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