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20 Apr 2017

Chichester Court Care Home in South Shields has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Chichester Court Care Home is celebrating being accredited for a radically different approach of care for people living with dementia.

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 well-being, 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 during an Easter themed party on Wednesday 12th April 2017.

Jacky Reed, Acting Managing Director for Four Seasons in the North East of England said: “This is next generation dementia care to make life better for the person with dementia and we are excited 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.”

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 or email


19 Apr 2017

Residents from Windsor House Care Home in Cannock swapped the nice clean setting of the home, to that of Beaudesert Park Farm, where they had the opportunity to be farmers for the day.

The residents had the chance to make bread, sample some lovely home-made cuisine and get up close and personal to the farm animals, including the new born calves.

Kerry Craddock, Home Manager, said: “It’s important for the residents to get out and about away from the home. Just because you live in a care home doesn’t mean your life should stop. Actually a few of our residents would say this is where life begins for them. When the residents came home, they filled me in on everything they had done at the farm, which was lovely to hear. By the sounds of it they’d be happy to go back again and get up close and personal with the animals.”

Are you looking for a care home in Cannock? Windsor House offers support for all types of care including dementia care, respite care, end of life/palliative care, specialist care and intermediate care.


19 Apr 2017

Residents from The Meadows Care Home in Huntly had a lovely day creating Easter bonnets, which was followed by a traditional fish and chip supper.

Elaine Crawford, Home Manager, said: “The residents had a lovely time creating Easter bonnets ready for our competition. Once all of the creativeness had finished, the residents tucked into a delicious fish and chip supper, which they all enjoyed. Nothing beats the good old taste of chippy chips.”

Are you looking for a care home in Huntly? The Meadows offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


19 Apr 2017

Just because you live with an illness, it shouldn’t stop you doing the things you enjoy doing.

Residents from Langley Park Care Home in Langley Park, dipped their toes in the water as they tried out a dementia friendly swimming session at Spennymore Pool.

Sharon Smith, Home Manager, said: “The swimming was a definite hit with the residents. Those who didn’t want to swim could just dip their toes in the water which was great. It looks like the residents will be making this visit to the pool a regular one. This just goes to show, dementia isn’t a barrier and shouldn’t stop you doing what you want to do.”

Are you looking for a care home in Langley Park? Langley Park offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


19 Apr 2017

The warmer weather has certainly helped residents at Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead have a spring in their step, as their recent activities have proven.

Louise Hulme, Home Manger, explained: “The residents have been busy giving the garden a spring clean, before planting new blooms to inject some lovely colour and attract the local wildlife. They’ve also been readying the vegetable patch, so they can grow some lovely delights for us all to use later in the year.

“When they haven’t been busy in the garden, the ladies were getting all glammed up for Ladies Day at Aintree whilst the gents sang all in eager anticipation for the Grand National.

“We’ve recently held an Easter egg hunt at the home, which people of all ages enjoyed. It really has been a lovely couple of weeks at the home.”

Are you looking for a care home in Thamesmead? Marlborough Court offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care and respite care.

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