West Yorkshire care home staff celebrate in-house award for dynamic activities!

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Home Manager Joanne Davy, Activity Coordinator Sarah Bamforth, Director of Customer Experience, Tracey Tomlinson, Activity Coordinator Emma Townley and Staff Member Janice Kirby.

Staff at Yorkshire care home Rastrick Hall & Grange, in Brighouse, have been awarded the highest activity accreditation by care group Orchard Care Homes.

As part of a company focus to drive up standards of care across all homes, the award primarily recognises the valuable contribution that staff make to their homes. The group-wide initiative encourages homes to apply to be Centres of Excellence, so that they can lead by example and support other homes in their area through idea sharing and best example practice.

Emma Townley and Sarah Bamforth, Activity Coordinators, were praised for their dynamic plan of activities in the home, and for their teamwork in creating an activity programme that reaches the broad interests and needs of the 70+ residents.

Comments Joanne Davy, Home Manager; “This award is a great boost to the home and we are really pleased. The staff have been working hard to create a good community life within the home, where each resident is valued and stimulated, and this a welcome recognition of that team effort.”

Activity Coordinator Sarah Bamforth, resident Maureen Tomes and Activity Coordinator Emma Townley.

Comments Tracey Tomlinson, Director of Customer Experience at Orchard Care Homes, “We put a great deal of important on activities within our homes, as we want each resident to feel value and interaction in what should be their ‘home from home’. We have been monitoring and working with the staff at Rastrick Hall & Grange for the past year, and the steps they have made to enhance the lives of their residents has been huge. A big congratulations to the home.”

To achieve the accolade of Centre of Activity Excellence, each home must achieve certain criteria, this includes: meaningful activities are delivered within the home and they are person centred, all activity recording is up to date, activity information boards are maintained, and the activity coordinator is managing a defined monthly budget.

At least one Centre of Activity Excellence will be established in each cluster area of Orchard Care Home across the country. The designated centre will then act as a go-to point to give support and training to those homes in its vicinity.

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