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8 Jun 2015

Hamilton Court care home is now an accredited part of Four Seasons’ award-winning dementia care programme, known as PEARL, standing for Positively Enhancing and Enriching Residents’ Lives. The programme successfully reduces the need for medication and results in a corresponding improvement in wellbeing.

To celebrate receiving the award, the home organised a party for residents, their relatives and staff members. Children from local schools came to sing to the residents, and there was cake and refreshments for everyone to enjoy. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Darryn Causby attended the party and talked about the importance of high-quality dementia care.

Tony Hart, Manager of Hamilton Court, said: “We are delighted to have received our PEARL accreditation award and it is testament to the hard work of all of our staff who underwent several months of specialist training. This included learning new ways of thinking about dementia and challenging the mind-set that someone with dementia may be seen as disabled or dysfunctional."

"The ethos of PEARL is to see beyond the symptoms of dementia to recognise each person as individual and support them to live their lives as closely as possible to the way that they always have. Talking with the person and their family, friends and health or social workers to understand something of the life of the person can help us shape their care programme and gives us ideas of how we can engage with them.”

PEARL uses a range of therapies including reminiscence therapy, sensory rooms and music therapy. The home is designed with consideration of the impact of light, colour, contrast, texture and sound to assist the residents to orientate themselves and create a balanced sensory stimulating environment.

It is estimated that there are over 3,340 people living in Northern Ireland with dementia and 800,000 people across the UK. This figure is projected to grow by up to 40% within the next 15 years.

Photo left to right: JP Watson, Managing Director Northern Ireland NW; Lord Mayor, Councillor Darryn Causby; Home Manager, Tony Hart.


5 Jun 2015

Residents and staff at the Grange Care Home in Darlington enjoyed getting out and about into the community as part of an event to raise money for the transformation of their garden into a sensory garden. The home organised a sponsored walk for staff, residents and their families. The fundraiser tied in with the local pub, the Shuttle and Loom, who were running a dementia awareness fun day.

Jamila Malik, activities leader at the home, said the event was a big success. She said: "The most rewarding party of the day was for the residents themselves. They enjoyed the chance to get out and about."

The Grange Care Home regularly holds events and activities for its residents and surrounding neighbours. As part of Care Home Open Day, they will be holding a garden party with cream teas, on Friday June 19th from 2pm to 4pm.

The Grange is one of many care homes belonging to Four Seasons across the UK, offering care and support for people with a variety of needs. The home employs many local people including nurses, care assistants, catering and domestic staff. To find out more about working for Four Seasons Health Care click here.


3 Jun 2015

The Vale Care Home in Bolsover, Chesterfield, joined in the company wide celebration of International Nurse’s Day with a specially prepared afternoon tea menu with cream cakes, strawberries and cream, and chocolates. Staff and residents alike all enjoyed the special afternoon tea, with Nurses getting a rare chance to put their feet up and enjoy a well-earned piece of cake.

At Four Seasons Health Care we're proud of our nurses and appreciate the care and compassion they demonstrate in our care homes. To recognise the great job they do every day of the year we marked International Nurses’ Day on 12th May across all our homes, and all nurses were sent a box of chocolates and a thank you card from our CEO, Tim Hammond.

To find out more about working for Four Seasons Health Care click here


2 Jun 2015

For the past 30 years Hesslewood House Care Home in Hessle has had peacocks living in the grounds. They currently have 4 peacocks; 2 full grown birds and 2 younger ones. The young male has been showing off his feathers as summer approaches. His feathers still aren’t as impressive as his dad’s, but that hasn’t stopped him from showing off to the residents at the home with his enthusiastic displays.

The peacocks at Hesslewood House roam freely around the grounds of the care home, and the nearby business park. They particularly enjoy sitting in the new sensory garden which opened earlier this year. The garden was developed specifically for those living with dementia or memory loss considering the scents and colours of the plants, accessibility for residents, and the route a person with dementia might take around the garden.

Home Manager Michelle Pepworth has worked at Hesslewood House for the past sixteen years and loves having the beautiful birds in the grounds, “Everyone really enjoys looking at the peacocks at Hesslewood House. Many of our residents sit in the sensory gardens every day, weather permitting, and often find the peacocks out there. They also sit on the balcony outside my office and it always provides a good talking point for visitors.”

To find out more about Hesslewood House Care Home click here


1 Jun 2015

On Wednesday 3rd June from 8pm – 9pm Joanne Agnelli (@JoanneAgnelli) and the Four Seasons Health Care (@FourSeasonsHCUK) dementia services team in Northern Ireland will be hosting a live twitter chat in conjunction with the BMJ’s Evidence Based Nursing Journal, the EBN Online Journal. The twitter chat will focus on optimising palliative and end-of-life care for people living in nursing homes.

The EBN Online Journal Chat offers people the opportunity to take part in discussions about issues relevant to nursing based on research articles and commentaries from Evidenced Based Learning (EBN). Every other Wednesday a journal chat will take place based around a particular theme. This week Four Seasons Health Care are delighted to be part of the discussion.

To access the pre-chat blog and for details on how to access the twitter chat on the night, please click here

Photo: Joanne Agnelli and the NI dementia team

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