Light at the end of the tunnel’ Relief as Covid-19 vaccinations are rolled out at Norley Hall care home

Light at the end of the tunnel’ Relief as Covid-19 vaccinations are rolled out at Norley Hall care home

Team members and residents at Norley Hall care home have been celebrating after they received Covid-19 vaccinations for almost everyone living and working in the home

The home received a welcome Visit From The Health Board Staff To Administer The Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine on Tuesday.

One of the first in the queue for the vaccination was 82-year-old Pat Taylor, who said: “ Oh it’s a relief to have the vaccine, things are on the up. We are lucky here, all the staff are marvelous and I have been able to stay connected to my family on video calls.”

Manager Ian Taylor say’s

“This past year has been a real challenge for everyone, but this week there is a light at the end of the tunnel,  I personally would like to thank, all of the staff at Norley Hall, they have delivered excellent care for all those that reside with us during such challenging circumstances.

We are just so relieved to know that our residents will be protected from this virus, as that has been the most important thing to us throughout.”

Residents At The Home Will Be Receiving Their Second Dose Of The Vaccine Within The Next 4-12 Weeks, Which Will Complete Their Coronavirus Vaccinations.

You can find out more details about Norley Hall and the facilities they offer on the website:


The beginning of the end as Lakeside care home residents receive vaccination

The beginning of the end as Lakeside care home residents receive vaccination

Lakeside care home is the first in Wigan to receive a visit from the health board staff to administer the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

The atmosphere in the home was electric as residents received hand-delivered letters to say they would be able to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in the home this afternoon. The home celebrated with a glass of bubbly and a good old-fashioned sing-song.
Best friends Winnie Shaw and Marion Darbyshire were first in line for the vaccine, the pair who are nicknamed double trouble after reuniting at Lakeside care home after 73 years apart held hands as they were vaccinated, Marion Darybyshire 91 say’s “I didn’t feel a thing, it is very important that you have it.”
Home Manager Gail Howard expressed her delight that residents were able to get the vaccine.
Gail said: “This is such an exciting day for us at Lakeside and we could not be happier. We have been singing and dancing to celebrate.
This past year has been like no other. Our team have worked so very hard to keep our residents as safe as possible, we have had to think outside of the box at times for activities, we have been out in our minibus to safari parks and drive-in cinemas but we haven’t been able to get off that bus, we are now one step closer to being able to get back to normality.
Gail continues “We know how hard it has been for relatives and friends who have only been able to see their loved ones in our visitation lodge and denied the ability to hug them during these difficult times. This vaccine is hopefully the beginning of the end for us, it’s the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Residents at the home will be receiving their second dose of the vaccine within the next 4-12 weeks, which will complete their coronavirus vaccinations 

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Millennium care visits can continue in visitation retreats

Millennium care visits can continue in visitation retreats


The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the interaction that residents are allowed with their loved ones in care homes across the UK which is why Millennium care UK made the quick decision early this year to provide the next best thing – safe visiting lodges outside the main buildings at homes in the group across Lancashire.

Following the announcement made by Boris Johnson yesterday evening Millennium care would like to reassure all family and friends of residents that visits can continue under Government guidance which states-

You can leave home to visit someone who is in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance) Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows. contact indoor visits are not allowed. No visits will be permitted in the event of an outbreak.

Thanks to the wonderful safe visitation lodges at Millennium care hundreds of residents have stayed connected with their loved ones and have been able to see them – while socially-distanced and safe – over the last few months and this can continue throughout national lockdown.

If you did not receive an email update regarding visiting policy during national lockdown please find attached below, you can contact your home Manager to add your email address to our database.

Covid letter update 


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Lakeside care home introduce Stimulake

Lakeside care home introduce Stimulake

What is Stimulake at Lakeside?

At Lakeside care home we are using Sensory stimulation every day in our home, we do this by using a range of materials and activities that can help awaken your loved one’s senses.

This technique is especially beneficial for people who have memory-related conditions such as dementia, or people regaining their abilities after a stroke.

Sensory therapy uses everyday objects and gentle activities to help to trigger memories and lessen the feeling of isolation and can be calming and enjoyable for elderly people.

At Lakeside we are using many different ways to stimulate residents, these include-

  • Sensory therapy
  • Reading
  • Music
  • Reminiscence therapy
  • Reminiscence sights and sounds
  • Massage and treatments in our wellness room
  • crafts and games
  • Writing
  • Hobbies and pastimes
  • Outdoor activities and exercise
  • spontaneity
  • Pet Therapy



Sensory stimulation could be something as simple as talking about where you grew up, what your childhood was like or taking a step further and revisiting an area, this week Winnie who is a resident at Lakeside care home spoke fondly about her memories of growing up in the local Wigan area, Ash our Activities and Wellness co-ordinator decided to take Winnie on a trip to re-visit the area where she was born in 1925.

The sights, sounds and smells of the local area, brought back so many memories that sparked many conversations throughout the afternoon, including how Winnie and her siblings had to use an outdoor WC which would have been very cold in Winter.


Lakeside Therapy Room

Here at Lakeside care home we benefit from a Therapy room, giving residents the opportunity for an activity that is free from cognitive demands enabling them to feel relaxed and entertained.


What our residents say

Louis say’s ” The activities have proved to be an outstanding success, not only have they improved my life, but also the people surrounding me.

One of the many things I have gained is making friends and social interaction. I look forward to going to the activity room and participating in various activities. We are always doing something different and create an atmosphere of pleasure, smiles and laughter.

Ash our Activities Co-Ordinator is continuously thriving to improve the quality of our lives externally and internally.


Derek say’s “I feel that the activities at Lakeside have gone a long way in improving both my general and mental health.”

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Norley Hall care home bring some festive cheer with Visitation lodge opening

Norley Hall care home bring some festive cheer with Visitation lodge opening


Residents at Norley Hall care home in Wigan have come face to face with their loved ones for the first time since the start of lockdown almost ten months ago.

Until now, relatives had been keeping in contact with their elderly family members via Facebook Portal calls.

Norley Hall opened their safe visitation lodge named Rivington View by residents on Friday 4th December with a magical Christmas wonderland theme with Christmas trees, lights and decorations surrounding the home.

Resident Brenda Thomas was the first to meet her daughter Kay for the first time since March.

The Rivington View lodge is vital in allowing care home residents to visit their family and loved ones during the pandemic without compromising safety. It gives back to residents that feeling of connectedness during the pandemic and the ability to see a familiar face from the outside.

Speaking to ITV News ahead of her visit, Kay Kilgallon whose mum, Brenda, is a resident at Norley Hall care home, said: ” I really want to say on behalf of the family a massive thank you to all the staff at Norley Hall for keeping my mum safe throughout the pandemic.

I’m sure it has not been an easy task. I want you all to know it has not been taken for granted, we are very grateful. Each and everyone at Norley Hall are angels in our eyes and nothing is too much trouble, thank you for reuniting us with mum..

Resident Brenda Thomas said – “It was beautiful, I have missed my family and a visit is all I wanted for Christmas”.

Millennium Care are rolling out the visiting lodges to all homes across Lancashire.

Manager at Norley Hall Ian Taylor say’s  “We have ensured that residents have used virtual communication methods to keep in touch with their loved ones, but residents needed that face to face contact. We had a residents meeting where we asked what everyone would love for Christmas this year, the answer was the same throughout the home and that was to see families and loved ones in person.

It has been amazing to make this wish come true, Since opening Rivington View lodge on Friday bookings have been filling up fast.

We are working hard to ensure every resident at Norley Hall will have the opportunity to see a family member in the visitation lodge before Christmas.”

If you have a loved one staying at Norley Hall can book your visits online


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 Norley Hall. You can call 01942 224334 or email 

Norley Hall residents and families brought together with opening of covid-secure lodge

Norley Hall residents and families brought together with opening of covid-secure lodge

Norley Hall care home in Wigan announce completion of their Covid secure lodge named Rivington View.

It has been a hard 10 months during the Coronavirus Pandemic, with families being kept apart for their own safety. It’s made people realise more than ever how important it is to stay connected with their friends and families.

That’s why we are thrilled to share the news about the new visitation lodge, Rivington View which is set to open will this Friday 4th December with bookings now available from Monday 7th December.

Residents at Norley Hall care home Wigan and their families are preparing to meet for the first since lockdown in their new Covid secure visitation lodge – Lovingly named by residents, the name is inspired by the wonderful views of Rivington Pike from our home, a place of great meaning to many of us.

Rivington View is Fitted With Key Safety Measures, Keeping you and your loved one safe during the pandemic without the need to wear PPE for a more comfortable, relaxed visit.

  • Separate Entrances For Residents And Visitors
  • Fully-Sealed Anti-Reflective Perspex Screen Divider
  • Air Conditioning And Heating Systems To Ensure The Optimum Temperature
  • Integrated Amplification And Hearing Loop Communication System
  • Automatic Sanitisation System To Prevent Risk Of Contamination



The grand opening will also be featured on Granada Reports tomorrow evening from 6pm.

If you have a loved one staying at Norley Hall can book your visits online here:


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 Norley Hall. You can call 01942 224334 or email 




Mighty Millennium Marathon

Mighty Millennium Marathon

Millennium care workers will be walking 29.6 miles to 7 care homes – Raising money for the Tom Moore Foundation

Katie Salisbury and Beth Brydges work for Millennium Care, a group of 7 care homes in Wigan and Greater Manchester.

Inspired by Captain Tom and a charity very close to their hearts Katie and Beth have decided to embark on an almost 30 mile walk to 7 care homes within one day.

Starting at Norley Hall care home in the heart of Wigan the walk will end at Lavender Hills care home set on the peak of a hill in Ramsbottom, passing 5 homes along the way.

The duo have fundraised together in the past and Katie even climbed Snowdon last year to raise money for Alzheimer’s society.

Katie say’s “We have seen first-hand the impact that the isolation and loneliness caused by the pandemic, can have on the elderly in our society. We have also been truly moved by the strength they have shown during this time, particularly those in our care, who have shown true resilience and echoed the spirit of Sir Tom Moore.”

Inspired by all of the residents across all Millennium care homes and by Sir Tom Moore Katie and Beth aim to raise £1,000 for the Tom Moore foundation.

Residents at each home plan to show their support with banners and flags as the walkers reach each home with a drone following them on parts of the journey to keep us up to date on how they are getting on.

Captain Tom is on a mission to get as many people as possible walking, talking, spreading hope and easing loneliness.

If you would like to show your support to Katie and Beth you can donate via the link:

For more information on Millennium care visit 

If you feel inspired and want to walk with Tom to spread hope and ease loneliness visit


At Millennium Care, our team and residents provide a warm welcome to all who enter the homes.

The core value of Millennium Care is to encourage all residents to maintain their independence, continuing to enjoy their later years with the knowledge that our team is here to provide a friendly face and chat 24 hours a day.

To find out more about our homes, click here.




Lakeside’s Long Lost Friends

Lakeside’s Long Lost Friends

Childhood friends now 95 and 91 recognise each other when they see each other for the first time in 73 years after moving into Lakeside care home for respite.

Marion- ‘I couldn’t believe it when we were sat at the same table for dinner, I said is it Winny Jones? as there can’t be many Winny’s around and it was her.

‘I feel lucky to have my friend back in my life, we get on just as well now as we did back then.’

The childhood friends both grew up in Wigan, they both worked together at Coops factory in Wigan where they grew close, the pair lost contact when Winny left Coops to start a family, Marion went on to have a long career as a Manager.

Now 73 years later, the once inseparable co-workers now spend their days causing mischief in their care home.

Winny- I couldn’t feel happier that we’re now reunited and get to reminisce on our old memories, it’s lovely to have a friend.’

Marion came to Lakeside in May this year after battling Covid-19, after never being in a care home she was nervous about coming in to care, Marion say’s she made the right choice, she as lonely at home and now feels happier than she has in a long time.


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