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High Wycombe care home selected as a finalist for a national award

| July 14, 2021
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Catherine Court resident Betty with lifestyle coordinator Rita at the home’s 1960s-themed event. (Image supplied on behalf of Care UK)

A care home in High Wycombe is celebrating after becoming a finalist for a national award.

Care UK’s Catherine Court on Cressex Road, High Wycombe has made it to the finals of the ‘Best Home for Sporting, Social or Leisure Activities’ category at the Care Home Awards 2021.

The national awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation in UK care home management, operation and delivery.

The Lifestyle Coordinators, Louise Brown and Rita Leon, have been instrumental in securing the nomination, both of whom make every day special and meaningful for residents.

Louise and Rita work closely with residents and their families to create life story books for each resident so they can tailor everything to suit residents interests. Their secret is to really listen carefully to residents while recognising that even the most casual comment can inspire an idea. One conversation about favourite films and musicians led to the team planning a Wild West day, including a barbecue and line dancing. A Hawaiian party was inspired by a residents fondness for an Elvis Presley film.

Many residents at the care home have nursing needs and/or are living with advanced dementia, so activities must be highly personalised. The team focus on what residents can do, rather than what they can’t. For example, residents being nursed in bed can still get involved in flower arranging, which they enjoy. The team members have also trained as Namaste Care practitioners and run individual sessions for residents, delivering hand massages which help the residents to relax and feel valued.

The team fosters a whole home approach to activities. For example, at night, if a resident is unable sleep, carers will sit and chat with them, play games or find a DVD they might want to watch.

Michael Daley, Home Manager at Catherine Court, said: ‘What a superb job Louise, Rita and our whole team at Catherine Court have done for the residents, going above and beyond, particularly over the last year.

The nomination is testament to their dedication, and highlights their passion to ensure every single resident leads a happy and fulfilled life here. From Wild West days to our Hawaiian party, there is never a dull moment at Catherine Court.

I’m incredibly proud of our team and everything they do to ensure Catherine Court is a fantastic place to call home. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a win later this year!

The winner of the best home for ‘Sporting, Social or Leisure Activities’ category in the Care Home Awards 2021 will be announced on Friday 10th September 2021 at a ceremony to be held in the Ballroom at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

Catherine Court has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home provides full-time residential, residential dementia and nursing care, as well as short-term respite.

Further information about Catherine Court can be found by contacting the Home Manager, Michael Daley, on 01494 856839 or by email to [email protected]. General information can be found at on the Care UK website at careuk.com/catherine-court.

*Source of article : Press release on behalf of Care UK.

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