Easter Celebrations!

As we venture in to our fourth week of lock down across the country due to the current Pandemic sweeping the nation, the staff team are continuing to deliver exceptional daily care and engaging activities to all the residents. As we have had to restrict the visitors to all our care homes for safety reasons, in house activities are crucial to ensuring residents remain stimulated and the days pass by with enjoyment and laughter.

The staff decided to host a Easter party for the residents at a number of our care homes. The day was filled with chocolate treats a plenty, Easter games and also an Easter Egg hunt around the home. Leading up to Easter weekend, the Activities Team held an arts and crafts day at which residents made Easter Bonnets to ensure they looked tip top ready for their party, the Manager later gave prizes for those bonnets voted as the most creative!

The Catering Team put together a lovely buffet for everyone to enjoy and served dishes to the residents, whilst they sat back and enjoyed a little tipple of Prosecco with their Easter Eggs.

As the party started to wind down, residents sat back and listened to some of their favourite music and had a little sing-along with the staff to end the day.

As a care provider, we can’t thank the Managers and the entire staff team enough for their hard work and commitment through these difficult times, they are doing all they can to ensure residents remain upbeat and have a smile on their face everyday.

PJs and Baking at Blair House

The residents and staff at Blair House are always looking for ways in which they can support their local charities, this month they chose to support Children in Need.

After some consideration, residents decided they would like to raise money by having a PJ day. The staff all took part and together they had a cosy day, drinking hot chocolate whilst watching the Children in Need show.

We have a few keen bakers within Blair House who like to be creative with their cooking! Along with the rest of the nation we are of course Bake Off enthusiasts and one of our residents was feeling inspired so decided to bake her own show stopper. It was a magnificent castle, turrets and all, I am sure you will agree it looks fantastic and we are sure it tasted just as good.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Residents of Rivington Park Care Home, Chorley enjoyed a trip to Chorley Town Hall to watch the Skylarks Choir perform a number of their most loved dancing tunes from their youth.

The ladies and gentleman who attended the evening donned their best outfits ready to dance or bop the night away. The town hall was a hype of activity with a number of other local care homes being involved in the evening. This meant the residents had the opportunity to socialise and engage with many other people throughout the night, making new friends whilst talking about past times

Pat Dixon, Registered Manager Said

“It is lovely to see the residents enjoy such an eventful evening, I know many of them were looking forward to the trip and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I love being able to provide our residents with the opportunity of meeting new people in a different environment.”

Our Health Hero!

Venturi Healthcare were recently lucky enough to be invited to the Lancashire Health Hero’s Awards, which recognise the hard work, commitment and passion of those who work within the healthcare sector. We were extremely proud to be invited to the awards, as our colleague Sue Cartwright, Clinical Operations Manager was nominated for the Health and Social Care Hero Award.

Throughout her time with Venturi Healthcare, Sue has focused on developing and improving the quality of care delivered within the homes. She has been committed to supporting the Registered Managers in their roles ensuring success in all areas. The dedication displayed by Sue has been outstanding, she has had a substantial positive impact on the care delivery and quality of service delivered within each home, at all times, encouraging others to deliver a person centred care approach.

Within her nominations Sue was described as:

“a genuine champion and hero who has touched the lives of many families, colleagues and residents. She has been a mentor and good friend to many of the staff working at Venturi and truly deserved this award”

A number of extraordinary people from different care environments were nominated within the same category and it was lovely to see one of our own be chosen as the overall winner and hero for the Health and Social Care Award!

Frank McGuinness, Managing Director said:

It was such a proud moment for myself and the Company when we found out Sue had been nominated for such a prestigious award, the fact that she then went on to win the overall Health and Social Hero award was fantastic! Sue gives 110% to her role as Clinical Operations Manager and is admired throughout the orgasnisation by her colleagues for the commitment and passion she displays every day. We are very lucky to have her as part of the Venturi team.

  

 

Master Chef & Activity 2019

Venturi Healthcare recently held the 2019 “Master Chef and Activity” style competition for the seven care homes within the group. As you will see from our previous news stories we have held this competition each year in preparation for Christmas, previously Mother Redcaps have been runners up in the competition, however this time they managed to secure first place for their creative table design!

The homes Activity Coordinators were asked to create a Christmas table centre piece/decoration for the residents to enjoy whilst tucking in to their hearty Christmas meal. The chefs were tasked with serving up a delicious Christmas Day signature dish.

Entries were judged on presentation, taste, texture, imagination and creativity skills. The competition was fierce and the team of judges did deliberate for some time, they took in to account all aspects of the meals and table settings provided and concluded Vikki, our Activity Coordinator from Mother Redcaps Care Home to be the winner of the Christmas table design.

It was clear that Vikki had taken in to account every resident at Mother Redcaps when designing her Christmas place setting. Not only, did she consider those residents that are more able, she also thought about residents who have Dementia by up-cycling her Christmas table clothes, adding tactile elements to the rim. These sensory designs have been found to reduce anxiety and stress levels of individuals who suffer from Dementia. The design was created taking in to account the residents likes and dislikes and had a 1950s theme running throughout, this theme was chosen as it is the decade many of the residents remember so fondly from their younger years. Vikki included photos of the residents from the 1950s to spark memories and conversation around the dinner table and held a crafts day whereby the residents designed their own place setting based on a vinyl LP.

This initiative has encouraged both our Activity Coordinators and Chefs to share best practice and ideas with one another, promoting a wide range of options for the Residents.

Jenna Bethell, Head of HR said:

Vikki presented her design to the team with enthusiasm and passion, it was evident she had taken in to account resident individual likes and dislikes and the 1950s theme was a brilliant idea! She discussed her design process with ease and it was wonderful to see how she intended to involve all residents in the creative process. Vikki truly deserved to win this award, she displayed a person centred approach throughout and made it clear that the residents Christmas Day would be one to remember!