A Crawley care home has continued to earn top ratings by both the CQC (Care and Quality Commission) and Environmental health.
Ifield Park Care Home in Rusper Road, Crawley had an unannounced inspection by the Care abnd Quality Commission (CQC) on February 11 and retained all five standards it had achieved when first opened in 2006.
In addition to this, it was also awarded a five-star rating for its kitchen by the Environmental Health.
The manager of Ifield Park Care Home, Jo Stovold said: “We were very pleased. They also took away some of our paperwork to use as an example of best practice to share with other homes. We feel that was particularly good because that says more than a green tick in a box.”
A Winchester care home which underwent a programme of refurbishment has won an award for its refurbishment programme.
The St Cross Grange Care Home, in St Cross Road, won a prestigious ‘Pinder’s Award’, the design awards for the care industry, in their ‘regeneration-care homes’ category after the £4 million refurbishment took place last year.
St Cross Grange Care Home presenting a cheque to The Alzheimer’s Society.
The St Cross Grange Care Home provides care for the elderly and those living with a dementia across it’s 64 bedrooms, and who very kindly donated the £500 prize they received from The Pinders awards to the Alzheimer’s Society.
The refurbishment plans saw a redevelopment of the dementia unit as well as improvement to bedrooms and community spaces within the St Cross Grange Care Home.
Teri Packer, home manager at St Cross Grange Care Home said that; ‘Such recognition highlights the fantastic work which has been carried out during the refurbishment managing to blend the old with the new build, while combining the very latest interior design for the care of older people.’
Care staff at 15 Scottish Care Homes run by Glasgow City Council have planned two days of strike action in a row over pay and conditions.
The care staff, who between them care for more than 600 vulnerable people across the 15 care homes have planned the action in protest at shift pattern changes which will mean they will work 12 1/2 hours shifts and which strikers claim will effectively cut 7% of the wages of 182 workers.
The Local authority argue that the changes to shift patterns means they will have to rely much less on using nursing agency staff, which can be prohibitively expensive.
The Glasgow City Council spokesman went on to say that the change in shift patterns would mean changes for staff who currently receive extra payments for working unsociable hours.
The Civic Mayor of Salford, Alan Clague, was making cuts of a very different kind to those normally associated with officialdom when he was the invited to open a new hairdressing salon and bistro at The Fountains Care Centre in Salford recently.
The Fountains Care Centre, which has invested significantly since being acquired by new owners three years ago, cares for up to 96 residents, all of whom can partake of the new facilities.
The manager of The Fountains Care Centre, Ann Watkinson, said that ‘we all had a wonderful time at the opening; our residents thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Mayor and Mayoress who were very impressed with the new facilities we have been developing here’.
The Mayor of Salford and Lady Mayoress attending to the hair of The Fountains Care Centre manager Ann Watkinson
The hairdressing salon and bistro are part of an ongoing refurbishment plan by the new owners, and in the words of the Civic Mayor of Salford, Alan Clague, ‘The Fountain Care Centre has really changed my perception of ‘care homes’, it is in a really lovely setting and is a great environment for people to be in.’
The Mayor of Salford opening new care centre bistro
The bistro will enable residents to sit and have an enjoyable coffee or a snack with their families, with all profits going directly to the residents’ fund in the care centre. Equally, the hairdressing salon has already had volunteer hairdressers who are willing to give up their time for free in order to help raise further funds for the care centre residents.
The residents of a Saltburn Care Home found nature coming to them recently with the visit of miniature ponies to their care home.
The miniature ponies, the smallest of which was only 26 inches high, enthralled the residents at Hazelgrove Court Care Home in Saltburn in a magical event organised by the care home’s activities co-ordinator Joanne Burdett.
The scheme is run by KL pony therapy, of which Joanne said, “K and L provide miniature ponies to visit care homes on Teesside and further afield.
“They bring them in one at a time, with the other three in a trailer outside. The residents have absolutely loved them and are very fond of the ponies – stroking them and petting them – and it does them the world of good and they have a photo taken with them.”