Our philosophy of care at The Flowers Care Home is to treat everyone as we would wish to be treated in an atmosphere of 'The Flower' which signifies Mother earth who cares for the earth. Flowers come in family groups, have inner beauty, are bright, fragrant, alive, healthy and gentle. Some have healing powers and the forget me not is poignant to what we promote in Dementia and is, therefore, the motif of the home. The holistic approach to care at The Flowers Care Home ensures that each resident is seen as the person they are, an individual with specific needs to them and as such, person-centred care is implemented to all residents for all areas of their being, physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual.
Dementia may cause a person living in a care home to behave in ways that are bewildering and upsetting, both to themselves and those caring for them. However, the kind of care that a person receives can make a big difference in their behaviour and quality of life. A good care home will follow the principles of person-centred care, aiming to see the person and not the illness. Rather than focusing on the abilities, they have lost, person-centred care takes into account each individual's unique qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and needs and maintains these within safe boundaries.
Prior to admission to the home, all residents are assessed to meet their needs and the care mangers decision is needed before any admission. Emergency admissions can be accepted. The security and safety of all in the home is paramount, therefore assessing, communicating and monitoring is essential. The home will safeguard the residents right to confidentiality and we work within the limitations of the data protection act. Our General Data Protection Regulation file can be located for all to view in the reception area.
Nursing care is provided by our visiting district nurses, with whom we have an excellent relationship. We are able to offer a high dependency plan of care, and we excel at end of life care.
Access to the new and innovative Telemedicine which allows our care staff direct access via a web link (webcam) from the comfort of the residents own room to contact a fully qualified nurse based at the Airedale hospital (Tele-Med hub) aiding residents to be diagnosed and assisted quickly thus avoiding the disruption and trauma of going to casualty.
Care plans are implemented and reviewed at regular intervals for all residents. This is to meet their changing needs and to manage any problems or needs/requirements that may occur, along with risk assessments, body mapping, documentation of all multi disciplinary visits and daily reports. We also use 'This is me', and the local 'red bag' hospital pathway when required.
Nutrition is taken very seriously and the meals are very tasty! Meals are provided by Apetito as well as weekly deliveries from the local shops. The choice is always available and monitored by the care manager and senior careers. Our resident's weight is monitored accordingly to their own need, and appropriate care plans and risk assessments are actioned, to avoid an unbalanced nutritional intake. Our main meal is at tea time. Finger foods are encouraged along with eating wherever the resident chooses. Fluids are on-going constantly and supplied at regular intervals and by request.
Life skills and maintaining skills learned through life, are encourage and along with any activities that interest our residents. Residents in the home are free to engage in their chosen activities and hobbies/skills, providing of course that they do not cause harm to others or themselves. Whilst we have an activity time table, this is only a guide and residents are free to choose what they take part in. We receive a daily paper - 'Daily Chat'. This is a newspaper based on historical events that occurred on that day back in history. This is read out and enjoyed by all every morning. Other daily activities include dart matches, gardening club, chair aerobics, and arts and crafts. Outings are weekly, including a monthly scenic drive. We also have regular visits from outside organizations including the donkey sanctuary. We hold monthly resident meetings, and any information/views from the meetings are acted upon. We have monthly religious services held within the home. For current information please refer to the resident's event board located in the main lounge.
Spending money should be provided for residents to spend freely in accordance with the guidance from the local authority. Personal spending monies will be kept in a residents own pocket, within a locked safe. We will always be provided receipts for any purchase.
Our in house hairdresser visits weekly.
Comments are taken very seriously and acted upon accordingly. The homes policies and procedures concerning comments are available to view throughout the home. Located at the station are the friends and family information file. Friends and families are encouraged to pick this up and have a read whenever they visit the home. In the reception area, the friends and family information board is located. We also issue a 4 weekly newsletter and this goes out with the invoices. Copies of the newsletters can also be found in the home attached to the friends and family board and located within the friends and family file.