Grove House celebrates Dementia Care Accreditation success
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Grove House celebrates Dementia Care Accreditation success

Grove House Care Home in the Wirral has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Grove 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 a carnival themed party on Thursday 27th July 2017 for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them.

Rachael Junge, Managing Director for the North West 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 or email

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18 Aug 2017

April 2017 saw Four Seasons’ Health Care Grampian Region launch their VIP (Values In Practice) initiative which rewards people for living the Four Seasons values of being:

  • Respectful
  • Trusted
  • Caring
  • and Making a Difference

This month the team member with the most votes was one of Havencourt Care Home’s Care Assistants, Natalie Donald. Natalie was voted for fulfilling all four of the living values: Respectful, Trusted, Caring and Making a Difference. Comments written about Natalie included: “for making residents happy and working well as a team member”, “always hard working, keen and uses her own initiative. Caring and popular with the residents.”, “Natalie is a fairly new carer but has proven her worth by using her own initiative and is always more than willing to cover shifts at short notice. The residents love her and she is always cheery!”

Rhona McGregor Home Manager also put forward little Riley Mitchell as volunteer V.I.P of the month. Riley is the 6 year old son of Havencourt’s Administrator and he loves to visit with the residents to help out our Personal Activities Leader and take part in helping with activities. He always brings a smile to the residents faces and they have commented that he is always smiling and brightens up their day.

Sylvia Nicoll, Regional Manager for Grampian, said: “No matter how big or small the action or the gesture is, the VIP Awards are an opportunity to say thank you to people who go above and beyond the call of duty every day to make a difference to our residents’ lives.

“Congratulations Natalie and Riley, you should be really proud of your success.”


17 Aug 2017

June and Graham celebrated 61 years of marriage at The Cedars and Larches Care Home in Ilkeston.

The home transported them to the 1950s, and Elvis was King of the day.

Nina Wright, Home Manager, said: “It was a lovely way to celebrate June and Graham’s anniversary. They waltzed the afternoon away and were serenaded by everyone. They’ve clearly shown love is for keeps.”

Are you looking for a care home in Ilkeston? The Cedars and Larches Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


17 Aug 2017

Residents from Balmoral Care Home in Sheffield enjoyed a trip out to Crich Tram Village to celebrate Yorkshire Day.

Liza Murphy, Home Manager, said: “The residents loved it and weren’t put off by the rain.”

The home has also started up its own choir which holds its practice sessions every Thursday.

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


17 Aug 2017

When Walter reminisced to Mary, Personal Activities Lead at Copper Beeches Care Home in Rochester, about how he used to potter around his workshop, working on his Land Rover 904 and a variety of other engines Mary knew exactly what she could do to take Walter back to his youth.

Mary's friend has a workshop and arranged for Walter to go and visit. Walter had a great time looking at old photos, spark plugs and even gave Jim advice on maintenance of his vehicles.

Walter especially admired a 70 year old motorbike - his knowledge was incredible as he discussed the mechanics with Jim. The visit made Walter so happy that it is now going to be a regular occurrence for him. We believe he can't wait to have a trip out in the side car on his next visit.

Gabriele Jerome, Home Manager, said: “This trip out had a lovely impact on Walter. Here at Copper Beeches we try and provide as many special experiences to our residents as we can. Just because you live in a care home doesn’t mean you have to sit in a corner and do nothing. The fun is only just beginning.”

Are you looking for a care home in Rochester? Copper Beeches Care Home offers support for dementia care.

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