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Abermill Care Home; Abertridwr

Abermill Care Home Residents engage with local Church

Abermill Care Home residents recently took part in the Senior Citizens afternoon at the Beulah Baptist Church Café as part of a thanksgiving service. The Reverend Sue then visited Abermill Care Home to carry out a service for those residents who were unable to attend the church.

The Bullah Baptist Church group attended the home to receive food collected by residents and their families to donate to a Charity in Cardiff which supports homeless people; teaching basic life skills to people who live on the streets as well as providing food where ever possible. The Church group were invited to stay and enjoy some homemade lamb stew. Later their choir sang songs relating to thanksgiving; everyone enjoyed taking part.

abermill-care-homeLater in the day the residents were entertained by a local Ballet group of young people who performed several dances,  watched with great interest by everyone attending.

John Roberts, the HC-One Abermill Care Home Manager commented “the residents are very community spirited as many of them are local people, so we really appreciate the Beulah Baptist Church group supporting us to engage with our local community. And we were very proud of our contribution of food items to the charity that supports homeless people”.

Ty Iscoed Residential Home, Newbridge: Award

A residential Home owned by Caerphilly County Borough Council has received a national award for the quality of life provided to people living with a dementia.

Ty Iscoed Residential Home in Newbridge was given the award following an unannounced qualitative audit that took place in December 2015.

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Caerphilly County Borough Council commissioned the organisation Dementia Care Matters to work with Ty Iscoed Residential Home to improve the quality of life of the people living with a dementia and achieved a kitemark Butterfly Home status.

Gwen Coleman, project leader with Dementia Care Matters said ‘’I am thrilled with the outcome! I feel immensely humbled and proud to have shared the journey along with other Dementia Care Matters consultants and the management team and all the staff at Ty Iscoed’’

David Sheard (Dr) CEO/Founder, Dementia Care Matters said  ‘’Please send my heartfelt congratulations to everyone in the home – it is a huge achievement and something you should all feel enormous pride in – culture change takes heart, dogged determination, true leadership and the creation of a real ‘ home  ‘ which you have so clearly demonstrated and evidenced. Ty Iscoed Residential Home now join a small but growing group of Butterfly Homes in Wales who are flying the flag for what matters most in dementia care – an enormous thank you!’’

The award involved implementing a number of developments set by Dementia Care Matters which also included significant environmental work developing ‘Houses’ within the Home.  The kitemark status demonstrates “highly skilled care with a high degree of good person centred dementia care and the potential to develop further’’.

Feelings based care is the priority as opposed to the traditional task led care.  Importance is placed on people’s emotional well being, identity and creating a sense of belonging in their own home. People contribute to the running of their own home, which includes helping with preparing meals and domestic chores which is typical of a ‘normal’ home life.

Family life is recognised, valued and embraced!  Family relationships and friendships are nurtured by staff supporting relatives to be naturally involved in their loved ones life as much as the person wishes.  This creates an atmosphere where families don’t feel like they are ‘visiting’.

Staff working in the home shared  ‘We no longer feel like we are going to work, we feel that we are being with people as families and friends. This is evidenced by a relaxed atmosphere, where cwtches and cuddles are in abundance.  This in turn has had such a positive effect on the people who live at Ty Iscoed. Families and visitors alike. On reflection we  really wish at the start of the DCM project we could have seen the end result as it is such a different place now , it’s like home from home’.

Cllr Robin Woodyatt, Cabinet Member for Social Services said: “I am delighted that Ty Iscoed Residential Home has been awarded a Kite Mark Status by Dementia Care Matters. This is testament to the fantastic facilities and care that are provided to those who live within Ty Iscoed and I am thrilled that this has been recognised. Well done to each and every person who has strived to achieve this fantastic goal”.