In Brymore House, we are carrying out a national programme, the Gold Standard Framework for Care Homes (GSFCH) which has been recommended as an example of the best practice by the government and professional organisations including the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), Supportive and Palliative Care Guidance and the End of Life Care Strategy (2008). It aims to build on the good work already present in the home, to develop a very high standard of care for residents in the last years of life. It also has been found to greatly benefit patients, family and staff by improving the organisation and quality of care provided and almost 1200 care homes from across the country have been involved with so far. Brymore House was accredited with the Gold Standard’s Framework in November 2012 and we are very proud to display the Quality mark award.
The programme has three aims
To improve the quality of care provided for all residents.
To improve collaboration with GPs, primary care teams and specialists.
To reduce inappropriate hospital admissions in the final stage of life, more to die with
The 7 ‘c’ key tasks: Communication, Coordination, Continuity, Carer support, Continued learning, Control of Symptoms and Care of the dying
Some key elements include
Planning for the needs of residents at varying times, using coding and needs/support plan.
Advance Care Planning-thinking ahead and discussing the choices, preferences and options to best meet the needs of residents to discuss and focus on care.
Even better working with GPs, District Nurses, palliative care specialists, hospitals and others.
Reducing the need for crisis hospital admissions and thereby enabling more to stay at home right to the end.
Information and communication with other services e.g. Out of Hours medical services, ambulance services.
Use of an agreed plan for the final days of life, to enable a ‘good death’.
Ongoing reflection and education of staff according to their needs. Staff aspire to the best and we wish to affirm and encourage them, building confidence and ability to provide excellence in care.
Considering dignity of care, spirituality and other means to improve the quality of care.
You will be involved and communicated at every stage in your/your loved one’s life whilst living at Brymore House.
We hope you will feel part of the programme, feeding back your ideas and suggestions. You are part of making this a success, supporting you/your relatives with the dedicated staff of the home to ensure the very best of care at the stage in you/your relative’s life at Brymore House.