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24 May 2017

Residents at Havencourt Care Home in Stonehaven welcomed some very special four legged guests last week.

The care team surprised the residents by organising a visit to the home by two Shetland ponies, Wilson and Edwardo who went everywhere as they fit in the lifts.

Rhona McGregor, Home Manager, said: “Pet therapy is very beneficial to people in care homes, and our residents especially enjoy it. We wanted to do something different and thought the ponies would provide an alternate to the usual pet therapy.

The ponies were a huge hit, with the residents ensuring that they gave the same amount of attention to both of them. Everyone was a little disappointed when it was time for them to leave, some even so that they were making one of the rooms pony proof so they could stay.”

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


24 May 2017

Strangford Care Home in Downpatrick has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Strangford 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 during a party on Monday 15th May 2017.

Carol Cousins, Managing Director for Four Seasons in Northern Ireland 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


24 May 2017

A lot of things have changed in the last 100 years. It’s seen the introduction of computers, colour TV sets and the 21st Century staple product, the smart phone.

One lady at Whiteabbey Care Home in Newtownabbey has seen these advances in technology, as well as many other changes in history.

On Monday 1st May, the home celebrated Kathleen’s 102nd birthday, with the local Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Cllr Noreen McClelland coming to her party to wish her many happy returns.

Aleyamma George, Home Manager, said: “Everyone at Whiteabbey wishes Kathleen a happy birthday. She’s a fantastic lady, and it was an honour to celebrate her big day with her.”

Cllr Noreen McClelland, said: “Met this beautiful lady today, and thoroughly enjoyed her party with her family and friends.”

Everyone at Four Seasons wishes you many happy returns Kathleen.

24 May 2017

Hallgarth Care Home in Durham welcomed Katherine from the Alzheimer’s Society, who came for an afternoon of music and movement therapy with the residents and their relatives.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, said: “Katherine had a group of 20 of us clapping our hands, tapping our feet and singing to the music. We all chatted about our childhood, what games we used to play, we imagined flying kites, playing on the beach and much more. We then created the Hallgarth big band complete with our very own tambourines, maracas and bells. After all that hard work, we all enjoyed a cup of tea and a rest, which is always well deserved after a music and movement session.”

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.


23 May 2017

Living in a care home shouldn’t stop you doing the things you love.

When John came into Bracknell Care Home, he required a little bit of help and support to enable him to complete some routine tasks. However, with further support from the care team and Personal Activities Leader Tasha Corbett, John has managed to overcome a multitude of obstacles and even restarted his old hobby of gardening.

Natsayi Dunira, Home Manager, said: “The difference in John is fantastic. He’s a shining example of how a little bit of help and support can go a long way in someone rehabilitation. He’s now making great progress de-weeding and planting some lovely blooms in our garden. He’s such a happy chap and he’s looking forward to visiting the local park for more garden inspiration.”

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

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