Our care news
27 Jul 2017
Residents, relatives and the care team at Pennine Lodge Care Home in Carlisle enjoyed a traditional strawberry and cream tea whilst indulging in a little bit of Wimbledon on the TV.
Debbie Seaton, Home Manager, said: “Strawberries and cream are a tradition when watching the tennis. Who doesn’t indulge every now and then, and the tennis is only on once a year.”
27 Jul 2017
A Maltby care home has been rated as good overall by the Care Quality Commission. Following an unannounced CQC inspection Layden Court Care Home has also been rated as good for the individual criteria of being caring, providing effective care, being responsive to residents’ needs and well led.
The inspectors said that people living at Layden Court, which is run by Four Seasons Health Care, were looked after by staff who were caring, kind and considerate and who and treated them with respect for their dignity.
The inspectors saw positive interactions between members of the care team and residents and there was a friendly atmosphere with appropriate banter being shared between them.
The residents and their relatives spoke very highly about the team at Layden Court and the care they provided. One person said: “The staff are excellent. They make it like home; we have a laugh and that means so much.” A visitor told the inspectors how much their relative had improved since they moved into Layden Court.
The inspectors saw there were sufficient staff on duty to meet people’s needs in a timely way; they were well trained and supported to do their jobs. They were knowledgeable and understood the needs of the people in their care.
Residents and their relatives were consulted as much as possible about care plans, which included the person’s health and care needs together with information on their life story, their interests, preferences and dislikes.
Observations of the nurse administering medicines were positive and they were administered to people at the correct time and intervals. The inspectors identified what they described as “some minor issues” around documentation of medication, which they said were either rectified at the inspection or were being actioned.
People told the inspectors they enjoy the food served at the home. The inspectors saw that residents receive a nutritious and balanced diet. Snacks and drinks are offered throughout the day.
The home has two activities coordinators who organise a range of activities, outings and social events, which the residents enjoy
Relatives are welcomed into the home, which helped residents to maintain contact with those closest to them.
Samantha Jacob, Regional Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care, said: “It’s a credit to the dedication of the care team that Layden Court was rated as good. It is also heartening to see the very positive comments by residents and their relatives and to know the team is so well appreciated.”
27 Jul 2017
The farm inspired family fun day at Longfield Care Home in Eglinton was a huge success.
Louise McClusky, Home Manager, explained: “The kids farm was a big hit, and the lovely weather meant there was a fantastic turn out here. There was fantastic music and amazing food. Everyone pulled together and it was great to see everyone having fun. The residents were a little disappointed when the animals had to leave, but I’m sure we can find another excuse to bring them back.”
27 Jul 2017
Residents rate a Longwood care home was one of the top 20 in Yorkshire.
Botham Hall Care Home, which is just off Scar Lane, had been reviewed by residents and their families as one of the top in Yorkshire.
It was one of the 20 homes (out of 1,541 in Yorkshire) to receive an award from carehome.co.uk, a reviews guide to care homes.
Christina Halonka, Home Manager, said: “I am very proud of my care home and my team. We are one big family and this shines through.”
“The team and I always go the extra mile and will do anything and everything possible to ensure our residents have the very best care at Botham Hall.”
Davinia Ludlow, Director of carehome.co.uk said: “Botham Hall proved tat they provide a high standard of care and we’d like to congratulate them on being a Top 20 Care Home in Yorkshire and the Humber.
“It’s a wonderful achievement to be recognised for being a highly recommended home by the very people you care for.
“Finding the right care home can be so hard. We hope that our award will help to make people’s care home search that bit easier.”
27 Jul 2017
Residents, relatives and the team at Gilmerton Care Home in Edinburgh held a surprise party for Home Administrator Helen Ogilvie who celebrated her 75th birthday at the start of the month.
Tracey Howell, Home Manager, said: “Helen is like the matriarch of the home, we don’t know where we’d be without her. Everyone celebrated her birthday in style. Happy birthday again Helen. We’d be lost without you.”