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.
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.”
Helen Inman home Manager say’s
“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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Lavender Hill staff line dancing for residents
MP James Frith visited Lavender Hills care home to thank the veterans for their service to our country
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.”
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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.
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While many people may be revelling in the festivities in the lead up to Christmas, those who are sleeping rough on the streets don’t have the same luxury.
Providing Homeless people with care and support is an important course for staff at Lavender Hills especially during the festive period.
Two carers at Lavender Hills care home Kala and Stacey came together earlier this year to brain storm ways in which they can help make a difference this Christmas.
Kala and Stacey took charge of three fundraisers in the home including Food bank donations, Christmas gifts for underprivileged Children and Homelessness.
Kala and Stacey set up the entrance of the home as a drop of point for food, clothes, toiletries and children’s gifts, they also changed the usual ‘secret Santa’ in to a buy a gift for an underprivileged Child this year giving out gender and age cards to staff as a guide.
Stacey at Lavender Hills said “I’ve always wanted to do something, it was just a case of what I could do and when, I see so many homeless people when I go out, I always give them my change but I wanted to do more this year.
Me and Kala go together and discussed helping and how we would be able to make a difference and it went from there, people have been so generous.
Stacey continues “I put myself in their situation and thought about what I would want from someone if I was living homeless, I thought the biggest thing for me would be to be able to clean myself so in addition to warm hats and scarves we have been asking for things like wipes, hand sanitiser and deodorants, these things we take for granted are luxuries to some people.
Lavender Hills have also set up a donation box where visitors can donate at the entrance of the home if they would like to help.
If you would like any more information on Lavender Hills Care home or making a donation please get in contact with Clare, Stacey or Kala at
Lavender Hills Care Home,
Stubbins Vale Road, Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 0NP.
Telephone: 01706 285 221
Lavender Christmas Fete this weekend!
Lavender Hills are hosting a Christmas Community Fete this weekend on Sat 1st at 2pm.
The children from Stubbins Primary School will be performing Carols.
Lots of kids fun and games including a Candy Cane Hunt, Kid’s Crafts and Rammy Rocks.
Plenty of stalls to get us in the festive spirit, just some of these include:
All that Glitters
Amber Mae Crafts
Snug and Style
Tasha Dinky dresses
Box of Delights
Books, Cards, Coffee and Cake
The Body Shop
and best of all….
A GIANT SNOW GLOBE
Come along and join in the fun!!!
Lavender Hills Care Home, Stubbins Vale Road, Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 0NP
Telephone: 01706 285 221 or Email: email@example.com
Mary Bell a 100-year-old resident at Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom finally got to fulfil one of her dreams today as she flew a plane from Barton Airport over her care home in Ramsbottom.
Mary celebrated her 100th Birthday in June this year when Lavender Hills care home organised a big party for Mary and all her family with a 1930’s style party which was filmed by channel 4’s extreme cake makers as a surprise cake turned up for Mary.
After speaking to Mary about what she would most like for her birthday Mary told staff at Lavender Hills and Millennium care she would love to parachute jump or wing walk as she has a great love of aircraft!
After some research and the go ahead from Mary’s doctor staff members of the care home and Millennium care got together to arrange for Mary to fly a plane over her Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom and around Manchester, Bolton and Bury.
The flight took a lot of planning, but Mary became more and more excited as the day grew closer and closer, everything would be planned for the day, but nothing could be done about the weather.
Mary’s flight was cancelled twice due to poor weather conditions, but this did not stop Mary and the dedicated team around her.
Mary and her family were very understanding that it needed to be 100% safe for Mary to go up and enjoy her flight.
Finally, the day arrived today where there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and by 11am the sun was shining over the Eccles airport.
Mary was due to fly at 11, she arrived at Barton Airport with her 2 daughters Aileen and Cherie where she met Helen Inman Lavender Hills Manager and Jeanie Kettle Lavender Hills admin Manager, both where there to wave as Mary flew off in to the clouds.
Mary got in to the plane with a great big smile wearing her leather flying jacket, leather hat, microphone and earphones.
Mary said “Chock’s away” with her thumbs in the air ready to fill one of her life long ambitions.
Mary’s husband worked for the royal air force during WW2 where he serviced planes for the Lancaster bombers.
Married in 1940 Mary and her Husband Harold had 8 children together, during the war while Harold was away Mary would look after their children trying to get as many rations as she could during the hard times.
Mary’s passion for aircraft started all those years ago with curiosity during Harold’s time in WW2.
Mary went up in the air and was able to take control after much practice in her care home she managed to steer the plane to the right and up in to the clouds.
Mary flew over to Ramsbottom, over her Granddaughter’s place of work where she was able to wave from the cockpit of the aircraft to Emma her Granddaughter.
Mary then headed over to Lavender Hills care home where staff and residents were stood outside with a banner saying “Go Mary” all waving as she circled the home 5 times flying herself.
After nearly an hour in the air Mary landed with a huge smile on her face and a wave to everyone like the Queen. Mary said, “Oh it were Grand!” “it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Mary was then interviewed by the BBC and Hits Radio for television and drive time radio.
Helen Inman Manager at Lavender Hills said, “She’s fantastic and fearless, she’s 100 years old and just proves to everyone you can do anything you want to do.”
Eileen Mary’s Daughter said, “It’s been amazing, my mum said it’s the best thing she’s ever done in her 100 years, we’re already talking about what she can do for her 101st next year, it’s amazing what they have done for my mum at Lavender Hills, I can’t thank them enough.”
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