Ascot Care’s Approved Dementia Standard Scheme  

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Ascot Care pride themselves on their commitment to high quality care services.  With this ethos in mind, Ascot Care have developed the ADS (Approved Dementia Standard Scheme).  This scheme is open to everyone, from our own care homes to external care settings, nursing homes or respite facilities, with a speciality and a responsibility to dementia care.  Ascot Care believe that people living with dementia need to be supported with the highest level or care and respect with their needs being priority, which is why we want to ensure through this scheme that standards are continuously maintained in the interest of the resident/patient living with dementia.

 Our new Approved Dementia Standards Scheme has been developed with an external independent consultancy company (Valued Care Solutions) to review several key areas of care, which are vital for the wellbeing of individuals with dementia.

 The scheme will see care facilities be awarded accreditations for 2 years in Bronze, Silver and Gold levels on successfully showing they have met compliance in the standards required.

 To obtain

Bronze, standards include, care facilities evidencing that the staff are competent in their knowledge of dementia work, that they have undergone the correct training and have a programme and schedule of on-going refresher courses.

 Silver, standards include being able to take their knowledge (from Bronze level) and deliver it to the individual with dementia in a very person centred manner, giving them dignity, choice, independence, privacy and care, meaningful activities with goals and monitoring outcomes, in order to fulfil the individuals needs in the best possible way.

 Gold, following successful completion of Bronze and Silver, the carehome (facility) will be independently reviewed, with random unannounced inspections, to evaluate how policies and procedures are being undertaken and if they maintain the standards previously met.  Standards also include Dementia friendly building environment, external spaces and equipment for use by individuals to be assessed.

 Ascot Care have put their own care home The Gardens of Darlington through the scheme.  Having been working hard over the last 6 months, they have successfully received their Bronze and Silver levels due to their staff’s continual commitment to educating themselves in the best possible way.  The level of care provided to those living with dementia at The Gardens is second to none, and our staff are proud to be providing such a valued service to those in need.  We are continuing to strive for higher goals every day and hope to achieve our Gold level in the very near future following the relevant assessments.

Ascot Care help sponsor Percy Hedley Foundation

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Ascot Care proudly help charities all over the country in order to help people in need. The Percy Hedley Foundation is a charity which provides high quality, specialist and personalised care and education support to disabled people and their families. The foundation helps children, young people and adults with their education services including, Hedleys Percy Hedley School, Hedleys Northern Counties School, Hedleys College, along with residential and respite care.

The foundation is maintained by a dedicated team of fundraisers who work extremely hard all year round, raising funds to be put towards vital services, specialist equipment and facilities.

One of the fund raising events which happened early in June was the Percy Hedley Cup. It was a great chance for golf enthusiasts to have a fun day, be competitive and donate to a great charity. Ascot Care feel proud to have contributed to the event by sponsoring 2 of the holes on the day along with donating a prize.

If you would like to know more about The Percy Hedley Foundation or make a contribution, click the link

https://www.percyhedley.org.uk/

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Armed Forces Day Saturday 29th June

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Armed Forces Day will be Saturday 29th June. Ascot care will be supporting the day by having events at some of our care homes where everyone is welcome.

Armed Forces Day is a way of showing your support to all the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways to show your support, and activities are happening all over the country. There are many events you can visit, put on your own event or follow what is happening by joining the online group by following the link attached.

https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/

Celebrations of Armed Forces Day begin on Monday 24th June when the Armed Forces flag will be raised on buildings and famous landmarks across the country. Knowing the country is supportive and behind them all the way gives everyone involved with the armed services a terrific moral boost.

Ascot Care are supportive of many charities and have always been in Support of Armed Forces Day along with regular charity work and organised events we put on for Hire a Hero Foundation and are Silver Award holders of The Armed Forces Covenant.

Staying safe in hot weather

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Although the summer months are what we have all been waiting for and the dark nights are long forgotten, we have to remember that in these summer months it is vital to stay safe in high temperatures.

Elderly people mainly over 75 years of age are more at risk than others of overheating and suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These problems occur due to elderly people not being able to adjust to sudden temperature changes in the same way younger people do. There are many reasons for this, their bodies may be more dehydrated, chronic medical conditions can change their body responses to heat, prescription medicines can impair their ability to regulate temperature and can actually prevent sweating.

Tips to stay cool

  1. Drink plenty of water all day, don’t rely on thirst and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

  2. Eat light lunches, not heavy hot dishes.

  3. Avoid strenuous activities.

  4. Place damp cool clothes around the back of the neck.

  5. Keep the house cool, windows closed and blinds/shades partially or fully closed at the hottest hours of the day.

  6. Wear lightweight layers of clothing for easy adjustment to changing temperature conditions.

  7. Take cool showers, water below body temperature.

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Signs to look out for

You may be suffering with heat exhaustion or heat stroke if:

  1. Body temperature is over 39.5 degrees centigrade

  2. Red, hot and dry skin

  3. Rapid pulse

  4. Headache, dizziness, nausea, disorientation

Treatment

  1. Move to shaded area.

  2. Loosen tight clothing

  3. Cool body with wet cloths and drink water.

  4. In serious cases call for emergency help.

Over the hotter months make it part of your daily routine to check on elderly friends, family and neighbours to check they are well and if they need any help. For more information on dealing with warmer temperatures click the NHS link here https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/