Portadown Nursing Home latest to adopt Dementia Care Framework
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.
17 Dec 2017
Residents, relatives, the care team and local community have all been helping get Riverside View Care Home in Darlington in the festive spirit.
Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “Firstly we want to thank the local Co-Op who raised a lovely £180 for our resident’s fund. This will go towards our Christmas entertainment. On behalf of everyone in the home I want to thank Co-Op for their kind donation.”
Christmas has definitely hit the home, as they all got ready for their Christmas raffle. Complete with their very own naughty elf.
Claire added: “I want to thank everyone who donated to our raffle. The monies raised will go towards providing special experiences for our residents over the festive period. Merry Christmas from everyone at Riverside View.”
16 Dec 2017
The team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside pulled out all the stops last week as they took part in Laurels Lodge has got talent.
It was an afternoon full of fun and laughter and the team were up for the challenge and showcased their talents amazingly.
Children from Donbank Nursery also joined the residents that day and they got involved and joined in dancing to the birdie song with the Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader. Relatives who came also joined in the dance and had a fun afternoon.
May Duncan said “this is great”! as she danced the birdie song.
Other relatives such as Lorna Graham and Irene Sivewright commented on how good the show was.
The headline acts included:
- Linda Mason (Deputy Manager) and Lynn Smith (Home Administrator) - ABBA
- Morag Leslie (SNCA) & Jenny Watt (Care Assistant) – as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
- Rhodora Antiojo (Staff Nurse), Felix Mahinay (Care Assistant), Ewa Misztal (Care Assistant) & Arlene McGillivray (Care Assistant) as the Village People danced the YMCA music
- Nomeda Jackstienne (Cook) as Madonna
- Jolanta Nieckarz as Lady Gaga
- Marlene Smith (PAL) dressed up as Chicken
- Sheila Gesma (Home Manager) as the DJ
Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader, said: “The whole show was fabulous! The teachers from Donbank Nursery said to me that what we did was fantastic and they were very happy that the kids thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Sheila our manager was our DJ. It was also great to see relatives participating; it was indeed an afternoon full of fun and entertainment!”
16 Dec 2017
The Rookery Care Home has been fundraising to get some new activity equipment to provide special experiences for those in their care.
Susan Dyke, a member of the team made a big sacrifice and as a result raised over £400 for the cause.
Gail Llewelyn, Home Manager, said: “Sue decided she’s cut her hair off for the cause. She used to have hair that would rival Rapunzel and had never been to a hairdresser, so to have it cut off into a pixie style was a big deal for her. On behalf of everyone at The Rookery I want to say thank you!”
15 Dec 2017
The team at The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home in Mansfield celebrated a huge 120 years’ worth of experience last week, as 5 team members received long service awards.
Karen Gilbert, Home Manager presented the7 team members with their Long Service Certificates and gifts as a thank you for their continued dedication and hard work.
Karen said: “It was a pleasure presenting the team with their awards. I want to say massive congratulations to them all for their continued dedication and hard work. They’re all thought of very highly here in the Sycamore and Poplars by the rest of the team, the residents and their relatives.”
Are you looking for a care home in Mansfield? The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.