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Pioneering the Pampering – Our Newest Hair Stylists at Riverdale

No hairdresser? No problem! Residents at Riverdale Care Home have taken charge and opened a hair salon completely staffed by the residents who live at Riverdale.

Being aware that local hairdressers are currently closed, a group of pioneering residents decided to take matters into their own hands and treated team members using Riverdale’s state of the art, luxury hair and beauty salon. All residents who got involved live with dementia, and the team at Riverdale wanted to utilise the opportunity to enhance their resident’s skills set, whilst teaching some of them with something completely new!  

Jane Hare, Riverdale’s Home Manager, guided Joyce (pictured above) through how to put rollers in her hair. By the end, Joyce was on a roll and didn’t even need guidance.

Jane Hare, Home Manager at Riverdale said:
‘We always try to give our residents new opportunities; they have so much skill and we absolutely encourage them to continue to learn and grow here with us. The idea evolved from a brainstorming session with the whole Riverdale family and before we knew it the residents had come into their element!

Nothing is too big or challenging here for us, we love our residents and will do everything we can to provide stimulating activities for them, the sky is the limit! And some of us even got a great new hairdo out of it!’  

Having never dabbled in hairdressing before, Rowland (pictured above) decided he wanted to get involved. With some guidance from the team, Rowland took the job seriously and permanently dyed one of the care team’s hair. Needless to say, he is a natural!

Westgate Healthcare strives to provide innovative, pioneering activities and opportunities for our residents. Riverdale is a great example of how our teams come together with innovative techniques to encourage and care for all of our residents; and of course, have fun!

Great job Riverdale family, we can’t wait to see what you do next!

For further information on how we empower our residents through our Lifestyle Pioneer programme click here

If you would like to help make a difference to the lives of our residents and join the wonderful team at Riverdale, click here to see our list of vacancies or call
01376 349 643.

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