Riversway care duo honoured

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Members of staff at Bristol’s Riversway Nursing Home have been named among the best in the region at a top award ceremony.


Staff from the home, part of the national Springhill Care Group, were finalists in a total of seven award categories at the South West Care Awards, and walked away with two prizes at a ceremony held in Bristol.


Shannon Sheppard was named winner of The Dignity in Care Award, and Victoria Fosuah The Dementia Carer Award.


Joan Comprado had also been shortlisted for The Good Nurse Award, Liz Hahn for The Care Newcomer Award, Trudy Palmer for The Care Innovator Award and Julie Fowler for The Care Home Worker Award.


Jakki Whitehead, a specialist Admiral Nurse based at Riversway, said: “Everybody did so well and truly deserved the recognition.


“This is the second year in a row that a carer from Riversway has won The Dementia Carer Award. On top of that, Shannon who was named Dignity in Care Award winner, is also a trained Dementia Champion which shows we really are leading the way and, as a specialist in dementia care, makes me very proud.”


Regional winners will go on to the national finals which are due to be held in March 2019.


Meanwhile, Riversway’s sister homes in Lancashire have also been nominated for a number of awards in the North West regional awards. Springhill Care Home in Accrington is shortlisted in six categories, Birch Green in Skelmersdale in seven, and the group for a further title.


The North West regional awards take place on Saturday, November 24 in Manchester.


Riversway’s ‘pub club’

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Bristol nursing home Riversway was transformed recently as staff ran the first ‘pub club.’


This was an activity for residents which included traditional pub games and snacks, and really helped to bring back happy memories for many.


The group played darts, table football, took part in quizzes, sang Bristol Rovers football songs and told plenty of riddles and bad jokes. They also enjoyed snacks, beers and ciders.


The informal atmosphere and good company meant everyone enjoyed the activity, and now staff are hoping to receive ideas to help make the next pub club even better.


Family birthday celebrations for Ray

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One of our residents celebrated his birthday in style at the weekend with a good old family get-together at Riversway.

Raymond, known as Ray, had a special party for his 87th birthday with a delicious home cooked meal around the large dining table.

His family and his loved ones travelled from far and near to be with him and they all had a fantastic time celebrating Ray’s special day.

They also had a surprise visit from the care home therapy pet, Noodles the dog who brightens everybody’s day.

For those asking his age, Ray continues to humour them and tell them that he’s 21 again.


Many happy returns, Ray!

from all of us at Riversway Nursing Home.


Spooky fun at Riversway Nursing Home

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We had a terrific time this Halloween and we were all in for a spooky treat with a performance from local company, Ethereal Art.

The fun started with dotting pumpkins around the home and staff got involved.

We had some face painting for the carers and members of the team also brought in their pets to visit our residents.

A ghoulish man on stilts made his way around our premises to give people a friendly fright as well as some well-received treats.

For those who were unable to leave their rooms he gave them a surprise with a bedside performance from the theatre company in which they were delighted.

We didn’t carve the pumpkins as we decided to keep them fresh, perfect to cook and eat this week.

Thank you to everyone who dressed up!



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Makeover my Wheels boost for health and wellbeing

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Residents at Riversway Nursing Home, Bristol have jazzed up their mobility aids to help reduce accidents and boost their health and wellbeing.

Vibrant colours and textures have been used to decorate wheelchairs and walking frames as this helps stimulate senses – ideal for those with impairments such as dementia.

The Makeover My Wheels initiative has also taken off across the UK in care home settings to help stop patients falling and to improve the wellbeing of those who use walking frames.

It has most importantly reduced the number of hospital admissions and therefore prevented deaths from broken bones within care homes in the UK.

Jan Wilkins, Registered Manager and Director of Operations at Riversway, said: “This initiative certainly has brought smiles to faces. Wheelchairs and frames have been decorated and the residents are proud of their efforts.

“It is fantastic to see how the Makeover My Wheels and Makeover My Zimmer campaigns have taken off across the country – but it’s even more fantastic to see how the benefits are transforming the way people are.

“The number of accidents has been reduced remarkably and that alone is transformational. Residents at Riversway are given the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing in any way and this is wonderful for them.

“It improves patient safety and makes people happy which is a win-win situation.”


This fun idea has been named after the popular television series - Pimp my Ride - an American reality show produced by MTV and hosted by rapper Xzibit.

Each episode consists of taking one car in poor condition and restoring it, as well as customising it.


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