Our care news
5 Jul 2017
A Sudbury Care Home has been rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection.
Catchpole Court received the rating against criteria of being safe, effective, caring and well led.
The inspectors found, however that people did not have enough to do and there was a lack of social stimulation – a point the business is working hard to improve.
The home are in the process of recruiting a member of staff of increase the range of activities available.
The inspection was carried out on the home in early May. Spokeswoman Marjorie Condacos, said: “It’s a credit to the dedication of the care team that the home was rated as ‘Good’ overall and against each of the core criteria that the Care Quality Commission inspectors use.
“It is also heartening to see the very positive comments by residents and their relatives and to know the team is so well appreciated.”
Inspectors have said that people were happy living in the home. One resident said: “A nice community and the carers are very good. A visitor said: “The carers are so friendly. They treat everyone as a person.”
The home has achieved a customer satisfaction rating of around 98% in the feedback from residents, their relatives and visiting health care professionals.
A spokesman said: “The inspectors saw there was sufficient staff on duty to meet people’s needs in a timely way.
“The inspectors said there was a choice of meals to suit people’s dietary requirements and individual preferences, with refreshments offered throughout the day.”
That wasn’t the end of the good news either, as local MP James Cartlidge, personally wrote to the home commending them of their success.
His letter read: “I am writing to congratulate Catchpole Court Care Home on having being rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.
“I was pleased to hear about the great work done by Catchpole Court Care Home in the local paper and I would like to commend you on your process of increasing the range of activities for residents. I wish you all the best with your dedicated work, it is a great contribution to the local community.”
5 Jul 2017
A Northern Ireland man is undertaking a 1,500 mile trek he’s entitled the ‘Long Walk Home’ in memory his mum.
Eamonn Donnelly’s mum lived with dementia, and Eamonn wants to do all he can to raise money to help fight the disease.
Eamonn said: “Several years ago mum passed away after suffering from a rare and aggressive form of dementia. There were many sad moments during mum’s illness and there have been many sad moments since her death. But we can deal with the sadness and grief as we are a strong family and support each other.
“One feeling though stands out as particularly frustrating, the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness – that nothing could be done to alleviate the symptoms or slow down the progression of the disease, let alone cure it…nothing.
“I believe strongly that this needs to change and more needs to be done to find answers to even the most fundamental questions surrounding this disease. The Long Walk Home is a very small step along the way to doing just that, while also honouring the life of an amazing woman.”
Eamonn is completing the trek with friend Sepp, which will see them travel through Hitzendorf in Austria, Germany, France, England and Wales before arriving in Northern Ireland.
Eamonn’s sister Patricia works at Dunlarg Care Home in County Armagh, and the home is gearing up to welcoming the gentleman back onto Northern Irish soil.
Pat Graham, Home Manager, said: “We’re all looking forward to seeing the guys when they arrive here in September. We’re going to hold a big party/fundraiser in their honour. Good luck guys”
The money raised will go towards supporting dementia research including supporting the work of the Alzheimer’s Society.
To get involved in the party in September contact Dunlarg Care Home on 028 3753 0858.
5 Jul 2017
Residents and their families from Lawn Park Care Home in Sutton in Ashfield enjoyed some entertainment from local theatre group Rolls Royce, who wowed the audience with old time songs.
Rosalind Kennedy-Brown, Home Manager, said: “Everyone had a lovely time singing and dancing the afternoon away. It’s nice to go back to the good old days with a tot of sherry to make it all sweeter.
5 Jul 2017
Friends, family and the care team at Churchfield Care Home in Mansfield helped Thelma celebrate her 91st birthday in style.
Katherine Davies, Home Manager, “Thelma’s special day had completely slipped her mind. So she was doubly surprised to see her friends and family arrive with a cake. Thelma made a wish before sharing her cake with everyone. We’d all like to wish her a happy birthday again from her Churchfield family.”
Everyone at Four Seasons wishes you many happy returns Thelma.
4 Jul 2017
There was lots of singing and dancing at Balmoral Care Home in Sheffield as residents, relatives and the care team were entertained by a local musician.
Liza Murphy, Home Manager, said: “Everyone had a great time singing and dancing the afternoon away. It doesn’t take much to get us all in the mood for dancing.”
Are you looking for a care home in Sheffield? Balmoral Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care, specialist care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.