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18 Sep 2015

The Court Care Home in Ballymoney recently received their Silver PEARL Award for their Dementia Care Unit as well as ROCK Awards. The team decided to arrange a party to celebrate the hard work from everyone in achieving these specials honours.

The PEARL (Positively Enhancing And Enriching Resident's Lives) accreditation programme was devised to ensure best practice by using a specific model of care. The panel from the Dementia Services Team were “particularly impressed with the warm and homely environment along with a warm, person centred approach by all staff towards the residents”.

The team invited local Mayor, Lady Mayor Michelle McQuillan to present the awards in a special ceremony at the home. Residents and relatives were also invited to join a party with a BBQ, live music and ice cream to celebrate the hard work of the team at The Court.

The Court received a whole team ROCK Award alongside Jessica Adams, Care Assistant at The Court, who received a personal ROCK Award. The ROCK award is a nationwide internal honour that specifically highlights the impact a Four Season Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of our care homes. Team members are nominated for an award by residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.

Congratulations to all at The Court Care Home from all at Four Seasons Health Care.

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17 Sep 2015

Gary Cousins, Infection Control and Clinical Development Nurse at Four Seasons Health Care NI, is running an Infection Protection and Control day for nursing link staff at a number of Four Seasons care homes today, 17th September 2015.

The focus of the day is to improve the effectiveness of the link role, and to drive quality improvements in day to day nursing practice. Four Seasons are delighted to have the involvement of Rose Gallagher, Infection Control Adviser from the Royal College of Nursing as part of the day. Rose is running a workshop called ‘build a link person’ which asks link staff to assess their capabilities and limitations in communicating with and influencing others.

Other focuses of the day will be on ‘using clinical audits effectively - quality improvement versus quality assurance’ and ‘A Clostridium Difficile outbreak- what did we learn?’.

To read the blog of the day click here. A short podcast interview with Gary and Rose will follow the day to give a brief explanation of why the training was put together, how the collaborative working will benefit both Four Seasons and the Royal College of Nursing, and other key learnings.

17 Sep 2015

The team arranged a Great British themed tea party at Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham to celebrate the Queen becoming our longest reigning Monarch. It was a day for residents to share their fond memories from the past 60 years the Queen has been on the throne.

The home was decorated with Union Jack bunting to get everyone in the Great British spirit. The team provided music from the Queen’s reign for residents to dance and sing along to. There was also traditional afternoon tea with British themed cupcakes and sandwiches for everyone to enjoy.

Elizabeth, a resident at Murdoch House (pictured), has just celebrated her 103rd birthday and had heaps of memories to share with everyone about the Queen as she was 40 years old when the Queen came to the throne. Everyone ended the day by toasting to the Queen with a glass of wine or sherry.

Christine Tyrrell, Home Manager, said “The day was lovely; all the residents were sharing their memories with each other and singing along to the music we had playing. It was a great way to celebrate our long reigning Queen – we heard so many different stories from all the residents, it was so interesting to hear them all. A good day was had by everyone”.

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Ni dementia friendly award winners

16 Sep 2015

We are pleased to announce that the Four Seasons Health Care dementia team were joint winners at the first Alzheimer’s society dementia friendly awards. The award ceremony was held yesterday (15th September) in the Titanic Centre, Belfast.

The dementia team in NI were nominated in the category of ‘best education initiative’ which looks at educational initiatives that develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to help change thinking about dementia and the potential of people with dementia. Four Seasons won for their collaborative work with Queens University, Belfast in delivering dementia friends training to 304 undergraduate nursing students.

Congratulations to the team from all at Four Seasons. Pictured left to right: Joanne Agnelli, Jessie McGreevy, Gary Mitchell and Monica Diamond.

15 Sep 2015

The residents and their families at Burlington Court recently enjoyed a visit from the animal therapy company Bunny and Co. who brought along some furry and feathered friends including ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters.

The company of animals can bring great comfort and joy to peoples’ lives as was felt by everyone at Burlington Court. The animals were immensely entertaining with the ducks splashing in their portable pond and the fluffy rodents rolling around the floor in their hamster balls.

“It was such a happy afternoon” said Home Manager Gwen McKenzie. “The animals seemed to love the attention and all the stroking they received, especially from the residents’ grandchildren. Animal therapy is very welcome in our home, and for those residents who had pets and animals in their lives, it is a great source of pleasure and triggers lots of happy and positive memories.”

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