A Braintree care home has been shortlisted for national Care Home of the Year after receiving top marks in its latest Gold Standard Framework (GSF) accreditation.
St Mary’s Court Care Home in Bocking is one of six homes across the country on the shortlist after scoring 60 out of 60 and achieving Platinum Accreditation from the GSF, which recognises quality of end-of-life care, leadership quality and the dignity and respect afforded to residents.
The 90-bed St Mary’s Court Care Home, part of Sonnet Care, provides specialist residential care for people with dementia and those who require nursing and end-of-life care.
Joan Sirett, Matron and clinical lead at Sonnet Care, said:
“I am so proud that all of the hard work the team puts into providing dignified end-of-life care for our residents has been recognised by this latest accreditation. We do all we can to ensure the family is looked after as well as their loved one who is receiving end-of-life care.”
The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) is an evidence-based, systematic approach to formalising best practice through improving the organisation and co-ordination of care for all people in the final year, months and days of life.
To qualify for the GSF Quality Hallmark Award, St Mary’s Court undertook an extensive GSF training programme over more than six months, then embedded this into the home over several months. The final stage was a rigorous accreditation process called ‘Going for Gold’.
Sue Richards, Gold Standards Framework CIC, said:
“St Mary’s Courthas demonstrated not only a commitment to care for its residents according to their wishes right up until the end of their lives, but also put in place all of the measures required to ensure that it can actually provide that personalised, compassionate care.
“St Mary’s Court should be congratulated for putting Platinum quality care at the heart of what it does for all its residents.”