Holywood celebrate Dementia Care Accreditation success
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Holywood celebrate Dementia Care Accreditation success

Holywood Care Home in Belfast has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Holywood 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 an armed forces themed party on Friday 29th September 2017 for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them. The Mayor of North Down and Ards attended the service and presented the plaque, certificates and pins to the team on duty.

Carol Cousins, Managing Director for Northern Ireland 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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19 Oct 2017

Residents, relatives and the care team at North Court Care Home in Bury St Edmunds have been busy raising both money and awareness for a variety of organisations.

On the 21st September, the home did something special to mark World Alzheimer’s Day. The residents enjoyed a morning of sports followed by a variety show in the afternoon. The team set up an information point in the reception where visitors to the home were encouraged to find out more about Alzheimer’s.

Ieleen Belen, Home Manager, said: “The Alzheimer’s Day was a great success. We had lots of positive feedback not only from residents and their families but also visitors to the home who wanted to understand a little bit more about Alzheimer’s. It was a good way for us to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and the help that is available out there.”

A week or so later, the home celebrated the Macmillan Coffee Morning event, which saw a variety of bakes being enjoyed by everyone. The day was a huge success with £200 being raised for this good cause.

Ieleen Belen, Home Manager, added: “'We are so fortunate for all the support we have had and it is so nice to see our tearoom so busy!”

Are you looking for a care home in Bury St Edmunds? North Court Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care, specialist care and end of life/palliative care.

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19 Oct 2017

6 members of the team at Lydfords Care Home in Lewes have received an award after being recognised for their caring nature.

The 6 team members awarded a Recognition of Care and Kindness (ROCK) award were:

  • Nicole Hudson, Senior Care Assistant
  • Ioana Tamas, Registered General Nurse
  • Florin Mortoiu, Registered General Nurse
  • Fiona Thorpe, Care Assistant
  • Mihaela Sava, Care Assistant
  • Michael Whitfield, Senior Care Assistant

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.

Maria Stefea, Home Manager said: “This award for the team here at Lydfords is very well deserved. I want to congratulate them on their success and thank them for all of their hard work and determination. Everyone was nominated by a resident or their relative and I believe this is very high praise indeed. Well done again everyone.”

Are you looking for a care home in Lewes? Lydfords Care Home provides support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care and respite care.

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18 Oct 2017

Izzy the Pet Therapy dog has been keeping the residents at Bon Accord Care Home in Hove busy, as she continues to regularly pop in for a fuss and a play.

Barbara Evans, Home Manager, said: “Izzy is a firm favourite with the residents and the team here. She is a boxer cross who will do anything for a biscuit. She comes in every other week to visit, and is happy to be stroked. The residents especially like Izzy because her coat is so soft. Pet Therapy is a fantastic activity for everyone to get involved in as it can have a soothing effect on those who are taking part in it.”

Are you looking for a care home in Hove? Bon Accord Care Home provides support for dementia care.

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18 Oct 2017

Residents from Mahon Hall Care Home will be the first in Portadown to receive a visit from Lenny the dementia friendly barber next month.

Around 18 of the residents will be treated to an old-fashioned wet shave along with an eyebrow and ear hair trim.

A jukebox will allow the gents to enjoy old time musical favourites including songs from Frank Sinatra while a fidget board and a rotating barber pole with provide extra stimulation.

Lenny White, from Belfast, who began his business in February, said: “A lot of people who live with dementia can become distressed but we have a bit of banter and they really seem to enjoy the music.”

Are you looking for a care home in Portadown? Mahon Hall Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and intermediate care.

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