Canford Group Includes
I wanted to thank you once again for the excellent care which Daddy received from you and from all the Summerdown and Pentlow staff during his stay. He really could not have been in a better place for this closing chapter of his life, and once he had settled in and got to know the staff he was really happy to be so well looked after.
— A Canford Resident's Family
Technology Inclusion - a right not a privilege
Technology as we all know has advanced dramatically in recent years. Many of us raising families of technology savvy children did not ourselves have the benefit of computers during our own schooling. Even in the 1980's and early 1990's computers in schools and homes were certainly not the norm.
So, what chance do our older generation have to keep up with and enjoy the advances in technology?
At Canford Healthcare, we absolutely believe that technology has a place in our homes, and residents have a right to access the 'modern world'.
How do we ensure this inclusion?
We have internet access available within our homes, and have done for some considerable time. Wifi (wireless internet access) has a strong part to play as terminals can be taken to the lounge, or even transported to the bedside. We have a high proportion of 'silver surfers' within our homes, taking advantage of our ‘Simply Unite’ terminals to email friends and families, or indulge in some nostalgia via online content. For us ‘Simply Unite’ truly has simplified access. Most residents find that after just one session with a member of staff guiding them, they are off and enjoying the benefits. Whether it is viewing family photos, or looking up and listening to favourite music and performers, these terminals have proved a success and an excellent investment for residents’ pleasure. Even Skype has become a readily accessible resource and is a wonderful way of bringing faraway families and friends together regularly, enhancing the lives of residents.
Canford homes have also enjoyed the use of games consoles, such as the 'Wii' and it can be something to share with younger visitors. Technology is at its best when it is enjoyable, useful or brings people together.
We were fortunate to enjoy ‘Soundbeam’ recently - a piece of technology that allows people to make music, regardless of their level of cognition and mobility. ‘Soundbeam’ is an award winning ‘touch free’ device which uses sensor technology to translate body movement into sound and music. In performance, education and therapy, this unique creative and expressive medium is widely recognised as the ‘must have’ technology.
‘Soundbeam’ liberates participants from both the expressive limitations and potential physical challenges of more traditional percussion-based approaches.
Organised by the activity team at Tunbridge Wells Care Centre and facilitated by local charity Compaid, the ‘Soundbeam’ experience was enjoyed by all the residents who participated in jazz, classical and easy-listening sessions. Music is a key enabler in our lives and in the lives of people coping with dementia – there is no right or wrong song or piece of music and participation in this form of activity can be active or passive.
This provision of any resource within a care home setting has to be all about enabling rather than disabling.
Ultimately technology that we introduce within a Canford Healthcare home, is always carefully considered for suitability for each individual resident's use, and never forgetting that staff must be on hand to give as much guidance and support as might be required. With these considerations in place, technology slots nicely into everyday life within a care home.
You can read more about ‘Simply Unite’ here.
Canford Carer nominated for top award
Carer Karen Kennison from Barty House Nursing Home, Maidstone is up for a top award.
Karen, who has been a carer for over 25 years, has made it to the finals as one of just 6 finalists from over 800 nominations.
Karen was nominated by Home Manager Jacqui Butler, who praised her ever cheerful disposition, superb care and compassion for residents at Barty House. Karen is well known at Barty House for her singing, immaculate appearance and lovely personality.
"I'm a huge believer in respect and dignity for all elderly people" said Karen who is delighted and proud to have been nominated.
Karen featured in the local news this week. You can see the article on our facebook page. Just click the 'f' logo at the top of the page.
Life History Work - Benefits
There has been a considerable amount of research and study into the benefits of life history work. Memories for someone coping with dementia are a crucial part of them retaining their sense of identity when memory loss can have such a devastating effect.
Tunbridge Wells Care Centre is one of the Canford homes helping to give sufferers a better life by recognising this.
Our aims for residents living with dementia are clear. We will provide the very best lifestyle by using any and every means available to us to make life not only enjoyable but meaningful.
Old skills and abilities can be drawn upon – it’s up to us to provide our residents with the opportunity to do just that; whether it’s painting, gardening or playing a musical instrument they still love.
Through life history work, you can discover hidden talents and use them as part of your activity provision; allowing the resident to focus for a moment on a pastime they love rather than asking them to participate in an activity that is organised merely for distraction purposes.
Our residents are our greatest source of meaningful activity provision. Why play dominoes when you can play the piano!
Activities out of the ordinary in 2012
Canford Healthcare prides itself on a quality home life for all residents.
Activities are at the heart of our everyday provisions. Be it for mind, body or soul, you can be assured that we have interesting fun past times planned - and sometimes something a little out of the ordinary!
Read about what we have been up to lately across the Canford Healthcare Group of homes, in Kent and Sussex, and view our photographs.
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It was comforting for my family to know that he was being looked after by caring and dedicated staff throughout his short stay, who made his final days as comfortable and pain free as possible.
— A Canford Resident's Family