Bartletts, Future of Care, Property Development

Making lives better – The expansion of Bartlett’s Residential Care Home

Bartlett’s Residential Care Home has a great Care Quality Commission rating and gets wonderful reviews from current residents and their families, but we always feel there is work to do and room to improve. For a long time we have been talking about how we can add additional facilities for our residents to enjoy.

So we’ve decided it’s time we extended our premises, our capacity and our already excellent service by building an extension. This new part of our building will be specially designed to fit comfortably with the classic, traditional setting Bartlett’s sits within and will add 12 new bedrooms for new residents.

But it will give back to existing residents, too. We’ll be giving them three new communal rooms to utilise at their leisure – a cinema room and library, a private dining room and a brand new general communal room.

We had originally planned on building 14 additional bedrooms, but in the end we decided to forfeit two in favour of offering our current and new residents a much larger communal space. The private dining room will give residents a special place to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with their family and friends, whilst enjoying bespoke, specially prepared food for the occasion.

Our cinema room and library will provide them with an additional space to socialise in and provide an added source of entertainment.  We decided that this type of room was the best use of our additional space after careful research revealed that libraries in care home can improve mood and memory, and that movies can improve quality of life for older people – especially those with dementia. Visiting the cinema is not something those who need care and support get to do very often, so we hope that this addition to our care home will significantly improve the happiness of our residents. We can use it to screen all sorts of entertainment, from current blockbuster hits to old classics.

Whilst we were working on the premises, we thought it would be worthwhile landscaping the garden in line with the wishes and wants of our residents, so we’ve been working on this at the same time. We asked the residents earlier this year what they would like to see in the Bartlett’s grounds, and we’ll be using some of those suggestions as we develop the garden. A large part of this work will involve moving the car park that some of our rooms overlook and changing this outside area into a much prettier view.

Overall our plans have one aim, to make the lives of the people we take care of better. We’re building something unique and special. We want our residents to thrive in the active, entertaining and homely community we’re building at Bartlett’s, a place where they can live comfortably and be taken care of, and have plenty to do and lots to look at. There’s plenty of work to be done over the next few months, but by this time next year our Bartlett’s community will be completely transformed for the better. We can’t wait to show you our new space, and we hope you are as excited about it as we are.

Social Care & Society

The importance of being involved

Over the next few weeks there aren’t many people in the country who won’t be watching the Euros 2016.

Whether you’re a regular football fan or not, there’s something special about the World Cup and the Euros. Everyone, sport lovers and the usually uninterested, seems unable to resist getting behind the boys as they go head to head with other great nations on the field.

At Peverel Court Care we’re as enthusiastic as the rest of the nation by the footballing festivities. Our residents and our staff are extremely excited by the idea that England might win the competition, though we have had, and continue to have, residents who weren’t born here living with us.

We know how important it is for the mental health and wellbeing of our residents to be included in activities they would participate in if they were still in their own homes. The Euros is a small part of that. In their own homes, residents would be able to choose whether they wanted to watch the football or not, and in which atmosphere they wished to participate. Giving our residents these same choices is extremely important. For us, it’s about making sure they don’t feel as though there are things they can’t do, and we would hate for them to feel forced into anything either.

We know that many residents will use their own televisions in the privacy of their rooms to watch (or avoid) the competition. Every room in our luxury accommodation comes fully furnished with a television and optional Sky TV.

If they would prefer a group atmosphere, our residents can also choose to put the football matches on in our spacious, specially designed lounges.

And for those who want to get a little bit more involved, we’re making sure that there is plenty of football related fun happening whilst the competition is taking place. Last week our activities coordinator arranged for our residents to decorate paper flags in the shapes and colours of all of the teams. Many of our residents chose to take part in this activity, which was wonderfully social and communal.

We’d like to wish everyone taking part in the Euro 2016 tournament the very best of luck. We at Peverel Court Care will enjoy watching you and taking part in the festivities with the rest of the country. Whatever happens, whether our team wins or not, the Euros will bring our residents and their families together in great spirits. We’re very grateful for that.

Merryfield

Guide to choosing a care home in association with Peverel Court Care – Part 2

Care homeBefore you start your search for the right care home for your loved one, you need to carefully assess the older person’s care needs. Understanding the needs of your relative will help you make an informed choice.

Assessing the needs of your relative

You can call up the social services department of your local council and get a free care assessment. This assessment will allow you to decide whether the older person requires residential care, nursing care or support in their home to meet their needs.

The assessor will take into consideration the following to figure out what is right for your loved one:

  • The person’s general health and disabilities.
  • The current living arrangements.
  • The help they are currently getting and whether it can be sustained.
  • How the person would like to be supported.
  • Any concerns the older person has.
  • The opinions of the community nurse or GP.
  • The older person’s religious, social and emotional needs.

Financial assessment is a must

Once your loved one finishes the care assessment, make sure you get a financial assessment carried out. This will give a clear picture about your relative’s financial health and help you understand how much the person can contribute to the cost of the care home.

This is also the right time to find out how much the local council is willing to pay towards a care home. Remember, if your loved one’s savings run out, you may have to turn to the council to keep the senior in the care home. Most councils have an upper limit when it comes to paying for a care home. Seniors with capital assets under £23,250 qualify for some council help.

Once you find the care home that you think is perfect for your loved one, drop in unannounced after the initial visit to assess the quality of life the residents enjoy. Also, don’t be embarrassed to ask questions. The level of the care and your loved one’s safety are paramount, and you should never compromise on both.

We welcome you to visit our care homes any time to check how Peverel Court Care provides personalised and exceptional elderly care at each home. We offer residential care and nursing care, depending on the needs of our residents.

 

Merryfield

Tips for choosing the right care home for your loved one #CareQualityComm

Front of homeElderly adults with health conditions such as dementia, who are unable to manage their day-to-day living activities independently, often prefer moving to a care home rather than staying alone at home or living with the family. Good quality care should be personalised and promotes independence, treats people with respect, and improves quality of life. Hence, finding a care home that offers exceptional levels of care must be a priority.

Finding quality local care homes

You can check the list of local care homes at the Care Quality Commission website. The website also publishes detailed inspection reports that cover various benchmarks that care homes have to fulfil to receive a rating, which is indicative of the quality of care.

The next step is to contact the care homes to find out the level of care offered to people with different health care needs. There will probably be a waiting list for a place, so the possible time delay before a vacancy becomes available will need to be established, as will the fees. Care homes will send you information that you should review carefully. This way, you can shortlist the promising ones and schedule a visit to check them out.

Tips to select a good care home

Besides the most recent inspection report from the CQC, you should also take into consideration the following selection criteria:

  • Location: Consider the location of the care home. Will family and friends be able to visit easily? Is the home located in a tranquil or noisy area? Can residents access shops and leisure facilities?
  • Safety and Security: Find out the arrangements the care home has to ensure safety and security of residents and visitors. You may also want to enquire about the measures in place to deal with complaints.
  • Staff Training: Good care homes ensure they train and upgrade the skills and knowledge of their staff to provide exceptional care of the elderly. Such training equips staff to cope efficiently with all types of residents and to deal with emergencies more efficiently.
  • Hygiene and General Upkeep: Quality care homes are clean and bright, and offer a hygienic environment that is carefully adapted to suit the needs of residents.
  • Diet: Seniors have special dietary needs. Hence, the food provided should be tasty and nutritious.
  • Resident Activities: Care homes should have age-appropriate activities for residents that keep them stimulated and entertained. No resident should be forced to participate in any activity.

At Peverel Court Care, we are proud to state we meet all criteria to qualify as a quality care home that offers exceptional elderly care. We offer personalised care plans to meet the individual needs of our residents, who are well looked after by highly trained, qualified and friendly staff. Our care homes have received excellent inspection ratings from the CQC for elderly care services. We welcome you to visit our three homes to check out the facilities we offer.

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