Month: July 2016

Mocktail celebrations

Mocktail celebrations

Homes within the Peninsula group have decided to host mocktail celebrations as suggested by Managing Director, Louise Arnold as a novel way of promoting hydration.

Cornerways commence celebrations tomorrow during their throwback Thursday discussion regarding holidays.  A great way to get into the reminiscing mood is to have a cocktail in your hand.  Parklands will be hosting their afternoon next Monday.  Bramble Down residents have requested cocktail shakers and fancy straws to help enjoy the afternoon.

Residents are going to be treated to a selection of mocktails including the ‘Ray Rogers’, ‘Shirley Temple’, ‘Sparkling virgin Sangria’ to name a few.  The drinks are being accompanied by fruit platters, another good source of hydration.  For example, watermelon is 92 percent water, grapefruit and strawberries are around 90 percent

We continually look at ways to ensure residents receive optimum food and drink as it encourages wellbeing, health and hydration.  Improving hydration in residents can have positive results, such as reduction in falls, prevention of some UTI’s and can assist in the prevention of pressure sores to name a few.

The mocktail afternoon is just one food and drink themed activity arranged within our homes.  Residents often enjoy coffee mornings with homemade cakes, Country themed meals,  treats dipped in chocolate fountains, sherry parties and cheese and wine tasting.

We continually look to promote nutrition and if this can be done in a fun and sociable environment, then all the better.

Coppelia House History Factfile

Coppelia House History Factfile

The site of the present day Coppelia House can first be identified on a Manorial Survey in 1790. The site was about a third of an acre and described as a ‘barn, linhay and garden’. It belonged to the manor of the Earl of Devon, Lord Courtenay.

By 1818 there was an inhabited property on the site called ‘Borohaye’. In 1844 a solicitor named William White paid land tax on the ‘dwellinghouse with offices, stable, coach house and garden, of about half an acre’. The freehold was still held by Lord Courtenay.

Following the death of William White in 1854 the property was divided equally between his six brothers and sisters. It was agreed by all parties that Borohaye became a Convalescent Home, although a plaque by the door sates ‘To the Glory of God this convalescent homes was founded in 1873 by the Misses Lovell Phillips of Torquay…’ initially for 14 patients.

The Bowrings sold the property to Miss Mary and Miss Julia Phillips in 1877. In 1879 and extension was added to the men’s sitting room and women’s large ward. In 1898 the dining room wing was added, further alterations were made to other areas within the home during 1905, all funded by voluntary contributions and income from investments. Accommodation was raised to 25 patients. In 1901 the ‘Phillips’ purchased the ‘garden ground’ of Moor View (a house in nearby Pound St).

In 1948 at the start of the National Health Service it was taken over as the Moretonhampstead Recovery Hospital and formally opened following refurbishment in 1950. In 1956 a new sun lounge was opened.

The Convalescent Home closed in 1975 and remained empty until 1980 when it was purchased by Roger & Jill Passmore. It was renamed Coppelia House and ran as a private nursing and residential home with 30 beds.

In February 2003 Coppelia House was purchased by Peninsula Care Homes as a 30 bed Home. In Peninsula Care Homes took the decision to no longer continue with nursing and Coppelia House became a Residential Home.

Dementia Care Conference

Dementia Care Conference

The recent Dementia Care Conference was organised by a fellow member of the Devon Care Kite Mark (DCKM If you haven’t heard of the DCKM then it’s a group of care homes based in Devon supporting each other to provide excellent care. It currently represents 60 homes offering regular training, master classes, and get together in order to share best practice. Another of the hugely beneficial elements is peer reviews. Owners and managers visit another home offering an independent opinion on an agreed topic. This critical friend reviewing is an invaluable part of our audit system as we strive to provide the best care.

The conference was open to both health/social care professionals as well members of the public. Each of our staff who attended found the day extremely beneficial. Interestingly but not surprisingly each had a different key point as their take away message. This holds true with something head of Care Quality Commission (CQC) Andrea Sutcliffe said “if you’ve met one person with dementia you’ve met one person”. You can’t assume to know someone’s life, how they wish to be cared for, or what their highlight of a conference will be without asking.

I’ve read Andrea Sutcliffe’s blogs, as head of CQC she is an important leader having an impact on our daily operation of our homes. As a speaker she engaged and held her audience and did, in my opinion, come across as being passionate about raising standards.

Andrea has frequently shared a picture of her mother stating the importance of the mum test “ask yourself if it’s good enough for your mum or someone you care deeply for”. This is a simple but excellent test and one all our staff can keep in mind as they go about this day.

Andrea spoke about the importance of seeing the person not the diagnosis that we have to help people live life to the full and thus enabling people to have a meaningful life.  The other speakers also supported the absolute importance of life history.  This history is crucial to allow homes to provide the personalised care everyone deserves, and help residents achieve a meaningful life.  Mark from Home Instead a domiciliary provider spoke about a gentleman who was refusing morning showers.  When they learnt more about his life history and previous routines they learnt that he always returned home from work on a certain train, poured himself a gin and then had a bath.  When the agency changed the care to match this pattern he was extremely happy to have a bath.  Read our previous blog on reminiscing:

So for me the conference was a beneficial day with many key messages and tips to help us improve our service.  A quote Andrea shared in her closing speech which we should all embrace was “see every single person as an individual.  It is our privilege to support them to live their life with as much happiness, love and security as we can give them”

Plymbridge House History Factfile

Plymbridge House History Factfile

Plymbridge House is situated at the Plympton end of Plymbridge Road, and was the first house to be built in Plymbridge Road around 1890. The Home was previously the vicarage for St Mary’s Church. The Reverend Joseph Mercer Cox the Contempory Incumbent of St Mary’s Church became the first vicar to live at Plymbridge House.

The vicarage was converted into a Residential Home and renamed in 1983. Situated in one acre of landscaped grounds the home offers sheltered patios and attractive gardens.

Registered Manager of Plymbridge House, Kathie Shopland, has over seen a number of improvements to the Home for many years and cares deeply about the quality of care provided to Plymbridge Residents, along with regular training for her staff.