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Charminster residents see sense
THE LONGEST serving resident of a nursing home has given her name to a new sensory and reminiscence room.
The Elsie Cotterill sensory room has been officially opened at Chestnut House Nursing Home in Charlton Down and manager Michele Ellis said it will be a hugely beneficial asset to residents.
She said: “It is felt that this area will enhance the lives of our residents immensely, particularly those with a diagnosis of dementia or other cognitive impairments.”
The room was named after resident Elsie, who has lived at the home since August 2008 and whose family are keen supporters of its work, exemplified by her husband Arthur who donates his time to ensure the hanging baskets and tubs are filled with seasonal flowers and plants.
It will offer residents a place to relax in a one-to-one environment and has a range of equipment to create a therapeutic atmosphere.
Aromatherapy will also be available and the reminiscence area will contain furniture and memorabilia from different decades that are aimed to appeal to residents of the home.
The opening of the room comes after Chestnut House received a national award recognising the quality of care it provides to residents. The 85-bed home was awarded beacon status in the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) in Care Homes Hallmark Awards.
Mrs Ellis said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious award.
“Achieving the highest award of beacon status within this essential specialism of nursing simply reflects the consistency diligence and dedication of all our care team in raising the bar to achieve the highest standards of care.
“The high expectations of residents and their loved ones are now consistently met within our ethos, facilitated by the Gold Standards Framework.”
She added: “We embarked on the challenge of achieving GSF accreditation to improve all aspects of our care within the home and to promote excellence as standard. The focus of the home is now on ensuring residents live life to their full potential. This includes end of life care.
“Death is no longer a taboo subject within the home. Rather, it is discussed openly as part of the whole life plan.”
Maggie Stobbart-Rowlands, GSF National Centre lead nurse, said: “Homes like Chestnut House are a beacon for others to follow as they are providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time, offering the residents the sort of care we would want for ourselves or our loved ones.”
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