Relaxing in the sun

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.


Enjoyable staff training at Birch Green

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.” 



To view more photographs from the training session on our Facebook page, click HERE



Joe’s bench

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.



Hook a duck

This week at Birch Green, we took residents back to their youth by playing a fairground favourite – hook a duck.


Staff at the home filled a paddling pool full of water and added rubber ducks with plastic loops on their heads. Using a long pole with a hook on the end, residents sat in the comfort of their chairs and hooked ducks onto poles.


Residents Renee and Florence certainly taught us all a trick or two as they hooked the most ducks.



Residents ‘barge’ to their day out

Residents and staff from Birch Green Care Home have been enjoying the glorious weather with a special day out on a barge trip.


‘The Rose of Parbold’ barge took our ladies and gentlemen up and down the canal while everyone sat with their sunglasses on enjoying the sunshine. Residents fed the ducks who soon got wise to the bread and before everyone knew it, the barge had a personal escort.


While on the barge, residents and staff enjoyed a good old sing-along to their favourite tunes with plenty of walkers on the towpath joining in along the way.


It was great to see everyone enjoying the sunshine and having fun and our next barge trip on The Rose of Parbold has already been booked!



To view more photographs from the trip out on our Facebook page click HERE


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Contact: Victoria Sudworth, Registered Manager

Birch Green Care Home
Ivydale, Birch Green
Skelmersdale, Lancashire WN8 6RS

Tel: 01695 50916
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