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3 Nov 2016

Astell Care Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne is among the first to be accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Astell Care Centre 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 wellbeing, 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 accreditation party for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals, residents and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them on Monday 31st October 2016 with an apt Halloween theme.

Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care North East of England and the South West, 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


2 Nov 2016

Residents at Bracknell Care Home in Bracknell had a whale of a time when they celebrated World Animal Day.

Everyone monkeyed around as they acted like their favourite animals putting on different masks and making silly noises.

To add a bit of something special, Maintenance Man Dean Forbes and is wife Sue brought in a few of their animals for people to enjoy.

Natsayi Dunira, Home Manager, said: “The residents loved having cuddles with the rabbits and getting to know the tortoise. We’re all true animal lovers here at Bracknell and it’s safe to say everyone enjoyed this little bit of pet therapy.”

World Animal Day is celebrated on 4th October each year and aims to raise the status of animals to improve their welfare standards around the globe, making the world a better place for them.

Are you looking for a care home in Bracknell? Bracknell Care Home offers a variety of care types including nursing care, specialist care and end of life/palliative care.


2 Nov 2016

For the past 5 years, Hallgarth Care Home in Durham have taken part in the ‘Pumpkin to Pumpkin’ competition against local entertainer Colin Summer.

The rules are simple. You have to grow your own pumpkin from scratch. The winner is the biggest and best pumpkin. Last year the score was two all, so this year it was all to play for.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, explained: “Our lovely resident Joan Grayson was our pumpkin competitor this year. She tended and cared for our pumpkin from the moment it was planted. Once it was grown, the other residents submitted a number of designs for Joan’s perusal to carve into her beloved pumpkin. After much deliberation Joan went for a mix and match approach, creating a face out of numerous different parts from the designs. On the day of the competition, things went a little pumpkin shaped. Ours wasn’t as round and full bodied as it should have been. It had a pointy bottom and spent most of its life a shade of witchy green as opposed to pumpkin orange.

“On top of that, the thought of chopping the top off, scooping out it’s insides and carving into its face was a little too much for Joan to bear as she didn’t want to hurt the pumpkin she’d cared for from a seed. So instead, Plan B saw us draw the pumpkins face on with felt tip making it as unique as everyone here at Hallgarth.

“Unfortunately, we lost this year’s competition, but plans are already underway for next year.”

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home offers a variety of care types including residential care, nursing care, respite care, intermediate care and end of life/palliative care.


2 Nov 2016

Rosemount Care Home in Blairgowriewelcomed two superstars through their doors last week.

Residents, relatives and the care team alike were wowed by Elvis and Johnny Cash tribute acts.

Joyce Chalmers, Home Manager, said: “Everyone had a lovely time listening to the old favourites being belted out. Our residents gave the two entertainers a run for their money which was great. It’s always nice to hear our residents sing. They all sang a lot better than some of those people on the latest talent shows. A great afternoon was had by all.”

Are you looking for a care home in Blairgowrie? Rosemount Care Home offers a variety of care types including dementia care, nursing care, respite care, specialist care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


1 Nov 2016

The care team at Warmley Care Home in Warmley came to work a little under dressed last week.

The team turned up in their onesies, all in the aim of raising money for St Peter’s Hospice.

St Peter’s Hospice is a Bristol charity that cares for adults with life limiting illnesses.

Sue Horsewell, Home Manager, said: “St Peter’s Hospice is a charity close to our hearts. We wanted to give something back to them as we understand the demands of caring for people. I’m proud to say we raised £60 for this good cause.”

Are you looking for a care home in Warmely? Warmley Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

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