Residents, their family and friends, staff and members of the local community joined together to enjoy Birch Green’s 2018 summer fayre.
Despite less than perfect weather conditions, the event had a fantastic turn out which saw people enjoying games, stalls, the ever-popular tombola and a delicious sweets and treats shop.
There was a selection of food choices to tuck into including a Thai food stall and a BBQ which had a never-ending queue of people lining up to satisfy their taste buds.
Clare, a member of our team at Birch Green, kindly volunteered her son, Bradley, a talented singer and dancer, to keep guests entertained throughout the day.
Residents and guests enjoyed having their photo taken at the seaside photo booth which provided everyone with some fun memories to share.
Vicky Sudworth, General Manager at Birch Green said: “The Birch Green lifestyle and wellbeing team deliver meaningful activities throughout the year and the summer fayre is something they all look forward to.
“Thank you to everyone involved in organising this event and also to Edna, a resident at Birch Green who sold raffle tickets on the lead up to the event and throughout the day.
“It was lovely to see residents catching up with loved ones as well as making some new friends from the local community. We can’t wait to do it all again next year”
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There’s nothing better than a pamper session, except when it’s held outdoors in the sunshine!
A gazebo was specially prepared in our Birch Green garden, for residents to take some time out and enjoy not only the lovely weather, but some relaxing hand massages and foot spa treatments.
It was a fantastic and popular activity and a great way to take some time out in the fresh air while still enjoying the comforts of home.
Last week the team at Birch Green had fun learning and updating their skills in a moving and handling training course.
Angie Hart, a Registered Nurse at Birch Green, is also a qualified moving and handing training facilitator and she enjoys sharing her knowledge with colleagues to continue maintaining high standards throughout the home.
Moving and handling is something that needs to be carefully carried out within a care environment, so it is important that staff are constantly being trained in this area.
The session was aimed at newly recruited staff to bring their knowledge in line with company standards however, it was also opened up to other employees who required refresher training.
Sian Gardner, Learning and Development Coordinator at Birch Green said: “The moving and handling course is one of many training sessions which we hold in house at Birch Green Care Home for all the staff no matter what job role they do.
“We are extremely focused on the development of staff and take training very seriously to make sure our staff have the necessary skills set and knowledge to provide a high standard of care to the residents.
Michael Lakins, Head of Learning and Development for Springhill Care Group added: “It is always a pleasure to see staff enjoying training. Internal and external trainers who work with us always strive to make training an enjoyable experience.
“At Springhill Care Group, we take training very seriously, making sure our staff are equipped with the necessary skill set and knowledge to underpin their practice.
“Staff across all three sites within the group recognise that attending regular mandatory refresher training is a legal requirement and it is their responsibility to ensure that all training is up to date.”
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Over the weekend we had some very special visitors at Birch Green.
The family of resident Joe Chambers, who sadly passed away last November, visited the home to commemorate his memory.
His family wanted to add a remembrance bench within the garden as this was his favourite place to be at Birch Green.
The bench now sits proudly in our garden and was promptly tried out by residents who said it was a lovely gesture as they always remember him pottering around in the garden whenever the weather was nice.
Joe’s family is welcome anytime to visit Birch Green where they can now sit in the garden to remember him.