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We are the Top Care home in West Yorkshire !!

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.

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Vanguard – Star Carer of the Month

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 the Top Home in Wakefield Area

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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5 star rating achieved again…..

On the 10th march 2015, the care home had the annual visit from Environmental Health. The care home once again achieved its 5 star rating for Scores on the Doors.

The care home has continuously had the highest environmental health rating for the last 9 years. Well done to Julie, Christine and all the team.

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Care Home passes inspection with flying colours……

The Vicarage Court Care home was inspected by infection control department in December 2014. The care home passed with flying colours achieving 93% by Kirkless & Wakefield Council Inspectors.

This is one the highest marks ever achieved in West Yorkshire by a care home.

Special praise was given to the care home operator. The inspector commented on how the care home stood head and shoulders above the other care homes in West Yorkshire.

Last year, the owners invested £3000 in a specialist sanitising machine. The inspector said he had never seen a care home invest in such a manner, even hospitals have not got such machines.

Mr J Singh stated, we are glad the hard work done by staff and owners is being recognised. We are aware that 93% is a high mark, however we know we can achieve a higher mark. Our aim is to do better next year as we constantly strive to improve.”

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Wakefield College Awards Vicarage Court Care Home

http://www.wakefield.ac.uk/news/2014/12/care-home-award/

Local Care Home Scoops Employer Award

December 18, 2014  |  Tags: Press Release, Awards Ceremony, Event, Services to Business

Wakefield College Principal, Sam Wright presenting Jagjit Singh, Director of Calsa care with the Employer of the year award

Wakefield College’s commercial training arm, Services to Business have announced Calsa Care as the recipient of this year’s Employer of the Year award at a glittering awards ceremony last week.

Calsa Care, based in Pontefract was set up in 2006, when it bought Vicarage Court Care Home, a 30-bed dementia care home in North Featherstone. They developed the care home making it ‘excellent’ rated.

Now in 2014, the care home is triple its original size and now provides nursing care, residential care, dementia care and day care. It can cater for specialist areas such as obesity care, rehabilitation and brain injuries. The care home had 30 staff in 2012 and now employs 73 staff including 7 nurses. Once the care home achieves full occupancy, it will employ over 100 staff.

Services to Business Market Development Manager, John Turner said: “Calsa Care have work very closely with Wakefield College and Job Centres to run a number of sector-based work academies in the community. They provide the opportunity for people to gain qualifications in the health and social care sector and have resulted in the creation of over 20 permanent jobs within the company. They are worthy winners of this award and we look forward to continuing working together.”

Calsa Care Director, Jagjit Singh added: “It was a pleasure to work closely with Wakefield College and Job Centre Plus. Far too many people do not see care work as a professional career, however we have developed staff successfully to a high standard to ensure the care delivered is of a very high standard. We have staff who came to us on work experience and within 4 years, we have developed them into managers. Other care staff are training to become nurses. We support staff to maximise their potential.”

The annual awards ceremony, which takes place at the Waterton Building, recognises and celebrates the hard work, dedication, and achievements of learners.

Employer of the Year 2014 Award !

Mr J Singh, from Calsa Care ltd, owners of Vicarage Court Care Home were honoured to be awarded “Employer of the Year 2014” by Wakefield College.

The award is for the innovative recruitment techniques used by the company and staff training and development. The Carehome has increased its staffing from 30 to 73 in 2014. Working closely with Wakefield College and Job Centre Plus, the care home was able to offer opportunity to local people to train and develop long term careers in Health & Social care.

“In 2015, we will have more opportunities for staff who wish to provide high quality long term residential and nursing care for local people in our district. ” stated Mr J Singh.

The Principal of Wakefield College, Sam Wright, presents the award to Mr J Singh at a glittery event at Wakefield Museum.

Employer of the Year 2014

 

Upcoming Christmas events

We have a number of events that are coming up to do with Christmas  as well as the large Christmas party on the 18th December from 1-3pm.

The other events include a number of residents visiting St Wilfreds School to interact with the children there. This is an important event, unfortunately many youth do not have access to grandparents and have connection and ultimately respect for “the greatest generation”.

It is a good opportunity for them to engage each other and bridge the gap.

Then we also have the annual Carol service from the Junior School and infant School. More details will be released soon.

 

Courses! Courses! Courses!

Congratulations to Natalie Thorpe, Jan Howes and Carol Askew,  who passed their courses on “Caring for People affected by Stroke”.

Congratulations to Linda Cadman who passed her course on “Dementia”.

Congratulations to  Jean Chilton and Claire Hennessey who passed their course on “Palliative Care”.

Congratulations to Maritess and Ronalynn who passed their course in “Medication”.

Congratulations to Maritess, Ronalynn and Christine Snowden, who passed their courses in “Food hygiene”

Congratulations to Natalie Thorpe, Sue Hodgeson, Kayleigh Ratcliffe, and Denise Poole, who have passed their “Health & Safety”.

Health & Safety Inspection

Yesterday we had a health & safety inspection from Wakefield Council (WMDC). It is a regular occurance which happens every few years.

The care home passed with flying colours. Special mention was made of the “impressive documentation and training program”.

Congratulations to Linda Southall

Linda getting her City & Guilds Award

Congratulations to Linda Southall who has been awarded more qualifications. She has just been awarded a City & Guilds in Multi-Skilled Hospitality Services. Linda has worked at the Old Vicarage Care Home for 20 years now.

She already has a NVQ level 3 in Care, and City & Guild qualifications in Personal and Professional skills. She also has further qualifications in Intermediate for environmental health in kitchen, Certificate in healthy eating, diabetes awareness, etc.

It goes to show regardless of long service, our staff are dedicated to professional development.

Trainer of Trainers

Congratulations to Mr J Singh, Jean Chilton and Claire Hennessey, who all updated their “Trainer of Trainers” awards in Manual handling today.

We do alot of training in the carehome. Mr Singh is a “trainer of traniers” in manual handling, adult abuse awareness, fire safety, team work,  and many other subject areas.

Congratulations to staff who have just passed their courses!

Congratulations to all staff who have passed courses.

Jean Chilton (manager) and Claire Hennessey (deputy manager) have just passed the course – “Caring for people affected by Stroke”.

Linda Southall (cook) has completed her NVQ in Catering & Hospitality

Janet Steeper (night carer) has completed her NVQ Level 3 in Care.

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Excellent – Highest rating for The Old Vicarage Care Home

The Old Vicarage Residential Home in North Featherstone recently had an unannounced inspection from Care Quality Commission, the regulator for care services. It awarded the care home its highest rating of Excellent.              

The inspector was highly impressed by the hard work, dedication and high standards at the Old Vicarage care home. The report specifically mentions the quality of management, quality of staff, excellent facilities and high level of activities. Special mention was also given to how clean the care home is kept. 

This achievement is the latest recognition from a long line of awards. Wakefield Council awarded the home, 5 out of 5 stars, Excellent rating for it “scores on the doors scheme” from Environmental Health, earlier this year. The Department of Health recognises the care home as a “Dignity in Care Champion”. Last year the care home achieved a very high score when it renewed its Investors in People. It is now being considered for a Champion in People award. 

The care home has always maintained high standards with its goal as being the “best care home in West Yorkshire”. It has a warm welcoming environment and lives by its ethos of “care, compassion and companionship”. The home now offers day-care for all elderly residents, in addition to its specialist residential care for dementia. Next year it will be offering supported living and possibly nursing care.

Below are pictured from left to right, Claire Hennessey (deputy manager with 10 years experience), Linda Southall (Chef with 17 years experience), Jean Chilton (Care manager with 15 years experience) and Carol Askew (deputy manager with 12 years of experience). The majority of the staff have over 10 years care experience, with 32 staff looking after 30 residents. All of the staff have gained all of this experience while working at the Old Vicarage Care Home, which prides itself on the enjoyable family atmosphere at the home.

5 star “excellent” rating for Old Vicarage Care Home

The Old Vicarage Residential Home in North Featherstone recently had an unannounced inspection from environmental health department from Wakefield council. It was part of the annual inspection programme.

The inspector was highly impressed by the hard work, dedication and high standards at the Old Vicarage care home, and awarded the home, 5 out of 5 stars, “excellent” rating for it “scores on the doors scheme”.

The care home has always maintained high standards with its goal as being the “best care home in West Yorkshire”. It has a warm welcoming environment and lives by its ethos of “care, compassion and companionship”. The home now offers daycare for all elderly residents, aswell as its specialist care for dementia.

Below are pictured Jean Chilton (Care manager with 15 years experience), Linda Southall (Chef with 17 years experience) and Carol Askew (deputy manager with  12 years of experience). All of the staff have gained all of this experience while working at the Old Vicarage Care Home, which prides itself on the enjoyable family atmosphere at the home. The kitchen is also complimented by two other chefs, Stacy Askew and Christine Coe.

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