Making Pals with Riversway Nursing Home

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Riversway Nursing Home will be ‘Making Pals’ in the community after teaming up with a charity.

 

The home is working with the Alive organisation on its Making Pals project in Bristol to connect communities with care homes.

 

Alive introduced the three-year project last year and works with ten, carefully selected, care homes across Greater Bristol.

 

Activity sessions are undertaken as part of the project and residents are encouraged to talk about the activities they enjoy doing most. The aim is to positively impact the mental and emotional wellbeing of those who participate whilst building a sense of community within the home.

 

To gather feedback for the project, Alive left a suggestion box in the reception area at Riversway through an initial consultation period which is now complete. This gave residents, staff and relatives the chance to have their say.

 

As part of National Care Home Open Day which takes place on April 21, Riversway is opening its doors to the local community, offering them a chance to learn more about the campaign and give people a glimpse into life at a modern nursing home.

 

Jan Wilkins, Operations Director at Riversway Nursing Home said: “The sessions from Alive reach people on a variety of levels: cognitively, physically, emotionally and creatively. We have seen a huge difference in the wellbeing of our residents since the project was introduced last year.

 

“At Riversway Nursing Home we have a real focus on getting our residents involved with the local community to create meaningful relationships and the Making Pals scheme fits in perfectly with what we are already trying to achieve.”

 

Emma Dyer, Project Manager for Alive will be attending the National Care Home Open Day (between 10am - 12pm) to introduce the project. She said ““We want members of the public to attend the session so that they can get involved with the initiative and see the positive work we are doing. It be a wonderful opportunity to spend time with an amazing group of people and see if you would like to continue to visit the home. Everyone is welcome so please make sure you come along.”

 


The National Care Home Day event is taking place from 10.00am – 4.30pm at Riversway Nursing Home, Crews Hole Rd, St George, Bristol BS5 8GG t:0117 955 5758 e:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Riversway creates life

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Riversway Nursing Home are creating life, in the form of beautiful butterflies by making homes for chrysalis to grow.

 

Children from a local nursery and residents from the home have been observing the chrysalis over the last week, housing them in small jars to create a safe habitat for them to grow in.

 

This week the silk which was formed around the chrysalis, has been carefully cleaned away and they now sit in a large net while everyone eagerly awaits their transformation into lady painted butterflies.

 

Lady painted butterflies are well known for their distinctive brown and orange colouring with white spots.

 

Residents, children and staff should expect to see the chrysalis transform into butterflies within the next two weeks. 

 


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Easter treats for Riversway residents

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In the spirit of Easter, residents from Riversway Nursing Home had a bright and breezy afternoon on Good Friday making a variety of Easter cakes.

Residents decorated the Easter cakes by topping them with mini eggs, jelly babies and carrot sweets – staff and residents shared the traditional Easter treats with a nice cup of tea to wash them down.

Joining residents was Riversway’s special visitor Cody, who is the son of activities coordinator, Kirsty. Cody is a regular visitor to the home and often pops in on bank holidays to help out with fun activities.

On Sunday residents had a lovely surprise when they realised the Easter Bunny had paid them a visit.

Thank you for the kind donations of Easter eggs received by staff and residents – they were thoroughly enjoyed by all.


  

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Planting seeds and Easter egg creations…

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Residents from Riversway Nursing Home love to garden and with spring well on the way we thought we’d get planting to make the home look beautiful.    

 

The gardening session started with planting seeds in planting containers. Over the next few weeks we will watch the plants grow into beautiful flowers.

 

After we had finished planting we made a multi-coloured Easter tree which we then used to make a small display in the dining room. To accompany the tree, residents also made some brightly coloured Easter baskets which were weaved by hand.

 

The Easter baskets are decorated with chicks and chocolates – we can’t wait to get stuck into them over the Easter weekend.

 


 

 

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Riversway boot camp

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Riversway Care Home began the year with a number of activities to build residents’ strength. The healthy regime continued this week when residents took a fitness class in their communal area.

 

Around ten residents and members of staff took part in a seated fitness class taken by a fitness instructor from a local gym.

 

Using exercises to build muscle and enhance joint coordination, residents were instructed to use their hands, arms and feet to get moving.

 

To finish the session off, the fitness instructor played a ball game using a foam football which the residents really enjoyed.

 


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