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Live music event …… enjoyed by all.

As part of National Care home Open day, last Friday we hosted The Manchester Trio. They have played at the care home before, but this time they brought some friends.

It was lovely music. Residents came from all the units into the large main lounge. Below is video and some pictures. It was a very enjoyable day.

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Relationship Centred Care – What It Is and Why It’s Important

At Vicarage Court Care Home, we provide Relationship Centred Care. We believe that this is hugely beneficial to the quality of life of not just our residents, but their loved ones too. Read on to discover more about our unique approach to care.

So What Is Relationship Centred Care?

Relationship-centred care is a personalised and collaborative approach of forming and maintaining important relationships. Within Vicarage Court Care Home, there is a web of relationships between our team, residents, families, and the local community. Each of these connections allows for effective exchanges of information, and is vitally important for maintaining a good quality of life on a day to day basis! Relationship Centred Care means recognising that meeting residents’ needs and wishes is essential and that this is a partnership approach based on strong and positive relationships:

Positive Environment and Positive Engagement

Our relationship-based approach to care ensures an environment in which our team share a philosophy, they value care, involve residents and their families, and focus on people not tasks. Our team members have been chosen not only for their qualifications and experiences, but also for their compassionate and caring natures. Therefore our team’s day to day engagement is genuine and this can have a great impact on the atmosphere within the home, and it develops trust between residents and staff.

Don’t Shy away From Emotions!

Rather than remaining detached or neutral, our team at Vicarage Court empathise with and get to know our residents on a personal level. We believe that being emotionally neutral is not beneficial to the wellbeing of our residents, and empathy has the potential to help residents experience and express their emotions. Although many people are staying at home longer, there is evidence to show that some of the factors that are linked to declining health and depression include loneliness and isolation. In response to this, our residential communities have fantastic communal spaces – lounges, library, dining rooms, courtyard and garden. Spending time in these areas ensures that residents are communicating with others, and consequently their emotions are lifted.

Authentic Mutual Respect

“RCC emphasises the importance of authenticity, in the sense that staff should not, for example, simply act as if they have respect for someone; they must also aim actually to have (internally) the respect that they display (externally).” – National Centre for Biotechnology Information Having respect for one another is a fundamental part of our care home.

Practicing Relationship Centred Care ensures acts of respect are real. The principles of RCC emphasise that team members ought to respect residents and colleagues, and appreciate the contributions that people from other disciplines bring.

One way in which we put this respect into action is with our “Life History Work” in our careplans, door signs and memory boxes. Janet has now started a life history books on some residents. In our eyes it is crucial that our team get to know the individuals in our care, so we ask that every staff reads life history in careplans and encourage their family and friends complete them in more detail. Not only does it help residents reminisce, which is particularly beneficial for those living with dementia; but the life history also helps us build with a whole picture of our residents and their incredible lives. ‘Life History’ also helps with planning appropriate, engaging activities. For example, if the team know a resident is a keen gardener, they can make sure that gardening is a key part of that person’s life in the home. We feel that if we practice respectful relationships, and embed teamwork into our care, all parties will have greater enjoyment of life!

A Sense of Belonging!

Relationship Centred Care ensures all parties feel significant. Residents feeling that they matter, within the home, and within the wider community is a priority; and the loved ones of a resident should feel a sense of belonging when visiting the home too. We encourage friends and family visits here at Vicarage Court, and we understand that it’s important for many families to bring along younger relatives. To ensure this is a positive experience for all, each of our care homes has lots of communal spaces with flat-screen TVs and areas where families can sit privately. We want to encourage use of our Wii games console to make our homes a welcoming environment for the grandchildren as well as the grandparents!

Belonging in the wider community is of great importance for us here at Vicarage Court. Janet, our activities co-ordinator scheduled events to appeal to every taste and involve the outside community. Examples include tai chi, dance classes, gardening classes, ‘movement to music’ nights, and visits from local schools, choirs and amateur dramatics groups! The communities around our homes are dedicated to supporting our residents and our team, and we value this greatly. We want to now start film nights for residents and many other ideas.

Why We Love Relationship Centred Care

Keeping relationships central in our daily lives means us, as a team, at Vicarage Court can provide the best possible standards of care. For all of the reasons above, and more, Relationship Centred Care can benefit the lives of us everyone within and around Vicarage Court Care Home. We prioritise involving and communicating with the families of our residents, as well as involving and engaging the wider community, and we’re sure it is because of our fantastic web of relationships that our customers’ minds are put at ease, and gaps are bridged. By practicing Relationship Centred Care helping a new resident transition from semi-independence within their own home, to moving to one of our care residencies has never been smoother.

Mediotech Thera- Trainer

As part of constantly looking at best practice, Vicarage Court Care home will be having a Mediotech Thera Trainer. It is an adapted exercise bike for building up confidence and leg muscles. The aim is to prevent falls, encourage independence in a fun atmosphere.

Residents on the residential, nursing and dementia unit will get access to the machine and it will be their choice how often they wish to utilise the machine, with assistance with carers.

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The below youtube video shows how this trainer is helping elderly residents in European countries.



Lest We Forget ……..

Over the last week, the residents in the care home have been commemorating Armistice Day.

Many of residents designed their own poppies in arts and crafts. Both units made large posters for the day. We had a large poster of the scene at the Tower of London.

Some residents shared stories of them times in activity sessions.


Dignity in Care Week

Starting from Monday the Staff at the Vicarage Court care home will be holding a dignity week. This has been organised by Janet (activities co-ordinator) and the Dignity Champions from the staff. Below is the breakdown of the Events.

Monday – 10.30am (Dementia Unit) – Vintage Academy Entertainment and Drama Group.

Afternoon – Cheese & Wine Session for all residents.

Tuesday –  Special Therapies from Maria. These include Bowen therapy, reflexology, aromatherapy, massage & Reiki. These will be done in the morning on the residential and nursing unit. Then in the afternoon on the Dementia Unit.

Wednesday – Hairdressor & manicures of the residential unit.

Thursday – Hairdressor & manicures of the dementia unit. Then there will a special Entertainment Drama Group for the residential unit from 1.30pm.

Friday – Coffee Morning for all staff, residents and family. This will be followed by One to one activities with the residents.

Everyone is welcome to come and participate in Dignity in care week.


In addition, staff are doing dignity challenges to improve how they interact with residents while providing care so that the staff always work to best practice. This includes feeding sessions for staff who are blindfolded, so that they know how a visually impaired residents feels when eating. Staff being hoisted in slings and many other special challenges.


Residents have made a dignity display board which is pictured below.

For more information or to get involved, please ring the home.


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Dignity in Care Champions !!

The Vicarage Court Care home supports the Dignity in Care campaign. The care home now has numerous staff who are Dignity in Care Champions. The aim is to ensure best practice in care and enhance the dignity of the residents.

After the Easter party, plans are in place for a Dignity week, which will include a series of activities to enhance the Dignity of Residents and allow the residents to celebrate their many skills and talents in a fun and educational format.

More details to be released soon….




Easter Spirit Already in Care Home……..

Tomorrow will be Good Friday, however the residents have already spent the week making their own Easter cards, decorating Easter Eggs, and making their own Easter Bonnets. Below are some pictures of them having fun….. ImageImage

Some nice pics taken in 2012…..

Below are some random nice pictures from 2012 for everyone to enjoy….


Christmas Carol Service at Vicarage Court Care Home

The care home will be hosting its Annual Christmas Carol Service in conjunction with North Featherstone Junior and Infant School.

This year it will be at 10.45 am on Friday 14th December.

It is a fun occasion which the residents and the kids all enjoy. Below are some videos from last year.

Service of the Holy Communion

The care home now has the “Service for the Holy Communion” . This has been happening for a few weeks and is much appreciated by many residents. The care home would like to thank Elizabeth Haigh who is the daughter of May Haigh, who has taken this initiative.

So every 1st Tuesday of every month, Elizabeth Haigh and Harry Copley will be doing the service at 10.30am. We already have a number of residents who partake in it, but if other families wish to take advantage of this, then everyone is welcome to attend.

Below are some pictures……

Elizabeth Haigh & Harry Copley

Elizabeth Haigh & Harry Copley

Holy Communion

Holy Communion




Mary Hill Birthday Party !

On Monday, we celebrated Mary Hill’s Birthday Party. As with every year, Mary’s family comes from Scotland. They have always supported the care home. This party is an annual event.

Steven, who lives locally has always been there for Mary. he is one the care home most regular visitors.

Below are some videos of the fantastic party. We had celebrity singer Alf Berry from Hull. The residents enjoyed the buffet and the danced all day.

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