Springhill Care Homes creates health and fitness programme for staff

Springhill Care Group is encouraging all staff at its four care and assisted living homes to improve their health and wellbeing with a programme of support.

The Lancashire-based company will pay for healthcare professionals to visit its homes to check the team’s blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and BMI.

Catering staff at Springhill will also create menu cards featuring healthy recipes that encourage everybody to take simple steps to eat better. Sugary snacks will be replaced in the care homes with free fresh fruit.

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Local Lancashire newspaper The Champion spoke to Springhill Care Group’s head of HR Ginny Perkins, who said: “Often our busy lives can get in the way of taking care of ourselves, but it’s so important to keep on top of health and wellbeing. Sometimes it’s about making time, so by introducing these initiatives into the working day, we’re helping to give staff a head start.

“We’re dedicated to helping staff keep themselves fit and well, as we continue to promote a healthy, happy working environment across the Springhill Group.”

Springhill’s managing director Donna Briggs is a strong advocate for caring as much for her team as she does for her residents. In a recent blog she said: “As a director of a social care organisation, I all too often hear members of our staff team saying “I’m just a… cleaner, cook, healthcare assistant.

“What these humble people are doing is devaluing themselves. They have chosen to work in a profession that is grossly underfunded and undervalued. They genuinely cannot see the value and the importance in what they do, and they do it every day.

“Very often these committed, kind and caring individuals are the only people a vulnerable person may see from one day to the next.

“They are the light in the room, the smile on the face and the ray of sunshine for the people they care for and support, providing hope, compassion and care.”

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