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Dec 10th, 2014 - Thamesmead Care Home Achieves Silver PEARL Standard for Specialist Dementia Care

Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead has achieved silver standard accreditation as a provider of an award winning specialist dementia care programme.

The pioneering PEARL (Positively Enhancing and Enriching Residents’ Lives) dementia care programme was developed by leading independent health and social care provider Four Seasons, which owns Marlborough Court.

The home achieved its accreditation after staff successfully completed a rigorous training programme culminating in an unannounced inspection of the home.

It is estimated that 2,012 people live with dementia in Greenwich and overall some 856,700 people across the UK. This is projected to grow by up to 40% within the next 15 years.

PEARL has achieved dramatic reductions in the need for medications and a corresponding improvement in the wellbeing of people with dementia.

There are concerns that people with dementia are too often prescribed medications known to help manage the symptoms when they show distress reactions and reduction of over-prescribing has become a government priority.

Studies of people cared for in homes which are part of the PEARL programme showed a reduction averaging 48% in the requirement for particular medications, together with dramatic reductions in use of other medications to alleviate anxiety (40%) and help with sleep (44%).

Most importantly, an increase in wellbeing was measured among 46% of people.

A key aspect of PEARL has been to identify new ways of thinking about dementia and challenging the mindset that someone with dementia may be seen as disabled or dysfunctional.

As a result, PEARL involves training in dementia care mapping and person-focused treatment. Key elements of the programme are that staff recognise and respond to the holistic needs of people, develop ways of engaging with residents and the creation of a sensory enhancing environment. The dementia care programme has won numerous awards including from The Improvement Foundation for its pioneering excellence.

Maggie Candy, Home Manager, commented: “All of us at Marlborough Court are delighted that we have been able to achieve PEARL accreditation as it shows the level of our commitment to the improvement of care and increased understanding when supporting those living with dementia.”

PEARL uses a range of therapies including reminiscence therapy, sensory rooms and music therapy. The home is designed with consideration of the impact of light, colour, contrast, texture and sound to help people orientate themselves and create a balanced sensory stimulating environment.

The PEARL report can be viewed here:

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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.”

Are you looking for a care home in Darlington? Riverside View Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


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!”

Are you looking for a care home in Woodside? Laurels Lodge Care Home offers support for dementia care, nursing care and respite care.


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!”

Are you looking for a care home in Ebbw Vale? The Rookery Care Home offers support for dementia care.


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.

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