Upgrades for Birch Green’s dementia garden

Birch Green Care Home’s dementia garden is to receive a makeover.


The colourful and quiet space, which also acts as a sensory garden for residents, is a favourite area for many people.


Such gardens are a valuable form of therapy for many people, particularly those with dementia, helping with relaxation and to use the senses to trigger memories.


Birch Green’s garden is shortly to undergo some changes in time for the summer, with a new path first to be constructed.


Fundraising has seen the money raised used to install raised planters, and residents will be taken out to the garden centre soon to choose all the new plants.


Residents have been consulted every step of the way on the plans, which include full wheelchair access. Relatives of one of Birch Green’s residents have also donated benches for the outdoor space.


Over the coming month the garden will see some wonderful changes, and visitors to the website and our Facebook page will be kept up to date through regular photographs.



Easter fun at Birch Green

On Easter Sunday every resident at Birch Green received a special gift for Easter, handmade by Shirley, daughter-in-law of our resident Audrey. 


Shirley made an Easter-themed card with a little chocolate treat for everyone, which was a lovely surprise for our residents to find on Easter morning.


In the afternoon Birch Green took part in an Easter bonnet competition – Freda won first prize and Lily second. Well done everyone!


What an egg-joyable day we all had



To view lots more photos on our Facebook page taken over Easter, please click HERE






Afternoon tea time at Birch Green

Birch Green’s café hosted our monthly afternoon tea recently.


The regular occasion, a popular one with residents and friends of Birch Green, saw plenty of cakes, scones and cups of tea available.


Afternoon tea always goes down well and we’re already looking forward to the next event.



To view more photographs on our Facebook page, please click HERE


‘Dementia friends’ drive for Birch Green Team

More staff from Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale have trained to become ‘Dementia Friends.’


The Alzheimer’s Society Initiative aims to help people learn what it is like to live with dementia then put that knowledge into practice in the community.


Almost two million people have signed up to the programme so far, and management at Birch Green is committed to helping all new staff members become dementia friends.


There is now just a handful of staff left to undertake the training and sign up, and the latest recruits are pictured receiving their dementia friends badges and certificates.


Local dementia friends champion, Joe Sherville, led the session, which included Springhill Group managing director, Donna Briggs.


Donna said: “The dementia friends initiative is such a worthwhile cause and it’s great to see everyone at Birch Green working so hard and be so committed.


“Dementia is affecting more and more people and is one of the great issues facing the care sector. We are proud to do our bit and would encourage everyone who can to take part in a local training session and put their knowledge into practice.”



To view more photographs on our Facebook page, please click HERE




Dementia café update

Our latest dementia café was held in our Tea for Two Bistro recently and we’re already planning the next one!

We had a number of visitors from the community who popped in to share their experiences of the dementia journey with each other.  They also talked to Joe Sherville, our local Dementia Champion and discussed how to become a dementia friend.

Our dementia cafe is a social get-together to give people the chance to meet new friends dealing with the same experiences as them, making sure nobody faces dementia alone.  Birch Green Care Home aim to offer support and information in a welcoming and relaxed cafe environment.

We are now looking at attracting even more people to the next meeting, advertising in locations including the local library and doctors’ surgeries.

If anyone is interested in attending our next dementia cafe, please do get in touch with us at Birch Green to find out more.

Also if you are able to display a poster for us, please do get in touch - thank you 



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Contact: General Manager - Phillippa McGrath

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

Tel: 01695 50916
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