Industry leading care home operator, New Care Projects LLP, has appointed Elaine Miller as group head of occupational therapy. She will take forward New Care’s philosophy of ‘client enablement’ and joins the teams at Allingham House in Timperley and Manorhey in Urmston in Greater Manchester.
In her new role, Miller will work with the care home teams to facilitate an environment where the residents remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. She will train staff to help residents carry out daily routines and tasks to maintain their own health, wellbeing and mobility levels, such as getting washed or dressed, or continuing with a favourite activity, to ensure continued quality of life.
The underlying philosophy is to address the urgent call from central government to reduce dependence on secondary care services by an assertive approach to falls reduction, which is a significant issue within all care environments.
Miller will help with accident prevention, undertaking regular audits of the care home environments to advise on the best use of space and equipment and ensure everything is done to identify and prevent falls and other risks to residents.
It is highly unusual for a care home operator to employ its own in house occupational therapist. Miller’s appointment is testimony to New Care’s commitment to only the highest standards of care and its focus on an ‘enabled approach’.
Miller explains: “Usually in care homes, as much as possible is done for the residents and it is easy for them to slip into a situation where they gradually lose the ability to do things for themselves. At New Care, we help residents develop the confidence and ability to continue with aspects of their daily routine that are important for them which is something I care passionately about. The company philosophy of development and clinically-led services and a desire to continuously improve was highly attractive. This combined with excellent CQC infection control ratings and the iterative approach to continuous improvement reports convinced me to move from the NHS into the private sector.”
CEO at New Care Projects, Chris McGoff, commented: “Elaine shares the New Care vision for quality and delivery of care and I was delighted when she agreed to join the team. The principles of occupational therapy are integral to our offering and having Elaine on board will ensure this approach is further developed to the benefit of every individual resident at Allingham House and Manorhey.and those who join us through our new build roll out programme.”
Miller is well qualified for the position having worked at the highest level in the NHS and in a number of different hospital, clinical, community, care home and hospice settings where she treated a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions. Registered with the Health Professions Council and British Association of Occupational Therapists, she has spoken at leading industry events and been published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Miller is married with two children and lives in Warrington. When not working, she enjoys walking the dog, horse riding (which she learned as an adult) and reading books with happy endings…but most of all, she enjoys being a mum.
New Care Projects LLP is the operator of two industry leading care homes; Allingham House Care Centre on Deansgate Lane in Timperley (which is fully Kosher) and Manorhey Care Centre on Stretford Road in Urmston. Both homes boast an exceptional clinical offering, including residential, nursing and specialist dementia care, in an expertly designed and purpose-built environment. A third home is currently under construction in West Brigford in Nottinghamshire.
Whether it is long-term care, respite care, convalescence or simply a welcoming home-from-home in which to reside, New Care strives for excellence and seeks to always provide the best levels of care. For further information, please visit www.newcarehomes.com.
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