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.


Awards shortlist success for Springhill Care Group

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Springhill Care Group has been recognised after being shortlisted for a grand total of 21 categories in this year’s Great British Care Awards.

Staff at all three homes – Springhill in Accrington, Birch Green in Skelmersdale and Riversway in Bristol, have been shortlisted, and Springhill Care Group has been recognised itself as a finalist in the Care Employer Award category.

In the North West heats, Springhill Care Home has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Adele Thorpe – The Care Home Worker Award 
  • Deborah Bennett – The Good Nurse Award
  • Donna Greenhalgh – The Dementia Carer Award
  • Alison Wilson – The Dementia Carer Award
  • Michelle Walsh – The Ancillary Worker Award
  • SCH Dementia Suite – The Care Home Team Award.

Meanwhile, Birch Green Care Home has been shortlisted in the following:

  • Victoria Sudworth – The Care Home Registered Manager Award
  • Holly Burgum – The Care Newcomer Award
  • Sian Gardner – The Care Trainer Award
  • Gill Seddon – The Putting People First Award
  • Lisa Williams – The Care Home Cook/Chef Awards
  • Jean Watson – The Dignity in Care Award
  • Team Birch Green – The Palliative Care Award.

Interviews for the North West awards were held in Manchester on October 16th, and the awards evening is due to take place on November 24th at the Mercure in Manchester.

The South West shortlist includes the following staff from Riversway Nursing Home:

  • Simon Page – The Care Home Cook/Chef Award
  • Shannon Sheppard – The Dignity in Care Award
  • Joan Comprado – The Good Nurse Award
  • Victoria Fosuah – The Dementia Carer Award
  • Liz Hahn – The Care Newcomer Award
  • Trudy Palmer – The Care Innovator Award
  • Julie Fowler – The Care Home Worker Award.

Staff from Riversway will be interviewed for their categories on October 23rd, with an awards evening on Friday, November 16th at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol.

Donna Briggs, Managing Director of Springhill Care Group, said: “The Great British Care Awards are a major event in the industry’s calendar, and it’s an incredible achievement to see so many of our talented staff shortlisted, as well as recognition for the group.

“Everyone works so hard and care so much about the residents we support, and this is an acknowledgement that we are truly leading the way when it comes to providing great care.”

Keep an eye on the Springhill Group websites and social media channels for more updates. Good luck everyone!


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Riversway Nursing Home
Crews Hole Road, St. George
Bristol, BS5 8GG

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