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23 Nov 2017

Residents from Bebington Care Home on the Wirral went on a road trip recently to New Brighton.

Clare Sullivan, Home Manager, explained: “Wherever we can we encourage the residents to go on road trips like these, as getting out does them the world of good. Although the trip to New Brighton was a little chilly, it didn’t stop the residents enjoying a fish and chip lunch on the front. They then had a little explore around before heading home.”

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


22 Nov 2017

Residents at the Charnwood Care Home in Nottingham celebrated Bonfire Night all warm and toasty at home, singing and dancing to some of their favourite songs before enjoying their very own private firework display.

Chris Harpham, Home Manager, said: “Our residents had a lovely afternoon singing and dancing. In the evening some of the residents watched the fireworks from the window with a lovely warm drink.”

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


22 Nov 2017

The residents have been up to all sorts of fun at Beech House Care Home in Barton-upon-Humber.

From Halloween parties to arts and crafts sessions, there has definitely been something to everyone’s liking.

Alison Hudspeth-Lamb, Home Manger said: “We have had a very busy month so far with a Halloween party and residents danced the night away with the scarecrow and the lion and had singer Julian entertain us, resident are still talking about it. We have been busy making lanterns today for the home for bedrooms and communal areas and the residents have made some lovely lanterns and very proud of them. We are looking forward to the local primary school coming to spend a morning a month with us and the residents have planned a lovely morning for them with card making and chosen the biscuits they think the children will like. They also enjoyed the church ladies and a trip is being planned for Brigg garden centre to see the Christmas lights and have lunch out. We have also had 5 birthdays this month and lots of cake and celebrations been happening.”

Are you looking for a care home in Barton-upon-Humber? Beech House Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


22 Nov 2017

The Poetry Club at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham regularly meet up to swap poems both old and new and even write a few verses of their own.

This week Joan – a regular participant in the club – brought along her favourite book full of calligraphy and poems. Two of her favourites are poems about what children are supposed to be like according to the day they were born.

Joan’s favourite poems

‘Mondays child is fair of face,
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe,
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for a living,
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day, is bonny and blithe and good and gay.’

Author: Unknown

‘Mondays child is red and spotty,
Tuesdays child won’t go on the potty,
Wednesdays child won’t go to bed,
Thursdays child will not be fed,
Fridays child breaks all the toys,
Saturdays child makes an awful noise,
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day, is a pain in the neck like all the rest, ok.’

Author: Colin McNaughton

Angela Muir, Home Manager, said: “The poems caused a great discussion on what day the residents thought they were all born on. Only two of the group actually knew though. However, technology prevailed so we were able to find out via the internet exactly what day everyone was born on. This caused even more discussion, with some people matching their descriptions perfectly and others not so much, which made every one laugh.”

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.


21 Nov 2017

Blackwell Vale Care Home in Carlisle has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Blackwell Vale 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 a party on Thursday 26th October 2017 for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals, the local mayor and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them.

Rachael Junge, Managing Director for England North West 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

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