Lavender Hills care home continue to maintain high standards in latest report by the Care Quality Commission as well as great community reputation recognised by MP Jake Berry who joined in the homes country and western celebrations.
In a recent routine inspection, CQC assessed Lavender Hills care home, Ramsbottom and the team who provide care to residents. The service was assessed on five areas – whether the service in the home was safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. CQC awarded Lavender Hills with a ‘Good’ in all areas mentioning each area of the home in a positive way.
Lavender Hills celebrated their third in a row GOOD in all areas report with a country and western themed party, all staff dressed up including Jamie Fowell Maintenance man who rode a blow up horse for the day.
An entertainer came in the home for the day to perform as well as teach residents and staff how to line dance which lead to a line dancing performance from all the staff at the end of the party.
MP Jake Berry attended the party and spoke to everybody in the home in a speech saying “Hello everyone, I’ve enjoyed your line dancing! I’m the Member of Parliament for Rossendale and Darwen and I’ve come here today to say well done Lavender Hills on your recent inspection, it’s a team effort and you all deserve a round of applause.It’s a pleasure to spend some of today with you.”
“I am so extremely proud of the whole team at Lavender Hills. It’s amazing to see our efforts recognised not just by the regulator but by our local community and MPs who came to celebrate with us. I would like to thank the team for the amazing work they do in making Lavender Hills a great place to be, we’re like a big family here and even visitors recognise that.”
“We are so pleased that our local MP Jake Berry came to celebrate with us and spoke to everyone at Lavender Hills to say well done.”
Jake Berry is the second MP to visit Lavender Hills in the past week as MP James Frith called in to say thank you to war veteran 96 year old Harold Holiday who shared his story of the d’day landings on the recent 75th Anniversary of d’day.
Harold say’s “It’s been fantastic, my family are very happy with the recent visits. It’s so nice that busy MPs find time to come and visit their constituents”
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D’day hero Harold Holiday had a lovely surprise on Thursday as MP James Frith visits him and his friends at Lavender Hills care home following a day of marking 75 years since d’day.
James Frith Tweeted “My honour to do so. We owe so much to so few. It was my pleasure to spend an afternoon with Harold discussing the chapters of his life including his landing on Normandy beach.”
Harold who recently turned 96 Harold is a d’day veteran and the proud owner of the legion d’honneur the highest French order of merit for military and civil merit for service in France.
MP James Frith proudly meeting Harold d’day veteran
The medal was awarded to Harold back in 2016 by president Hollande, Harold was incredibly proud to show his award to MP James Frith over a long chat on Thursday evening.
Harold told Mr Frith all about his time in WW2 and what he had done over the following 75 years.
Harold goes on to say “ Well I had passed the top rate as a signal man, there were three trade tests and I didn’t know what I had let myself in for.”
“My word the Germans had u-boats, I was on the Empire ship and had to climb the rope ladder in to the landing craft.”
“I was responsible for the reconstruction of the communications hub between England and Europe allowing our troops to communicate.”
“It was a very specialist job and within weeks we had it working, I worked every day.”
James asked Harold “where did you sleep?” I slept in the telephone building, I used to get quite a good nights sleep actually.
Harold goes on to tell James about a special night off where he went to see an Australian Soprano not realising until the war was over that he was actually sat just a few rows in front of his future Wife and Father in law.
Harold’s Daughter Gillian tells MP James Frith how her incredibly intelligent Father would have gone to Oxford University had it not been for the War, when Harold returned home from the war it was time to go out to work.
Harold turned 21 the Day after d’day but with so much going on he didn’t even realise at the time.
Harold tells James Frith about living at Lavender Hills care home and how well they look after him, Harold surrounded by Birthday cards after recently turning 96 said look at this card, Harold had a card proudly displayed that had been signed by all staff at Lavender Hills and goes on to say “They all came to see me one by one and wished me a happy birthday, they’re great here, I have my own seat where I can see the amazing view we have from the terrace lounge.”
Lavender Hills care home resident proudly shows MP medal from d’day landings.
Harold has been resident at Lavender Hills care home Bury since December 2018 and feels at home with his own paintings and pictures from home and friends who he enjoys activities with ran by the homes award winning activities team Nickie and Gaynor.
Following the visit from MP James Frith Harold says “ It was a resounding success he was very interested in one or two things and I enjoyed chatting to him very much,”
Gillian hoar Harold Daughter says “It’s wonderful that a busy MP will prioritise a constituent such as my dad and take the time to listen to him.”
Throughout May, Millennium care homes have been showcasing their talents in a Millennium creative challenge.
The challenge was to produce a masterpiece of artwork which represents each home and community with residents.
All Millennium homes and Residents have very much enjoyed the project – from brainstorming ideas to local community research all though out May to create their masterpiece.
This week I have been visiting Millennium homes across Lancashire for a reveal at each home of their masterpieces.
The winning home will be decided by a judging panel at Millennium care with evidence and pictures presented to the judges, the winning home will receive a special treat in their home for all staff and residents of a day and theme of their choice including mobile spa, entertainment, theatre shows.
There can only be one winning however we will be revealing a second place.
The first Millennium creative project came in from Marley court Nursing home in Chorley.
Marley court had created the scene from their back window of the Leeds to Liverpool canal, residents and staff had brainstormed together how to create the much loved scene from their window which is enjoyed on a daily basis and came up with the idea of creating the same spot of canal out of all recycled materials.
The home quickly got to work once they had decided on the project which stared with Elaine Wright Activities Coordinator finding a large wooden board that had been thrown out.
The board quickly became the water base for their canal, residents found an old green blanket that was ready for the bin made from wood that could be unpicked and made in to grass and trees, a tree was knitted for the scene.
A barge was made from and old file from the office and named Lady Marley by residents of Marley Court Nursing home.
The person driving the boat and a duck watching at the side was donated to the home by one of the visitors Noah who is the Great Grandson of a Marley court resident.
The scene was complete after one month of work including fence, greenery, water, barge and everything else that could be seen from the window, the real fence was leaning slightly next to the canal so the creative team decided to bend the fence slightly on their masterpiece to replicate the exact scene.
To masterpiece was presented with documentation of evidence of where it all began, pictures of brainstorming and a history of that particular part of the canal.
One of the staff members of Marley court who was a big help with information during the history of the project lives on a barge on the canal so she knew a lot of the history.
The history of the canal at Mary Court
The second Millennium care home to showcase their masterpiece is Brookdale care home in Bury
Brookdale care home staff and residents have created a Bury in Bloom to represent their community in Spring, residents came together to make flowers out of different colour tissue papers on a canvas, the inspiration came from the local community project Bury in Bloom .
Brookdale care home have been working on the gardens at their home planting seasonal rotational displays with the help of local children during their school holidays, Brookdale care home staff and residents love blossoms and colourful scenes so much so they have created their very own garden room within the home which features a large cherry blossom tree in the centre of the room.
Bury in bloom canvas was a project that represents Brookdale care home and their passion for local green space in Bury, even Honey the Brookdale dog was proud of their creation.
The third Millennium home to present their masterpiece is Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom.
Lavender Hills care home had decided to create a large collage of all staff and residents of their home for one of the walls leading to their terrace lounge, after brainstorming with residents and staff, the activities team Nickie and gaynor had the challenge of taking pictures of everybody in the home and using a filter and background to suit their personality or something unique about each person.
The large collage took the space of an entire wall in the home and represents Lavender hills as a large family even capturing pictures of regular visitors to the home and entertainers.
The inspiration came from taking snap chat pictures with residents for different occasions such as Easter or a Mad hatters tea party, residents of the home love the filters and are exceptionally proud of their creation which represents the real family feel of their home.
The fourth Millennium home to present their masterpiece is Lakeside care home in Standish
Lakeside care home residents and staff decided they wanted to create a colourful peacock to represent all the beautiful personalities of their home.
The Peacock was made by many residents of Lakeside care home who came together to paint the features and beautiful features of the Peacock, residents hold their creation with pride and say how beautiful it is.
Well done to all of the Millennium homes for your amazing work on this challenge and well done to Marley court for coming first place!!
Elaine wright Activities Coordinator at Marley court and challenge Project Manager said ” We are so thrilled that we have won this challenge, all those walks to that part of the canal were worth it, all the time we spent looking out of the window and sitting at the canal with ice cream, it was so much fun creating this masterpiece and it will be a part of Marley court for a long long time.”
For more information on the creative challenge or any of the Millennium care homes contact Clare firstname.lastname@example.org
At Brookdale care home everybody marked D-day with reminiscence, paper plane competitions and home made parachutes.
Bill a 95 year old war veteran couldn’t quite believe it’s been 75 years since D-day as he say’s with a surprised look on his face “Is it really.” Bill was a fighter pilot during WW2 and enjoyed marking the day by making planes out of paper for a competition between residents and staff at Brookdale care home in Bury.
Bill tells us how he continued to be a part of the Royal Air Force even after the war ended.
During reminiscing Jessie also resident at Brookdale care home remembered clearly where she was when she heard the news about D-day and when the war was declared, Jessie say’s “I was sat on the window sill at home, i was only 13 and my mum said don’t go out as we knew there was going to be a broadcast, i remember it clearly as my mum and dad were not usually affectionate with each other but my mum just fell in to my dads arms crying when the news was broadcast that we were at war with Germany.
Jessie continues “One of the first things i remember is all the street lights going out as we lived in Middlesbrough which was a target area due to all our industrial stock which could be used for weaponry.
We had an Anderson shelter delivered which was where we slept for most of the war, i would go and collect my two baby cousins each night so they would be safe in the shelter as they didn’t have a garden.
Jessie laughed at her attempt at making a paper plane and enjoyed cakes that were baked and brought in for the reminiscence session from Greater Manchester youth group who wanted to do something special for the residents at Brookdale.
Thank you from all of us at Brookdale for coming in Greater Manchester Youth Group.
Residents at Lavender Hills care home reminisce the D-day from the comfort of their home in Ramsbottom.
Harold with his D-day Medals at Lavender Hills care home
Harold 96 says “I remember every second of it, it was unforgettable.”
Harold continues ” I was the first to be ordered to descend the rope ladder over the Atlantic ocean. The only thing i was worried about was i couldn’t swim, at the end of the rope ladder i had to help swing myself between the vessels and the rescuers.
I refused to take advantage of the first swing but i got it on the second, i was safe i hand landed on the beach.
I was presented with the Légion d’honneur which is the highest medal in France and has to be approved by the French president, it’s given to anybody who has done anything significant in France.
The day after D-day it was my 21st Birthday, i will be celebrating my birthday again tomorrow with my friends here at Lavender Hills.
Dorris 94 says “I remember D-day clearly, i was making aircraft valves, they came in to tell us the news but we couldn’t stop working, i was only 18 at the time and i had left home to work, i shared a hostel with many other girls, we had to wear underwear that was made from parachutes, you didn’t ask questions.
If i went to a dance at night and the alarm was sounded i had to stay there until it was clear to leave.”
Lavender Hills care home have recently been inspected by CQC and have been rated Good in all areas of the home.
Windsor House care home in Standish Wigan were honoured when a representative of the Royal Air Force visited their home last week.
Chris, a serving member of the RAF kindly visited the home to present John Pennington, an RAF Veteran, a collage of pictures from the Battle of Britain memorial flight.
John was so overwhelmed with Chris visiting he shared his stories of his time in the RAF as they chatted for an hour over a cup of tea. John said “Oh it was fantastic, i really liked the chap and he gave me a picture which i now have displayed in my bedroom.
John went on to say “I thought i was going to be arrested when i first saw him, he was very smart in his uniform and although he is currently the same rank as what i was in the RAF i can tell he’s going to go far, he’s a very intelligent chap.”
The visit was organised by Colette Smith Activities Coordinator at Windsor house, Colette says “It was so nice to see John honoured for the time he served for his country. His daughter Kay was also present, and she said it was so lovely to see her dad enjoy such an occasion.”
John said the visit brought back many memories from his time in the RAF and he wasn’t the only one.
For Pat Kneal another resident at Windsor House it brought back the memories of her husband who was in the RAF when they first met during WW2.
Pat said “I filled up when he
Windsor House RAF visit
walked in, he was so handsome just like my husband when we first met, we were together for 71 years and i thought it was him coming back to see me as he passed away 2 years ago, it was a lovely afternoon and memories came flooding back.”
Windsor House care home have been working on a wish tree campaign making the wishes of their residents come true and were featured in the press recently for organising a wish of one of their residents to relive her dream of travelling in a sidecar.