Every day we ensure that residents are happy, busy and have something to look forward to.
Our residents have such a wide range of abilities – and interests – that no two days are the same at Riverside adult nursing service.
Getting out and about
Some residents may go out several times a week with a carer or advocate while others study at a local college. We’re focused on helping any of our residents who want to find work to do so – a little while ago we supported a resident to find a part time voluntary role at the local animal shelter. The confidence, self-esteem and sense of independence this gives a resident can be life-changing.
Closer to home
Those residents who need to stay here at Riverside are given the opportunity to take part in a range of group activities. Pop in for a visit and you might find armchair aerobics or arts and crafts going on, a local drama group may be working with a resident on their communication skills, or you might find things getting competitive over a puzzle or crossword. Or we may be out! There’s a local restaurant that’s a favourite with residents and we often pop over for lunch. A trip to the local donkey sanctuary is always a popular outing with everyone too. The donkeys have even visited us before now…
Bringing the world to us
There’s always something going on at the Riverside adult nursing service unit and when there’s something to celebrate, we do so in style.
At the National Care Home Open Day we opened our doors to friends, family and members of the public from around the local area. Residents and visitors played vintage garden games and enjoyed music and even some clowning around. One resident’s husband works as a clown, and brought his troupe who did juggling and balloon sculpting, and local children joined in the fun. You can find out more about the day here.
We’ve just celebrated the opening of our Rest and Relaxation Room in memory of Joan, who used to live at Riverside. There’s also been the unveiling of the new name for Riverside’s nursing unit – now called the Nightingale Unit – and our newly decorated Shelley unit was relaunched with an American-themed afternoon to echo the theme of the new décor.
We hold regular car boot sales and over the coming months we’re due to be visited by a friendly local horse – which belongs to one of our care assistants. The Pets as Therapy dog is also a regular at Riverside.
One of our priorities over the coming months is to get a better minibus and to train up more people to drive it, so we have even greater freedom to get out and about to explore our beautiful area.