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Homes take part in weekly Wednesday Wave to help combat isolation
Homes take part in weekly Wednesday Wave to help combat isolation
RUNWOOD Homes' care homes up and down the country are taking part in a new initiative sparked by the pandemic.  
The large residential care home group of 73 homes has signed up to the Wednesday Wave, set up by Vamos Theatre, to help promote community connections for care home residents during a time of unprecedented isolation. 
The Wednesday Wave will continue each Wednesday at 3pm up until Christmas. 
Care home residents across the group will be poised and ready at their windows to wave to school children, their families and friends and other people in the community passing by or making a special effort to visit and support community interaction. 
The impact that a friendly wave can have on loneliness can be huge and this initiative aims to reduce any feeling of isolation. 
Posters have been displayed in the windows of Runwood Homes' care homes taking part to let people know that they're invited to come and wave. 

Providers shortlisted for prestigious award
Providers shortlisted for prestigious award
SUNRISE Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare have been shortlisted for the Best Pay and Bonus Strategy award at this year's Employee Benefits Awards. 
The care providers, who specialise in providing luxury and personalised care to their residents, were shortlisted for this award in recognition of their commitment to deliver industry-leading employee benefits and support. 
The Employee Benefits Awards panel were impressed by Sunrise and Gracewell's efforts to ensure pay rates are fairly aligned across the whole organisation and to recognise the contribution of each team member.  
Driven by a #AllInOneTeam work ethic, Sunrise and Gracewell have been able to reduce the gender pay gap over the last three years, reporting a significant decrease from 9.1 per cent in 2017 to 6.7 per cent in 2019, lower than the national average of 17.3 per cent. 
And, as part of the organisation's commitment to its employees, Sunrise and Gracewell offers a 'Company Living Wage' of £9.10 as a minimum hourly rate for all team members and £9.20 per hour for those in care positions.  
This minimum rate, which is between five and six per cent higher than the Government UK Living Wage, does not affect any other benefits offered by the company.  
As one of two finalists, Sunrise and Gracewell will discover if they have won this year's award at an online virtual awards ceremony on October 29.  
Sunrise and Gracewell have had further success after Alison Fisk, head of HR and Suzanne Foody, benefits and reward manager (pictured), secured their place in the Reward 300 for the third year running. The Reward 300 list is published yearly by Reward Strategy, a leading magazine for the payroll and reward sector.  
Suzanne said: 'It is a fantastic feeling for the whole Sunrise and Gracewell team to be shortlisted at this year's Employee Benefits Awards. For Alison and I, holding our place on the Reward 300 for the third year running has been a great personal and professional triumph. 
'We are hugely committed to supporting all of our team members through our industry-leading levels of remuneration and support. Indeed, holding on to talented, compassionate and dedicated team members is vital to ensuring we continue to deliver the highest possible standard of care to our residents.'

Care home celebrates its second birthday
Care home celebrates its second birthday
LIGHTHOUSE Lodge Residential Care Home in New Brighton has celebrated its second birthday. 
Residents and staff came together for the Lodge's big day with a party-food buffet including, fruit, sweets, cheese and crackers and a birthday cake that was fit for a king.  
To top it all off, residents were served a sparkling glass of bubbly by the activities and wellbeing team out of customised bottles to commemorate the day, while music and laughter filled the home. 
There was an electric atmosphere throughout the festivities as everyone performed their best dance moves and vocals to songs such as 'Happy Birthday' and the 'Macarena'.

Ida brings up her century at Birkdale Tower Lodge
Ida brings up her century at Birkdale Tower Lodge
BIRKDALE Tower Lodge, part of the Athena Healthcare Group, welcomed in a century with the 100th birthday celebration of one of resident Ida Dainton, who enjoyed her big day with an Andrè Rieu concert, a range of delicious canapes and good company. 
The day began with a relaxing morning in the home's hair and beauty salon where residents, including the birthday girl, were pampered to the nines while listening to some of their favourite classic songs.  
Once their makeup, manicures and hairstyling were complete, the ladies were ready for their afternoon of partying and festivities. 
Everybody came together to celebrate in style with the Lodge decorated in a sparkling array of pinks and golds, topped off with a cake that matched the dècor. 

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Group keeps residents' spirits high during lockdown
Group keeps residents' spirits high during lockdown
THE Athena Healthcare Group has been keeping spirits high during lockdown by hosting a range of fun and engaging in-home activities, celebrations and events throughout their Lodges in the North West of England and Dover. 
Over the past seven months the Lodges have worked on incorporating more interactive activities and games into their schedule, with a little help from technology, such as their virtual games nights. 
Residents had a ball playing along to 'Who Wants to Be A Millionaire' calling upon their nearest and dearest as their lifelines to help them reach the £1m. 
As well as introducing a 'Staying in Touch' initiative to ensure residents and their loved ones keep connected via video and phone calls, the Group has held several events with the intent to build friendships and have fun within the home.  
There is a lot more planned for the coming months so that communication between residents and their loved ones continue to strengthen. 
One of these events was a series of 'Come Dine with Me' themed evenings with cuisine from all over the world, from French beef bourguignon to Spanish paella and back to traditional English pie and mash.  
All Lodges were decorated to the nines to capture the essence of each country. However, this was not the only event that took residents on a trip around the world, from the comfort of their own home, as the Group introduced both 'Armchair Travel' and 'Travel Memories' activities. Here residents learn all about different countries, reminisce over past trips abroad and share their favourite holiday stories. 
The Lodges have also reintroduced their choirs that bring people together through the power of music. Music, instruments and singing encourage reminiscence, calmness and communication as well as reinstating a sense of self for those living with cognitive disorders. 
On top of all that, each home has revamped and reopened their in-house hair and beauty salons and held a Facebook competition to 'Name Our Lodge' with residents selecting their favourite entry. 
Each week, residents enjoy sitting back, relaxing and getting pampered in a salon experience, which encourages self-care and self-confidence; it is always something residents look forward too! 
The Athena Healthcare Group is not planning on slowing down any time soon. They are planning to continue building upon their interactive activities to help residents and their loved ones stay connected, helping to keep residents not only safe but happy. 
Due to the current climate, families are unable to visit the Lodges and take part in their usual activities such as coffee mornings and the community choir. 
Therefore, Athena is now planning to introduce interactive versions of their regular activities so that families can join in with the festivities as if they were at the Lodge themselves, booking their place via Zoom.

Home celebrates Eric's 95th birthday
Home celebrates Eric's 95th birthday
RESIDENTS and staff came together to celebrate Eric's 95th birthday at Marine View Lodge with lots of delicious cake, music and laughter.  
The Lodge was draped in birthday bunting and decorated with red and yellow balloons throughout for the big day. 
Although friends and family were unable to visit Eric this year for his big day, the home's team understands the importance of staying in touch, especially on such a special occasion.  
They arranged for his loved ones to join in with the festivities via video call and showered him with lots of love.  
Eric was over the moon to catch up with his family, especially his grandso, Nick, who lives in America. 
As a lover of classical music, in particular Andrè Rieu, Eric was delighted to celebrate his birthday with his new friends while a concert played on a big screen throughout the day. 

Provider marks International Day Of Older Persons
Provider marks International Day Of Older Persons
BOROUGH Care marked the International Day of Older Persons by celebrating the rich and interesting lives of residents at its 11 homes across Stockport.  
Observed on October 1 each year, the International Day of Older Persons aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting the elderly. It also marks the contributions that older people make to society and the impact they have had.  
At Borough Care's Bryn Haven home in Brinnington, residents marked the International Day of Older Persons by spending the afternoon chatting to staff, and each other, about the interesting things they have done throughout their lives.  
Dr Mark Ward, CEO at Borough Care, said: 'During their full lives, many of our residents have made a huge impact on their local community or wider society.  
'They have made valuable contributions during their careers, by volunteering to help others or through their interests.  
'We firmly believe that people continue to have a valuable contribution to make as they age. When the time comes for an older person to need a little extra care and support, it doesn't mean their interesting life has to come to a standstill when they move to a care home.  
'We encourage all our residents to live life in colour and continue to lead an active social life, if they wish, by organising a regular programme of different activities to suit all tastes.  
'Our residents are also encouraged to share their life experiences and invaluable advice, as we can all benefit from the wisdom of the older generation.' 
Pictured is resident Elsie Williamson.

Residents get creative in celebration of National Poetry Day
Residents get creative in celebration of National Poetry Day
A CARE home group with links to one of the most important writers of the 19th century has celebrated National Poetry Day by involving residents in a poetry writing contest - and is delighted to reveal the results of their efforts. 
CHD Living, which owns and operates 13 residential care facilities across Surrey and South London, decided to hold the competition in tribute to the famed novelist and poet George Eliot, who once lived in their Surrey Heights home.  
Born in 1819, George, birth name 'Mary Ann Evans', was an influential figure in Victorian literature.  
She bought Surrey Heights - called 'The Heights' at the time - with her husband in 1877.  
The mansion is now home to seniors receiving residential, dementia and respite care. 
In celebration of National Poetry Day, and as a tribute to George, residents from Surrey Heights and CHD Living's other 12 care homes were encouraged to embrace their inner poet to create their own works of art. 
Here are just a few of the poems imagined: 
Violet Finn, 103 
My name is Violet Finn, I'm 103 
I like to tell a joke or two, I am very funny 
I'm blind as a bat and deaf as a post 
When you visit my room, I'm a really good host. 
Delysia Noel, 93 
My name is Delysia, but people call me Dee 
I like a glass of wine or three 
All good things come from heaven above 
So enjoy yourself and thank God for the love. 
Ellen Metherell, 97 
I am Cinderella in my homes play 
I have words to learn day-by-day 
I sit and hope my prince will come 
Then all my hopes and dreams will be done 
Margo Lawson, 97 
I had a dog called William 
He was so lovely and good 
He was big, white and spotty 
And mostly did as he should 
Care staff from across the homes also welcomed the challenge, with activity coordinator Heidi Bradbury from Surbiton Care Home writing a heartfelt poem about working in the care industry, too: 
S - Is for Sunshine to chase away the grey 
U - Is for Understanding that this must be the way 
R - Is for Reassurance from all our brilliant staff 
B - Is for Brilliant, as we always have a laugh 
I - Is for Incredible, as we really, really are. 
T - Is for Togetherness and how we've come so far 
O - Is for Okay as we get up every day 
N - Is for Never, a word we just don't say 
C - Is for Covid, of which we all are free 
A - Is for Activities, of which there are plenty 
R - Is for this Rhyme, which this is meant to be 
E - Is for the End and off we go to tea.

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