Four legged friend visits Hallgarth family
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Four legged friend visits Hallgarth family

Following on from the success of another year at Crufts, dog lovers at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham watched the competition in awe with their adopted dog Mapachi and his lovely owner Meg.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, explained: “The residents enjoy welcoming a variety of pets into the home but Mapachi and Meg are definitely the firm favourites.

“Mapachi is always gentle and so pleased to see everyone, especially resident Margaret who gives him some special attention.

“Mapachi may never be a Crufts winner, but he is the top dog here at Hallgarth.”

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care

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17 Nov 2017

Copper Beeches Care Home in Rochester has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Copper Beeches 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 Halloween themed party on Tuesday 31st October 2017 for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals, the local mayor and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them.

Martin Murphy, Managing Director for South East 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


17 Nov 2017

The team from Bangor Care Home in Bangor along with The Quality Improvement Team of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT) won at the SEHSCT Chairman’s awards 2017.

They won in the ‘Ensuring Safety, Improving Quality and Test Category’ which recognised the efforts of both teams in improving meal times for residents in the home, minimising choking risks for those who have dysphagia.

Mauro Magbitang, Home Manager, said: “My team do me proud every day in providing an excellent homely quality of life for the residents and safe and enjoyable meal times for them. I am very honoured that the home was nominated and won. It’s a rare occasion that the Trust award is given to a private sector and the project , well done everyone!”

Are you looking for a care home in Bangor? Bangor Care Home provides support for dementia care, nursing care and specialist care.


17 Nov 2017

Residents from Harrogate Lodge Care Home in Leeds met up with children from local nursery ‘Best Child Nursery’ for a lovely morning of fun and games.

Alana Irvine, Intermediate Care Services Director, said: “It was great to see children from the local community visiting our residents and building friendships. The visit was a great success and is now a weekly event.”

The residents were from the home’s dementia unit and intermediate care unit. Shannon Berry, Unit Manager, said: “Our residents really enjoyed the children singing and the children loved listening to the stories the residents told them. It’s nice to see the generational gap being bridged and both parties extremely happy.”

Are you looking for a care home in Leeds? Harrogate Lodge Care Home provides support for dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


16 Nov 2017

Four Seasons Health Care were finalists in nine categories at this year’s LaingBuisson Awards, and at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 15th November, the organisation was awarded with a well-deserved award.

The LaingBuisson Awards recognise and celebrate industry excellence and innovative services in the public, private and third sectors.

Four Seasons Health Care scooped the award in the ‘Nursing Practice’ category in recognition of the innovative approach to the advancement of nursing knowledge and nursing education within the care home sector.

Our Care Home Nursing Journal (CNJ) along with our individual Nursing Twitter channel (@FSHCNurses) won plaudits with the judges for being totally unique within the care sector.

Furthermore, there was a recognition of the achievements of the front-line nurses who have written articles, presented at conferences, won scholarships and been finalists at numerous nursing awards in the past 12 months. Again, these achievements are unique within the care sector.

Joanne Strain, Head of Nursing, said: “This is a terrific result for Four Seasons Health Care and real recognition of our growing influence amongst care home nurses in the UK. This is only the start of our journey and I want to dedicate this award to all our tremendous nurses across the FSHC family”.

Carol Cousins, Northern Ireland Managing Director, also commented on the award success. She said: “This award is recognition for inspirational nurse leaders in creating the first clinical nursing journal in the independent care home sector – well done to all involved”.

While CNJ editorial board member, and Clinical Lead Nurse of Cameron House Care Home in Bury, Craig Priestley stated: “I’m so proud we won – the CNJ is one of the best learning resources we have for Four Seasons Nurses. It has shaped and improved nursing practice and helped to improve quality of life – well done to all involved in its production!”

If you’d like to take a look at the award winning journal, it’s available on the Four Seasons website in the publications area.

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