A GRIEVING son has praised compassionate care home staff for treating his mother with dignity – and commended the standards of Bury compared to other boroughs.
Stan Richards' mother May died on October 7 at the age of 91 after being diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2011.
Mr Richards, of Arthur Lane, Ainsworth, and his wife Judith, made the decision for Mrs Richards to be placed in a home after social workers decided she needed 24-hour care.
The mother-of-one spent the last 15 months of her life at Abbeywood Residential Care Home in Market Street, Tottington.
Stan Richards with his mother, May.
An estimated 2,000 people in the borough currently suffer from dementia and this is set to rise to 3,400, 11 per cent of the population, by 2030.
One of the priorities of Bury's health and wellbeing strategy is to support older people to be safe and well and Bury Council currently promotes dementia-friendly cafes and communities.
Mr Richards first looked at care homes in Oldham and Rochdale for his mother, who was from Middleton, but he said the options available were "appalling".
The 68-year-old retired managing director said: "To anyone struggling to find the right home for an elderly resident I want to say to them don't despair – there is good care.
"In Oldham, Rochdale and Bolton there did not seem to be the quality care available and visiting numerous homes left us feeling depressed and concerned about what was available for the many elderly people suffering from dementia.
"But when we found Abbeywood, we knew it was first class. The quality of service there is absolutely second to none.
"The right places are out there. You might have to fight a little bit to find them but you will get there. Bury as a whole seems to have its finger on the pulse."
Mrs Richards had two granddaughters and four great-grandchildren. She worked all her life until retirement, and enjoyed dancing in Manchester in her youth.
Mr Richards said: "Throughout my mother's stay at Abbeywood, she was shown the utmost respect , kindness and care by all members of staff. It was above and beyond what we expected."
Cllr Rishi Shori, deputy leader of Bury Council said: "In Bury we are working hard with our NHS partners to ensure that sufferers are diagnosed as early as possible; that we shorten the amount of time they spend in hospital so that they can be looked after in their own homes, and that if they do go into a residential care home that they receive the best quality of care possible."
| Hi Everyone,
just a quick email to let you all know what we have been up to over the last month. We have been out on two trips this month, one to Marple Whafe for a trip down the canal on the New Horizons barge. The residents enjoyed a picnic and a cup of tea on the barge and enjoyed sitting on the deck feeding the ducks and taking in the scenery. the second trip was to Radcliffe Civic suite for afternoon tea and a concert. The residents enjoyed songs from the likes of Daniel O'Donnel and Michael Buble. They all enjoyed a really good dance. The residents also had a game of bingo....AND WON £15!!!!!!!!! This has been put back into the residents funds to help pay for our next trip.
As always we have attached some pictures for you to enjoy. We have also uploaded some videos to our Facebook page so please head over and give us a 'like' and watch the videos.
We would like to say a big thank you to Pat Hallam, who kindly volunteered to attend the Concert at Radcliffe Civic Hall and assist the carers.
If anyone else would like to volunteer to help out on trips or to come in and help out with activities in the home please speak to someone in the office. the help is always much appreciated.
Just a quick update to let you all know what we have been up to the last couple of weeks.
As always we have been very busy and had lots of activities going on here at Abbeywood from baking, to arts and crafts and one of our favourites, the sing a long session.
As I'm sure you will be pleased to know, we are happy to announce that the art to heart sessions are now back up and running after a period of ill health for the art teacher at Elton High school meant that the sessions had to unfortunately be put on hold. They are now back up and running again and the residents are once again enjoying weekly one to one arts and craft sessions, As always we have had lots of entertainers in the home. over the last few weeks we have been entertained by the Astral Singers and Elizabeth the Violin Player. The residents thoroughly enjoyed both of these.
Some of the Residents also enjoyed a trip to the imperial war museum at Salford Keys. The residents walked around the museum chatting and discussing their own different experiences of the war. They then enjoyed afternoon tea, with fresh cream scones and Chocolate muffins. The residents then had a sing a long of old time war classics on the bus ride home.
We have lots of activities, trips and entertainers coming up over the next few weeks so please see the notices around the home or ask a member of staff for more information. As always we welcome any volunteers to help with activities and trips so please ask a member of staff if you feel that you would like to volunteer to help out at our very busy home. All new ideas are welcomed.
As always there are some pictures of all the fun attached to this email, but if you would like to see some videos please head over to our facebook page. All you need to do is copy and paste the link below.
We have been very busy here at Abbeywood and have been enjoying the few nice days of weather we have had, sat outside in our lovely garden. We have also had lots of entertainers recently including Wayne Allen, Matthew and Friend and Active sounds. Please find attached lots of photos from the active sounds session. there are also lots of videos to see from the session on our facebook page.
Our summer outings will commence this month with our first outing being a trip to the imperial war museum on Wednesday 18th June. Please ask a member of staff if your friend/relative is going out on this trip. Watch out for lots of photos on our facebook page and we will email them over as soon as we can. Please see the notices around the home for forthcoming outings.
The Management Team
My mother currently resides at Abbeywood Residential Home it is at 104
Market Street Tottington Bury BL8 3LS.
I cannot praise this home too much, my mum has been there for just over 2 years and they have been wonderful.
Mum has vascular dementia and cannot hear but the staff have all been wonderful in their care and affection shown to her.
They also support the family in any way they can.
I would recommend Abbeywood to anyone who asked.
The loving care and attention shown to the residents. Always a friendly and welcoming environment. The residents are treated with respect and affection.
Care / Support: Excellent
Food & Drink: Excellent
Safety / Security: Excellent
Value for Money: Excellent
Friday 15 November 2013 by Pat Hallam (Daughter of resident)
Winter News Letter
Hello and welcome to our Winter Newsletter, the last one of 2013. Firstly we would like to start by welcoming our newest residents, Madge and Carole. We hope you are settling in well and are looking forward to being a part of our family.
Christmas at Abbeywood
Christmas is on its way and it is one of our busiest times of the year, we ensure all our residents enjoy the festivities. As always we will be having lots of entertainers coming into the home throughout December and our residents are looking forward to trips out one of them being Waterfold Farm, where they will enjoy a 3 course Christmas dinner and entertainment.
Abbeywood's Christmas Party
Our Famous Christmas Party is back on for 2013 so keep an eye out for your invitation in the post very soon. Could everyone please let us know A.S.A.P how many family members will be joining us and don't forget to bring a bottle...or two!
Abbeywood Home is attractive, well furnished and comfortable as are their en-suite bedrooms. Open visiting outside mealtimes. The staff support and encourage the residents to do as much as they are able and step in as and when required assisting with dressing, bathing and showering. Each resident has a named carer. All staff are friendly and encourage walking, exercises and motivate residents to sing, play games and speak of their memories. Frequent drinks are offered. Varied menus available for residents to make their choices every day. The dining rooms are attractive. Free manicures weekly and hairdressing and chiropody are organised for a reasonable fee.
here's an email to let you all know what we have been up to over the last couple of months. We have been very busy here at Abbeywood and have been loving the nice weather we have been having. We have been taking full advantage of our beautiful garden. Some of the residents have been helping with the day to day up keep of the garden by watering the plants.
Last week all of the residents art work that has been made in the art to heart sessions was put on display at Elton High School's presentation evening.
Some of the residents went for a trip to cuppacinos bistro at the end of May. Everyone had a really nice time and was stuffed by the time we came home!
Over the last few weeks we have been trying to keep the residents active by doing lots of physical activties such as exercise to music, playing catch with beanbags, playing hoopla amongst other things. We have also been enjoying relaxing in the sun with ice lollies and playing bingo.