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26 Aug 2017

Residents at Bearehill Care Home in Brechin have been enjoying their very own domino tournament.

Joyce Chalmers, Home Manager, said: “It’s great to see the residents partaking in an activity they really enjoy. They’re all really competitive with each other, and they all try their best to be crowned the champion. These tournaments are regular occurrences here at Bearehill, as the residents all like to compete for the title of Bearehill Domino Champion.”

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


26 Aug 2017

Every month Hallgarth Care Home in Durham invites Personal Trainer Simon Charlton into the home to put everyone through their paces, with a wide variety of exercises.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, explained: “Simon has been coming to Hallgarth for a number of years and is now part of the family. Everyone looks forward to him coming.”

The residents work with bands, balls and beanbags to improve their balance, keep moving and ultimately keep fit. Everyone is encouraged to join in and there is always lots of laughter, chatting, singing, banter over how the football is going and most importantly lots of little rests.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, added: “The residents really enjoy seeing Simon. He regularly keeps them updated on his run and marathons. Everyone really enjoys it when he brings his medals in. They get to try them on. The only problem with Simon though, is he can’t count to 10. He always adds nine and a half and nice and three quarters before reaching the count.”

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


25 Aug 2017

Cumbrae Lodge Care Home in Irvine has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Cumbrae 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 a Disney themed party on Thursday 10th August 2017 for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them.

John Kirk, Managing Director for Scotland 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.”

Victor Dewson, Regional Manager for Glasgow and Clyde, said: “It was a glorious day attended by over 150 colleagues, residents, relatives and professionals. The certificates were awarded to staff by me and Isabel Marr, Senior Manager Long Term conditions North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. A truly wonderful day enjoyed by all. Well done team Cumbrae and a huge thanks to Tracey Rhodes Resident Experience Facilitator for the outstanding support given to the team.”

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


25 Aug 2017

The resident choir at Balmoral Care Home in Sheffield have been continuing to practice for their upcoming gig, even joining in with local entertainer who came to the home.

Liza Murphy, Home Manager, explained: “The choir has really made a difference to the residents and it’s great to see them having fun whilst doing something they love. Watch this space; they really will blow people’s socks off at their performance.”

Are you looking for a care home in Sheffield? Balmoral Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


25 Aug 2017

Ian regularly visits his loved one at Westroyd House Care Home in Shepshed.

He wrote a lovely letter of thanks to the Home Manager and her team, following an eventful and fun afternoon.

Ian wrote: “I had such an amazing hour at Westroyd this afternoon I just had to share it with, I’ve been smiling ever since!

First of all I had a brilliant half hour outside on a bench with Mum, in the sunshine, chatting all about days gone by and she was loving it. I took the photo below, M’s first ever selfie, and without doubt the best photo I have of the two of us (M doesn’t like photos and usually grimaces!).

But the highlight was yet to come…

So after chatting to some of my lovely old mates in the lounge I bent down to give Joan the now-traditional goodbye kiss on the cheek. As I lent over I felt a slap and my bottom, and turned round to find out the source. There was Pearl, ambling by on her frame, and she’d only slapped by bum as she passed!!! Brilliant!!! You can imagine how much laughter echoed around the lounge! Who says there’s no life left in the old gals?!

Thanks once again to you and all your lovely staff and residents for giving me such unforgettable moments.

Ian’s story clearly shows that care home’s aren’t the boring places many of us believe they are.

Are you looking for a care home in Shepshed? Westroyd House Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care and respite care.

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