Our care news
27 Oct 2017
Castle Lodge Care Home in Antrim work very closely with their local community.
Last week they invited the Oasis Caring in Action group in to undertake the dementia experience, to help them understand and empathise with people in their community who live with the condition.
Una Brady, Home Manager, said: “The group work hard in the community to empower the people that they help. They really enjoyed the dementia experience as it helped them to walk in the shoes of someone who lives with dementia every day. After they completed the experience the group spent some time with the residents at the home which had a fantastic impact on their well-being. The group are coming back to the home next month to help us run a healthy eating workshop.”
27 Oct 2017
Sandringham Care Home in Portadown is the latest residential care home to be accredited under the unique Four Seasons Dementia Care Framework which has now been rolled out to 100 homes across the UK, including 20 in Northern Ireland. Over 16,000 Four Seasons colleagues have now been trained in the new and radically different approach to dementia care.
The 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 wellbeing, so that their care can be adjusted to take account of their changing needs. Staff and other community based health professionals also go through a ‘Dementia Experience’ through a real time multi-sensory practical training session.
The dementia platform, the first of its kind worldwide, 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 resident audits that are slow and almost always behind the changing care needs of the person.
Since the launch of the Framework last year, 2,766 residents living with dementia in Four Seasons homes have benefited from being assessed and treated according to the new framework.
Members of the team today received their accreditation certificates at an event attended by residents of Sandringham Nursing Home, their families as well as local political representatives including DUP leader Arlene Foster, local MLAs John O’Dowd, Delores Kelly, Carla Lockhart and Lord Mayor Gareth Wilson.
Carol Cousins, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland, said: “Our Dementia Care Framework really is the next generation of dementia care and has been
developed with the needs of the resident living with dementia at the core of our agenda. It makes everyday life better for the person with dementia and we are delighted at the roll out in Northern Ireland homes including Sandringham which we are celebrating today.
“We are on track to roll out the new Framework across our 38 dementia homes before the end of this year.”
The Framework also includes Family and Resident Charters. These 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.
27 Oct 2017
Residents, relatives, the team and even some four legged friends enjoyed the Macmillan Coffee morning event at Wansbeck Care Home in Choppington a couple of weeks ago.
Nick Smith, Home Manager, said: “Everyone made cakes in the home, and we all enjoyed eating them. We managed to raise over £130 for Macmillan which was a fantastic result. There weren’t many cakes left at the end of the day. I want to thank everyone for helping make a difference in our home.”
25 Oct 2017
Three nurses from Carrickstone House Care Home in Glasgow ran the Glasgow Half Marathon back at the start of October.
Clare Wilson, Catriona Roe and Laura Izatt ran the race to raise money for Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity).
To date they have raised over £1200, with some donations still to be received.
Claire Wilson, said: "I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported and donated to Sands, and a special thank you to Laura and Catriona, without whom I could not have done the race."
24 Oct 2017
The team at Warrior Park Care Home in Hartlepool celebrated over 100 years of experience at the home, at a recent awards ceremony.
Gail Starling, Home Manager presented the home’s elite with their awards celebrating 10 or more years’ service.
The 10 team members commended for their long service were:
- Mark Armitage, Chef
- Theresa Brown, Kitchen Assistant
- Dominique Muir, Domestic Team
- Anne Browning, Senior Care Assistant
- Jan Perry, Care Assistant
- Julie Weirmouth, Nurse
- Marie Boagey, Care Assistant
- Sandra Bell, Laundry Assistant
- Sandra Ross, Laundry Assistant
- Nicola Gill, Domestic Team
Gail Starling, Home Manager, said: “Having continuity and routine in a care home is important for the residents. They get to know the team on a personal basis, and to some extent, see them as members of their family. I am very proud of the team here and congratulate those who have received awards.”
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