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St Thomas Care Home, Basingstoke

St Thomas’ is a private dementia nursing home based in central Basingstoke. We are a part of the Barchester Healthcare group. Whilst caring for our residents with different forms of dementia, St Thomas’ actively supports family members, carers and various dementia charities throughout the year.

Updated:
1 April 2014
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Care
Local Alliances:
Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance

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?

Barchester Healthcare focuses on outcomes and improved quality of life for people living with dementia through its Memory Lane community as seen in St Thomas’  Important aspects of this approach include a commitment to person-centred care embodied in care plans developed with the individual. Person centred care plans include cooking, gardening, music therapy and specialised activities based on reminiscence and life work. Predicated on the basis that dementia does not mean people cannot make a contribution to life, staff work to make the day meaningful, engaged and enjoyable. Care planning also involves relatives and a wide range of in-house nurses, therapists, hospitality specialists and professionally trained staff. Staff work with PCT staff on reduction of anti-psychotic drugs, rehabilitative work, the management of difficult behaviours and end of life care to prevent the need for disruptive and damaging hospital admissions. 

Barchester Healthcare makes its presence felt nationally in the debate on dementia through engagement with national and local media, co-sponsoring the 'Older People and the Media' awards. Barchester works collaboratively with many reputable providers within the dementia field, sponsoring the UK Dementia Congress, Admiral Nurses and the 'Music in the Air' challenge with the National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People. Barchester also develops dementia cafes with Dementia UK and the Alzheimer's Society. Barchester supports innovation for people with dementia and attracted much national publicity and public support for its booklets for children of grandparents with dementia and its work on pilot Quality Accounts.

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

The National Dementia Strategy is right to emphasise the importance of early diagnosis of dementia: diagnosis in residential homes (and discussion of diagnosis with relatives) is also vitally important. Dementia care pathways need to be better mapped out and to include collaborative work with health commissioners on avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions; recognising that good residential care is a better and less expensive option for people with dementia and/or continuing care needs. This must involve clear agreements on funding, greater attention to transfer of important information and a willingness to define required goals and outcomes.

There is a clear and urgent need for a government sponsored, sustainable and fair framework for the funding of long term care generally.

There is an equal need for the sector concerned with dementia as a whole to gather together to build on its lobbying strengths and to work on positive publicity for its achievements.

2. Actions

  • Dementia awareness training course.

    All staff in the home, in every department will undertake a dementia awareness training course.  This will be part of new staff induction and also refresher courses for existing staff members. 

     

    Status:
    Delivered

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Memory Lane Community - 50 point checklist.

    St Thomas’ is one of Barchester Healthcare’s flagship memory lane communities for dementia nursing care.  Barchester have a 50 point checklist to ensure that it meets these standards for dementia care.  These include: individual room indicators and memory boxes, pictorial and coloured signage on bathroom and toilet doors, reminiscence items to create positive memories, various tactile sensory items and rummage baskets. 

     

    Status:
    Delivered
  • Dementia talks and information sessions

    St Thomas’ regularly holds talks and information seminars from healthcare professionals and dementia experts to support our resident’s families and other carers in the community.  

    Status:
  • Dementia talks and information sessions

    St Thomas’ regularly holds talks and information seminars from healthcare professionals and dementia experts to support our resident’s families and other carers in the community.  

    Status:
    Delivered
  • Supporting dementia charities and carers support groups

    St Thomas’ actively supports and fundraises for various dementia charities including Dementia UK, The Alzheimer’s Scotiey and Andover Mind.

    Status:
    Delivered
  • Venue for carer’s support groups and training

    St Thomas’ chapel has been utilised by charities, notably carer’s support groups as a free venue to meet on a regular basis.  It has also been utilised by the Alzheimer’s Society and Andover Mind for Dementia Friends training sessions.

    Status:
    Delivered
  • Involvement of residents with dementia in community events

    St Thomas’ has a full time activities team for their residents.  As well as the various activities undertaken internally in the home, St Thomas’ residents are often taken out on trips to join in with local community events.  The minibus trips encourage greater community engagement with our residents with dementia, supported by the activities and care staff who accompany them.

    Status:
    Delivered