The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) and [sonus] have awarded the Deaf-Aware Care quality mark to Blackpool residential home, Wynfield House. The quality mark scheme was launched by Norman Lamb, the Minister of State for Care and Support, following research into the needs of older Deaf people commissioned by RAD and [sonus]. The study found that older people who are British Sign Language users are receiving residential care which does not meet their cultural and communication needs. This means that older Deaf people in residential care often feel isolated and are often unable to discuss the care that they need.
Run by Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Society for the Deaf, Wynfield House was established as a residential home in 1961 and caters exclusively to the needs of profoundly Deaf older/vulnerable residents.
Susan Cooke, Care Home Manager commented:
“We are very excited to be receiving this award which we feel recognises the unique nature of the care that we provide at Wynfield House. We are passionate about the need for specialist care for profoundly Deaf older people and we are proud to be operating the only such home in the north of England that provides this service. Deaf-awareness, use of British Sign Language by all staff, as well as our close links to the local Deaf community are all key to the successful operation of the home.”
Dr. Jan Sheldon, Chief Executive of RAD said, “The management and staff at Wynfield House pride themselves on providing care which meets the needs of Deaf people and they have met the requirements of the Deaf-Aware Care Quality Mark. We hope more care providers will make the commitment to the Deaf-Aware Care Award which will enable Deaf people to have access to the care that they need across the UK.”