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Fairmile Grange care home introduces wellbeing ‘MOT’

June 4, 2019

Fairmile Grange care home has introduced a healthcare ‘MOT’ for residents, designed to enable at least one resident each day to participate in a personal one-to-one review with the care team at Fairmile Grange.

During this session, residents have the opportunity to openly discuss matters such as anxiety or things that are causing them to worry, which may arise over and above usual health related matters, but could adversely affect a resident’s health and outlook in the long term.

Each review involves all of the departments at Fairmile Grange, including the housekeeping, catering, wellbeing and maintenance teams, as this ensures that not only the residents’ physical welfare is tended to, but also their emotional and social needs.

The aim of the reviews is to spot any trends or causes that may impact a resident’s welfare leading to an action plan to remedy the issue before it develops further.

This is in addition to the routine daily, weekly and monthly health checks that are carried out with a local GP, the frequency depending on each individual‘s needs. These regular assessments include monitoring weight, blood pressure levels and skin integrity.

Fairmile Grange in Christchurch, which is managed by Encore Care Homes, has a partnership with the NHS by which the home’s residents have access to a range of facilities including a designated GP practice.

Niki Richards, care and quality director of Encore Care Homes, said that having trained, competent, kind and compassionate staff, who continually prioritised residents’ welfare, meant it could be ensured that residents were happy as well as healthy.

“As part of the new ‘MOT’ initiative, before a resident moves into one of our care homes, we invite the resident and their relatives to a pre-admission meeting,” said Ms Richards.

“During this time, our highly trained staff work closely with them to identify the individual’s personal needs and health requirements, which ensures the resident will receive the best personalised care from the beginning.

“We are very proud of this partnership with the NHS at our homes, which allows us to provide exceptional care across all of the five types of care which we provide: dementia, nursing, residential, respite and palliative care.”

Encore Care Homes manages three care homes in Dorset and Hampshire. Hamble Heights in Fareham, Fairmile Grange on the grounds of Christchurch Hospital (in partnership with the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust) and Great Oaks in Bournemouth. Oakdale in Poole is due to open in autumn 2019.

Fairmile Grange resident Anne Church with home manager Sandie Mole and care & quality director Niki Richards.

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