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Gowrie House becomes a Dementia Care Pioneer

Gowrie House Care Home in Kirkcaldy is among the first to be accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Gowrie House Care Home is celebrating being among the first in the UK to be accredited for a new and radically different approach to dementia care.

The Dementia Care Framework is a unique step forward in the personalisation of care for people living with dementia. The care team uses exclusive purpose-designed technology to help build and continuously update a picture of each resident’s individual experience of their care and their physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing, so that their care can be adjusted to their changing needs.

The pioneering home is part of Four Seasons Health Care which spent two years developing and testing the new approach. The home hosted an event for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them on Monday 26th September 2016 during their Philippine themed party.

John Kirk, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, said: “This is next generation dementia care to make life better for the person with dementia and we are excited to be among the first homes to offer it. A vital part of the Framework is the bespoke support and training the team throughout the home receives with additional support and training for those, working within our dementia services. This goes beyond the practicalities of caring for someone with dementia and through simulation gives them a deeper understanding of what it is like to live with dementia.”

Anjie Restar, Home Manager, said: “The party was a great success, and was a fantastic way to celebrate the team’s achievements. Two relatives of our resident’s gave very moving speeches which reduced the room to tears, with regards to how we cared for their loved ones. I’m very proud of the team here at Gowrie House.”

In addition to the support and training, there are three additional components to the Dementia Care Framework – personal care reviews, Resident and Family Charters.

At the heart of the Dementia Care Framework is a personal care review process which is continuously updated electronically by care staff to give a comprehensive and current picture of each resident. Thought to be the first of its type worldwide, it is based on 320 recognised standards, including NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and Alzheimer’s Society best practice guidance. It replaces paper-based audits that are slow and almost always behind the changing care needs of the person.

The resident and family charters were developed in consultation with residents, family members, health and social care professionals and care teams, taking account of over 400 comments. The resident charter sets out their rights, the standards of care they can expect and commitment to provide for their personal needs and preferences. The family charter, sets out the support that they can expect to receive and how they can input to planning their relative’s care.

Only when a home achieves key standards within the Dementia Care Framework does it receive Four Seasons Accreditation for the quality of its dementia care.

To find out more about this fundamentally different approach to dementia care please visit carehomes.fshc.co.uk/dcf or email dementiacare@fshc.co.uk

Date published: 15 September 2017

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