As we become older, quality of life becomes increasingly important, people begin to find daily activities harder and it’s difficult to manage alone or maybe you wish to relax more and wish to have more assistance. This is when choosing the right care home can make the difference. Winterfell Care Home offers residential care placement to adults who require care services and a helping hand. Our residential care placement is available to any adult within our registration category, and choosing the right home can mean the difference in the quality of life. We concentrate on maintaining people’s dignity at all times, and ensuring that all their needs are being met. Our residential care can be for long term, short term, or even just respite care for a day. Whatever you feel is necessary we can create a package tailored to your needs.
Winterfell Care Home offers day care service to all, 7 days a week, from 8:00 am to 06:00 pm, 365 days a year. We have transport available for our Day Care users which will transport them from and to their home, within our district.
Our day care is similar to our residential care, where users will get the best standard of care and will have a range of services available to them throughout their stay. Users have access to healthcare facilities to assist them in any way possible whilst recognising their independence. We promote dignity and self-respect and focus on maintaining their privacy throughout their stay. We understand everyone has different hobbies, interests, religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds therefore we try to respond to everyone’s needs as an individual creating plans of care to meet their desires. We have an extensive list of activities available for users to partake in.
Starting between 8.00am and 10.00am, attendees will be collected from their homes in one of our mini-buses, especially adapted for easy access. On arrival at the Home you will be able to delight in breakfast complemented with a choice of tea or coffee, juices, biscuits and freshly made cakes.
Following that, you may well like to take part in the organised activities on offer, learn a new skill or just catch up with fellow day care attendees and residents of the Home. A delightful lunch will be served between 12.00pm and 1.30pm and following this you can relax or partake in the afternoon’s activities. Depending on the day’s activities there may be a visit to the local park(s), shopping centres so you can have a lovely day shopping. It could even be a trip to historical places in and around Nottingham. This will then bring the day to an end and you will safely be driven back to your home safely between 4.00pm and 6.00pm (if using our minibus service).
Our dedicated activity co-ordinators will make sure your time is spent enjoying as many of our activities and events as you want. Activities are organised on a daily basis, with larger activities once a week, which can be visiting the Nottingham Castle or The Galleries of Justice. Activities are decided by our residents, we have regular resident meetings which involve the management team, in which residents can provide their feedback in to the running of the home, and if there is something they want to change or any activities they wish to do.
We have our own hairdresser who comes to the home to cut, style, and dry our resident’s hair. Donald who has been cutting hair 30 years, will be cutting hair in the dedicate salon.
Our Chiropodist, who is also known as a Podiatrist to many, specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and disease affecting the foot and lower limbs. With early detection and patient education, our chiropodist assesses and treats acute, short term foot problems to reduce complications and foot ulceration associated with long term problems. Appointments are made on a regular basis and also when required.
We have already built a good relationship with Visionary Eye Care who are one of the leading eye care providers in England. We have eliminated the stress of the time involved in attending these appointments by working with Visionary Eye Care are kindly offering us a mobile service. The Visionary Eye Care team will come to the home and see all of our residents, making this a more convenient approach.
We will have regular visits from The District Nursing Service and Care Home Team who liaise with all other nursing departments, so if specialist help or services are required they will refer or liaise with them and arrange this. Both teams comprise of highly skilled specialist nurses, and will be providing holistic care to our home when our residents require or in the event they are referred by us. The Care Home Team is a specialist team designed to assist care homes and their residents to ensure all their needs are being considered for whilst residing at Winterfell Care Home. The team undertake a wide range of nursing interventions e.g. wound care, ulcer management, injections, diabetic management, and continence support in collaboration with GPs, other healthcare professionals and social care teams.
It can sometimes be a daunting, stressful and emotional time when considering the right care home. Deciding whether residential, nursing or respite care is best for you or your loved one is a very important decision.
How do you know which is the right one for you and your family? By having access to all of the correct services is useful and fundamental in making the best choice. For your ease, we have put together a guide to help assist you with your decision making. The guide provides key points to consider when considering care homes as a possible next step:
Whether you are self-funded or not, it is always worth involving social services as the assessment and information they can provide are likely to be very helpful in supporting your decision-making with what is arguably a very important choice of where to live.
Some people would love for a loved one to live very close by, in order to facilitate regular visits. Is the care home easily accessible, by road and train? Are there shops and other facilities nearby?
Another key element of selection is finding not only the right community of people you will be comfortable living with on a day-to-day basis, but also one that can accommodate your dietary requirements or ethnic and religious beliefs.
This is arguably a critical issue: what are your expectations regarding the level of personal care? To what degree is the care truly person-centred? What is the ratio of carer: resident that you are comfortable with? Does the care home create bespoke lifestyle arrangements or are residents expected to adapt into a general routine?
How active a lifestyle would you like to pursue? What facilities, programmes and event calendars are in place? Are residents expected to follow and participate in everything or to what degree can they create their own individual activity programme with like-minded people?
What is the care philosophy, both in theory and in practice? How does the care home maximise independence for residents? What evidence is there that people are being fully supported to lead an independent life as possible? Can residents come and go as they please? How accommodating is the care home regarding residents making personal arrangements for trips, events and family activities?
What is the type and level of communication between staff, staff and residents, staff and families and staff and the community? How do people interact: is it always an open door policy, with multiple avenues of communication open? How flexible is the care home to accommodate your communication preferences?
What is the CQC report rating of the care home you are interested in? What aspects of the inspection report are you particularly interested in? What are the good clues/signs of well-run care home or one that has very high standards?