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31 Mar 2017

Southfield Court Care Home in Huddersfield has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Southfield Court 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 on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

Sam Jacob, Managing Director for Four Seasons in the 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


31 Mar 2017

Over recent weeks families have taken the time to thank the team at Hillside Lodge Care Home in Berwick-upon-Tweed for their continued care and support as they’ve made a difference to a loved one’s life.

Vanessa Pepper, Home Manager, said: “I’m very proud of the team here at Hillside Lodge. For many going into care is just a job, however we all know we make a huge difference to the residents and their relatives.

“Receiving letters and cards of thanks makes me very proud as a Home Manager. The care sector can often get a bad reputation for one reason or another, so it’s really nice and heart-warming when we receive letters of praise. It’s a fantastic endorsement for the home and the team and I want to thank the relatives for taking the time to write these lovely words.”

Are you looking for a care home in Berwick-upon-Tweed? Hillside Lodge offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


31 Mar 2017

Will you be lucky enough to find the golden egg at Campsie View Care Home in Glasgow?

The home is holding an Easter egg hunt at 1.30pm on Friday 7th April. Each participant will receive a crème egg, and if that isn’t enticing enough the person who finds the golden egg will receive an even bigger prize.

Katy Jenks, Home Manager, said: “Everyone is getting egg-cited for Easter and we are opening our doors to everyone for the egg hunt.

“There will also be games and much more fun for people to enjoy. So if you have a few hours to spare pop down to Campsie View. We look forward to seeing you.”

If you’re unable to attend the eff hunt on the 7th April, you could always see what Easter treats everyone at Campsie View have lined up for you from 1.30pm on 10th April too.


30 Mar 2017

Charlie a resident at North Merchiston Care Home in Edinburgh has taken part in a film project alongside four other residents from the home.

Director Duncan Cowles, encouraged Charlie to take control of his own filming day, creating a final film that he’d be proud of.

The result of Charlie and Duncan’s video can be seen below.

Mike Heard, Home Manager, said: “Charlie and the other residents who took part in this project really enjoyed themselves. It was their chance to ‘get to grips’ with modern technology whilst sharing their stories to a wider audience. Duncan’s videos are an insight into some of the colourful characters we have here at North Merchiston. Charlie still has a sparkle in his eye, a love for reading and Hearts FC, as the film shows. He made everyone giggle when we realised the title of his film was ‘Keep your eyes open and your mouth shut’. That’s a very Charlie thing to say. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as the residents enjoyed making them.”

Are you looking for a care home in Edinburgh? North Merchiston offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care and nursing care.


30 Mar 2017

On Monday 27th March 2017 Four Seasons scooped the ‘Flu Fighter Social Care Award’ at the prestigious Flu Fighter awards.

The Flu Fighter award celebrate the great achievements of flu teams and organisations who promote the importance of flu vaccinations to everyone in their organisation.

Four Seasons was shortlisted for the ‘Social Care Award’ after being nominated following the success of the internal Flu and You campaign. Before being presented with the award, Daniel Mortimer, Chief Executive for NHS Employers said: “Four Seasons Heath Care launched its campaign with the goal of reducing the occurrence of flu in its colleagues. They created leaflets and flu packs that provided details about the importance of the flu vaccination and how to get vaccinated. This worked really well and they had an extra 1,600 colleagues vaccinated, which increased uptake by 22% this season. Well done.”

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