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Statment of purpose

The Aims and Objectives of St. Denis Lodge

To provide sympathetic and personal care to residents according to their individual needs in a warm and homely environment. Whilst at all times maintaining the independence and integrity of the resident.

To arrange the administration of medication as appropriate to each resident.

To meet counselling, occupational therapy and various other needs of the resident as far as possible.

To provide a secure, homely, caring and friendly home in which the resident can :
Live as they wish, as they would in their own home, as far as this is possible, without causing hardship or difficulty for other residents.

Have visitors whenever they wish. Invite visitors for lunch or supper, prior notice will be expected.

Have such privacy as they desire.

Feel encouraged to pursue their religious beliefs, whether by church attendance or by visits from the clergy.

Have visits from their own doctors backed by full sympathetic and supportive care.

Rely on a varied and well balanced diet with the food served in a pleasant manner and surroundings.

Be assured of care tailored to meet their individual needs.

Be assured of any necessary care and attention at night.

To achieve all these aims the home will be appropriately staffed throughout the 24 hours of the day. Staff will be encouraged to assist residents where necessary, but to act primarily to help each resident maintain as active and independent life as possible.

DIGNITY

The preservation of self respect amongst residents hinges upon the respect and status they are accorded.
Privacy of person and bed space is important, as is the right to hold and express opinions or to keep them private.

St. Denis Lodge is registered with the Care Quality Commission as a Residential Home.

We are only able to invite people who are upwards of 65 years to live with us. We cater for males and females. We are happy to take any race or religion providing the user and the next of kin have discussed with us their specific needs and all parties are content in the knowledge that we can fulfill their requests according to a personalised Care Plan.

St Denis Lodge is not a nursing home and our staff are unable to deliver nursing care.

Nursing care will be administered by the district nurses from the Abbey View Medical Centre, who will be in consultation with the resident and under the direction of the G.P.

However, we are committed to End of Life Care and we endeavor to care for residents to the end of their days.

St Denis Lodge is able to meet a large variety of needs as determined by its residents.

a) Physical needs - Assistance is always available to ensure a high standard of personal hygiene is maintained. This includes on site laundry.

b) Dietary requirements - We understand the importance of food and fluids for promotion of good health. However we also understand the personal satisfaction and enjoyment factor associated with good quality, well presented food. We can provide a number of specialist diets and choice at all meals.

c) Spiritual needs - This varies from resident to resident by getting to know residents as individuals we strive to provide support as required. St Denis Lodge welcomes all denominations. We have strong links with all the churches, who visit frequently. We have ties with an advocacy service and they will visit when requested, but most importantly our staff do have time to chat.

d) Safe environment - St Denis Lodge is an old Edwardian house, there are two lifts so that we have level access throughout the home, because of this and because we have a high number of lifting devices we are able to provide care for immobile residents and those with severe mobility impairment.

To maintain a safe environment we do not permit smoking inside the house.

Whilst we are familiar with short term memory problems. We do not cater for residents with unsociable behavior problems or confusion/ mind states which may result in them wandering off the premises or into another resident’s room.


ADMISSION PROCEDURE

In order to establish a resident’s suitability we will visit if distance is not prohibitive, where we will carry out an admission assessment to cover all aspects of daily care and needs requirement. See attached form. This form will be completed with the knowledge and consent of the prospective resident.

A decision as to a residents suitability will be made on the information in the admissions assessment related to the above criteria. Relatives views will be sought, doctors, nurses and home carers will be consulted in order to draw an accurate picture.

We do not take emergency admissions. The beds are bookable in advance and we normally operate with a waiting list.

ACTVITIES AND HOBBIES

St Denis Lodge is able to offer a wide and varied choice of activities. Whilst some of the activities remain static on a weekly basis , others change depending on the wishes of the residents.

Most Days one or two of list will be available -
1. Crosswords
2. Quizzes – television or book
3. Video or music

Weekly Activities
1. Exercises with Alison
2. Painting class
3. Games - Scrabble
4. Taped Quizzes
5. School children visiting
6. Non denominational religious get together

Monthly activities
1. Memory Box
2. Religious meetings
3. Holy Communion
4. Bus Trips
5 Stroke Club activities ( these vary)
6. Pets as Therapy
7. Visiting Entertainers

Occasional Activities
1.Garden Parties
2. Pub Lunches
3. Shopping in the home and in town
4. Theatre
5. Talks and slide shows.

We consider any type of activities, especially those suggested to us by the residents. If residents have hobbies they wish to pursue, the management will be happy to promote this and will endeavour to assist a resident accomplish this in what ever way they can.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR CONSULTATION WITH THE SERVICE USER REGARDING THE OPERATION OF ST DENIS LODGE

At St Denis Lodge we appreciate the importance of communication with residents. Good communication links with residents and their next of kin is the only way to insure that we are catering for each as an individual and life is as enjoyable as possible. To accomplish this we have regular monthly meetings, were a variety of issues are discussed. We operate an activities book ,where forthcoming events are promoted and recorded.
The person in charge has the responsibility to chat individually with each resident. We also operate a key worker system with residents allocated to one staff member who has the responsibility for encouraging activities and for generally overseeing the residents’ well being.

DETAILS OF SPECIFIC THERAPUTIC TECHNIQUES AVAILABLE AT ST DENIS LODGE AND ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR THEIR SUPERVISION.

There are a number of therapeutic techniques and complimentary health options available to residents. Many of these therapies could take place at St Denis Lodge if requested by the resident. If any are requested we will make every attempt to arrange an appointment either inside the home or externally.

It would not be appropriate to supervise the whole treatment unless requested, as this would be an infringement of privacy and dignity.

On behalf of the resident we feel that it would be advisable to check the qualifications of the person concerned and find their business address and telephone number. On occasions it would be appropriate to ask for references and enquire as to their experience and the length of time that they have been practising.