Tesco employees continue to experience what it is like to live with dementia in Forfar
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Tesco employees continue to experience what it is like to live with dementia in Forfar

Ideas on how to help people living with dementia to lead a fulfilling life without barriers have been hitting the headlines recently.

Four Seasons Health Care’s Home Manager from Havencourt Care Home, Rhona McGregor has been helping Tesco employees in Forfar undertake the Four Season’s Dementia Experience.

Rhona McGregor said: “People living with dementia can still lead fulfilling lives and do the things they enjoy doing. I believe it’s our approach as professionals, whether in the health care sector or other sectors, that needs to adapt to remove any barriers that may be in the way. We’re delighted that employees from Tesco want to take part in the experience so they can enhance the lives of shoppers in their stores. This is the second batch of Tesco employees to take part in the training, and they’re all embracing it to the full.”

The Dementia Experience attempts to provide participants with a taste of what living with dementia might be like. Participants have their physical senses temporarily impaired with a variety of props, and are then asked to complete simple daily tasks, such as pairing up socks, buttoning a shirt and laying a table. The experience can be frustrating and distressing in equal measure, and provides a glimpse into what it might be like to be living with dementia.

The Dementia Experience is part of Four Seasons Health Care’s new approach to dementia care, the Dementia Care Framework. This pioneering approach 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. There are three additional components to the Dementia Care Framework – personal care reviews, Resident Charters and Family Charters. 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.

Rhona McGregor added: “The teams in our homes are all receiving this experience as part of their dementia training. Offering it out to organisations in the local community is a logical next step. It also ensures people living with dementia have the understanding and support of the community’s they live in, to help them lead a fulfilling life without barriers.”

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20 Jul 2017

An air of celebration was in the air at Gosmore Care Home in Hitchin as five members of the care team have been commended for their care and kindness.

The home, run by Four Seasons pulled out all of the stops to congratulate the team who have been commended for making a difference to a resident in their care.

Representatives from Four Seasons Health Care were joined by the local Mayor, who presented the individuals with their awards, and personally thanked them for their dedication to care.

Christina Hartles, Home Manager at Gosmore said: “I’m very proud of the team here, they regularly go the extra mile to make a difference to the residents they care for. These five awards show that every member of the team in the home cares for the residents that live here. Well done everyone! These awards are very well deserved.”

Madam Mayor Pam Stuart Mayor of Hitchin, said: “I was honoured to present these awards to the team today. Hearing nice stories about people in care homes is fantastic and should be celebrated. It was great spending time with the residents at the after party too. They all spoke very highly of the team here at Gosmore.

After the presentation, everyone enjoyed a good old party.

Marjorie Condacos, Managing Director for the South East of England, said: “The team were all nominated for these awards by residents of relatives in their care. I don’t think there is any higher commendation than that. It’s fantastic to see that the team here are making a difference not only to the residents’ lives but to their families as well. I want to echo Christina’s sentiments and congratulate you all once again.”

A ROCK award is a nationwide honour that specifically highlights the impact a Four Season Health Care employee has made on the lives of people living in one of their care homes. An internal prize, staff are nominated for an award by either residents, their relatives or friends, who have witnessed or experienced staff members demonstrating excellent standards of care and kindness in their role.


19 Jul 2017

Old Vicarage Care Home in Worksop helped two of their residents celebrate their birthdays with a very sophisticated garden party.

Pauline Clews, Home Manager, said: “Margaret and Peggy loved the garden, so while the weather was nice we thought we’d hold a lovely garden party to celebrate their birthdays. Everyone enjoyed the celebrations and birthday cake, which there was twice the amount of due to the fact that it was a double celebration.”

Everyone at Four Season’s wishes you many happy returns Margaret and Peggy.


19 Jul 2017

Residents from Hemsworth Park Car Home in Pontefract enjoyed a bit of gardening in the sunshine as they popped down to their allotment at Appletree.

Simon Smith, Home Manager, said: “Everyone had a great time in the sunshine potting a variety of plants and vegetables at the allotment. Gardening is something some of our residents here at Hemsworth are very passionate about, so getting them out in the allotments is a great way for us to nurture this passion. We’re all looking forward to the fruits of their labour in the coming weeks and months.”

Are you looking for a care home in Pontefract? Hemsworth Park Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, respite care, nursing care, specialist care and end of life/palliative care.


18 Jul 2017

On Friday 14th July 2017, Four Seasons Health Care was represented by the team from Arches Care Home in Belfast in three categories at the National Learning Disability Awards.

The event, held annually in Birmingham, celebrates excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aims to pay tribute to those individuals or organisations that excel in providing quality care.

The team at the Arches picked up two awards at the ceremony.

The trio of Suzanne Johnston, Catherine McCallister and Paul Lundy were named as the ‘Learning Disability Nurses of the Year’.

In addition to this prestigious accolade the Arches Care Home won the award for ‘Supporting Older People with Learning Disability Award’.

Lorraine Kirkpatrick, Regional Manager for Four Seasons in Belfast said: “Four Seasons were the only double award winners of the night – what a fantastic achievement! Well done to my colleagues at the Arches who make such a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability. I’m so proud of my wonderful team”.

Joanne Strain¸ Head of Nursing at Four Seasons Health Care, said: “This is fantastic recognition for the dedicated staff at Arches Care Home. It is well deserved and we are so proud of everyone. You all deserve the recognition”.

Are you looking for a care home in Belfast? Arches Care Home provides support for all types of care including respite and specialist care.

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