Brookdale staff, residents and family members celebrated the opening of Covid-safe visitation lodge, The Rainbow Retreat on 21st December – just in time to reunite families for Christmas!
The Grand Opening of the new high-spec lodge was a spectacular celebration with live music, festive drinks and snacks and smiles all around as visits with loved ones began!
It has been a long time coming for families and friends to be able to visit their loved ones again in a warm, safe environment where they can simply sit back, relax and catch up.
Named by family members on a Facebook Poll, The Rainbow Retreat has been named to reflect the symbol of hope throughout the Coronavirus pandemic and this certainly is a time when that hope comes into fruition – as families can once again meet with their loved ones without sacrificing safety.
Friends and families with loved ones staying at Brookdale can book visits by calling the designated phone number to our team – 07943 663 083.
From our carers to our cleaners, our nurses to our cooks – workers at all our Millennium Care Homes are being surprised each week in the lead up to Christmas with bags of gifts.
Millennium’s Head Office, Beth and Katie (AKA Santa’s Little Helpers) have been delivering Millennium staff ‘perk packs’ to each of the 7 care homes in Lancashire.
Throughout December, staff will be surprised with a different pack each week. The packs range from the first week’s pamper pack to more practical items such as toiletries and household cleaning products. This will release the burden of buying such items, meaning staff will have more money for Christmas and spoiling themselves adn their loved ones.
We recognise that it’s been a tough year for our care home workers and this is just one of the many ways we can give back to them for all their hard work in supporting the homes and our residents. We’re very grateful for all the incredible people who work in our care homes and the commitment they have shown particularly throughout the pandemic.
“Throughout December we have provided the staff with weekly perk packages which have included a mixture of essentials items, pamper products and luxury food items.”
“As a Company we felt this would not only provide some ‘goodies’ and merited recognition for our teams, but also alleviate some of the stress that shopping for essential items throughout December can bring; allowing staff to focus their home time indulging in some well-deserved rest and spending quality time with their loved ones, after what has been an extremely difficult year.”
“The packages have been well received by staff, with many saying it has made them feel extremely valued and appreciated especially as many have friends working for other care companies who have not received anything as thoughtful, or even in some cases nothing at all.”
-Katie Salisbury, Group HR Manager
Merry Christmas to all the our employees at Millennium Care – we look forward to a new year working with you all in 2021!
Residents at Marley Court were delighted with the delivery of handmade Christmas cards from local schools.
There were smiles all round last Thursday as residents opened handmade cards from year 7 students at Albany Academy. Then we were surprised with even more beautiful Christmas cards on the Friday, from Class 5 at St George’s Primary School.
This is an incredibly lovely and touching gesture from these schools and it was heartwarming to see the smiles this put on our residents as they read the kind messages wishing them a Merry Christmas. Just take a look at all the beautiful smiles in the video below!
If you would like to send a Christmas card to residents here at Marley Court, it would be amazing and definitely be a special surprise for our residents. You can send then to our home – Marley Court, Bolton Rd, Heath Charnock, Chorley PR7 4AZ or alternately email firstname.lastname@example.org with a message.
There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread straight out of the oven.
This has become a rather common staple at Brookdale Care Home following the introduction of our brand new kitchen in our Dementia-specialist hub.
Our open-plan communal living and dining room space has been uplifted with the addition of a glossy black kitchen purpose-built to encourage resident’s involvement in cooking and baking activities.
Cooking and baking is an excellent activity for residents to help rehabilitate a health relationship with food, especially for those with depression and dementia.
Being able to better include Culinary Therapy as a staple in our activities and wellbeing support is a brilliant way to promote a sense of self-worth and purpose in our residents.
It’s also a brilliant social activity for residents and carers to work together whether it’s making bread or cupcakes; whether it’s a first time or perhaps echoes a fond memory. Of course – it’s also a big bonus to have something delicious to sit down and enjoy together!
We’ve already been making the most of our new kitchen – take a look at some of our incredible creations below!
It’s undoubtedly been a difficult year for everybody during the Covi-19 pandemic, particularly for care homes. As Christmas draws near, what would typically be an occasion full of celebrations and family gatherings has been dimmed by lockdowns and safety concerns.
But Millennium Care Group is determined not to let Covid outshine Christmas for our care homes!
Care homes in the Millennium Care Group have already done a lot to ease the effects of Covid in their homes, most notably by installing Covid-safe visitation lodges to keep residents connected with their families through the pandemic.
With December fast approaching, the care group wants to make this moment extra special for residents, staff and families who have struggled throughout the year. Initially, the plan was to convert visitation lodges into a Christmas lodge for visitors and residents. But with risk of infection control, this unfortunately cannot happen.
Now, the care group is looking for support from the community to turn the outside of all 7 care homes across Wigan, Ramsbottom and Bury into their own winter wonderland with Christmas trees, lights and decorations to brighten up the homes and the spirits of residents.
The homes plan to host special Christmas Light Switch On events that can be celebrated by home residents and staff, shared live over social media for families to be involved, and also host special light drive throughs for the resident’s family members
But it won’t be an easy feat and these care homes are asking for support from their local communities to donate and help in any way possible. Even a small gesture will go a long way to make a big impact for these care homes.
If you would like to support our care homes this Christmas, please contact email@example.com.
Following in the footsteps of Lakeside and Worthington Lake, Lavender Hills Care Home has opened their Covid-safe visitation lodge – lovingly named The Evenlina Park Lodge.
The build of the new visitation lodge has been much anticipated by the home staff, residents and families alike – and it couldn’t have come at a better time with England going back into lockdown during the pandemic.
What started as a simple Facebook poll on interior design themes, blossomed into a gorgeous outdoor lodge with all the cosiness and comfort you’d expect from a woodland cabin. Perfect for sitting down with your loved ones and having a good old catch up and admiring the wonderful views of the Rossendale Valley.
The lodge has been named in honour of the Lavender Hills long-time resident, Evelina Park, a former RAF veteran who celebrated her 100th birthday with the home earlier in the year. Yet whilst the lodge has been named in her honour as a belated birthday gift, it truly is a worthwhile gift for all residents and their families.
Finally, they can be together again. Finally, they can reunite.
If you or a loved one needs care and support, especially during the ongoing pandemic, please do not hesitate to reach out to the home about staying at Lavender Hills. You can call 01706 828 412 or email the home manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been a long year with care home visits sparse throughout and Millennium Care Group think it’s about time that all our home are able to safely reunite our residents with their loved ones. This includes Norley Hall, Windsor House, Marley Court and Brookdale Care Home. We will be posting regular updates on these new visitations lodges on our website.
Marking towards the end of an incredibly difficult year for the care industry, the Millennium Care Group has been shortlisted for two Great British Care Awards. What a brilliant celebration of our hard efforts and joint work of our head office and care home teams!
The awards that Millennium Care are shortlisted for are: Outstanding Contribution to Social Care and the Care Employer of the Year Award.
The Great British Care Awards are a celebration of excellence across the care sector for each region. The awards pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.
The Care Employer of the Year award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate employers’ commitment to care and how this is achieving success in delivering an excellent service. Whilst the Outstanding Contribution to Social Care award is a special award will be presented to the individual whom the judges believe has made a long-term outstanding contribution to social care.
The Millennium Care Group is built on an ethos of putting people first – whether this is our residents for receiving a high standard in care, support and quality of life – or recognising and empowering every individual in our workplace.
To be nominated for these awards is an incredible recognition in the commitment that the group has for our residents and staff and we are thrilled as a whole to be in the running for these two esteemed awards.
But it isn’t just the group that is up for awards this year – a few of our care home employees have also been nominated for the 2020 Care Awards. This includes:
Manager of the Year – Kathryn Disley at Windsor House