Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Company

Caring has been our way of life since 1842 and we provide a home for over 1,000 people across England and Wales – while supporting many more. Whether people need residential or nursing care, dementia support or day services, we care for them professionally and kindly. We treat people as individuals – and we work together with everyone to design a care plan that meets their needs and allows them to experience wellbeing and meaningfulness. The RMBI is part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation - a new charity for Freemasons, for families, for everyone.

Updated:
25 September 2017
Location:
National
Sectors:
Care

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

In RMBI care homes we are striving to deliver continuity of quality of care for all our residents.

In our relationships based approach to care we endeavour to ensure individuals and all those involved in their care recognise a person first approach.

Our home teams aim to work with residents, relatives and other stakeholders on enhanced person-centred care plans that form the golden thread of that person’s care.

The home environments are evolving into communities of care where those that live within them, work within them and visit them are encouraged in a community of care approach.

Dementia should not be viewed as centre stage, rather the life the individual is supported to participate in and enjoy whilst maintaining their independence is our focus.

RMBI care homes are engaging in a wide range of projects to improve care in general i.e. national dementia initiatives ,research group ,and within in all we  do to apply our organisational values to dementia care – Kind, Supportive,  Trusted.

The cornerstone of our philosophy at the RMBI   for all homes is ‘Kindness in Care’

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Key areas that challenge the outcomes the RMBI is committed to delivering are as follows:

•          Effective public funding to support dementia care

•          Support for families and anticipatory grief

•          Recognition and value of care staff by the wider audience of stakeholders  to improve retention of staff

•          Recognition and the value of home managers by the wider audience of stakeholders  in leading their teams in person-centred care

•          Closer working relationships between all stakeholders to ensure smoother  and seamless well supported transitions between care settings

•          Dementia is much more in the public domain but its research funding is much less than other less prevalent disease states

•          Insufficient national psychosocial research sharing.

•          Improved end of life care for residents with dementia

•          Support for review and reduction of antipsychotic medicines

•          Removing barriers to intergenerational work

Member website

www.rmbi.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Person-centred care planning and falls reduction

    A new initiative to raise falls awareness, review and analyse falls information in order to reduce frequency of falls, reduce injury and improve environments.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member: September 2017

  • Prime Minister’s Challenge

    Part of a national initiative to increase the number of dementia friends amongst staff working in RMBI homes and associated bodies.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member: September 2017

  • Review of low dose antipsychotics and reduction of use

    Currently trialing a protocol for review and appropriate reduction, in a MDT approach.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member: September 2017