The National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards are a prestigious event in the calendar. They celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to those individuals or organisations who excel in providing quality care.
The 2017 awards take place in Birmingham on 14th July and this year we are delighted to have three finalists from the Arches Care Home in Belfast.
The care team at the home provide specialist care to almost 30 residents who live with a learning disability in Belfast. They are a finalist in the category of “Supporting Older People with Learning Disabilities Award”. The trio of Suzanne Johnston, Catherine McCallister & Paul Lundy are finalists in the prestigious Learning Disability Nurse of the Year Award. Finally, Home Manager Judy Brown is a finalist in the Manager Award.
The Arches have made the finalists because of their commitment to improving the care their residents receive. The team have demonstrated significant improvements in key performance indicators as well as increased levels of resident, relative, visiting professional and colleague satisfaction. What makes the Arches stand out is their willingness to take positive risk to make the lives of their residents better.
Following feedback from the residents, relatives & colleagues it was noted that residents at the Arches did not have the opportunity to regularly “go on holiday”. Employing a ‘can-do’ approach – the Arches have taken different residents on three different holidays this past 12 months: Euro Disney in Paris, Blackpool & Strangford in Northern Ireland.
The feedback from residents has been very powerful. With one resident stating “I have never been happier in my life”. Another gentleman has carried a small airplane in his pocket every day since he returned. The impact of these excursions has changed the culture at the Arches. Now it is more than a culture of care – it is a culture of living.
Good luck to the Arches Care Home at the National Awards in July.
Date published: 15 September 2017