Coming Into Care: Marion’s Story

Coming Into Care: Marion’s Story

Coming Into A Care Home Can Be A Nerve-Wracking Experience – Especially During A Pandemic. This Is Marion’s Story.

Before coming into a care home, Marion was lonely and felt out of touch with the rest of the world other than her close family members. This feeling of loneliness only got worst when during the Coronavirus pandemic when the country went into lockdown.

Wanting a change, Marion decided to go into a care home. After researching care homes that offer respite and residential care, she chose to come to Lakeside Care Home.

 

Coming into a care home can be a nerve-wracking experience, even more so in the midst of a pandemic. Leaving her home and coming to a new environment did make Marion feel nervous, but she was a trooper. The moment Marion came through our doors, she felt like part of the Lakeside family.

Within a couple of weeks, Marion had settled nicely and has made friends with the Lakeside staff and other residents. Her days were spent chatting with friends over mealtimes an in the lounges, and taking part in activities run by our Activities Coordinator, Ash.

Baking, painting and partying – Marion has made the most out of her time with us and we love having her as part of our Lakeside family. We hope you enjoy listening to her story.

 

Marion’s story shows that you don’t have to be lonely. There is always people out there to help – especially at one of our care homes. If you are lonely and looking for support, we’re here to give you a helping hand. Whether for a short while or a long-term basis.

Call our Lakeside team on 01257 422 931

Grand Opening of The Rawsthorne Retreat

Grand Opening of The Rawsthorne Retreat

We are very happy to share that our safe visitation lodge, The Rawsthorne Retreat, officially opened for families and friends of our Lakeside residents to visit their loved ones at the end of August.
The grand opening was a very exciting day for both Lakeside and Worthington Lake care homes as we celebrated the opening of the retreat.

 

Named after our Lakeside resident, Alan Rawsthorne, the man of honour cut the ribbon himself and declared the lodge open for visits to begin. He was then shown inside for a wonderful surprise as we revealed that his niece was waiting for him on the other side! It was such a heartwarming moment for everyone watching.
The Rawsthorne Retreat is the first of it’s kind in the North West and we’re so pleased to be able to share it with our residents and family members as our commitment to keep you connected and safe during the ongoing pandemic.

 

Since opening, we’ve already have over 150 visitations booked through our website which is such an incredible result. We’re hoping that family and loved ones of our care home residents enjoy their visits for the lodge and being reunited in a more personal way than over video calls.

If you still haven’t booked a visit to see your loved one in The Rawsthorne Retreat you can do so here.
Residents Gather to Watch Visitation Lodge Landing

Residents Gather to Watch Visitation Lodge Landing

Last Friday, The Rawsthorne Retreat officially landed here at our Lakeside and Worthington Lake Care Homes, and what an exciting moment it was! Residents and staff from both homes gathered to watch as the visitation lodge arrived and was placed between the homes.

Safety is paramount for The Rawsthorne Retreat – with measure including two entrances, a perspex room divider and an automatic sanitisation system ensuring that residents and visitors can enjoy their visit without worry.

The retreat has been much-anticipated for both the Millennium Care Homes. It means that care home residents will finally be reunited with their loved ones safely in the midst of the Covid pandemic and the Lockdown. It’s a symbol of hope for our residents and their families to be together again.

The grand opening of The Rawsthorne Retreat is scheduled for Thursday 20th August, with family visits starting from Friday 21st. Families with residents at Lakeside Care Home and Worthington Lake Care Home will be able to book their visits online.

The response from the visitation lodge has been tremendous and the Millennium Care family are overjoyed at the prospects that The Rawsthorne Retreat brings to our care home residents and their families. This is very much a happy occasion for all, amidst these trying times.

 

Coming Soon to Lakeside & Worthington Lake…

Coming Soon to Lakeside & Worthington Lake…

Millennium Care will soon be reuniting our residents with their loved ones following the Coronavirus Pandemic

It had been a hard few 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 very excited to share about the new visitation lodge coming to our Worthington Lake and Lakeside Care Homes very soon!

Named The Rawsthorne Retreat after one of our very own residents at Lakeside (ssh, that parts still a surprise!) – we can’t wait to see the changes the lodge brings to both our care homes and the opportunity it brings with it. Already, our care home managers Kim (Worthington Lake) and Gail (Lakeside) are full of exciting ideas and we can’t wait for all the fun activities the lodge will bring for our residents.

 

Of course, the most important opportunity that the Rawsthorne Retreat will bring to both care homes is for families to visit residents. It’s never easy being away from loved ones and every moment counts. Which is why we want to help bring families and friends together in a secure environment that they can be assured will keep their loved one safe.

The Rawsthorne Retreat is fitted with key safety measures including:

  • Separate entrances for residents and visitors
  • A fully-sealed Anti-Reflective Perspex room divider that provides safety without the need for PPE
  • Air-conditioning and heating systems for comfort
  • Interated amplification and hearing loop communication system
  • Automatic Sanitisation System used between each visit to prevent risk of contamination

Family is important, especially during these trying times. Therefore, our new visitation lodge couldn’t come at a better time. The team at Millennium Care are excited to see where this new development takes is and how it helps to better encourage closer connections for our residents with their loved ones and community.

Discover more about The Rawsthorne Retreat here.

How Millennium care are battling Covid-19 across homes in Wigan with outdoor concerts and the power of FaceTime

How Millennium care are battling Covid-19 across homes in Wigan with outdoor concerts and the power of FaceTime

From outdoor concerts to learning sign language, Millennium care homes have managed to maintain their community spirit during Lockdown

For Millennium care engagement, meaningful activity and inclusion has been at the heart of the business from day one.

With new purpose-built social hubs in Millennium care homes across Lancashire; the social distancing measures now in place means every home has had to adapt their everyday way of life completely.

Millennium Care has maintained the same core values and ethos since it was founded in 1993 with a strong focus on a homely and social environment.

All homes across Millennium have been busy finding new ways to keep spirits high during the Coronavirus lockdown and they have succeeded in many ways.

With social distancing measures in place and all non-essential visits from family and friends temporarily stopped, homes across the group have been using Facebook portal not only to help residents stay connected with family and friends but to continue with popular activities and even learn a new skill; Makaton sign language.

Windsor House care home in Standish are using FaceTime to continue with some of their favourite activities including Lego Therapy and Performance poetry, Kitty Short from Creative confidence who provides the home with activities and Lego therapy is a regular visitor to Millennium care homes.

Kitty Short say’s “Using FaceTime has been an invaluable communication method for residents at Millennium care during what is a challenging time, We are using Facebook portal for many different things every day, residents in Millennium care homes are able to enjoy Lego Therapy, Performance poetry, some homes are learning Makaton Sign language and much more.”

With a whole new meaning for PPE- Personalised private Entertainment; Residents at Lakeside care home also based in Standish Wigan have been enjoying person cantered activities in the comfort and safety of their bedrooms including crafting, singing, dancing, facetiming.

Staff at Lakeside care home have painted smiling faces on their masks so residents can still see them smile throughout the day.

Worthington Lake care home have been using pet therapy with Peggy the puppy as well as the power of music with a Fantastic outdoor concert by the fabulous Anthony James a local musician, residents of the specialist Dementia care home were able to enjoy a music concert from their balcony’s and patio of their home.

Staff members also put on a show as they danced in their masks.

Katy Grindly deputy Manager at Worthington Lake said “Contact with the outside world is now minimal so we are very lucky here at Worthington Lake to have large balcony’s and patio’s leading from bedrooms meaning residents can still enjoy the great outdoors, we made the most of it during the recent lovely weather with an outdoor concert.

Spirits were high and we all enjoyed the music by Musician Anthony who kindly put on the concert for us for free, afterwards we enjoyed a party and did our own version of Peter Kay’s Amarillo.”

All staff across Millennium care homes have received messages and videos of thanks and appreciation from families and friends of loved ones.

This weekend all homes across Millennium care have celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE day in many different ways including street party celebrations, relatives drove around the homes to maintain safety but also be able to join in the celebrations.

For more information visit www.millennium-care.co.uk

How Lavender Hills care home are battling Coronavirs and putting a whole new meaning to PPE

How Lavender Hills care home are battling Coronavirs and putting a whole new meaning to PPE

Earlier this year when the news broke that a deadly virus was on the way Lavender Hills care home prepared as much as possible that meant they were in a position to deal with what was going to be the most challenging time the care sector has ever seen.

When Coronavirus hit the UK Lavender Hills care home were fortunate to have families and a local community offering their full support; volunteers offering transport for staff to and from work who otherwise would have to use public transport.

Volunteers helping to support all residents at Lavender Hills keeping them entertained in their bedrooms whilst social distancing was put in place.

Lavender Hills activities team have created a whole new meaning for PPE- Personalised private Entertainment.

Residents have been enjoying person cantered activities in the comfort and safety of their bedrooms including crafting, singing, dancing, facetiming and even one resident was found to be clubbing; enjoying a personal disco in her bedroom of the care home.

Nickie Brooks a member of the Activities team at Lavender Hills say’s “Making smiles is so important to us at Lavender Hills, keep smiling everyone.”

Lavender Hills now have Interactive Me set up; a new touchscreen memory tool to support people with living with dementia in the home, this Improves the mental and spiritual health of residents.

The interactive me tablets also have DUO installed meaning staff can call families anywhere in the home at any time of the day.

Carolyn Manager at Lavender Hills care home “We are in this together, and I know we are going through a tough time.

You are all important to us and we care about you and your family, we are trying to do everything we can to help all of us manage through this.  I seriously cannot thank you all enough.”

Staff have managed keep spirits high in the home by creating little videos, the home was bursting with laughter earlier in the week as they put together a peter kay Amarillo video and now plans are in place for a Benny hill sketch.

Carolyn continues “This brings the spirit of the staff up and also makes them think about something positive to do without having the anxiety and negative thoughts at these trying times.”

With early plans in put in place Lavender Hills were fortunate to have locked the home down early which has kept residents safe and well, stopping all none essential visits to hospitals.

To be able to fully locking down a District Nurse team came into Lavender Hills to train staff on how to apply dressings in order to minimise Nurse visits to the home.

Staffs and residents’ temperatures have been taken daily and documented along with support from the local CCG with obtaining tests so residents and staff have been able to keep on top of testing.

All staff now work in zone areas in order to eliminate the virus in the event an outbreak.

A new sink has been fitted outside the main entrance of the home with hand wash, paper towels and instructions on hand washing techniques which has worked very well with deliveries to the home and also staff entering and leaving the home.

Local MP Jake Berry has ensured that Lavender Hills have had extra PPE delivered to the home including shields, gloves and gowns.

Millennium care have supported all homes across the group with equipment needed to take temperatures and PPE to ensure the safety of all staff and residents.

All staff across the Millennium group are very positive on beating this virus and the teams are doing a great job on keeping everyone’s spirits up.

When Coronavirus is a thing of the past, Lavender Hills will be celebrating with a week long party with all staff members residents and their families.

 

The tech-savvy residents of Millennium care are able to stay personally connected with friends and family

The tech-savvy residents of Millennium care are able to stay personally connected with friends and family

The tech-savvy residents of Millennium care are able to stay personally connected with friends and family during the ongoing pandemic.

Residents in Millennium care homes across Lancashire are connected with video calling and new technology with the aim to reduce the feeling of loneliness and keep people connected until they are able to socialise again.

Loneliness is something that can affect the elderly at the best of times, but perhaps none more so than during this lockdown – where seeing those you care about the most face to face is not an option.

With social distancing measures in place and all non-essential visits from family and friends temporarily stopped, Millennium care homes have been using Facebook portal not only to help residents stay connected with family and friends but to continue with popular activities and even learn a new skill; Makaton sign language.

Windsor House care home in Standish Wigan are using FaceTime to continue with some of their favourite activities including Lego Therapy and Performance poetry, Kitty Short from Creative confidence who provides the home with activities and Lego therapy is a regular visitor to Millennium care homes.

Kitty Short say’s “Using FaceTime has been an invaluable communication method for residents at Millennium care during what is a challenging time, We are using Facebook portal for many different things every day, residents in Millennium care homes are able to enjoy Lego Therapy, Performance poetry, some homes are learning Makaton Sign language and much more.”

Plans are in place for an outdoor music concert next Wednesday, Kitty from Creative Confidence will be using the grounds at Worthington Lake care home to put on a concert that can be enjoyed at a safe distance from balcony’s and ground floor room patios of the home.

Syma Haider a Director at Millennium care say’s “I am delighted to see the positive impact the Portals are having upon the well-being of residents and also their family members near and far. The homes have remained connected with outside entertainment which the residents would have missed dearly otherwise. The use of technology has meant that everyone can still remain connected at a very difficult time for everyone.”

     

 

For more information on Millennium care homes visit www.millennium-care.co.uk