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Victoria celebrates Dementia Care Accreditation success

Victoria Care Home in St Helens has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Victoria 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 event for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them during an Easter themed party on Wednesday 12th April 2017.

Rachael Junge, Managing Director for Four Seasons in the North West of 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 carehomes.fshc.co.uk/dcf or email dementiacare@fshc.co.uk

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20 Nov 2017

The residents and care team at Howdon Care Centre in Wallsend enjoy their monthly trip to the library where they’re always greeted with refreshments of tea and cakes.

Everyone chose their favourite books which they decided were coming back to Howdon, but before they came home they settled down with a cup of tea and slice of cake discussing what they’ve read.

Are you looking for a care home in Wallsend? Howdon Care Centre provides support for all types of care including day care, intermediate care, end of life/palliative care and specialist care.

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20 Nov 2017

Congratulations go to two Care Assistants at Lydfords Care Home in Lewes, who have been commended for their care and kindness.

Maria Stefea, Home Manager, presented the Recognition of Care and Kindness (ROCK) awards to Alison Palmer and Wendy Lavender.

Maria Stefea 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. Well done Alison and Wendy you should be very proud, these awards are very well deserved.”

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.

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

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20 Nov 2017

Although Hallgarth Care Home is on the edge of the busy Durham City Centre, it has a long private back garden, which for many years has been home to a family of squirrels. These critters provide hours of entertainment.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, said: “The residents love sitting in our very own bar and watching nature at its best. We have bird boxes, feeders and a bird bath. These are used by a family of Blue Tits, but the real characters are the squirrels. We have a line going from tree to tree that the nut and seed feeders hang on, and the squirrels have mastered the art of walking along them commando style.

“This is the third line we’ve had to put up at the squirrels got the idea of chewing through the line so all the feeders end up on the ground, much easier for them to collect the nuts! Or they would chew through the plastic feeders so the bottom would fall out. We now give them different puzzles to challenge them before they can get the nuts. They are very entertaining to watch.”

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home offers 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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19 Nov 2017

Residents, relatives and the care team at Hillside Lodge Care Home in Berwick-upon-Tweed are now enjoying weekly high tea sessions, with all the trimmings.

Vanessa Pepper, Home Manager, said: “Everyone enjoys an excuse for a lovely high tea session, after all who doesn’t enjoy a lovely cup of tea, some sandwiches, cake and even a scone and jam. Everyone is welcome to come and join us.”

Are you looking for a care home in Berwick-upon-Tweed? Hillside Lodge Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.

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