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31 Jul 2016

With the heat of the summer, thoughts at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham went to tropical islands and beautiful sunsets.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, explains: “The Hallgarth Art Club all came together to create some lovely masterpieces. With their choice of Desert Island Discs playing in the background, residents chatted about who or what they would take to their very own desert island.

“We all painted our minds eye view of the setting sun from our tropical paradise. The paintings turned out beautifully and we’ll frame them and pop them on our walls with the rest of the art collection.

“I want to say well done to Norma, Grace, Margaret, Joan, Jean, Ruth, Ray, Shirley, Keith Helen and Anne who created the beautiful pieces of art.”

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care and respite care.


31 Jul 2016

Botham Hall Care Home in Huddersfield is among the first to be accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach

The care team at Botham Hall 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 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 on Thursday 21st July 2016.

Sam Jacob, Managing Director for the East of England, 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.”

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


31 Jul 2016

The ladies at Beech House Care Home in Barton upon Humber indulge in their favourite activity, as they take the Personal Activities Lead on a nice long walk around the town.

Alison Hudspeth-Lamb, Home Manager, said: “Our lovely little walking group really does enjoy going out in the fresh air. They’re usually up and ready with their handbags before Activities Leader Linda has a chance to walk through the door.

“Walking is something the ladies enjoy doing, and it’s an activity we encourage as it helps them to stay mobile. I think the walking was a nice change after all the laughing the home did as part of the International Joke Day celebrations, which saw the residents making the most of the selfie props we had.

“Providing little experiences like this is a joy to us here at Beech House. We’ll enjoy providing more and more of these experiences to people in our care.”

Are you looking for a care home in Barton upon Humber? Beech House Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, respite care, dementia care and end of life/palliative care.


30 Jul 2016

On Friday 22nd July, residents and the team at Layden Court Care Home in Maltby, bid a fond farewell to Student Nurse Kay.

For the last 6 weeks Kay has been working in Layden Court full-time, learning and practicing lots of new skills in preparation for when she qualifies as a Registered Nurse.

All the team and visiting professionals have really taken to Kay and we hope she will return to Layden Court once she has qualified.

Jenny Hololob, Home Manager stated: “Kay immediately became one of the team. I hope she has gained some valuable experience, skills and memories which help her with her nursing career. I have had lots of positive feedback from everyone involved in her studies here at Layden Court and even the local GP enjoyed her assistance on his weekly visits to the home. She has been fabulous and I hope she returns to our home as soon as she has qualified. Everyone here at Layden Court are so pleased and proud and want to congratulate Kay on passing her first year! ”

Diane Barnes, Deputy Home Manager added: “Kay is our first student from Sheffield Hallam University. Her experience here has enabled her to successfully complete her first year. We can tell that she has thoroughly enjoyed her experience within our team and we have all loved having her here. We’ve all found it so rewarding helping Kay to succeed and we look forward to meeting our second student nurse in the next few weeks. Hopefully we can make her experience a positive one as well.”

Are you looking for a care home in Maltby? Layden Court Care Home provides support for all types of care including dementia care, residential care, nursing care and day care.


30 Jul 2016

On Wednesday 6th July 2016, over 3,000 bikers had a pit stop in Barton upon Humber as part of the ‘Bikers Night’ 20th Anniversary celebrations.

Alison Hudspeth-Lamb, Home Manager for Beech House Care Home in Barton upon Humber, explained: “The street was full of stalls. Visitors flocked to see what goodies were on offer, as well as looking at all the bikes.

“Residents from Beech House ran the Tombola stall and got the chance to share their experiences with the bikers. Everyone had a lovely day and we managed to raise some money for our resident’s fund. I think if some of the residents had their way, they would have been off gallivanting with the bikers.”

Are you looking for a care home in Barton upon Humber? Beech House Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, respite care, dementia care and end of life/palliative care.

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