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27 Jul 2017

Kingfisher House Care Home in Newmarket has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Kingfisher House 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.

Marjorie Condacos, Managing Director for Four Seasons in the South 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


27 Jul 2017

The team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside regularly holds fundraising events to raise money for the residents’ social fund.

This year, Lynn Smith (Home Administrator), Amanda Yeats (Senior Nurse Care Assistant) and Kirst Winchester (Care Assistant) bravely went skydiving to raise money for some garden furniture and canopies so the residents can enjoy the gardens come rain or shine.

Lynn Smith, Home Administrator said: “Everything about the Skydive fundraiser was amazing! The support from both the generous donations received from relatives, friends and families to the number of colleagues who gave up their time off work to make the journey down to Strathallan to cheer us on at the airfield.

“Doing the actual skydive was certainly an experience. We couldn’t have asked for better weather to enjoy stunning views as we climbed to 10,000ft in the plane. Then the jump…. Wow… literally breath-taking!! 30 seconds of free fall, accelerating to 120mph in just 7 seconds before pulling the parachute cord and flying back down to the cheering crowd.”

Kirsty Winchester, Care Assistant, added: “I have always wanted to try skydiving and when I saw the advert for skydiving to raise money for our care home, I thought it was the perfect opportunity. The experience was brilliant; I loved every minute of it and would definitely do it again.”

Amanda Yeats, Senior Nurse Care Assistant, told us: “I thought the experience was unreal, just out of this world and I can’t wait for the next time when our manager Sheila is ready to do it. It was a very memorable experience for me and it was really nice to have my family and friends there with me during the event. I am very thankful to those who have sponsored me, the money we raised will be used for a good cause.”

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


26 Jul 2017

Residents at North Court Care Home in Bury St Edmunds enjoyed their five a-day as the care team presented them some exotic fruits as part of fruity Friday.

Ieleen Belen, Home Manager, explains: “We know how important it is to enjoy your 5 a day. The activities team offered pineapple, kiwi, papaya and water melon to name just a few of the fruits available as well as some delicious smoothies. The afternoon was a marvellous success and everyone enjoyed tasting and talking about the origins of each fruit

Are you looking for a care home in Bury St Edmunds? North Court Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, respite care, specialist care and end of life/palliative care.


26 Jul 2017

The team at Ty Eirin Care Home in Porth turned one normal day into that of a Ground Force episode as they prepared their garden for the summer months.

Sue Bennett, Home Manager, explained: "We de-weeded, de-mossed and generally cleaned the garden and patio area up, before planting new plants and bringing in new furniture for everyone to use and enjoy the summer sun in. It's great to see the difference in the garden, and it's definitely made a difference here at Ty Eirin."

Are you looking for a care home in Porth? Ty Eirin Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care and nursing care.


26 Jul 2017

Residents from Doulton Court Care Home in Sutton on Sea are taking on their friends in other homes local to the area to see who can grow the tallest sunflower.

Joyce Turner, Home Manager, said: “The other day we re-potted the sunflowers and the residents are using all of the tricks of the trade to ensure our sunflowers grow the tallest and win the competition.”

Are you looking for a care home in Sutton on Sea? Doulton Court Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, specialist care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.

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