Care home in Oulton Broad receives new dementia care accreditation

Oulton Park Care Home staff from the memory lane community with the head of the memory lane unit Est

Oulton Park Care Home staff from the memory lane community with the head of the memory lane unit Esther Mulrain Joe, on the end of the group, celebrate having achieved accreditation for a new standard of dementia care, called ‘10-60-06.' Picture: Courtesy of Oulton Park Care Home - Credit: Archant

Staff and residents at a Lowestoft area care home expressed pride at achieving a special accreditation for a new standard of dementia care.

The Oulton Park care home in Oulton Broad is celebrating after they achieved accreditation for a new standard of dementia care, which is called '10-60-06'.

It comes as Dementia Awareness Week was marked at the care home in Union Lane between May 14 and May 20, and it proved to be extra special with this year's accreditation.

The home was awarded the '10-60-06' accreditation earlier this month after successfully implementing significant improvements to the personalised dementia care services they offer and the way that all staff are trained to better understand what it means to be living with dementia.

The '10-60-06' training and accreditation programme was developed and trialled by the Dementia Team at Barchester Healthcare, a care provider with more than 200 homes across the country.

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It will replace the company's current dementia care programme in order to ensure the care services provided in Barchester's Memory Lane Communities for people living with dementia are the best in the sector.

The home was visited this month by a Dementia Care Specialist who found the home had met all the new standards and announced that they had achieved the '10-60-06' accreditation.

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Caroline Baker, director of Dementia Care at Barchester, said: 'Oulton Park Care Home staff have worked really hard to achieve accreditation and we saw some lovely examples of how the criteria has been implemented in their Memory Lane Community and throughout the whole home.

'Congratulations to all the staff!'

Admitting that they were 'incredibly proud' of achieving this accreditation, general manager at Oulton Park, Sarah Wright, said: 'The changes we have made to our dementia care services have made a big difference to the lives of those we care for. Both staff and residents' family members have been especially delighted with the impact of the improved training programme. It is noticeable that people are being supported in a more person-centred way and staff have embedded what they learned into their everyday work.'

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