Thursday 05 October 2017

North and East Herts Care and Residential Homes Abc Celebration Day

ABC celebration photo 3

12 months on since Garden House Hospice Care successfully secured funding from the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Better Care for Hertfordshire Care Home Residents Vanguard Programme for two, one-year education posts to provide End of Life Care education in nursing homes in East & North Hertfordshire.

End of Life Educators Caroline Smith, previously Practice Development Nurse and Jane Landon, previously Hospice at Home Sister at Garden House Hospice Care hosted an ABC Celebration Day to end the first successful year of the Programme.
Jane Landon, End of Life Care Educator says

“We wanted to bring together staff from some of the homes who have completed the Abc End of Life Care Programme this year as a ‘thank you’ for their on going commitment to providing good end of life care practices.  The essence of the day was to provide more support and ideas as a follow up to the Abc EOLC Programme, but also to raise self esteem and to give thanks for the valuable role they do.  The afternoon sessions were dedicated to ‘Caring for the Professional Carers’ (facilitated by a member of the hospice Family Support Team) and Hand Massage & Relaxation facilitated by 2 of the Complementary Therapists.  Both sessions proved to be very popular and staff appreciated recognition of their complex and often challenging roles”.

The Abc Celebration Day finished with certificates handed out to care home staff for attending the Celebration Day and also a framed certificate to take back to their place of work as recognition to all staff for their commitment to the Abc Programme and to delivering good end of life care.
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Caroline Smith, End of Life Care Educator says

“We are delighted we had such a successful year and the feedback from the care home staff has been overwhelmingly positive.  We have made connections with 33 organisations and over 500 care home staff have completed the course.  Effective End of Life Care allows people to be better supported in their care home at end of life.  As a result of our event, St Catherine's Care Home, Letchworth have organised dates for some of their staff to be trained in hand massage.  They can use this skill to support and comfort the  residents they care for. They have already implemented some great changes as a result of their on going commitment to the Abc programme and we are very proud that our work is making an impact not only at St Catherines but in all the homes who have engaged”.