Nursery visit entertains Riversway

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A weekly visit by a local nursery entertained residents and staff at Riversway Nursing Home.


A group from Mama Bear’s Nursery regularly stops by Riversway to spend time with us, and on their latest visit the children spent time colouring pictures and playing with bubbles.


Little Liam thoroughly enjoyed catching bubbles with our resident, Monica, it’s lovely to see the way the pair have bonded.


Updated 30/07/18 - Last week Monica received this beautiful handmade card from Liam full of photos of their time together. Liam wanted Monica to have something to remember him by as he is off to preschool in September. 


Have a lovely time at preschool Liam from us all at Riversway Nursing Home



Riversway’s Jakki – devoted to dementia care

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Jakki Whitehead, a specialist nurse working for Riversway Care Home in Bristol, has been shortlisted for one of the industry’s top awards for her work in improving dementia care.


Jakki is a trained Admiral Nurse – a specialist trained by charity Dementia UK – who gives expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families living with dementia.


She is supported by both Riversway Care Home and charity Dementia UK to deliver the care and ensure her knowledge and expertise remains at the cutting edge of dementia care.


Now she has been shortlisted for the Care of Older People category in the Nursing Times Awards 2018, which will judge candidates on criteria including innovation, patient focus, leadership and clinical effectiveness.


Jakki was nominated by Dementia UK for the work that she has done in ‘developing dementia champions in a nursing environment.’


The expert has worked to develop the skills of care staff at Riversway Nursing Home, part of the Springhill Care Group, establishing Dementia Champions and producing a training programme to help staff understand the ‘journey’ of dementia, build their knowledge and feel empowered to improve good practice.


Jakki said: “Becoming an Admiral Nurse with support from both the management at Springhill Care Group and Dementia UK has meant I can spend time not just on care, but also encouraging change and improvements in care wherever I can.


“I was keen to encourage the group to endorse the practices and principles of the Dementia Champions programme at Riversway and beyond, and create a culture where all staff have a responsibility for outstanding dementia care.


“Feedback has been great, and our contacts in the local care sector have also reported that the Champions have developed in knowledge and confidence. It’s great that this has been recognised and shortlisted for such a major award – everyone involved has worked so hard.”


Rachel Johnstone of Dementia UK, said:


“To have been short-listed for a Nursing Times award is a fantastic accolade and one so richly deserved by Jakki in her role as Admiral Nurse for Springhill Care Group.


“The bespoke Dementia Champions training programme goes right to the heart of Admiral Nursing and excellent dementia care for families by delivering truly relationship-centred care. The role of an Admiral Nurse combines using therapeutic approaches for families affected by dementia with role-modelling and supporting the best practice of other health and social care professionals.


“The programme developed by Jakki epitomises this and the impact on staff, residents and families has, and will continue to have, a lasting impact on both quality of care and quality of life.”


Finalists will find out if they have won at a ceremony on October 31 at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane in London.



View a short video of Jakki talking about her role as an Admiral Nurse


Riversway summer sensory sessions

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After a bout of beautiful weather, staff at Riversway Nursing Home decided to take residents back to their days at the seaside.


Representing the sea was a paddling pool full of water which residents could dip their toes into after relaxing on the sand from the comfort of their chairs.


Along with the sensory session, residents got involved with singing along to sea shantys, which were traditionally sang on board large merchant sailing vessels.


Residents had fun sharing their experiences of the seaside and can’t wait for the next sensory sessions to take place.


Riversway shakes things up

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Riversway Nursing Home residents shook things up as they created delicious cocktails in a mocktail making class.


Our ladies and gentlemen dipped their glasses into water and then added sugar to the rims to make them look like traditional cocktails.


Once the glasses had been made to look pretty, each resident made a cocktail of their choice using fruits, fruit juice and fizzy pop. Strawberries, mint, lemons and limes were mixed with lemonade and fizzy orange to create a tasty punch.


They then enjoyed their nice, cold mocktails while discussing their favourite drinks.



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A secret hen ‘bake off’ for Natalia

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Natalia, Training and Development Coordinator at Riversway Nursing Home, was delighted when staff threw her a surprise hen party.


The hen-do had a special theme which was a ‘bake off’ style party. Natalia had to choose which cake she liked best after staff anonymously placed their tasty creations on a table in the staff room.  


Sally, Service Support Manager, won the bake off with a ‘fabulous’ chocolate cake entry after coming up against a mouth-watering lemon drizzle, an appropriate love heart designed cake and some beautifully decorated cupcakes.


Congratulations to Natalia and her fiancé Ben for their special day – we wish you all the best for your future together.


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