A WARRINGTON Care home, which is part of Orchard Care Homes’ portfolio, has played host to a number of senior representatives from Warrington Borough Council.
Guest of honour Cllr Rebecca Knowles, who has recently taken over the portfolio for Statutory Health & Social Care for Council, was accompanied by colleagues Michelle Greenwood, Operational Manager, Dignity and Care Quality and Margaret Macklin, Head of Adult Safeguarding and Quality Assurance.
The group of VIPs were invited to celebrate and review the journey Green Park has travelled in the past two years, achieving a Good rating by the CQC.
Melissa Thompson, Interim Home Manager at Green Park and David Williams, Head of Business Development & Commercial Management for Orchard Care Homes, hosted the visit outlining the home’s recent service improvements, including changes and environmental plans.
Green Park Care Home will be the first of Orchard’s care homes to showcase Reconnect, with a Community Open Day on Friday August 30, from 10am to 3pm and a Professionals Open Day on September 2.
The Reconnect model will deliver an innovative approach to empower people living with dementia to retain their identity, in a safe and positive environment.
The home has been designed to recognise the needs of people with dementia, with small lounges, in a homely yet therapeutic environment supported by a team of highly trained dementia therapists. The specialist care approach will provide people with the continuity of care that the condition requires.
Cllr. Knowles heard about the company’s plans to launch Reconnect, a ground-breaking new approach to dementia care. Created by leading sector professionals following three years of research and development, the model recognises the importance of relationships, communication, environment, empathy and meaningful occupation to improve residents’ quality of life.
Cllr Knowles enjoyed her visit, saying “Ensuring there is sufficient, high quality dementia care is an ongoing challenge. Increasingly we need to find creative and affordable ways to support individuals affected by dementia to have a good quality of life, with their wellbeing at the heart of this new approach. It’s also important for families to remain involved and assured about the care offered.”