Lord Hardy Court
The home is a purpose built property and it is situated within a residential area. It is situated back from a main road and has a quiet setting. Shops are a car ride or bus ride away from the home. There are 60 rooms within the home set within four separate wings, all are en suite and of a uniform size but are quite spacious, they all have balconies that are accessed via the room and have a TV. All rooms feed into a central area that is used for both eating and sitting as well as having access to a discrete seating TV area. It can cater for residents with residential and residential dementia care needs within 2 floors. All floors can be accessed by use of a lift. There are a full range of shops within a short car or bus ride away in Parkgate and Rotherham. There is a large car park used by both staff and visitors and there is off street parking around the home. The home is easily accessed by public transport and there are buses to the area from Rotherham Interchange running via Parkgate. There are private gardens to the back and side of the home which are laid to grass and flower beds and incorporate seating within patio areas as well as a rooftop terrace.
- 4 August 2016
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- Rotherham 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?
Lord Hardy Courts aims to provide flexible needs led service which enables you to maintain a level of independence and lifestyle where standards of care are high
Work in partnership with you, your relatives, career’s and other professionals to provide a range of services that recognise and respond to your social, cultural, spiritual and emotional needs
Assist and support to exercise your rights to privacy, dignity, independence, safety, choice and preserve your rights as citizen of Rotherham.
Enable you to retain and extend control over your own life and remain as independent as possible.
Protect you from harm, abuse and exploitation
Promote wellbeing at all times through care services which meet your identified emotional, cultural, social and physical needs within a home like environment.
Ensure that you receive any appropriate assistance required to overcome barriers to daily living which may be the result of disability, frailty or illness.
Actively assist with the process of rehabilitation to the community where possible with a high quality and flexible service which is based on assessed individual needs
Actively work with the social work team to provide an individual needs led service to enable people to be assessed appropriately while accessing social care beds at Lord Hardy Court.
To enable the prevention of unnecessary admissions to hospital or long stay residential care home placement.
A short period of rehabilitation to enable people to re-gain or maintain a level independence to return home.
To give encouragement and support to be as independent as is practicably possible to attain individual goals as agreed with the intermediate care therapy team
To liaise and work with relatives and carers, to enable us to deliver a package of care services that recognises and responds to individual social, cultural, spiritual and emotional needs.
To treat people with privacy and dignity, and to recognize individual choices and rights to take risks in achieving and maintaining their independence in the community.
To provide and co-ordinate the provision of therapeutic, social and health care services to service users experiencing deterioration in their functional abilities.
Provide a ‘bridge’ between the acute physical care and therapy of a hospital setting and that of their own home.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We will have to work to a high standard within the financial restraints of the current economical care situation ensuring training and care is maintained to a high standard during staff changes and staff shortages .
Improve our understanding of Dementia
Judge each staff group and assess training requirements – access training though RMBC Bronze to Platinum dementia training
Ensure that Dementia Awareness training is a mandatory requirement of all staffs training requirements at a suitable level appropriate for the role of each employee.
Ensure that the principles of behaviour as a means of communication are acknowledged and understood by all
- Being implemented
Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions
Ensure all staff sign up as dementia friends and encourage them to cascade their knowledge into the surrounding community and their own net works
Have a dementia Friends champion to cascade and sustain the dementia friend commitment .
Engage with RDAA to help this process
Dementia Friendly EnviromentAssess all areas to maximise on use of knowledge about dementia friendly environments use new tools provided by RDAA to reassess
Food Provisionwe show service users the meal choices they have stimulating senses using smell,sight to help them make choices We use moulded meals for blended meals to improve the blended meal experience . We will be giving consideration to the colour of crockery to encourage interest in food In the future we will develop pictorial menus to assist with menu choices being made We take care that food is fortified where necessary to maintain the service users nutritional status Maintain good levels of hydration and use guidance to avoid malnutrition and a poor nutritional status
Have a method of gaining as much knowledge about each person with dementias history and ensure all staff use this knowledge to help a person feel comfortable in their surrounding
- Being implemented
Reminiscence – Making use of items and pictures to help a person feel comfortable and engage with them
Make good use of music as a means of simulation
Use as many methods of stimulations as possible
Using all the sensory methods possible
Dementia InformationProvision of information for relatives and friends to help them understand and cope Use of AZ society web site and information Advertise and host dementia awareness sessions aimed at relatives and friends
Choice and communication
Develop methods of communication for the people with Dementia with speech and communication difficulties
Ensure that a person with dementia is offered choices and is asked for their input into their care needs where ever possible
Gain Knowledge about and introduce the Herbert protocol for service users who are raising concern and may try and leave the building alone .
Develop this further over time .
Involvement with Schools
Develop links within the community – faith groups churches, schools,Guides, Brownie and Scouts and Cubs ,any other suitable community group .
Consideration will be given to Adopt a Care home scheme
To improve community knowledge and to enhance the lives of the service users
Promotion of RDAA
Promote the concept of Dementia Action Alliance into the community and to all /any suitable businesses that the care home and that staff team are involved with.
We will ensure that our staff group know about RDAA and the membership