Welcome to Oakham Treasures

The Riversway lifestyle team recently took Roger on a visit to Oakham Treasures in Bristol where he was able to enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable visit to the award winning attraction.

Oakham Treasures is a family run museum of retail and farming history and a popular place for our residents to visit.  The museum guarantees an amazing and uplifting trip down memory lane.

Nostalgia was definitely in the air when we explored the museum at our leisure.  The museum boasts a huge range of memorabilia in the old grocery store, haberdashery, hardware store, chemist, tobacconist, off licence and sweet shop.

We took a trip to each of the sections within the museum where we viewed and talked about the memorabilia on display including cars and other types of vehicles.

We had a great day and cannot wait to visit Oakham Treasures again.


Say hello to our new team leaders

A trio of staff from Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol have successfully completed their training to become team leaders.


Following an intense period of training sessions delivered by nurses and specialist colleagues at Riversway, along with external training providers, Megan Palmer-Oades, Sian Tucker, and Kiri Krees will now take up their new roles as team leaders.


Trudy Palmer, who helped facilitate some of the learning, said that it had been a very successful few days enjoyed by all involved.


As team leaders the trio are now trained in topics including;


  • medication awareness and competency
  • pressure care
  • observations
  • falls protocol
  • accident/incident forms
  • body language and assertiveness
  • person centred care
  • engagement and care planning


The three also spent time learning more about the ‘Springhill Vision’ - by putting quality first in everything we do for each person we support and for all our staff, Springhill Care Group hopes to be the service provider and employer of choice in the communities we serve, and training like this is a key part of how this is delivered.


Springhill Care Group recognised by industry awards

Springhill Care staff from across the group have been praised after a team attended the national finals of the Great British Care Awards.


The awards are held each year to celebrate the achievements of the sector and pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their fields of work in social care.


Winners are chosen for 21 categories from the thousands of entries received each year. Springhill was shortlisted in four categories:

  • Springhill Care Group: The Care Employer Award
  • Donna Greenhalgh of Springhill Care Home: The Dementia Carer Award
  • Shannon Sheppard of Riversway Nursing Home: The Dignity in Care Award
  • Victoria Fosuah of Riversway Nursing Home: The Dementia Carer Award


Winners from regional finals held previously went on to make up the national shortlist. In the end, Springhill was unsuccessful on the night, but Donna Briggs, Managing Director of the care group, said it was great to be selected as national finalists.


She said: “We all had a fantastic evening and to be chosen by our peers as among the very best in the country is a great honour.


“Everything we do is focused on our residents, and our staff work tirelessly within their teams and the wider community to live and breath our values. This really is a sign that we are leading the way in quality, person-centred care.”


More than 1,000 guests were entertained by X Factor and Hollyoaks star Ray Quinn, with TV personality Alison Hammond presenting the awards followed by an evening of music and entertainment.


Donna added: “We had an excellent table located right at the front of the stage which was handy for all the dancing we did.


“Thank you to everybody at Springhill Care Group who supports each other on a daily basis and well done to the finalists who are leading the way for Springhill, you are all #CaringHeroes”


The awards were held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.


To view more photos of the evening on Springhill Care Group's Facebook page click HERE



Afternoon pub club fun

The pub club Rivers View returned to Riversway last week and our residents were delighted!

We all had fun playing games, listening to music, having a chat and enjoying a couple of drinks and eating some snacks.

It was a great afternoon and we even had some in-house entertainment.

One of our gentlemen played the spoons and the drums, and everyone agreed that they'd had a fun time!


Raising dementia awareness - Blog by Jakki Whitehead

At Riversway Nursing Home we are holding a Raising Dementia Awareness month in March 2019.

All of our staff going through induction will start having basic Dementia Awareness training, this will be supplemented by Level 1* Dementia Awareness training for all staff within the first year.

In March we will start to train the nurses, managers and other key people within the home in Level 2* Dementia Awareness training. This will entail looking at:

  • the differences between depression, delirium and dementia;
  • bio-psycho-social models for good dementia care;
  • pain and pain tools
  • medication and poly-pharmacy
  • legislation and other drivers
  • meaning of Distressed Reaction and treatment strategies
  • person-centred care and relationship-centred care practices
  • the importance of friends and family
  • meaningful activity

Some of you might recognise that these subjects are covered in Springhill Care’s Dementia Champion training. This is indeed so, but the Dementia Champions cover them in more depth and also do a presentation of a case study about working with a resident who has dementia and their family.

After the level 2 training has taken place the 3 new team leaders at Riversway, Sian, Kiri and Megan, and other skilled carers within Riversway will be undertaking the new Dementia Champion training.

We are also starting to offer Dementia Awareness sessions for our outside community contacts such as volunteers at Riversway as well as offering this to local shops and churches.

Other projects happening during Riversway’s Raising Dementia Awareness month will be our regular Forget Me Not Cafe which will run alongside Dementia UK’s fundraiser Time for a Cuppa. Come and join us to raise money for this great charity.


by Jakki Whitehead, Admiral Nurse


* According to Department of Health (2015). Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework.


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