ordinator Colette came up with the idea to grant every resident a Christmas wish Manager Kathryn loved the idea and bought a tree straight away to get started for Christmas 2018.
The Tree is designed so each resident gets a chance to have one wish come true, some of the wishes are easy to grant and some not so easy but Colette and the team are determine to make the wishes comes true.
Gertrude a resident of German origin asked for some German Salami like she remembers from her childhood, this wish was easily granted and Gertrude has enough Salami to last her the Christmas season.
Gladys is a resident who used to be a seamstress many years ago, Gladys wanted to sew again.
This wish was granted with the help of 16 year old Eve a volunteer who loves sewing and creating clothing, Eve brought her sewing machine to Windsor house so Gladys could sew again.
Jenny is a resident who absolutely loves Elvis so she wanted to hear and see Elvis, this wish has been granted with DVDs but Windsor House have gone a step further and Jenny will be getting a surprise visit from an Elvis Impersonator.
Eunice wished she was at the beach so Windsor house have put together a plan to grant this wish by bringing the beach to the home, this will include sand, deck chairs, beach balls, fish and chips and a sing along all from the comfort of the warm lounge.
Ann wanted to read her favourite childhood book again – Green gables, it came as a huge surprise to Ann when her wish was granted within days as Colette found the book on Amazon.
Jack wanted a good sirloin steak cooked to perfection and again his wish was granted.
Colette says not only are we able to grant their wishes this Christmas but we know a little bit more about them and what they like so they can all enjoy their wishes all year round.
Lavender Hills care home Ramsbottom and Brookdale care home Bury send thanks to Peter Adamson
Peter also know as the “claim to fame man” has been singing and playing Music for our residents at Brookdale care home Bury and Lavender Hills Ramsbottom for a number of years after meeting one of our residents at the pepper pot club in Bury.
Peter met Ian who is Brookdale care home resident ambassador at the Pepper Pot club in Bury 4 years ago where they developed a friendship which would blossom over their weekly meetings.
When Brookdale care home decided to stop visiting the Pepper pot club each week Peter decided that he wanted to give something back to the home after a long carer as a music teacher Peter decided to visit Brookdale once a month with his guitar and perform for the residents of the Bury care home, Peter did such a fantastic job at Brookdale the residents couldn’t wait to see him perform again.
“Well there is no pressure, I love music so I enjoy it and as I’m voluntary it takes that pressure off.”
Peter continues- “ I do one concert a week alternating between 5 homes and this all started after I met Ian from Brookdale care home. I know what songs residents like, popular ones include Daisy daisy, You are my sunshine and some George Formby.”
Peter retired 5 years ago from teaching in a school, since then he has worked with care homes in Lancashire as well as focused on his 9 albums that can be found on youtube, Amazon and Spotify.
Peter very kindly made a CD for a resident at Lavender Hills which was very well received. We would like to thank Peter for his very kind generosity over the years from us all at Millennium care.
Family and Lavender hills care home surprise 100 year old Mary taking her back 80 years!
Mary Bell at Lavender Hills was 100 last weekend and she had a very big celebration 1930’s style.
Mary’s daughter Gail contacted Channel 4’s extreme cake makers about making Mary a birthday cake to take her back 80 years! Back in the 1930’s Mary worked in the local theatre where she met her late husband who also worked there showing the films. Mary often talks about her theatre days and when extreme cake makers heard Mary would be celebrating her 100th Birthday on 29th June at Lavender Hills they planned a big surprise in the form of a theatre cake!
Everyone at Lavender Hills and all Mary’s family came together to plan a 30’s style party in the home, all staff got dressed up and were in character for the big party taking Mary back to her 20’s, this wasn’t the biggest surprise of all as there was a knock at the door of Lavender Hills which turned out to be channel 4 and the Extreme cake makers Molly with a huge cake in the shape of a theatre advert that was all about Mary. The cake had Mary’s face painted on to the cake in all edible paint, Mary’s face from 1930’s took her back 80 years! The cake even had flashing lights and all edible popcorn make from cake around it.
Not only Mary was stunned but the entire room at Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom as the detail was so spectacular. The residents at Lavender Hills couldn’t wait to taste the cake as Mary cut in to it not wanting to spoil the design that would have even impressed Pablo Picasso.
Jackie senior carer at Lavender Hills said “It was fantastic, we all had such a good time and it’s lovely to be able to celebrate this mile stone with Mary and her family.”
Mary received letters from the Queen and two local MP’s James Frith and Jake Berry congratulating her on her 100th Birthday celebrations, these came as another surprise to Mary as they were read out to her during the party.
All staff at Lavender Hills went above and beyond with the effort and their outfits on the day, the atmosphere was electric, and everyone had a dance while Vintage Pearls came in to perform making it all the more spectacular.
From all of the staff at Lavender Hills, Happy Birthday Mary!
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 with new ideas and isn’t afraid to challenge her managers Edith and Neil with her suggestions to improve Brookdale with new ideas or what can be improved which Neil the assistant manager says he loves about Christina.
Edith the manager at Brookdale care home Bury said “Christina often takes residents out for meals at Christmas and on their birthdays and she does this in her own time as well as coming in on her day off.”
The level of care Christina has to offer is so inspiring, she highlights some of the values Millennium care UK have and are proud to have such dedicated members of staff not just at Brookdale but across all branches of Millennium care uk.
Our chat with Christina when we surprised her at Brookdale Care home Bury:
Write to us at: Millennium Care UK Limited, Lavender Hills Care Home, Stubbins Vale Road, Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 0NP
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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 and mini apple bites.
Brookdale Care Home provides residential and dementia care in Bury, located 2 miles from the town centre. It has been rated as ‘Good’ by the CQC across all areas and previously featured as Care Team of the Year award winners. For further information on Brookdale please visit Brookdale Care Home, Bury or call 0161 7977 160 to arrange a tour of the home and its award winning care facilities.
I visited Brookdale to get some feedback on having a puppy and faces lit up just talking about Molly.
Molly a young Bichon Frise who joined the Brookdale team last week after many months of preparation and discussions about having a pet dog living among residents at Brookdale care home.
Many studies have been completed over the years to establish positive and negative effects of pet therapies. It was proposed that Brookdale care home Bury may benefit from having a pet within the dementia care unit.
Edith Tucker Manager at Broodale says “Molly has really brought the dementia side of Brookdale back to life, our residents feel as though they have a purpose in life and a responsibility to look after Molly as a family pet, it brings back a lot of memories and stimulates in so many ways. We have seen a huge change in peoples behavior already, some residents that would usually sleep a lot have been awake watching Molly and getting involved, to see their eyes light up when they see her is something special.
Cath a resident at Brookdale said “It’s like having a child but better! She’s part of the family, where ever I go she goes. I grew up on a farm in Ireland, we had a dog, cat and horse, it brings back memories.”
Anthony another one of Brookdales residents said “It’s fun for all of us, I like watching her play and dance.”
Neil Deputy Manager said “The changes I have seen in the end of life care where there has been an instant bond formed as soon as they touch is amazing, Molly also helps and supports anybody who is feeling down, it’s nice to have a puppy instead of a tablet. Molly has started to build her character, she recognizes the door buzzer straight away and is there to welcome any visitors in to Brookdale.
If you would like to receive more information about Brookdale Residential & Dementia Care Home, or would like someone to contact you to discuss your specific requirements in more detail, please contact us.