Care

Our home is “…where quality of care counts…”

Our team is passionate about providing high quality, dignified care that’s sensitive to the needs of residents. We aim to provide our residents with a secure, relaxed and homely environment in which their care, well-being and comfort is of prime importance.

We have specialist expertise in supporting people who have dementia and we have recently received the Gold Standards Framework. This is a national programme promoting the idea that ‘we live well until we die’. It is about anticipating the needs of people ahead of time, as they become more fail, whilst still celebrating life.

Residents shall live in a clean, comfortable and safe environment and be treated with respect and sensitivity to their individual needs and abilities. Staff are responsive to individual needs and will provide the appropriate degree of care to assure the highest possible quality of life.

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Dementia

The term ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and damage caused by a series of small strokes. We have a unit that is specifically registered for the provision of care for residents that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s / Dementia type illness and those suffering from Mental Disorders. The staff on this unit work closely with both GP’s and the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) and their support services. This interaction helps to provide both support and invaluable input in the optimal treatment and care of the individual resident. Assistance comes in a variety of forms; from carer and family support to community psychiatric reviews with the Consultants and their team.

We have Registered Mental Nurses (RMN’s) and the individual daily care assistance and social activities are geared to the resident’s mental health manifestation and abilities. In addition to the general in-house training all our Health Care Assistants (HCA’s) receive greater insight into Dementia and other memory affecting illnesses. This training covers aspects such as dealing with aggression, memory impairment and the vulnerability of the service group.

One of the fundamental principles underpinning the dementia care that is disseminated to the staff is approach techniques and styles. Dementia does not manifest or present in one single way and so the response has to be appropriate to the condition and individual accordingly. Insight into dementia as an illness and characteristics that the resident may commonly display are highlighted and discussed.

Palliative Care

At our home we provide Palliative Care. Palliative care (from the Latin ‘palliare’: to cloak) focuses on the relief of pain and other symptoms and problems experienced in serious illness. Our goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life, by increasing comfort, promoting dignity and providing a support system to the resident who is ill and those close to them. Palliative care neither hastens nor prolongs death. It celebrates life, even when time is limited. It regards dying as a normal process.

Our decisions about treatment and care are made with the help of the members of a multidisciplinary team and in line with the person’s personal goals and preferences. Team members usually include doctors, nurses and social workers. Occupational or physiotherapists, chaplains, pharmacists, nutritionists etc.

Respite Care

Respite care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.

We provide planned short-term and time-limited respite for families in order to support and maintain the primary care giving relationship. This in turn provides a positive experience for the resident receiving care.

Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without this support, such as respite.

Convalescence and Rehabilitation Care

The term “convalescent” is defined as a person recovering from illness. In a climate of long hospital waiting lists and delayed hospital discharges, hospital stays for many people are frequently so short that the recovery period has barely started before they return home. Obviously an acute hospital is not the ideal environment to recover from an operation or illness but the harsh reality of returning home can be a very difficult time, particularly for the older person. We therefore provide the option of a short period of stay to maintain a full recovery.

We provide rehabilitation for an individual to reach their fullest capacity, physically, mentally and socially. This requires a team of people working together within our Home, with the individual and his or her family. This team may include nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. Their combined expertise should promote recovery and maximise independence.

Depending on the nature of the older person’s condition, we also offer “intermediate care” on discharge from hospital. This is a short rehabilitation programme usually lasting for no more than six weeks. Suitability for this programme will have been measured against eligibility criteria. This will usually involve members of the multi-disciplinary team planning or supervising appropriate care.