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25 Apr 2017

All of the residents and their families at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside have been able to enjoy the Sensory Garden thanks to some hard work from a lovely volunteer at the home.

One area of the sensory garden at the home is slightly elevated which meant it was a little difficult for our residents who use a wheelchair to access it.

In came, Gordon to the rescue. Gordon is a Joiner by trade and regularly comes and visits his wife Alison at the home. Seeing our predicament, Gordon volunteered not only his time and skills but the materials to create a ramp so everyone can access this part of the garden. The residents were completely overwhelmed and are looking forward to using all of the garden.

Sheila Gesma, Home Manager, said: “I must say that we at Laurels Lodge have been very lucky with the help and support we get from the relatives and friends. The sensory garden was a big success, and the all the residents can now have access to it because of the new ramp with handrails fitted at the entrance. We couldn’t thank Gordon enough for the massive job he has done for the home.”

Are you looking for a care home in Woodside? Laurels Lodge offers support for all types of care including dementia care, nursing care and respite care.


25 Apr 2017

Residents, relatives and the care team all out their best Easter bonnets and boaters on as they held their annual Easter Parade at Cumbrae Lodge Care Home in Irvine.

Michelle Cushnaghan, Home Manager, explained: “Everyone had spent a long time creating their perfect bonnet and boater for the Easter parade. Once everyone was ready all of the headwear was modelled with the honour of choosing a winner falling to yours truly.

“It was a difficult decision because as you can see by the pictures they were all really good. I awarded them all first place, and we all tucked into some lovely chocolate left by the Easter bunny.”

Are you looking for a care home in Irvine? Cumbrae Lodge offers support for all types of care including nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


25 Apr 2017

Holywood Care Home in Belfast welcomed a Tina Turner impersonator into the home, who belted out some of her greatest hits.

Roxana Mitrea, Home Manager, said: “We have a resident’s relative who enjoys coming in and entertaining everyone with various acts. He’s done Elvis and now Tina. We’re all looking forward to see who’s walking through Holywood’s doors next week.”

Are you looking for a care home in Belfast? Holywood offers support for all types of care including dementia care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


25 Apr 2017

Westview Lodge Care Home in Hartlepool has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Westview Lodge Care Home is celebrating being accredited for a radically different approach of care for people living with dementia.

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 during a very glitz and glam party on Wednesday 19th April 2017.

Jacky Reed, Acting Managing Director for Four Seasons in the North East of England 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.”

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

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24 Apr 2017

As delayed transfers of care remain at record highs, how can we reduce unnecessary hospital stays for older people? That was the key question at an HSJ event held in association with Four Seasons Health Care.

The roundtable heard that the healthcare system often finds reasons not to deal with care home residents and looked at the success of an innovative collaboration between the NHS and care homes in Belfast.

With a collaborative approach between care homes and the NHS, older people are able to leave hospital and receive expert care, whilst assessing whether their long term future would be in their current home or a local care home. “The idea is that it would provide short term rehabilitation in conjunction with the two trusts in that area. The joint partnerships with the trusts I’ve worked with have just been amazing, and that’s what makes it work”, explained Janice Brown, Four Seasons’ regional manager for the Belfast and Newtownabbey area.

In addition to the improvements from a collaborative solution, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust reported that the joint partnership approach of providing a bed in a care home reduced their yearly cost by more than half.

You can read further thoughts and insights from the HSJ Roundtable, in association with Four Seasons Health Care, at HSJ Roundtable Guides

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