Lavender hills activities team thrilled as they walked to the stage to collect their award at the Great British care awards 2018
Nickie Brooks and Gaynor Hall, who work as Activities and lifestyle team at Lavender Hills Care Home part of the Millennium care group received the gong at the Mercure Hotel Manchester last Saturday.
Inspiring the judges with their dedication to delivering an individual, personalised activities programme to each of their residents every day, they stood out against competition across the region.
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.
Nickie and Gaynor Provide a daily range of Activities as well as larger community events to the Ramsbottom care home along with their helpers Mia and Elsie 5 and 3.
since joining Lavender Hills earlier this year, the atmosphere has become exciting and the lives of residents has never been better.
Lavender Hills have been featured in the press for many amazing events this year including a resident couple Margaret and Bill who celebrated their Diamond wedding with a party at Lavender Hills with a 40’s theme , Mary’s 100th Birthday was filmed by channel 4 which was later filmed by BBC one as she flew a plane over the home fulfilling one of her dreams.
Many of the events during 2018 at
Lavender Hills have had the support of Jake Berry local MP with letters of congratulations.
Nickie and Gaynor are currently working on a number of projects in the community including a project that will bridge the generation gap in the local area involving schools in the community.
Lavender Hills are holding a Christmas Fete this Saturday and the local community of Ramsbottom and Rossendale are coming together to support the fete by showcasing their businesses with stalls at the Fete, the Fete will also feature a 10ft tall snow globe with disabled access so each and every resident can have a winter wonderland experience with a photographer taking shots for them and their loved ones to cherish.
Helen Inman manager at Lavender Hills says:
“We are thrilled we have won this award, we are so lucky to have an amazing team who go above and beyond to ensure our residents get the best quality of life at Lavender Hills.”
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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.
Millennium care and Lakeside Nursing home came together with Hayden Furnishings last week to host and evening full of interior design, champagne and canapes.
Lakeside Nursing home in Standish, Wigan are planning to revamp their over a century old building by giving residents and their families the choice of what they would like each room to look and feel like with many samples to choose from.
Hayden Furnishings and Millennium care came up with many design options along with fabrics to match, accessories, colour schemes and interiors to match the beautiful woodland surroundings and picturesque Worthington Lake views.
On Friday 16th November the evening started at Lakeside with a glass of champagne on arrival, guests where then drawn to the samples of beautiful bespoke furniture.
The aim of the project is to deliver an environment that is bespoke, comfortable, admirable and inspiring for all residents and visitors to the Standish Nursing home.
Mood boards, fabrics and chairs were set in to four themes to match the environment, these were Woodland Reds, Lake Blues, Willow Greens and Primrose Yellows.
Woodland Blues were a favourite amongst residents with one super soft blue fabric being very popular as the samples were passed around.
Families and residents at the design plan evening
Questionnaires were filled in as people left, they enjoyed giving their feedback on personal choices, most commented on how beautiful all of the furniture was and can not wait to see the home when it is finished.
It’s not too late to have your say, some moodboards are still on display in the conservatory at Lakeside Nursing Home.
Lakeside also took the opportunity to introduce Alison Pendlebury as the homes new Activities co-ordinator
Alison is designing a tailored and person-centered schedule of activities with a holistic approach to delivery.
The new activities programme will be in place during the lead up to Christmas including a creative Christmas Fete on 9th December from 1:30pm.
Alison will be bringing meaningful, entertaining and inspiring activities to Lakeside.
For more information on the plans for Lakeside or information about the home please don’t hesitate to get in contact call 01257 422931 or email email@example.com
committed to raising standards and delivery of care that goes above and beyond ensuring residents enjoy the exciting and stimulating lifestyle they deserve without compromise – our ethos is living life to the full.
Millennium care currently operate 6 homes across Lancashire offering Nursing, Residential, Respite and Dementia care. Millennium care are due to open this Month their latest addition to the Millennium care umbrella Worthington Lake care home, Standish Wigan.
Worthington Lake has been designed around a ground-breaking model of dementia care which allows people living with Dementia to be able to live as independently as possible encouraging them to be empowered and to make their own decisions.
The fundamental belief of the household model of care is that people living with dementia can thrive well in a nurturing environment, which in turn reduces their anxiety and stress levels which also improves their wellbeing.
A change of routine and environment can be very daunting for someone who’s living with dementia.
Worthington Lake enables greater freedom for people living in the home to do more for themselves and feel less restricted.
It is Millennium care’s mission to make this sense of person identity flourish at Worthington Lake.
Millennium care have spent an extensive amount of time and investment researching and creating a pioneering environment and working to incorporate an emotion driven care team in all of their homes.
Recently one of Millennium care homes Lavender Hills based in Ramsbottom were featured on BBC one and North West tonight following one of their residents flying a plane to mark her 100th Birthday, this was organised by Millennium care and Lavender Hills as Mary expressed a keen interest in aircraft which stems from her late husband being in the RAF during WW2. Mary said flying the plane over Lavender Hills was one of the best days of her life, this is a perfect example of the ethos of living life to the full.
Staff in Millennium care homes are trained to provide the very best person-centred care.
While dementia care has a history of being task orientated and institutionalised, Millennium care sees a total transformation in the way people with dementia are cared for, with a focus on their emotions, and replicating home-like environments and everyday activities they enjoyed at home as a family.
Features, layouts and facilities at the new Millennium home Worthington Lake help maintain residents’ quality of life, improve working conditions and provide a better care culture for residents, staff, and visitors alike. The central hub of the home is designed to be engaging and inviting, kitchenettes encourage residents to participate in activities and transform each meal to a participatory social dining experience.
The built environment and interior design of Worthington Lake is focused on enabling residents with dementia to be as independent as possible by using the latest research to design the care home in a way that maximises positive effects where possible.
There has also been great focus on providing meaningful activities and opportunities for residents.
As many of Millennium care’s residents will have spent much of their lives taking part in household chores, to continue these in a care home environment can be calming for a person with dementia, which in turn gives a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Worthington Lake’s unique design includes kitchenettes in each dining room, with facilities to make drinks and snacks, set tables for meal times and a washing machine, this design helps maintain personal identity.
Millennium Care only works with highly skilled individuals. Staff get ongoing training to keep them up to date with the best practices across the care spectrum. With specialists in every area – from dementia care to nursing care – we can provide a truly innovative approach to care.
Write to us at: Millennium Care UK Limited, Lavender Hills Care Home, Stubbins Vale Road, Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 0NP. Telephone: 01706 285 221 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org |
Mary Bell a 100-year-old resident at Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom finally got to fulfil one of her dreams today as she flew a plane from Barton Airport over her care home in Ramsbottom.
Mary celebrated her 100th Birthday in June this year when Lavender Hills care home organised a big party for Mary and all her family with a 1930’s style party which was filmed by channel 4’s extreme cake makers as a surprise cake turned up for Mary.
After speaking to Mary about what she would most like for her birthday Mary told staff at Lavender Hills and Millennium care she would love to parachute jump or wing walk as she has a great love of aircraft!
After some research and the go ahead from Mary’s doctor staff members of the care home and Millennium care got together to arrange for Mary to fly a plane over her Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom and around Manchester, Bolton and Bury.
The flight took a lot of planning, but Mary became more and more excited as the day grew closer and closer, everything would be planned for the day, but nothing could be done about the weather.
Mary’s flight was cancelled twice due to poor weather conditions, but this did not stop Mary and the dedicated team around her.
Mary and her family were very understanding that it needed to be 100% safe for Mary to go up and enjoy her flight.
Finally, the day arrived today where there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and by 11am the sun was shining over the Eccles airport.
Mary was due to fly at 11, she arrived at Barton Airport with her 2 daughters Aileen and Cherie where she met Helen Inman Lavender Hills Manager and Jeanie Kettle Lavender Hills admin Manager, both where there to wave as Mary flew off in to the clouds.
Mary got in to the plane with a great big smile wearing her leather flying jacket, leather hat, microphone and earphones.
Mary said “Chock’s away” with her thumbs in the air ready to fill one of her life long ambitions.
Mary’s husband worked for the royal air force during WW2 where he serviced planes for the Lancaster bombers.
Married in 1940 Mary and her Husband Harold had 8 children together, during the war while Harold was away Mary would look after their children trying to get as many rations as she could during the hard times.
Mary’s passion for aircraft started all those years ago with curiosity during Harold’s time in WW2.
Mary went up in the air and was able to take control after much practice in her care home she managed to steer the plane to the right and up in to the clouds.
Mary flew over to Ramsbottom, over her Granddaughter’s place of work where she was able to wave from the cockpit of the aircraft to Emma her Granddaughter.
Mary then headed over to Lavender Hills care home where staff and residents were stood outside with a banner saying “Go Mary” all waving as she circled the home 5 times flying herself.
After nearly an hour in the air Mary landed with a huge smile on her face and a wave to everyone like the Queen. Mary said, “Oh it were Grand!” “it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Mary was then interviewed by the BBC and Hits Radio for television and drive time radio.
Helen Inman Manager at Lavender Hills said, “She’s fantastic and fearless, she’s 100 years old and just proves to everyone you can do anything you want to do.”
Eileen Mary’s Daughter said, “It’s been amazing, my mum said it’s the best thing she’s ever done in her 100 years, we’re already talking about what she can do for her 101st next year, it’s amazing what they have done for my mum at Lavender Hills, I can’t thank them enough.”