Residents living with Dementia at our Care home in Great Harwood have received a virtual boost of Vitamin C with the newly decorated Lowerfold Lounge at Townfield & Coach House in Church Street.
The lounge and dining room have been redecorated with areas in a bright orange that reflects colours in the natural environment. Bright colours are good for people living with dementia as they can trigger memories and stimulate the brain so that they live well with their condition. The room also boasts a large cinema screen and projector so that the residents can enjoy the treat of visiting the cinema without having to leave home.
As a specialist care home for people with dementia, Townfield & Coach House owners, brothers John and Michael Timmins, are abreast of latest research from the University of Stirling into helping people live well with dementia.
Michael Timmins said:
“We are always striving to improve the surroundings for our residents and have already renovated two of our lounges using themes and colour to benefit the residents. Too many neutral shades in a room can add to the confusion experienced as a result of memory loss. We wanted to help our residents distinguish the different areas and feel comfortable in the rooms they regularly use.
Many of our residents used to enjoy a visit to the cinema when they were younger and so we are trying to recreate that experience for them. We aim to run a film club on a regular basis so that films from all eras can be enjoyed. The décor we have chosen incorporates old film posters which help the residents reminisce about the films they have enjoyed in the past.”
The home celebrated the opening of the newly renovated lounge by having the local GP, Dr Halstead from The Weavers Medical Group officially open the lounge. There were also entertainers Ian and Alan from Music in Mind who sang familiar songs to the residents. There was also a cake stall with all proceeds from the stall going to the residents’ fund to provide treats over the summer with trips out, ice creams, entertainment etc. for the residents.
Townfield Care, are proud to announce the purchase of a 40-bed care home in the Village of Sawley, Near Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley.
Sitting opposite The Spread Eagle Inn, on the bank of the River Ribble, you would struggle to find a more idyllic spot suited to retirement than Ribble Valley Care Home, Sawley.
John Timmins, Joint Managing Director of Townfield Care said:
“We want to bring everything we have learnt over the years at our existing care homes and provide that exceptional care here in the Ribble Valley. We will be investing and working hard to re-connect with the local people to improve the level of care provided, it is important for the community and we want to be part of it.”
The decision to purchase Ribble Valley Care Home, surrounded by greenery, wildlife and situated just off the A59 was due to demand. There has been huge growth within Townfield Care and a need for quality social care in the area, which has now expanded into the Ribble Valley from their original Hyndburn base.
Ribble Valley Care Home boasts 40 beds, 16 in the main house and 24 beds in the court.
“It’s a stunning location, with the River Ribble in earshot and on the border of South Yorkshire it’s ideal. We are rural, yet easy to travel to with local amenities close by. We will be focussing on investing in the facility and providing the fantastic care team which we have taken on with the correct equipment and skills, to provide the very best of care and support.
We currently employ over 200 people and are seeking night staff and catering staff for this location, as well as many other roles across the company both in residential care and community care. As always, service is key. My vision is for exceptional health and social care, we look after residents like we would look after our own parents.”
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Townfield Home Care which is based on Church Street in Great Harwood was judged to be safe effective, caring and responsive.
As part of the process, inspectors questioned the people using the service and their families and found that people were happy with the care they received and felt that ‘safe care’ was being provided.
Comments included: “My care staff are very friendly, efficient and lovely.” Relatives spoken with were also praised the approach taken by staff, for example one relative said, “All the staff have been so nice and kind. My Family member’s health and wellbeing has improved so much since they started visiting.”
The report also noted that people felt the staff had the right level of skills and knowledge to provide them with effective care and support. They were happy with the care they received and told us that it met their needs. For example, one person said, “The carers are well trained, they do everything properly” and another person said, “The staff are keen to help me and always ask me if I need anything else.”
Anne Child, Registered Manager said: “The feedback within the report reflects the pride our team take in the care we provide, and the dedication they show to the people that use our service.”
“We are very proud of every single team member, and we will continue to work hard to offer high standards of care and support throughout the local community.”
If you would like to read the full report please follow this link to the CQC Website
Representatives from Accrington pipe band Fran and Paul visited Townfield dementia care home in Great Harwood today. The care home had organised activities around the Edinburgh Tattoo to co-inside with the festival held annually in Edinburgh, Scotland
The video below shows a short clip from Paul (Accrington pipe band) playing the bag pipes.
It might be 100meters at a time but over the next 8 weeks we are planning for everyone to get active and get involved to complete 5K. With a record of the distance they have completed in the home we hope everyone can take part no matter their ability or fitness.
If you want to sponsor us, complete 5k or help someone else complete their 5K please let us know. Or you can sponsor us at our just giving page.
We are planning a celebration party of completing the 5K on the 12th of October 2018 1:30pm-3:30pm. Where people will finish the last few meters of their walk, cross the finish line and receive a medal.
A team of four are taking on the 5K Race for life to race money for Cancer Research. Nicknamed the Townies the group includes registered Manager Kath Howard, Senior Care Assistant Louise Wheatcroft, Domestic Assistant Maria Payne and their friend Alana Bibby. They will be taking on the Blackburn 5K Race on Wednesday the 27th June 2018 at Witton Park.
So Far the team have raised just over £450 for Cancer Research, if you want to help by donating then please use their official race for life page here:
www.townfieldmobility.co.uk now has a wide selection of the products and services that we can offer at very competitive prices.
We have a wealth of experience and a true understanding of mobility products and how they should be used, so we can recommend the best product for you,
We stock and can give advice on:
• Wheelchairs & Accessories
• Scooters & Accessories
• Riser Recliners
• Stair Lifts (Curved & Straight)
• Power chairs
• Walking Aids (Tri walkers, Walking Sticks etc)
• Daily Living Aids (Household, Dressing ,Bathing, Home
Health, Kitchen and Dining, Grab Rails)
• Bathroom Safety
• Paediatric Range
• Bedroom equipment (Nursing & Profile Beds etc)
• Riser Recliners
• Moving & Handling Equipment
Plus Many More….
Oﬀering competitive prices, an at-home service and a shop, plus decades of knowledge means Townﬁeld are in an ideal position to help anyone in the community who could beneﬁt from aid for independent living. “The focus is on mobility scooters, wheelchairs and stairlifts however, we also have everything from easy can openers to shoe removers. We have a vast range of stock. We will also oﬀer a home survey service. People can call us up and we will go to their home to make recommendations of any products or adjustments. We want people to enjoy life. ”
Giving a much-needed boost to the local economy, 50 new job openings have been created following a £6 million contract between Townfield Care and Lancashire County Council over the next four years.
Townfield Care, renowned for their quality of service in the care industry, are passionate about improving the perception of a support worker and developing better contracts for their employees.
The 50 new jobs will cover the increase for Townfield Care to 135,000 hours a year for care work throughout the local area. Townfield Care will stabilise and improve conditions for homecare workers and are also moving towards providing a living wage for employees. This ideal is one step closer through the new contract, which is providing a guarantee of working hours.
John Timmins, Director of Townfield Care, said: “We are committed to improving the contracts of our home care support workers, we want to give our staff job security and in turn this means keeping our standard of care high. Our aim is to improve quality of life through our services, creating personalised care plans that take into account the needs of the individual.”
Currently there are over 30 care providers in the area, which has meant continuity and quality of service is not assured. Lancashire County Council are working to consolidate and improve services which has led to Townfield Care being handed the opportunity to expand. With over 35 years’ experience, plus being a family run company, they are in an ideal position to make a real difference in the community, through providing new job opportunities and maintaining their high quality of service.
Working closely with Accrington and Rossendale College, who offer courses in Healthcare support, Townfield Care are opening their doors to applicants primarily in the Rossendale area. They are also happy to receive applications from Hyndburn and Ribble Valley areas. Their apprenticeship route means employees can gain qualifications and study whilst earning a wage and gaining experience with a company who are focused on quality.
Charlotte Scheffmann, Assistant Principal of Accrington and Rossendale College, said: “We are delighted to be working with John and his team at Townfield Care. It has opened doors for so many of our students. Our newer students can gain real work experience, whilst our more established are able to get jobs that fit around study. The apprenticeship roles are also really exciting as it means the students will be learning with some of the best in the industry.”
Townfield Care specialise in residential care, home care and dementia care whilst also recently opening a mobility shop in Hyndburn.
Friday the 13th October was a lucky night for many of Townfield Care employees.
It was the The 4th Annual Townfield Care awards, the awards are designed to recognise and reward special achievements by the employees. Held at Great Harwood Golf Club, the evening was hosted by BBC radio Lancashire’s Stephen Lowe
Townfield Care run by brothers Michael and John Timmins, operates Townfield & Coach House, a specialist dementia care home in Great Harwood, Sherwood House, a small residential home for the elderly in Rishton, an expanding home care service throughout Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and Rossendale and a newly opened mobility Shop in Great Harwood.
Michael Timmins said “The awards have been another fantastic success, we introduced them to ensure that our staff are recognised for the brilliant job that they do. We have had another really successful year as a company and that really is down to the hard work and dedication of the care teams”
The winners were:
Employee of the Year – Dawn Spencer
Quality of Service awards (Home care) Salma Mulla, Sharon Whelan, Sharon Holt, Tracey Sinkinson (Townfield & Coach House) Chloe Harvey, Deanne Butterworth (Sherwood) Janet Newton;
Best Newcomer awards (Home care) Clare Blatchford, Clair Harrison (Townfield & Coach House) Matthew Deary, Jade Thorpe (Sherwood) Janette Magee;
Carer of the Year awards (Townfield & Coach House) Kimberley Brown, (Home care) Farran Taylor, (Sherwood) Sharon Birtwistle;
Extra Mile Award (Townfield & Coach House) Patricia Forsyth, (Home care) Rosie Khan, (Sherwood) Rozina Khan.
Long service awards were also presented to
5 years: Sharon Birtwistle, Pearl Burrows, Anne Child, Cath Martin, Izabela Szmidt
10 years: Lynn James, Janet Newton
15 years: Claire Houghton
20 years: Linda Brown
Speaking at the awards evening, John Timmins said: “When we looked at all the nominations both myself and Michael were overwhelmed by the many stories of individual excellence and we cannot thank you all highly enough for this. But tonight is not only about the nominees and winners and we would like to congratulate and thank everybody who has worked hard and contributed towards another successful year for the company.”
To meet the growing need for home care within Lancashire, Townfield Care is looking to recruit up more home care staff this year.
For the full selection of pictures please Click Here for a link through to the photographer for the event Peter Anslow Photograph.