National cupcake day

Birch Green celebrated National Cupcake Day in a bid to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Beautifully decorated cakes were put on sale for everyone to buy including cupcakes, swiss rolls and a chocolate cake wrapped with blue ribbon to represent the society.

The handmade cakes made by staff and their family members went down a treat, so much so that overall the home raised £105.50. 

To show support for the charity, residents shared pictures of their loved ones and talked about memories they had with them. 

A huge thank you goes to all the staff and volunteers who helped the day to be a success.


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Birch Green Care Home makes dazzling donation

Birch Green Care Home have donated £250 to help six gymnasts compete in an international competition.

 

They presented a cheque to the Dazzlers Gymnastics Club and to say thank you, the youngsters performed a special routine at the home to celebrate Birch Green being praised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and awarded a ‘good’ rating in a recent inspection.

 

The club, which is also based in Skelmersdale is run as a Community Interest Company, aiming to keep costs for the gymnasts low so that money can be re-invested in to running the club for the benefit of its members.

 

The Dazzlers, whose members range from age eight to 13, and are raising funds to meet the travel costs required to attend the IAICG World Gymnastics Championships in Florida in June 2018.

 

Vicky Sudworth, General Manager at Birch Green Care Home and mum of Sophie Sudworth, a member of the Dazzlers Gymnastics Club said: “Everyone at the home really enjoyed the

performance and most of the residents were in awe when they saw how skilled the girls are. It’s important that we support other organisations where possible and this was a great opportunity for residents to be able to give something back to their community.

 

“As a mum whose daughter is part of the Dazzlers Gymnastics Club, I can also comment on how much this means to the gymnasts. The club doesn’t have a permanent home and has very little dedicated equipment but with enthusiastic coaching and fantastic team spirit, the club certainly holds its own when competing – even against much larger clubs with far superior equipment.”

  

To view photos of our celebration day and The Dazzlers Gymnastics Club performance on our Facebook page click HERE

 


To support the Dazzlers Gymnastics Club in travelling to Florida for the experience of a lifetime, please visit:  https://www.gofundme.com/dazzlers-gymnastics-fundraising.


 

 

 

Birch Green remembers D-Day

On June 6th residents and staff gathered together in the sunny garden to remember and celebrate the 74th anniversary of the Normandy landings, also known as D-Day.

 

Residents joined in with a sing along to songs including ‘the white cliffs of Dover’ and ‘we’ll meet again’ while waving flags.

 

Once everyone had sang until their hearts content, a treat of afternoon tea was served under the gazebo. Delicious cakes such as swiss roll, pink ‘n’ whites and fruit tarts were served on union jack cake trays.

 

After everyone had finished afternoon tea, residents discussed their memories of D-Day and reminisced about family members who were part of the war.

 

A lovely day was had by all.

 


 

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Home Safari visits Birch Green

Last week Birch Green was visited by Home Safari, an organisation that works alongside the NHS providing animal-assisted therapy sessions to individuals within care environments.

 

Lisa and Karen, animal handlers from Home Safari who tailor sessions to individuals, brought in a variety of animals for residents to interact with including a snake, a skunk, a rabbit, a meerkat, a bearded dragon and a tortoise.

 

Home Safari aim to improve health & well being with assisted or independent movement, increase self-esteem, increase communication and interactions with others, decrease anxiety or loneliness, and much more.

 

Residents learned about where the animals originated from and enjoyed discussing their eating and sleeping habits too.

 

After an education session, residents and staff had the opportunity to interact with some of the animals – there were some very brave residents who handled the snake.

 

We are looking forward to our next session with Home Safari at the end of June.

 


 

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Care home staff praised by inspectors

Inspectors have praised the quality of staff and the training they receive at Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale.

In awarding the home a ‘good’ rating, inspectors from the industry’s watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) made particular note of the commitment of staff.

All areas of the home, part of the Springhill Care Group, were examined, from the safety of the service to how it is led, with inspectors looking at everything from how medicines are stored to the quality of day-to-day activities.

To celebrate the good news, staff, residents and family members gathered at Birch Green for a party, toasting the inspection results.

The report notes that “people were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible.”

The report went on to say: “Staff members were very knowledgeable about those in their care. We found the staff team to be well trained, through induction programmes, training modules, regular supervision and annual appraisals.”

The relationship between staff and residents was also highlighted: “We saw staff consistently demonstrating caring skills towards those who lived at the home. The staff team clearly knew people well and had an excellent rapport with them.”

Donna Briggs, Managing Director of the Springhill Care Group, said the home had worked hard to achieve the rating.

She explained: “Our staff at Birch Green work tirelessly to ensure the quality of care delivered for residents is first class, and we are delighted that this has been recognised by the CQC.

“We are particularly pleased to note that the CQC highlighted the training and development we deliver to staff. Our staff are the secret to our success, and we aim to support them in developing their chosen career pathways with relevant support from a dedicated team.

“It’s great to see that the relationship between staff and residents has been praised in this way, as we really do think of ourselves as one big family.”

 


 

 To view photos of the celebration day at Birch Green Care Home on their Facebook page click HERE


 

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