Somerset Care played host to a visitor from Australia last week who came to learn about the company’s award winning PETALS dementia care, quality assurance system and the Gold Standard Framework Award.
Beth Davidson-Park, Director of Strategy and Business Development, works for Southern Cross Care (South Australia and Northern Territories) alongside Somerset Care’s former CEO Andrew Larpent.
During Beth’s time with Somerset Care she visited two of its care homes, Croft House in Williton and Oak Trees in Bridgwater. At Croft House she was shown the Archie Project, a recently launched programme which aims to make Williton a dementia friendly community. Whilst on her visit Beth was also involved with judging the company’s dementia artwork competition in preparation for a 2013 calendar which will be released later in the year.
Speaking on Beth’s visit, Jane Lynch, Assistant Director of Residential Services, said, “Somerset Care is extremely proud of the services we provide to people living with dementia and those people nearing the end of their lives. It was a wonderful experience to share our PETALS dementia care and Gold Standard Framework with Beth, and we hope this helps her with developing the care Southern Cross Care deliver in Australia.”
An exciting project is being launched today (21st September), which aims to make Williton one of the first dementia friendly communities in the UK.
‘Archie’s Story’ is an intergenerational project between Somerset Care, Exeter University, and Reminiscence Learning. The book focuses on the story of Archie, a scarecrow who is living with dementia. The book illustrates the main signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s (the most common type of dementia), and the things we should say and do to ensure people with dementia feel they are a meaningful part of their community.
The project will begin in three local schools (Danesfield, St Peter’s, and Old Cleeve) today and next Friday (28th) pupils from these schools, along with staff and residents from Croft House care home and other community members will take part in a ‘Scarecrow Parade’ through Williton. This will culminate with refreshments at Danesfield School. In the future free dementia awareness training will be offered, to make Williton a truly dementia friendly town.
Jane Lynch, Somerset Care’s Assistant Director of Residential Services and Dementia Care Lead, said, “I am delighted that the Archie project, a result of many months of hard work, is being launched in Williton. We are confident that ‘Archie’s Story’, so beautifully written and illustrated by Fiona Mahoney at Reminiscence Learning, will inform and inspire every generation in Williton to be dementia friendly.”
If you or your family are interested in being part of this unique Archie project please contact Reminiscence Learning on email@example.com or 01823 323752.
Somerset Care are pleased to announce that this year’s Harry Patch Award has been presented to two of their home managers. The presentation was made at the Group’s annual Christmas Managers Meeting, which was held at the County Cricket Club on Thursday 15th December.
Julie Cullis, manager of Oak Trees in Rhode Lane, Bridgwater and Diane Allen, manager of Croft House in Bridge Street, Williton were presented with a Bristol Blue Glass Bowl at the meeting to mark their achievements.
Julie, who works as the manager at Oak Trees in Bridgwater, has also been supporting the Quality Assurance process for the Group, helping to develop and co-ordinate a robust system that is used across the company.
Diane, who works as the manager at newly built Croft House in Williton has put in copious amounts of extra time and effort to the help the development of Croft House, including its’ official Royal Opening which took place in October.
Alyson Martin, Chief Executive of the Group, said, “Julie and Diane are both exceptional managers and we are proud to be able to recognise their achievements through this award”.
Somerset Care was delighted to welcome His Royal Higness the Duke of Kent KG to Croft House in Williton. Croft House is a recently built, 67-bedded residential home owned by the Somerset Care Group, and was completed in May 2011.
The Duke visited to open the home, and after taking a tour and meeting selected residents, staff and dignitiaries he unveiled a commemorative plaque. Croft House is one of a number of care homes which the Group are developing across Somerset. Andrew Larpent, Chief Executive of the Somerset Care Group said, “We are delighted and honoured that His Royal Higness visited Croft House. We are extremely pleased with the new building which will provide high quaility residential and specialist care facilities for present and future generations of older people in the heart of Somerset. We welcomed the opportunity to show it to His Royal Higness and other guests.”
An Art Event to celebrate the opening of the newly built Croft House Care Home in Bridge Street, Williton, took place recently. A group of West Somerset artists had been invited to stage an exhibition of paintings, prints and ceramics in the newly built teaching rooms at Somerset Skills & Learning. The event, which was open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, began with a preview evening for local dignitaries. It was a huge success with many people attending, and eleven pieces of art were purchased and donated to the home, with additional private sales being made. Diane Allen, Manager of Croft House, said, “We are very grateful to the West Somerset artists who exhibited their work, and also to the individuals and organisations who so generously purchased artwork for Croft House. We now have some wonderful pieces for our residents, staff and visitors to enjoy.”