Dementia Awareness Week at Birch Green Care Home

This week is Dementia Awareness Week, and we have lots going on around the home as usual, including a trip out to a local cricket club for a tea dance.

At Birch Green Care Home, we have a person-centred approach to care, with specialist services and facilities that are designed to support those whose lives are affected by dementia.

Our dementia bistro is a welcoming place for relatives and friends of residents we care for in our dementia service to come together and share their experiences of living with dementia. Recently Help Direct has lent its support to our initiatives, an organisation which provides community-based wellbeing services. We also receive regular visits from Ian Donaghy, author and dementia campaigner.

Residents can enjoy the benefits of a whole range of activities designed to stimulate positive memories, such as our arts and craft afternoons, days out, parties, musical therapy and holistic treatments.





*Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s or a series of strokes. Symptoms may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, speech and problem-solving. There are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, a figure which is expected to rise to more than a million by the year 2021. 



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Semi-retirement for our Kay

After seven happy years working at Birch Green as part of the domestic team, Kay Maxwell has chosen to take semi-retirement.

This means Kay’s friendly face will still be seen around the home, as she will reduce her hours to 15 per week, we’re pleased to say.

Thanks for your all hard work Kay, we look forward to continuing working with you.

Help Direct support us all the way at Birch Green

We have brought in further helpings of advice to families, friends and interested parties on the issues surrounding dementia at Birch Green.

The initiative aims to ease the burden experienced by families and friends whose loved ones have dementia, all centred in the Dementia Bistro.

Now we have also received support from the Help Direct organisation which adds community-based wellbeing services.

Birch Green general manager Carol Nickeas said: “The Help Direct team came to the Bistro to see it for themselves and to signpost information and providing advice at a difficult time for the families of those with dementia.

“The bistro environment is also ideal as it’s more relaxed and everyone can benefit from the extra discussion and information sessions. It is becoming a real hub where everyone can meet and talk about a difficult subject and the issues around it.”

Joe Sherville, a Birch Green Dementia Friend, also attended the event with Help Direct at the bistro to share information and provide guidance.

There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, expected to rise to more than a million by the year 2021.

The term dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. 

Dementia author makes return visit

Ian Donaghy, a renowned author and campaigner in dementia, returned to support Birch Green’s staff recently.

Ian held a second training session at a local community centre, which was this time joined by Asda’s local community liaison officer, Sharon – a great supporter of Birch Green – and the family member of one of our residents.

The staff joining the class, which included relevant topics such as person-centred care and effective communication, were new to Ian’s training and were keen to get involved.

Everyone involved had a great time and learnt a lot from Ian, who is the award-winning director of Training for Carers, and author of the popular book Dear Dementia: The Laughter and Tears.

We’re very lucky to have established a great relationship with Ian, and we were delighted to involve others in the training sessions too – something we’re keen to build on and do more of.

Jenny’s healthy hints keep staff in top condition

Birch Green staff were treated to a visit from Jenny Broom from the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust recently, who came with plenty of advice and ideas on how to lead a healthy lifestyle.  

Jenny also carried out a number of checks to make sure our team are kept in tip-top shape. Staff had their blood pressure, height and weight checked, and were reminded about the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet and getting enough exercise.  

It’s highly important for our team to keep in the best possible health, and staff welfare is always a priority here at Birch Green.

Jenny will be back to visit us soon to see how everyone is getting on, and we are looking forward to seeing her again. 

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Birch Green Care Home
Ivydale, Birch Green
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