Our care news
29 Nov 2016
Residents at Flower Park Care Home in Doncaster have joined the health and fitness train in the run up to Christmas.
Amanda Searle, Home Manager, explained: “Pulse, a local exercise organisation popped by to do some chair based exercises with our residents and care team. The residents enjoyed the stretching and the ball activities so much they’ve asked for these sessions to become a regular thing.
“It was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves.”
29 Nov 2016
On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month we all take a moment to remember those who have fought for our Queen and country over many decades.
Residents at Amelia House Care Home in York paid their respects by creating lovely pieces of art that they then displayed in their home.
David Ramage, Home Manager, said: “Our residents wanted to do something special to mark Remembrance Day. They wanted to depict a famous scene, and they did just that. They stood in front of their artwork while they remembered the fallen. They now hang pride of place in our home.”
28 Nov 2016
Residents from eerie Eastlands Care Home in Norwich got a fright when they awoke on Halloween Morning.
Claire Corrigan, Home Manager, explained: “Halloween was a non-stop day of activities for us here. The morning saw our residents help the team decorate the house ready for our Halloween party. In the evening everyone got dressed up in their scariest attire and had a fantastic time.”
28 Nov 2016
Six team members from Dounemount Care Home in Macduff were commended for their long service at a recent awards ceremony held in the home.
Home Manager, Kay Robertson was joined by Grampian Regional Manager, Sylvia Nicoll to present the team with their awards in recognition of their 97 years service.
The following team members were commended for their long service:
- Heather Smith – 10 years’ service
- Shona Milne – 10 years’ service
- Jane Cruikshank – 15 years’ service
- Shirley McKay – 18 years’ service
- Lyndsey Matthew – 21 years’ service
- Linda Findley – 23 years’ service
Kay Robertson, Home Manager, said: “I’m so proud to have such a committed and dedicated team here at Dounemount. Having the same team for such a long time has a positive effect on our residents. The continuity helps many of them embrace the team as part of their family, enabling them to get to know each other on a personal level. Congratulations to you all!”
28 Nov 2016
Castlegreen Care Home in Edinburgh has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.
The care team at Castlegreen Care Home is celebrating being 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 Wednesday 23rd November 2016 with a night at the movies themed celebration.
John Kirk, Managing Director for Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, said: “This is next generation dementia care to make life better for the person with dementia and we are excited 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.”
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.