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21 Jul 2016

A brand new unit was officially unveiled on Thursday 7th July, supplying more care options to those in the local community.

The Forgan Unit at Craighead Care Home in Newport on Tay closed towards the end of 2015 to undergo some refurbishments.

“After numerous discussions and meetings with Fife Council, NHS Fife and local GP services, the unit was reopened this month as a ‘Dual Unit,’ explained Four Seasons Regional Manager Mike Shea. “The unit is now equipped to cope with the ever changing care demands of the local community, and can provide a number of options to people who require varying degrees of care.”

The Forgan Unit now has a dual purpose. Half of the beds are still used for residents who have long term care requirements at Craighead. However, the other half will act as a Short Term Assessment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) enabling people to have their short term care needs met, before returning to their own homes.

Mike Shea added: “This unit is the first of its kind for Four Seasons in Fife. It has been widely welcomed by all the professionals we deal with, especially the council, NHS and Care Inspectorate as it’s been established that the area has been missing this type of service.”

Are you looking for a care home in Newport on Tay? Craighead Care Home provides support for all types of care including nursing care, respite care, dementia care and end of life/palliative care.

joke day at care homes

21 Jul 2016

Whether it was a private little snicker, or a full on belly laugh. The medicine the doctor described at Ladymead Care Home in Swindon on 1st July was definitely laughter.

As part of their fun filled celebrations, jokes galore were being shared throughout the home.

Not content with just delivering the jokes, residents and the team members decided to get into character by wearing fancy dress to help with their comedic delivery.

KC Byju Vasudevan, Home Manager, explained: “Everyone had a fantastic time with everyone enjoying a good laugh or two. Everyone got involved in the fun. Even I dressed up and made the residents laugh.”

Are you looking for a care home in Swindon? Ladymead Care Home provides support for all types of care including nursing care, respite care, residential care and end of life/palliative care.

care home awards

20 Jul 2016

Three local care homes in Belfast and Downpatrick are among the first to be accredited for a new pioneering dementia care approach.

The care teams at Four Seasons Health Care homes in Tennent Street and Parkview, Belfast and Lecale Lodge care homes in Downpatrick are celebrating being among the first in the UK to be accredited for a new and radically different approach to dementia care. These homes will now deliver their care within the new Dementia Care Framework.

The 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 take account of their changing needs.

The 3 Four Seasons homes held events for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and families of those living with dementia to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them. Linda Robinson from Age NI was among the guests at an event in the Parkview home in Glencairn.

Carol Cousins, Managing Director for Northern Ireland, said: “This is next generation dementia care and which will make life better for the person with dementia and we are excited to be the first homes to offer it in Northern Ireland. 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.

“We are on track to roll out the new Framework across our 38 dementia homes before the end of this year.”

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


Marie-Louise Connolly, a journalist with BBC Northern Ireland took part in the dementia experience at Parkview Care Home in Belfast. Read her thoughts on the BBC website here.


20 Jul 2016

Wimbledon fever recently swept over the UK and saw Andy Murray win his second Wimbledon title.

Whilst all of this fun was going on in Wimbledon, a little further down the road in Ockendon, tennis fever was also sweeping over Ladyville Lodge.

The care home held its very own Wimbledon knockout which saw residents taking on the care team.

“Some players could certainly rival the back hand of Andy Murray or Serena Williams,” said Home Manager, Jane Maxwell. “Everyone had a great day and the weather was just right for it.”

Are you looking for a care home in Ockendon? Ladyville Lodge Care Home provides support for all types of care including nursing care, respite care, dementia care and end of life/palliative care.

joke day at care homes

20 Jul 2016

Residents, relatives and the team at Burlington Court Care Home in Glasgow love to laugh.

As part of International Joke Day, the home erupted with a variety of jokes that catered to everyone’s sense of humour.

Gwen McKenzie, Home Manager, said: “Having a good sense of humour is always a good thing. International Joke Day seemed to increase and highlight the number of laughs we have in the home on a regular basis. Everyone shared their favourite joke with one another, and used humorous props to help them to deliver the punch line. It was a cracking day, and when we went to bed some people were definitely nursing some sore bellies from all the laughing.”

Are you looking for a care home in Glasgow? Burlington Court Care Home provides support for all types of care including nursing care, respite care, dementia care and end of life/palliative care.

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