Care, Compassion & Companionship

On Friday, I received an email informing me that my care home has been rated a perfect 10 out of 10 by the comparison website
https://www.carehome.co.uk
This is a rare honour.
We have been the top home out of the 82 homes in Wakefield area for some years now. However we are now the top care home in West Yorkshire out of 560 homes, and in the top 30 in UK from 21,000 homes.
The credit goes to my 93 staff who work very hard and the excellent facilities that we have developed here.
In 2014, we were the first healthcare company in Wakefield to be awarded, “Employer of the Year.”
We are not complacent and will continue to improve and  go from strength to strength.

We wish to congratulate our staff member, Emma Stephenson, who has been awarded the first Star Carer of the Month by the Vanguard Team.
Emma has been chosen from staff from 31 care homes and we are proud that one of our staff team is the first recipient.
Emma has been recognised for her diligence in working with residents to do the exercises that Vanguard team recommended for the residents on the “Forget Me not “ unit.

Vicarage Court is currently rated as the top home in Wakefield and the 2nd highest rated care home in West Yorkshire.

The home is rated 9.9 out 10 by residents family reviews on http://www.carehome.co.uk

http://www.carehome.co.uk/care_search_results.cfm/searchunitary/Wakefield

The owner, Mr Singh stated, “We have been the top home in Wakefield for a number of years, but to be the 2nd highest rated home in West Yorkshire is a significant achievement. many of the homes in North Leeds have the double the budgets that we do, but it is due to the hard work of all the staff and management here at Vicarage Court. We are not complacent and constantly strive to improve”.

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Christmas Carol Service

On Thursday 10th December, we had the first of 3 scheduled carol services over the festive period.

On the 6th December, some our residents and staff visited a local school.

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On the 8th December, the care home had its Christmas Fare. It was a very busy event with many families and residents involved. Below are a video and pictures of the event.

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Our Local Primary School came to the care home on the 11th December to sing Christmas Carols for the residents… Videos and Pictures are below….

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The Residents and Staff had a lot of fun at the special Xmas party for the Forget me Not Unit. Videos are below…..

 

 

 

Thursday 15th December was an eventful day at the care home. We had a 90th Birthday party for a resident and we were visited by two Singing dogs…. Please see video and pics below….

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On the 16th December, the care home hosted its annual Xmas dinner service. This is organised so that families can spend the xmas dinner together, even if they cannot come on Christmas day. It has become a large event with over 50 family members joining the residents for the Xmas dinner. Below are some pictures from the day…..

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3rd Xmas Carol Service

We have had a number of Xmas events at the care home courtesy of Janet, our activities co-ordinator. Below are a video and pictures from the 3rd Xmas Carol Service.

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Merry Christmas at the carehome. Santa visited the residents this morning.

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Xmas Events

We have many events over the Xmas period in addition to our normal classes. Below is a list…

Monday 5th December – 10am – Church service

Wednesday 7th December – 3pm – 5pm – St Wilfred Xmas Meal

Friday 9th December – 1pm – 3pm – Big Xmas Fair

Monday 12th December – 1.45pm – North Featherstone School Carol Service

Tuesday 13th December – 2pm – Forget Me Not Unit Xmas Party ( Special guest Singer Kevin Kitchen)

Friday 16th December – 2pm- Xmas Sing-a-long with mulled wine and mince pies

Saturday 17th December – Midday- Xmas Relatives Dinner (tickets only)

Monday 19th December – 2pm – Big Xmas Party ( Special Guest Singer – Alan Turner from X- factor)

Friday 23rd December – 2pm – Special Event – Liquorice Singers

Friday 30th December – 1.45pm – New years Sing-a-long

These events are in addition to the regular classes such as Tai Chi, Gardening, Memory Books, Dance and holistic therapies.

 

 

 

Health watch is a government backed organisation to help families get good quality care.

They have just produced a video featuring two ladies with different experiences of care. One is positive and the other is negative.

Theresa who had the positive experience mentions our care home and how accommodating and excellent the staff are.

This video is going national through the health watch website. The link is below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_zeXgBwQXhEMHA1OXlOc2oySTA/view

Upcoming Events

We have a number of events for residents at the care home in March. This email is just to make you aware of them so that you can help inform families so that more of them attend these events.

Monday 7th March – 10am – Church Service
Monday 14th March – 2pm – North Featherstone Junior Infants school choir
Friday 18th March – 10am – Residents & Family meeting
Friday 18th March – 1.30pm – Tom & Billy Folk group for St Patricks Day
Wednesday 23rd March – 1.30pm – Easter Fair
Friday 25th March – 1.30pm – Alan Turner Entertainer with Buffet Tea

This is in addition to the following weekly schedule:

Monday – Bingo and various activities
Tuesday morning – Gardening
Tuesday afternoon – Dance (Alternative weeks)
Wednesday morning – Dance
Wednesday Afternoon – Memory Books
Thursday morning – Tai Chi
Thursday afternoon – Sing yourself happy
Friday – Coffee mornings

http://www.alzheimersweekly.com/2013/01/7-stages-of-alzheimers.html

7 Stages of Alzheimer’s

The seven stages of Alzheimer’s are helpful in finding the words to discuss Alzheimer’s. Caregivers find them particularly useful in support groups, as well as in conversations with doctors and other professionals.
Although the progression of Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed down today thanks to today’s medications, it cannot as of yet be stopped. The process is described in general terms as going through 3 steps:
Mild Alzheimer’s
Moderate Alzheimer’s
Severe Alzheimer’s.

For more meaningful terms between professionals, caregivers and patients, a more detailed process has been characterized in seven stages. The seven stages are based on a system developed by Barry Reisberg, M.D., clinical director of the New York University School of Medicine’s Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center.

STAGE 1 – NORMAL
This system calls a mentally healthy person at any age “Stage 1”.
No memory problems
No problems with orientation
person – your name, who you are;
place – what country, state, city you live in, where you are;
time – what day, date, season it is
No problems with judgment
No difficulties with communication skills
No problems with daily activities

STAGE 2 – NORMAL AGED FORGETFULNESS
More than half of all people ages 65 and older complain of cognitive difficulties. This is considered a normal part of aging.
Occasional lapses in memory, usually undetectable to family and friends
Slight cognitive problems, also undetectable to friends and family, might also not be visible on medical exam

STAGE 3 – MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT
At this point, there are mild changes in memory, communication skills and/or behavior, noticeable to family members and friends. Symptoms might be picked up by an alert physician. Many people will not decline further than this point. Notwithstanding, a majority do progress to Mild Alzheimer’s within two to four years.
Problems remembering names, words for objects
Difficulties functioning at work and in social settings
Problems remembering newly-read material
Misplacing important items with increasing frequency
Decline in organizational skills and the ability to plan
Repeating questions and evident anxiety

STAGE 4 – MILD ALZHEIMER’S
Cognitive symptoms are more obvious now. A neurologist can confidently diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and treat it with medications that have been proven effective in slowing it down.
Difficulty remembering personal details, recent events
Some confusion possible (ie: might put towel in fridge)
Impaired mathematical ability, financial management (trouble managing a checkbook – for those who did not have trouble managing one before)
Social withdrawal
Moodiness, depression

STAGE 5 – MODERATE ALZHEIMER’S
This is the stage at which it is not possible for a person with Alzheimer’s to live alone.
Severe memory loss, e.g., may not remember basic personal contact information such as current address or phone number
Disorientation (not knowing the day/date/season, and/or location/country/state/city)
No longer safe to cook, even if the sufferer can manage or remember the logistics of the process, due to severe short-term memory difficulties and confusion
Wandering risk; might get lost once leaving the home
Decreased personal hygiene skills
Increased desire to sleep is common

STAGE 6 – MODERATELY SEVERE ALZHEIMER’S
It is at this stage that family members often suffer the most, because the loved one with Alzheimer’s loses much of the ability to recognize those around him or her, even a spouse, sibling, parent or child. Personality changes are common as well.
Severe memory loss continues to intensify
Withdrawal from surroundings
Wandering
Reduced awareness of recent events
Problems recognizing loved ones, although it is still possible to differentiate between those who are familiar and those who are not
“Sundowning”, if it has not yet begun, makes its appearance at this point – this is the phenomenon of increased restlessness and agitation toward sundown (hence the name), in the late afternoon and evening hours
Bathroom management becomes difficult; at this stage it often is necessary to switch to diapers due to incontinence, wetting and other such problems using the bathroom independently
Paranoia, suspiciousness
Shadowing, extreme anxiety, following a loved one around the house due to fears of being alone
Repetitive, compulsive behavior (verbal and/or nonverbal)

STAGE 7 – SEVERE ALZHEIMER’S
This is the final stage of Alzheimer’s disease, at which the long goodbye comes to an end. Even though the Alzheimer’s person may somewhere inside really hear and understand what is being said, he or she can no longer respond, other than possibly to speak a word or phrase.
Communication is very limited
Physical systems begin to deteriorate
Gross motor coordination shuts down, may not be able to sit
Swallowing may become difficult, choking is a risk
The last stage of Alzheimer’s disease, as with any other illness, is a very individual matter and no two journeys end the same way. People with Alzheimer’s seem to experience little physical pain. What is certain, however, is that every Alzheimer’s journey ends – as does every other. May they all be peaceful and pain free.

A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

For a new, insight-filled perspective on the stages of Alzheimer’s, check out the video:
Teepa Snow Illustrates Alzheimer’s Stages
In this video, Teepa Snow shows what to expect, while keeping the focus on the person, not the disease.

“God’s Love: Naomi Feil, a Jewish woman, sings Christian hymns for Gladys, who has Alzheimer’s and was unable to speak. Watch what happens at the end, when Mrs. Feil opens her heart and gives Ms. Gladys what she needs so deeply.”

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Xmas Fayre

We held a Xmas fayre on 3rd December which had many stalls. The residents enjoyed the day  sampling the offers from all the stores.

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Every month christian volunteers come to the care home to do communion with the residents who wish to join in. Below is a video of the December communion.

The residents enjoyed a special Xmas puppet show. It is something different but fun for residents. Below are many videos of the event. Then pictures of residents interacting with the puppets.

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As part of the Xmas festivities, earlier last week, we have local school children coming into the Vicarage Court Care home to sing to the residents. It was a nice experience for residents, families and schoolchildren.

 

The residents had a busy week with the puppet show and various other Xmas. On Friday this was the Xmas party…. We had a special live singer which the residents enjoyed. Below is the pics and video…

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As in previous years, the Vicarage Court care home held a special Christmas Dinner on Saturday 19th December for families who will not be able to spend Xmas day together as a family.

This years many families took up the option and enjoyed a festive day. The menu was below:

Starter  – Homemade Tomato Soup with Bread Rolls or Prawn Cocktail.

Main Course – Traditional Roast Turkey served with Roast potatoes or mash, Julienne carrots, button sprouts, stuffed balls, pigs in blankets, roasted parsnips, and Yorkshire Puddings…. with Glasses of Bucks Fizz

Desert – Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or Trifle

followed by Tea and Coffee served with warm mince pies and mints..

Below are pictures of the event.

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Residents and staff have had a great day today at the Vicarage Court Care Home. All residents had presents from the Care home directors….

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