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Caring for Couples in Later Life

We recently saw a news story about a couple who celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary at a Retirement Village. This lovely story reiterates the importance of keeping couples together for as long as possible. At Springfield, we understand that sometimes different care needs can make it feel impossible to find a suitable care home.

We love seeing couples carry on living and enjoying life together in later life. We’re privileged to have helped and continue to support so many couples across our Springfield Homes. Our couple rooms and suites at Chocolate Works, Mayfield View and Harcourt Gardens offer spacious, double rooms for couples whilst accommodating for any medical and social needs that you may have.

Harcourt Gardens receives its first review .. and it’s a 5*

 

“Having to make the decision to move my Aunt to a Care Home was a difficult one.

At the time I was researching Homes, Harcourt Gardens was reaching practical completion, but still under construction, that said a site visit and tour of the facilities was arranged and the vision for the Care Home was put across extremely enthusiastically.

From the point of showing interest to the point where my Aunt moved into Harcourt Gardens (just in time for Christmas), the communication, thoughtfulness and care of the team at Harcourt Gardens was second to none.

Even though my Aunt was their first resident, you are left knowing that each and every resident will receive the same thoroughly professional and care centred service time and again.

The residents rooms, communal areas and outside spaces are exceptional, the facilities on offer are more akin to a 5 star hotel, the levels of care and understanding from the Care team are heartwarming.

Very highly recommended.”

 

– Dave L (Nephew of Resident)

Leeds Quality in Care Award Winners Announced

On December 15th, unsung heroes from across Leeds adult care sector were celebrated at Leeds Quality in Care Awards. These awards celebrate the excellent work that takes place across the sector and recognises those who have made a difference.

Congratulations to Mrs Feenan and Karen Winterburn who won ‘Volunteer of the Year’ for their contributions to Springfield’s Seacroft Grange.

Mrs Feenan has been a volunteer at Seacroft Grange for over two years and has been heavily involved in the training of staff. She  has been supporting care staff to understand the positive difference that they can make for residents and their families. Mrs Feenan has also been involved in wider improvements for the sector with her involvement in various research projects.

Karen Winterburn has provided an invaluable contribution and involvement in supporting residents at Seacroft Grange on a day-to-day basis, assisting with days out, community events and activities. She is always happy to make time to chat with individuals and nothing is ever too much trouble for Karen.

To watch the Leeds Quality in Care Awards Ceremony, click here.

A festive welcome for new residents as Harrogate’s newest luxury care home opens

Springfield Healthcare’s management team are delighted to announce that their newest care Home, Harcourt Gardens in Harrogate is now open and extending a festive welcome to new residents.

Harcourt Gardens offers the very best of care, in a fantastic setting at the heart of the Harrogate community, just a short walk from The Stray and Harrogate town centre. Harcourt Gardens promises to be the jewel in the crown for the luxury care home provider and is proving to be very popular with several beds already booked.

Springfield’s CEO, Graeme Lee, said ‘We are so proud of Harcourt Gardens, the team have worked hard to deliver something very special. We are challenging perceptions of what a care home is like, and offering a personalised, lifestyle choice for people who want to maintain their independence and way of life with a little extra support on tap. Our care pathway also means we can help them as their needs change, with specialist dementia and nursing care available too.’

Nigel Allen, Harcourt Gardens Home Manager said ‘We are so delighted with the response to our new Home. We will start to welcome new residents this week in time for a very special Christmas. Staff are testing 5 times a week and we have very clear ‘safe tours, admissions and visits’ policies in place to ensure that our new residents are happy, well cared for and safe.’

Pictured (from left to right): Nicola Goodsall (Deputy Manager), Nigel Allen (Home Manager) and Tracey Avery (Head of Housekeeping)

Mayfield View’s Reverse Advent Calendar

In the countdown to Christmas, homes up and down the country will be opening their advent calendars. This year, Mayfield View are looking to reverse things and give something back to the community. The Reverse Advent Calendar encourages staff and others to do the giving and donate something during advent. Donations will delivered to the local food bank, The Trusssel Trust, to help others during the festive period.

Katie Cliff, Home Manager said “I thought that it was the perfect way to give something back to the community. We created a calendar of donation ideas, and asked staff to donate what they could. We are overwhelmed by the contributions and are proud to donate to such a great charity.”

This initiative isn’t just about encouraging people to make a donation to the local food bank, but to raise awareness, during the month of December, about food poverty and how everyone can help. If you would like to take part, all you need to do is find a box, add whatever items you can throughout the month and then donate it to a local food bank / charity.

Celebrating Christmas at Springfield

Christmas celebrations are underway across our Springfield homes. Our teams are pulling out the stops to ensure residents, their families and friends have an amazing Christmas. The magic has already started with festivities across all our Springfield homes from decorating our communities, celebrating Elf Day and making wreaths to enjoying film nights with hot chocolate (and all the toppings of course). We’ve also got Christmas parties planned for all our communities, nativity performances from local primary schools and a New Years Eve party to look forward to!

Just like every day of the year, food is a focal point in our care home, and our talented chefs are excited to prepare delicious Christmas dinners for everyone. Residents will enjoy a tasty turkey dinner with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding with brandy sauce to finish.

Springfield residents take a trip to Portugal in our latest Grab Your Passport! Day

“I have just came back from Portugal and would like to call to tell my sons” said Chocolate Works resident after their virtual visit to Portugal. 

Wellbeing & Engagement Co-Ordinator at Chocolate Works Care Village, Libertee Hull, said “this is why we love our job! The quote is from one of our residents at the end of our latest Grab Your Passport day, after enjoying the culinary and virtual adventures themed around Portugal, lead by the Kitchen, and Wellbeing Teams. With the expert help of Regional Development Manager, Iria. Thank you to all the staff who help bring the ‘Grab Your Passport’ days to life!” 
Our Grab Your Passport Days have been hugely successful across our Springfield Homes. This initiative has provided residents with the opportunity to travel across the world for one day each month. We’re already excited planning our new initiative for next year.. stay tuned to find out more soon.

World Kindness Day

We celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13th each year to promote the importance of being kind to others. It aims to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. On this date, we aim to carry out an act of kindness and take a small ‘pause for kindness’ to value its importance.

LETTERS TO RESIDENTS

We would like to ask our Springfield family and friends to write to our residents. Our residents love to receive cards and letters from the community and we love to write back. We hope that this will give our residents an extra reason to smile on this World Kindness Day.

Remembrance Days at Springfield Healthcare Homes

Remembrance Day inspired Springfield residents to get creative whilst paying their respects to the men and women of the Second World War generation, and to those of today’s!

Our residents painted poppies, decorated their communities and paid tribute with a 2 minutes silence. Wellbeing & Activities Manager said “it’s very important that we all commemorate Remembrance Day which marks the day that World War One ended in 1918. Remembrance Day is such an important day for us all. I am glad that we have done our part to honour the lives lost in service of our country.”

(Residents laying poppies at Chocolate Works Care Village)

Halloween Celebrations at Springfield Care Homes

We have been celebrating Halloween for over 2000 years with trick or treating, fancy dress and horror stories and films. Our residents have grown up celebrating Halloween, so we had to continue these traditions with celebrations across our Springfield homes. Our residents have been getting creative this Halloween. We have decorated pumpkins (and squash), made an array of Halloween arts and crafts and created decorations for the communities.

For Bonfire Night, we made chocolate apples and we decorated our own fireworks in arts and crafts. We also watched virtual firework displays in our cinemas which was a lovely experience for our residents! One resident said that she hadn’t celebrated halloween since her grandchildren were younger and these activities brought back many wonderful memories!