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.
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!
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.
The year’s biggest achievements in the care sector have been celebrated at the Caring UK Awards and Brookdale care home are proud to have won Care team of the year 2018 at the UK awards ceremony.
The evening was held at Leicester Athena where The Caring UK Awards welcomed everyone and congratulated them on their achievements.
Brookdale care home were finalists for care team of the year after being nominated earlier in the year and interviewed during a visit to the home.
The award recognises people who make an exceptional contribution to the quality of life, health and happiness of residents and all people they support.
At Brookdale the sense of community is evident the minute you walk through the door, not only do the care team support each other there is a strong family atmosphere throughout the whole building, care team members often come in on their days off to take residents out as well as organising day trips for larger groups of residents including a recent trip to Knowsley safari park.
When Brookdale became finalists for the Care Team of the year 2018 award the team and residents were overwhelmed with Joy at just being finalists.
A long journey to Leicester was planned for the big night on 6th December, attending were a number of staff from the care team at Brookdale including Haylee Team Leader and Beth Care Assistant as well as Head office team from Millennium care UK including the company Director.
When the award for the care team of the year was read out on stage the team were tense and also skying Team Leader Kaitlin who could not make the evening, the winner was announce and the whole team were beaming with excitement including Kaitlin who was at home in her Pjammas waking her entire house at 11pm.
Residents at Brookdale care home are also over joyed the home were awarded the care team award.
Jessie Dewhirst a resident at Brookdale said “It’s Excellent, they deserve it so much, the loyalty to everyone here is fantastic, well done to the whole team”
Haylee Delefield Team Leader said ” I was so excited, the team deserve it so much.”
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Brookdale care home Bury want to thank these young teens for their amazing support in the comminuity.
Teenagers across Bury have been giving up their summer holidays to raise money for good causes in their community Brookdale care home Bury as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.
One group made up of 15-17 year olds decided to organise fundraising activities, with all money raised going to help those who suffer from Dementia, this NCS team choose Brookdale care home in Bury as the place in the community they would like to help as Brookdale have a specialist Dementia unit named Cherry Blossom house.
The group of teens got together to brain storm which triggered some fantastic ideas for Brookdale and how they can help their residents with Dementia.
The group started with a football match where they charged people to come and watch, from the sale of tickets they decided they had enough to revamp part of the garden at Brookdale that leads out from the garden lounge which is often used by residents to relax where they can enjoy peaceful sounds through the surround sound speakers.
The NCS group now named Team Brookdale sketched a plan for the garden and even studied how they could make it Dementia friendly by developing an understanding of the condition, the team quickly gained knowledge of the importance of gardens and how it increases especially as we get older, as a place to relax and recover, as well as receive multi-sensory stimulation from the environment.
Team Brookdale were determined to give Brookdale care home residents a garden they could enjoy and not just in summer, they decided to make it seasonal rotational, so the garden would benefit from colour all year round with different flowers and plants growing in different seasons.
Richard Riley from NCS said “It’s so nice to see these teenagers getting so involved within the community, they have such passion to give something back and it’s heart-warming to watch. They have been getting to know the residents at Brookdale care home in Bury and have developed bonds with the residents there, they’re doing a great job in revamping the garden for the residents to enjoy all year round.”
Ian holt a resident at Brookdale said, “It’s such a good idea and it promotes friendship, It gives the children something to do in the summer holidays, I’d like to see a herb garden like I used to have growing up then I can grow mint and other herbs.”
Team Brookdale group took Ian’s suggestion on board and have created a mini herb garden, so Ian can enjoy the garden like he used to back at home.
After bonding with the residents at Brookdale the group decided they wanted to go a step further and do even more for the residents they have grown so fond of, so they decided they wanted to find a way to get all the residents out on a trip without Brookdale having to hire coaches or relay on other forms of transport like they usually do.
Another brain storming session sparked ideas of a fund raiser for a mini bus, they would start the next day in the Rock, Bury town centre and charge passers by 50p to throw a wet sponge at any member of the team or £1 for 3 throws.
The team got up the next day and headed to Bury town centre where they spent the day being hit with wet sponges, but it was all worth it if they were helping their friends at Brookdale care home.
Tracey Leverton Manager at Brookdale said “It’s amazing what these young people are doing for Brookdale, they have made all these decisions on their own and bonded with our residents, it’s so lovely and we can’t thank them enough. We have had plans for the garden, so it’s worked so well, when they finish it we will be doing a grand revealing to our residents and their families as they can now all enjoy the great outdoors leading from the garden lounge.”
Tracey continues “We are planning to change the garden lounge in to a bistro garden room and make the most of the outdoor space which will fit perfectly with what the NCS team are doing, next summer we will have a play area for kids, so all the family can sit together when our residents loved ones visit. We can’t wait to see the result it’s already visually striking. Thank you NCS.”
Joseph Child one of the team members said, “We’re enjoying giving back to our community and the residents at Brookdale, we raised the money for the garden by having a football match and then went to buy bulbs and plants with the money, I’m learning so much.”
NCS team at Brookdale care home
Brookdale care home in Bury is part of the Millennium care group, after learning of the work and dedication the team have for Brookdale care home Millennium care have organised to donate 1.5 times what the group raise for Brookdale to charities NCS support to give something back to them.
At Brookdale care home Bury they have made a lot of changes over the past 12 months which have been a great success, they have re-designed a lounge that is now known as the garden lounge, as well as introducing a lot of different therapies that help change the quality of the lives of their residents at Brookdale.
The Garden lounge at Brookdale care home Bury, has been created to have therapeutic benefits where residents and their families can enjoy spending time in an immersive and stimulating environment with the beauty of outdoors from the comfort of a lounge, a well thought out social space can have calming effects.
I interviewed Neil and Edith the Manager and Deputy Manager at Brookdale care home Bury to ask them a few questions about Brookdale and the changes, I also interviewed 2 carers at Brookdale and the passion for their job was overwhelming, it is clear that everybody at Brookdale works very hard, love what they do and are very passionate about changing the lives of others.
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In this issue:
PLANS FOR BROOKDALE
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017
PET THERAPY AND SUZIE’S VIST
WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON AT BROOKDALE -UPCOMING EVENTS INCLUDING AN EXCITING VALENTINE’S SPECIAL!!
THANK YOU’S AND CELEBRATIONS
Edith and Neil the Manager and deputy manager at Brookdale care home
2018 IS LOOKING VERY EXCITING FOR BROOKDALE
We would like to thank everybody who made 2017 so great!
‘2017 has bee a really exciting year for us at Brookdale and I’m looking forward to continuing with our innovation drive and filling every day with excitement. We worked hard to commission our garden lounge, which has implemented the latest in academic research around creating a stimulating environment for our residents using sight, touch, sound and an interactive and immersive environment. This has created a really exciting space for our residents and friends, including Suzie the dog who enjoys running around the cherry blossom tree!
This year sees the launch of our Families Forever group, which is an opportunity for family members of former residents to establish their own social network with our support. We will also be launching our staff Innovation Forum which is centred around empowering our care team to make their own managerial decisions. We have an absolutely packed activities programme developed by both Clare and Tash and really looking forward to seeing Brookdale be a thriving place to live and work. ‘
BROOKDALE CARE HOME CLOSE THE GENERATION
GAP IN AUTUMN
Brookdale Care Home, a modern purpose built dementia unit in Bury, have been working with a group of local students from The Challenge, part of the National Citizens Service.
They volunteered to come into Brookdale and do some activities with the residents to help them give back to their community whilst learning valuable life skills.When The Challenge arrived at Brookdale, they were given a tour of the home and a quick insight into Brookdale.
Edith Tucker, Manager of Brookdale Residential Care Home told the students “From working with the residents, you will improve your life skills, develop yourselves and be able to understand how people with dementia communicate”
The students helped residents with water paintings and creating pictures of the seaside. They looked through books with the residents, opening up discussions to stimulate conversation.
One of the students said “Putting smiles on faces over the past few days has got me thinking about how we impact you and how all it takes is a conversation”.
At the end of a successful day, the students performed a small play for the residents which the residents loved.
Brookdale are regional winners of the Care Team of the Year award in the Great British Care Awards and are ranked in the top ten rated care homes in the North West. The students performed a small play for the residents at the end of the day, which the residents loved. Both the students and the residents enjoyed spending the day together, talking and getting to know each other.
WHO EVER THOUGHT THAT A FOUR-LEGGED BUNDLE OF
SOFT FUR CAN MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER
It was amazing to see how well the pet therapy went, so well that we are actually going to get a puppy at Brookdale! Residents loved Suzie so much. Suzie is Edith’s puppy, She is a bijon frise cross.
The impact Suzie has on the residents at Brookdale was amazing, even residents who aren’t usually very mobile got up and went to stroke her, the smiles and love they had for Suzie was heart melting.
Noah’s Art sanctuary have been getting involved with Brookdale and pet therapy plans are in place. Come along to the next pet therapy session and enjoy the impact they have for yourself!
AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW WITH BROOKDALE MANAGEMENT, HAYLEE &BETH
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A garden room chat with 2 members of staff at Brookdale gives a real in sight in to the day to day life at Brookdale care home.
sum up in a few words what it is like working in care at Brookdale-
I don’t really see it as a job, what i do is making someone’s life better and going home knowing the difference i’ve made is amazing, i love it.
What is the best part of the job you do? “Interacting with the residents, making them smile and laugh, i learn so much from them and their incrideible stories”
GARDEN ROOM CHAT WITH NEIL& EDITH
“The feedback we
have had about the new
design and the changes we have made at
overwhelming” -Neil and EdithWhat great stories have you got from recent events?
When Suzie the puppy came
in, Everybody loved it so
much, the benefits of pet
therapy were instantly clear,
the residents completely
changed, people who would
usually sit down and not
move got up to play with Suzie, they were all asking where she was the next day!”
Activities & Events
AT BROOKDALE WE HAVE SET UP A GROUP TO
SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIVES, IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER RESIDENT OR HAVE
HAD A LATE FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND RESIDENT AT BROOKDALE WE WOULD LOVE YOU TO JOIN US.
COME ALONG FOR TEA/ CAKE AND A CHAT! ENQUIRE WITH A MEMBER OF STAFF FOR THE NEXT FAMILY
Ghost of Me Mural
Graffiti Beauty Mural
Come and spend Valentine’s day and Mother’s day with us at Brookdale to share the love.
Thank you’s and Celebrations
THANK YOU CARE NEWHAM
CARE NEWHAM, A CHARITY GROUP BASED IN LONDON HAVE BEEN RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT DEMENTIA AND FUNDS FOR CARE HOMES SPECIALISING IN DEMENTIA ,
THEY VISITED BROOKDALE CARE HOME BURY WITH CHRISTMAS GIFTS IN DECEMBER FOR THE RESIDENTS AS WELL AS A HUGE CHEQUE FOR £500!!
DURING THEIR VISIT TO BROOKDALE, CARE NEWHAM WERE GIVEN A TOUR OF THE
DEMENTIA UNIT BY EDITH THE MANAGER
AND NEIL THE DEPUTY MANAGER,
THE TEAM FROM CARE NEWHAM
THOROUGHLY ENJOYED MEETING SOME OF THE RESIDENTS AT BROOKDALE AND
SPENDING SOME QUALITY TIME WITH THEM, AS WELL AS HAVING A CHAT AND EVEN
A DANCE WITH SOME OF THE RESIDENTS.
WELL DONE TO CHRISTINA& SANDRA
OUR EMPLOYEE’S OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY! A SPECIAL THANKS TO CHRISTINA FOR TAKING PART IN A STAFF INTERVIEW! CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT:
THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY WHO TOOK PART IN ELF DAY AND RAISING MONEY FOR BROOKDALE’S CHOSEN CHARITIES, IT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS AND YOU MADE GREAT ELVES!
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Thank you to the innovations group at Brookdale! You’re already making such a difference
Speak to Edith or Neil for more information on the Brookdale innovations group to discuss ideas and help make positive changes to Brookdale care home.
Note to Editors: Founded in 1997, Millennium Care UK Ltd is a family owned business specialising in dementia,nursing ,residential and respite care across 6 purpose built sites across the North West of England. The company’s mission is to provide the highest standards of care, and a modern, spacious environment located in a tranquil and picturesque setting.