Priory Adult Care

Priory Adult Care not only provides residential and nursing care for older people with general, nursing and dementia care needs. We also provide support to mental health services , along with Day and Re-ablement and are increasingly providing care and support to people living with dementia under the age of 65.

Updated:
21 September 2017
Location:
National
Sectors:
Care, Health

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?

Our Creative Minds Learning and Development programme was accredited through the University of Brighton. Over 900 care and support staff have gone through the Creative Minds programme.

We continue to audit our services using the King Fund, Dementia Friendly Environment tool. We deliver session 1 of Creative Minds to family and friends to support their understanding of dementia.

We have some lovely human stories where people living with dementia have experienced things they have always enjoyed. We have developed exciting relationships with public services, charities and other provider organisations. We have developed more partnerships with schools and developed meaningful, intergenerational projects.

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

The key challenges we face include:

Creating a consistently high level of service across our regions in the UK. Gaining a better understanding of regulatory frameworks across the UK and working with strong variances. Knowing that the financial constraints impact on our residents.

2. Actions

  • We will publish our Dementia Strategy

    The Amore Dementia Strategy will be developed, published and launched by January 2013. The Strategy will be creative and innovative and will include investment into a unique Dementia Team including a National Lead, Five regional Dementia Coaches and at least one care home based Dementia Coordinator in every home.

    Status:
    Delivered

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    Creative Minds is now in the process of Annual Review by the University of Brighton. This includes some powerfull testomonies and case studies.

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    The Amore Dementia Strategy has been developed, launched and implemented. We are now delivering on the strategy in a number of ways.

    The Demetia Team has been in place for about 18 months and includes a National Dementia Lead, five Dementia Coaches and care home based Dementia Coordinators.Our learning and development program, Creative Minds has also being delivered by the Dementia Coaches into all of our care homes. The Coaches then follow up to ensure the learning is embedded into practice. This is a five session program following the journey of the person with dementia from pre-diagnosis. The program was accreditted by the University of Brighton in July 2014. We continue to work with the University to develop a system whereby staff who complete Creative Minds can use their learning log to complete an additional module and gain Credits at Certificate or Diploma levels.We were part of the Kings Fund pilot on dementia friendly environments and the tool developed is used to audit our care homes.We have established a family and friends forum and the dementia coaches present the Dementia Strategy to these groups. In addition, we have recenly began to deliver session 1 of the Creative Minds program (understanding dementia) to families and friends. This is proved very popular and successful.

    2012 - Third Quarter Update 

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    Our Dignity Dementia Champion (DDC) development course commenced in January 2011 and to date 2 modules have been completed by home managers and one other from each home.

  • Living Life will be the key ethos of care and support for people with dementia

    The Creative Minds program is geared to freeing up thinking and changing mindsets. We are passionate about this and we encourage all staff to show this passion and think with their hearts and emotions.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    This action remains ongoing. Some of the residents stories have been shared on the DAA Newsletter.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Residents have experienced some heart warming outcomes because the have been re-connected with their occupations, are contributing to the life of the home or have been supported to create artistic life stories that has had a huge impact for the resident, their family and the staff team.

    2012 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA).

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    This is implemented and being developed via the above DDC This is also under review via auditing and dementia mapping to ensure implementation, and understanding.

  • Developing positive relationships with organisations that share our vision for excellent dementia care.

    The Priory Group will develop relationships with every member of the disciplinary team, forging community links with them and offering colleagues training and development in dementia care. Always A Last Resort is policy in the care homes and will continue to be utilised in order to prevent over use and reliance on antipsychotic medicines.

    Status:
    Case study

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    Amore care in collaboration with Spirit of Creation has completed a research project on the Power of Music across four care homes. This indicated an improvement in communication of 73% in residents. It has also seen the lives of individual improve.

    A was being prescribed a sedative medication for her nail care due to her severe anxiety. Now, with her own play list and using MP3 technology, A listens to her musis through her Headphones and smiles during nail care. No sedative needed.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Amore Care has delivered a number of Creative Minds sessions to families and friends that supports their understanding of dementia. We are also planning to deliver Creative Minds to a small dementia charity  within one of our regions.

    2012 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    This is being developed at each home. Always a Last Resort is monitored monthly and actioned as appropriate.

  • To have a Director of Dementia Services who will lead on best practise initiatives

    The Priory care homes division will continue to be led by a proactive Head of Dementia Services who will lead on best practise initiatives. Full inclusion of people living with dementia and those supporting them through the journey will be another way of ensuring all the homes become centres of excellence.

    Status:
    Completed

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    A Director of Dementia Care has been in post over two and a half years and continues to drive our Dementia Strategy Forward

    2012 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA).

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    I am currently recruiting to the Head of Dementia Services, and in the absence of this person various personnel are progressing our Dementia Strategy.

  • Developing a consistent approach to dementia care

    Our Creative Minds program will be thr driver to a consistent, high quality approach tp dementia care. 

     

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    Over 1,200 staff have now completed all 5 sessions of the Creative Minds program. We have had a challenge seeing Managers and Nurses join the program.

    Now this is changing through the Leadership of the Operational Directors.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We will develop and deliver a re-launch of our dementia strategy through regional

    ü Fantastic Leadership

    ü Therapeutic Approaches in Dementia Care

    Expectations from the Outside World – Making it Count Inside workshops. These will focus on:

    2012 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA).

    2012 - First Quarter Update

    Ongoing.

  • Dementia Coaches

    We will recruit five dementia coaches to take a regional lead in the delivery of the Creative Minds programme and to support managers, staff, residents and families.

    Status:
    Delivered

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    We have a full compliment of five Dementia Coaches covering regions across the UK. Coaches deliver the Creative Minds program and support the home manger and staff to embed the training into tractice.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We currently have four dementia coordinators and in the process of recruiting for the South and West Yorkshire region.

  • Centre of Excelence - Pilot Project

    Part of our Dementia Stratgy is to develop Centres of Excellence throughout our care homes. A pilot projet has recently started with one of out homes as a test site.

    This will involve the development of an evidenced based criteria for this home to work toward. One in place, practice and learning will be shared across the organisation.

    Status: