Pope writes to praise Ann

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A resident from Springhill Care Home, Accrington, has seen her sewing skills praised by the Pope.


Ann Whitaker, 53 was delighted to receive a response to the letter she sent to Pope Francis along with a photograph of her sewing and could not wait to show everyone.

The letter from the Vatican thanked Ann for the thoughtful gesture and enclosed a medal that had been blessed by the Pope.

Religion is an important part of Ann’s life and she attends church regularly, she also visited Lourdes a few years ago with St Mary’s RC church, Oswaldtwistle and she had a wonderful time.

At just three months old, Ann was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and lived with her parents for many years. After making the decision to move into independent accommodation, Ann settled at Springhill Care Home.

Ann is a lively presence around the home and she always gets involved in the activities and goings on, making lots of friends along the way.


To view a short video of Ann being interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire click HERE

To listen to Ann's radio interview on BBC Radio Lancashire click HERE (go to 1 hour 56 minutes)



Ian rocks Springhill

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Last week entertainer Ian Jenkins joined Springhill for an afternoon of fun in the Milnshaw Lounge.


Ian’s playlist included some old-time favourites from the 60s, 70s and 80s such as Sweet Caroline and Penny Arcade which got residents in good spirits while they clapped and sang along.


As a firm favourite with residents, Ian always makes sure to put on a good show, getting staff involved by asking them to come up and dance which always amuses everyone.


Shannon, a member of the Springhill lifestyle team, wielded a blow-up guitar while she danced to the Beatles classic, A Hard Day’s Night. 


Everyone at Springhill is looking forward to Ian returning for some more rock and roll classics soon.


Meet Katrena

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In series of articles, we meet Springhill Care Home’s team.

Katrena Wilson is a team leader about to embark on training to become an assistant practitioner.


I've worked at Springhill Care Home for the past 18 months and I feel extremely lucky to work with such a great team on the dementia suite where everyone’s main priority is providing quality care.


The opportunities here are endless, I feel very fortunate to have been promoted to team leader and given the chance to undertake several training schemes which have enhanced my skills.


My journey in healthcare began after I started caring for my grandparents at home. It was at a time when my children were still young, and I worked part time to ensure they received the best care possible.


12 years later, I landed the perfect role as a health care assistant at Springhill and I have never looked back. In fact, I am looking forward to a bright future as I am about to embark on further training to become an assistant practitioner.


Working here has given me confidence, enhanced my skills and allowed me to follow my dreams. One day I hope to take my career at Springhill one step further and become a nurse should the opportunity arise.


My main aim is to treat people with dignity and respect which stems from the core values every staff member embraces at Springhill. Having cared for my own family members before, I know how important it is to make sure residents receive care to the highest standard.


By Katrena Wilson 

Team Leader, Springhill Care Home.


Meet Sharon

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In a new series of articles, we meet Springhill Care Home’s team.

Sharon Taylor is a health care assistant about to embark on training to become an assistant practitioner.


My experience to date stems from working in health and social care for 20 years, in both residential and nursing settings, but when I joined Springhill Care Home in 2017, I never looked back.


Alongside an excellent and professional team, I’ve been working as a heath care assistant (HCA) in palliative care at the home. During my time here I’ve enhanced my skills by undertaking a variety of in-house training which includes a mathematics course and in-house development sessions which have allowed me to perform my daily duties to the highest standard.


My day to day responsibilities include supporting residents with all aspects of their personal care alongside ensuring individual wellbeing needs are met at every step of the way.


Delivering end of life care comes with its challenges, but the relationships I develop with people and their families are important and I am extremely proud to be part of their journeys.   


In September I will embark on the next step in my career at Springhill after being given the opportunity to train as an assistant practitioner in palliative care.


I’m passionate about my role in health and social care and I do my utmost to uphold Springhill’s values of dignity, love and respect to the best of my ability.


By Sharon Taylor

Health Care Assistant, Springhill Care Home 


Springhill spruce up Woodlands Garden

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Over the past few months, at Springhill Care Home, staff have been working tirelessly in order to revamp the Woodlands Garden.


Once the project was complete, residents and their family members were invited to attend a re-launch garden party which celebrated the great work that has been done.


A village of fairies has decided to move into the garden to keep residents company, alongside some beautiful new flowers and animal planters. Additional garden furniture has also been added to create a relaxing outdoor space for everyone to share.


Sadly, to create some extra space and allow room for more seating, Borris the Morris Minor which was introduced to the home’s sensory garden in 2012 bid us farewell as he set off to a new home for a makeover. It is certainly the end of an era and Borris will be missed.


Guests at the party enjoyed a scrumptious buffet and feedback on the garden was wonderful.


Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate – make sure you swing by soon for a ‘cuppa’ in the new garden.


To view more photographs on our Facebook page, click HERE



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