Brunelcare’s Deerhurst Care & Nursing home have been awarded the Dementia Care Matters Quality of Life award, for the fourth year running and more importantly, achieved the highest level, ‘Level 1’ for exceptional person-centred dementia care.
This is an exceptional result because, according to Dementia Care Matters, only 1% of care homes within the UK achieve a ‘Level 1’ distinction.
Deerhurst is a Dementia Care Matters Butterfly Service home, meaning they are achieving a recognised national standard in dementia care, providing person-centred and relationship focused dementia care. Care workers in ‘Butterfly Homes’ ensure people have a good daily quality of life which, when added to a stimulating environment, gives people a sense of purpose. This results in increased life expectancy, improved well-being and happiness.
The Dementia Care Matters team who awarded Deerhurst the ‘Level 1’ rating said:
“Spending a day at Deerhurst Nursing Home reminds me that it really is possible to live well with a dementia and that a move to a care home doesn’t have to be a time of despair and loneliness. The whole staff team show huge amounts of love, kindness and genuine regard for people in all their interactions.”
Comment from a resident living at Deerhurst:
“Its brilliant, you couldn’t ask for anything better. It’s like a big family. With this lady (points to the manager) it’s beautiful, it’s close to heaven.”
Lesley Hobbs, Manager for Deerhurst Care Home says:
“Thank you to every single person that lives, works, volunteers and visits as friend or family as you all help to make Deerhurst great!”