Double delight for Rotherham care home

Published Monday, 17th October 2016
A pupil from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School learns about dementia at an Adopt a Care Home session
A pupil from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School learns about dementia at an Adopt a Care Home session

A Rotherham care home is celebrating after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated it Good in all areas.

Davies Court care home in Dinnington is run by Rotherham Council and specialises in caring for people with dementia. The CQC inspection report, following a visit on 24 August, found the home to be safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-run.

The home - last inspected in July 2014, when it was found to be meeting its care requirements - was praised by inspectors for its 'relaxed and friendly atmosphere' and staff who residents, relatives and inspectors all described as 'professional and welcoming'. Inspectors were also pleased that residents are involved in planning and reviewing their care, and are encouraged to be as independent as their care needs allow.

Cllr David Roche, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: "This is fantastic news for residents and staff at Davies Court. The CQC inspectors were particularly impressed with the 'caring, responsive and friendly' support offered by staff, and saw for themselves how contented, safe and well cared for all the residents are.

"We know that Davies Court provides valuable, specialist care to people with dementia and this latest inspection confirms the high quality of care at this home. It's great for everyone involved with Davies Court to have this officially recognised, and reassuring for families to know that residents are well cared for here.

"I would like to thank everyone who has worked hard and contributed towards this successful inspection."

Davies Court also recently teamed up with a local school as part of an innovative new scheme.

A pilot of the Adopt a Care Home scheme saw pupils from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Dinnington learn more about dementia in school, before visiting residents to work on a memory book project over a number of weeks.

Planned and delivered with support from Kathryn Rawling, Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator, this is the first such partnership between a school and a care home in Rotherham and it is hoped that more will follow this successful pilot.

The scheme has many benefits for children and residents. It is an effective way of improving dementia awareness in children and also helps to improve the wellbeing of people with dementia. The visits to the care home let the children have regular positive contact with people with dementia and involve residents in an engaging and enjoyable social activity.

Cllr Roche said: "There are a number of studies that suggest schemes such as Adopt a Care Home can have great benefits for people with dementia. This scheme is unique, as it delivers benefits to children and people with dementia at the same time.

"It's remarkable to see the effect that spending just a couple of hours each week has on the residents. All the residents have really enjoyed reminiscing and working with the children to create their memory books. This pilot project has been a great success for everyone involved, and I'd encourage more schools and care homes to partner up and realise the benefits for themselves."

Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People's Services, said: "Research shows that dementia awareness schemes are effective in increasing children's knowledge and understanding of dementia. Many children will know someone - a family member, a neighbour – with dementia, and it's great that we can give our children the skills and awareness to deal with and discuss dementia with confidence, compassion, sensitivity and respect.

"Rotherham Council is a member of the Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance, and we're committed to making Rotherham more dementia friendly. The Adopt a Care Home scheme is a great way for us to raise dementia awareness in our children and young people, for them to then pass on to future generations."

Read the full inspection report on the CQC websiteimage