September 2021 News

CARD BINGO

Card bingo was enjoyed by lots of residents this month.  Lots of conversations have been held whilst playing card bingo, the residents enjoyed talking about the royal family and how they have changed over the years.  There has also been some reminiscing about where residents have lived over the years.  It has also been lovely to see residents supporting each other throughout the game and helping one another.

QUIZ

A quiz was enjoyed by all, lots of questions answered and giggles had!

OUTINGS

Some residents have enjoyed external outings this month, our local ice-cream parlour, Thaymars, has been a firm favourite.

VISITS

We continue to welcome friends and family into the home to see their loved ones.  The visits are facilitated in a safe way, in line with current Government guidance.  Thank you to everyone for adhering to our visiting policies and supporting us to keep everyone safe.

CHAIR EXERCISES

Our Activities Coordinator continues to facilitate armchair exercises, this month the sessions have been movement to music, this has been thoroughly enjoyed by all.

RELAXATION

The residents have made the most of the milder weather this month and have enjoyed relaxing in our accessible gardens, in the sunshine, listening to the trickle of the water fountain in the fish pond.

REMINISCING

Reminiscing prompting cards have been used to promote conversations amongst our residents, lots of good conversations around the royal family have been had.

DOMINOES

Playing dominoes has been enjoyed by some residents this month, creating friendly competition whilst reminiscing.

STAFF

We have recruited a new Senior Carer, Louise, who will work predominantly days.  Louise has many years of care experience gained through various roles and establishments and we’re very much looking forward to her joining our team at Farthings.  Louise will take over from Jean who has decided to step away from her senior role to enjoy more time with her family.  Jean is going to remain on our bank so will still be seen in the home.

We will also be sad to see out Maintenance Person, Steve, leave Farthings in the coming weeks.  Steve is an electrician by trade and as demand has increased, he has decided to focus on his own business.  We have successfully recruited into his position and another Steve will be joining us in the coming weeks.  The ‘new’ Steve has many years’ experience in building maintenance and is a painter and decorator by trade.  We are looking forward to welcoming Steve into Farthings.

RESIDENT OF THE DAY

We have been reviewing many of the processes which are currently in place at Farthings and we have decided to change the way in which we review Care Plans.  Currently Care Plans are updated by a residents Key Worker monthly, however starting on 1 November we will have a ‘Resident of the Day’ system in place.  This means that on the 1st of the month the resident in Bedroom 1 will have their Care Plan reviewed by the Senior Carer on shift.  The Cook on shift with have a conversation with the resident in Bedroom 1 to ensure that they are happy with the meals which are being provided and ask if there are any other options they would like to see on the menu, and to discuss personal preferences.  The Carers will go through the Bedroom itself; they will ensure that all laundry is but away neatly, they will check the wardrobes, the drawers and also toiletries, this will enable us to then contact family members if additional supplies are required.  The Senior Carer will also complete a mini-medication audit on Bedroom 1’s medication.  This approach will be new to Farthings and we welcome any feedback about what you feel is working well or what could be improved or added to the Resident of the Day initiative.


August 2021 News

100th BIRTHDAY

We celebrated a very special birthday this month on the 4th Elsie turned 100!  Elsie was delighted to receive a card from the Queen and so many other cards and presents from family and friends.  Elise has lived at Farthings for many many years and started her special day with her room decorated for the big day, then cards and presents were opened, family visited, and a birthday buffet tea was enjoyed with a very special and delicious cake.

QUIZ

A quiz was enjoyed by all, lots of fond memories of holidays were shared around the home whilst enjoying ice-creams!

VISITS

We are still welcoming friends and family into the home to see their loved ones.  This continues to be facilitated in a safe way inline with current Government guidance.  It has been lovely to have so many of you back inside our home with your loved ones.

We were delighted that another resident this month has been able to be part of their family wedding, a day which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Other social visits have also been facilitated this month, with the pre-planning of all involved and relevant risk assessments, these have been extremely enjoyable visits for all.

PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT

Games of play your cards right continues to be a firm favourite, it transpires we have some very competitive residents at Farthings!!

WORD SEARCHES & CONNECT 4

The residents have enjoyed completing word searches this month and playing connect 4.

BINGO

Bingo has been enjoyed amongst the residents, lovely to see our residents together and supporting each other whilst playing too.

PAMPERING

Several of the residents have enjoyed being pampered this month, having their hair styled, hand massages and nail painted.  This was particularly enjoyed by those who had visits outside of the home booked this month.

STAFF

We have welcomed Diane and Rebecca to our care team this month.

We also have a bank carer and a maintenance person positions currently available should you know anyone who may be interested, please pass on our contact details.


Maintenance Person

THE ROLE

The successful candidate will take joint responsibility with the Registered Manager to ensure that Farthings is maintained to a high standard and ensure that the property is a safe environment for the residents and staff, conforming to the requirements as laid out under the Health and Safety legislation.

You will need to:

  • Ensure the property remains in a safe and structural condition and that all utilities are fully operational.
  • Ensure all equipment is well maintained and in good working order.
  • Refurbish all areas on a rolling programme of works (decorate bedrooms, shared areas and corridors, apply silicone, tile grout, replacing tiles, hang curtains or blinds).
  • General maintenance person duties including basic plumbing (adjusting TRVs, tightening valves, replacing sink wastes etc), electrical (replacing lightbulbs and fittings, PAT testing) and joinery (replacing locks, doors, handles etc) work.
  • Complete Health and Safety checks throughout the home (fire alarm testing, water temperatures, etc).
  • Maintain the gardens (application of weed killer, planting of flowers, sweep leaves etc).
  • Work alongside the Registered Manager in completion of maintenance log.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Self-motivated, able to work under your own initiative and have a good standard of record keeping.

 

We would like to hear from you if you are a caring, can-do person with experience working in building maintenance. Ideally, some of which has been gained in a care home setting. If you’re a multi-tasker who can work well under pressure and use your initiative to solve problems. Above all, you need to be team player who takes pride in your work and is committed to maintaining a safe, comfortable environment for our residents.

 

Experience and qualifications:

  • Prior experience of working in a similar role within a care home would be advantageous.
  • Relevant Health and Safety qualifications would be desirable. (full training will be provided)
  • Basic plumbing, electrical and joinery skills are required.
  • Should be willing to work outside of normal working hours to suite the needs of the home and in emergency situations.

Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced DBS and sign up to the update service.

 

We are looking to cover 10 hours per week (2x 5-hour shifts), this will ideally be 09.30-14.30.  Salary is £8.91-£10.50 per hour (dependant on experience)

 

If you feel you would be suitable for the role please forward your CV onto Lynne Fardell-Wain (Registered Manager) at farthings.manager@ashallcare.co.uk

If you would like further information please call Lynne on 01777 838 219


Visitor Guidance

All visits MUST be pre-booked through our online booking system: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/FarthingsResidentialCareHome@ashallcare.co.uk/bookings/

 

Bedroom, Marquee & Garden Visits

  • Every resident care nominate unlimited ‘named visitors’ who will be able to enter the care home for regular visits (up to 2 at a time and only 2 on any one day).
    • Names, addresses and phone numbers of the named visitors must be given to the Registered Manager prior to any visits taking place.
  • A visitor questionnaire is to be completed before coming into the Home and the visit must not take place if the visitor has:
    • any coronavirus symptoms; high temperature, cough or loss of taste or smell
    • been in contact with someone who is covid positive
    • been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • A Coronavirus Lateral Flow Test (LFT) must have been conducted on the day of the visit. These can be provided and taken at Farthings or can be taken home to conduct prior to visiting.
    • It is a legal requirement for LFT’s to be logged on the government website https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result utilising Farthings Unique Organisation Number (UON) 10122059 and evidence of negative result MUST be seen prior to entry to the Home.
  • Full PPE MUST be worn at all times throughout the visit, this includes, IIR facemask, apron and gloves all of which will be provideds.
  • The visitor will be escorted to the marquee or residents bedroom.
  • Visitors are politely requested to maintain strict social distancing from other residents, visitors and staff at all times.
  • Staff will return to escort visitors out of the Home at the end of the visiting time or visitors can press the residents call bell to request to be escorted out.

Gate, Window, Garden & Virtual Visits

  • Additional friends and family are able to have gate, garden, window or virtual visits but they must still be booked via the above booking link
  • The resident will be ready waiting for the visit to take place at the booked time
  • A face covering must still be worn if conducting a gate visit along with full PPE if having a garden visit and strict social distancing must still be adhered to
  • During a window visit the window must remain closed
  • Virtual visits will be supported by a member of staff if required

Visits Outside of the Home

  • Any visits being conducted outside of Farthings MUST be discussed with the Registered Manager beforehand, this is to enable a Risk Assessment to be carried out and to establish whether any isolation will be required upon return to the Home.

Welcoming new residents through safe admissions

We continue to welcome new residents to our home using our robust covid-secure admission process, whilst protecting those who already live with us and offering safe visiting opportunities.

We specialise in providing care to older people and as a small care home with 22 en-suite bedrooms our team really get to know all residents, understand their needs, and encourage social friendships amongst residents living at Farthings.

We have a robust admission process in place to enable us to offer a safe and compassionate start to living within our care home.

The government guidelines were amended on 18 June 2021 and as such we too have amended our processes inline with differing scenarios as follows:

 

A Pre-Planned Admission from the Community

In order to follow this process the individual must satisfy the below requirements:

  • Be fully vaccinated (plus 3 weeks wherever possible) – evidence will be required
  • The local guidance from the Director of Public Health about community transmission of variants of concern is followed
  • No known contact with a COVID-positive person
  • We will take into consideration the current circumstances at home in terms of risk
  • An enhanced testing regime is followed, which consists of PCR prior to admission (within 72-hours), a PCR test on day of admission (day 0) and a further PCR test 7 days following admission (day 7) and daily rapid lateral flow testing until the results of the day 7 PCR have been received

 

Discussions: will take place prior to any admission with the home’s Registered Manager, this may be with yourself or a loved one.  This is to gain an overview of your current care needs and requirements.

Assessment: if it is likely we would be able to meet your specific needs the Registered Manager will arrange a Pre-Admission Assessment.  This is to meet you, discuss what your needs are and how you would like to be cared for.  It will also enable us to give you and your loved ones more information about our home and the facilities we have available to you.  Ordinarily, dependant on circumstance, this would take place face-to-face but rest assured all of our staff are vaccinated, tested three times per week and would be wearing all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your safety.

Time: after initial discussions and assessments our prospective residents are given time to consider their decision, possibly alongside their loved ones.  Once a decision has been made please get in touch with the Registered Manager again who will work alongside you to arrange your admission at a time which is convenient to yourself, this could be the same day, in a couple of days or in a few weeks’ time, it is your choice.

Testing: we will provide a PCR coronavirus test which is to be completed within 72-hours before moving into the home and returned a negative result.  A further PCR will be required on the admission day (day 0) and on day 7.  In addition, rapid lateral flow tests will be required daily until the results of the day 7 PCR has been received.

Moving In: you are welcome to bring any personal effects to help you feel at home.  All our rooms are en-suite, and are equipped with a bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, wardrobe, chair, and a television.  You are welcome to bring a named visitor with you to help you settle in, they must follow the current visiting guidance which will be discussed prior to admission.

Settling In: a full Care Plan will be developed with you; this will include all the information the staff need to ensure they care for you how you would like to be.  In addition, the Activities Co-ordinator will spend some time getting to know you and will arrange tailored activities for your interests.  You are welcome to have visitors in line with the visitor guidance.

 

An Admission from Hospital, an Interim Care Facility, another Care Home, an Emergency Community Admission or a Community Admission unable to satisfy the requirements detailed above

 

Discussions: will take place prior to any admission with the home’s Registered Manager, this may be with yourself, a loved one or a healthcare professional.  This is to gain an overview of your current care needs and requirements.

Assessment: if it is likely we would be able to meet your specific needs the Registered Manager will arrange a Pre-Admission Assessment.  This is to meet you, discuss what your needs are and how you would like to be cared for.  It will also enable us to give you and your loved ones more information about our home and the facilities we have available to you.  Ordinarily, dependant on circumstance, this would take place face-to-face but rest assured all of our staff are vaccinated, tested three times per week and would be wearing all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your safety.

Time: after initial discussions and assessments our prospective residents are given time to consider their decision, possibly alongside their loved ones.  Once a decision has been made, please get in touch with the Registered Manager again who will work alongside you to arrange your admission at a time which is convenient to yourself, this could be the same day, in a couple of days or in a few weeks’ time, it is your choice.

Testing: we will provide a PCR coronavirus test which is to be completed within 72-hours before moving into the home and returned a negative result.  A further PCR will be required on the day of admission (day 0) and again on day 12.

Moving In: you are welcome to bring any personal effects to help you feel at home.  All our rooms are en-suite, and are equipped with a bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, wardrobe, chair, and a television.  You will receive 14-days of in-room care from admission.  If you have an essential care giver, they will be able to help you settle in and visit throughout your 14-days of in-room care, subject to the necessary visiting requirement.

Settling In: a full Care Plan will be developed with you; this will include all the information the staff need to ensure they care for you how you would like to be.  In addition, the Activities Co-ordinator will spend some time getting to know you and will arrange tailored activities for your interests.  Once you have received in-room care for 14-days and received a negative coronavirus test result from your day 12 PCR swab you will be able to meet the rest of the Farthings family and explore the home.

 

Every admission is different and above outlines some key stages throughout the admission process, however they are adaptable for everyone’s individual situations.  A thorough risk assessment will be carried out prior to any admission and the requirements for admission will be fully explained beforehand.

 

If you are considering care for yourself or your loved one, please call our friendly team who will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have, 01777 838 219, alternatively you can email info@ashallcare.co.uk.


July 2021 News

ARMCHAIR EXERCISES

Armchair exercises continue to be popular with our residents, we are lucky our Activities Coordinator, Emily is fully trained to deliver such classes.  Emily reports there are lots of giggles, kicks and enthusiasm!!

WALKS

Some of our residents have walked to see the ducks and chickens close by this month, there are always lots of laughs and we’re so lucky to be able to enjoy them in such a peaceful environment.

VISITS

We are still welcoming friends and family into the home to see their loved ones.  This continues to be facilitated in a safe way inline with current Government guidance and it has been a pleasure to be able to witness so many happy reunions.

We were delighted one of our residents was able to be part of a family wedding and had some beautiful photographs taken a short distance away from Farthings.

JIGSAWS

Lots of jigsaws have been pieced together whilst chatting to friends, it has been lovely to see the residents having a go at collectively piecing together jigsaws.

SINGING

Lots of residents have enjoyed singing and dancing this month.

HAND MASSAGES

The residents enjoyed having some pampering hand massages and choosing which scent hand cream they preferred.

PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT

Games of play your cards right continues to be a firm favourite, we have some very competitive residents at Farthings!!

DONATIONS

We were absolutely delighted to receive not one but TWO iPad Pro’s from Bassetlaw District Council, who have donated them through their winning bid to the Better Care Fund.  The Better Care Fund aim was to assist everyday living for residents who could be impacted through isolation, this fabulous donation will be primarily used for residents who are required to isolate in their bedrooms, if we have nobody isolating then these iPad’s will be available for all residents to use, this will be supported by the staff team.  A huge thank you to Bassetlaw District Council!

Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have also made us some more fantastic donations, we now have 20 pulse oximeters (these will be placed in residents bedrooms for individual resident use), a number of blood pressure monitors and some falls assistive equipment.  This equipment will enable us to monitor ‘soft signs’ of our residents to identify early signs of deterioration, as well as being able to provide data when required for GP’s, district nurses, paramedics etc.  Another huge thank you to Bassetlaw CCG.

STAFF

We have welcomed Pam and Leanne to our care team.  We are also going to be welcoming Diane back to Farthings in the coming weeks, Diane worked at the home a number of years ago and it will be wonderful to welcome her back to the care team.

We have a 10-hour Activity Coordinator post available as well as a bank carer position should you know anyone who may be interested, please pass on our contact details.

THANK YOU

Lots of thank you bouquets and gifts have been given out this month.  Our staff have been absolutely fantastic throughout the pandemic and have adapted to more change than we could ever foresee possible in the past 18-months; from the day to day running of the home, to the testing requirements, to new electronic systems for care planning and daily notes, rotas, signing in, booking systems, to vaccination requirements amongst many more.  We are absolutely delighted how everyone has adapted to change, covered for colleagues in periods of need and above all continued to provide fantastic care to all of our wonderful residents of whom our staff have always put first, even when they were not able to see their own families throughout lockdown.  For all these things and so many more we wanted to say (and show) our appreciation, so all staff have received a bouquet of flowers, a Thaymar gift voucher and a Blue Light card.

 

REVIEWS

Review requests will be sent out shortly for our friends and family members through carehome.co.uk but we would be ever so grateful if you could take the time to leave us a review on either:

We also have some pre-paid review cards available in the home should you wish to take one away with you and pop it in the post.


Care Assistants - Bank

About us

Farthings is an award-winning family-run care home who genuinely care. Our dedicated and long-serving team of friendly carers are tirelessly committed to the wellbeing and happiness of our resident's lives. It's what our care is all about.

Farthings is a small home with a big heart, and an excellent reputation, all gained through over 30 years of being in existence.

Ashall Care believes that people should be encouraged and helped to continue the life they have always lived. Maintaining an individuals right to choose is the foundation of their wellbeing and promotes happiness and contentment throughout the home, not only for our residents but for the families and our staff too. From here, we can do wonderful things to enrich the lives of everyone who lives here. That's what Ashall Care is all about.

 

If you are looking for a career where you truly make a difference, then this could be the position for you. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Care Assistant to join our team.

 

Farthings Residential Care Home in West Drayton near Retford are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and committed Care Assistant. Farthings has farmhouse origins and is a home from home privately owned Care Home with 22 beds.

Farthings is rated 'good' in all areas inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is band 5 Nottinghamshire County Council rated. The home holds a 5* food hygiene rating and has won the Care Home of the Year award at the local C.H.A.S.E awards. In addition, Farthings has been awarded a score of 9.6 on carehome.co.uk, the leading UK care home review website.

Please have a look on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Farthings-Residential-Care-Home-2248792575163185/

As a Care Assistant at Farthings, you will provide person centred care and support our residents to maintain their independence, this will include supporting with personal care, at mealtimes and during activities as well as offering emotional support.

Previous experience caring for the elderly would be advantageous, ideally you would have a minimum NVQ2 in Health & Social Care and Care Certificate or be willing to work towards. Full training will be given.

Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced DBS and sign up to the update service.

As this as a bank position days and hours are negotiable, you decide when you can work.  Shifts can be pre-planned on the rota or picked up as and when through our electronic staff rostering app.  The hours available will be shift work including weekends and bank holidays. We pay staff breaks, overtime rates for all bank holidays (1.5x or 2x) and provide a workplace pension.

 

Salary: £9.99 / Hour (£8.91/hour + £1.08/hour casual worker holiday pay supplement)

 

COVID-19 Considerations:  The Home does not have any symptomatic or positive cases of COVID-19. Sufficient stocks of PPE are available, face masks are to be worn at all times, with the exception of staff breaks.  Three times per week coronavirus testing is in place for all staff.  All staff can access a coronavirus vaccine.

 

Please forward your CV to Lynne Fardell-Wain (Registered Manager) to farthings.manager@ashallcare.co.uk or contact on 01777 838 219 for further details.


ASHALL CARE IS ECORACING!

We are supporting the NAPA – Tokyo Olympics Race.  NAPA (National Activity Providers Association) is a national charity that supports care services to prioritise wellbeing.

 

The NAPA helpline supports Providers to plan activities so that those with care and support needs can enjoy meaningful connection and conversation.  The NAPA Helpline forms part of our membership and offers free advice, support and information about activities, arts, and engagement for staff and family carers providing care, support and meaningful engagement.  To enable NAPA to continue to answer as many phonecalls as possible they were fundraising to fund the Helpline.  NAPA therefore created a virtual balloon race.

 

The balloons were launched on 8 August 2021 and are subjected to a simulated flight pattern based on the actual weather conditions, such as the prevailing wind speed and current temperature.  The simulation uses an advanced computer modelling programme linked to Google maps and commercial weather data supplier.  The race will be for a 7 day duration and the winner will be the balloon which has travelled the furthest in a straight line from the launch location.

 

You can follow our balloon using the following link https://ecoracing.co/balloon/view/230043

Or follow the Tokyo Olympics Race using this link https://ecoracing.co/race/index/22


Disability Confident Committed

We are proud to be part Disability Confident, a Government scheme which encourages employers to create a movement of change and think differently about disability, to take action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

 

At Ashall Care we commit to the following:

  1. Ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible, we will do this by:
    • ensuring against discrimination
    • making job adverts accessible
    • providing information in accessible formats
    • accepting applications in alternative formats
  1. Communicate and promote vacancies, we will do this by:
    • advertising vacancies through a range of channels, and we will use our Disability Confident badge to make sure potential applicants know we are an inclusive employer
    • getting advice and support from Jobcentre Plus, Work and Health Programme providers, recruiters and our local disabled people’s user led organisations (DPULOs)
    • we will review our current recruitment processes
  1. Offer an interview to disabled people
    • We will encourage applications by offering an interview to an applicant who declares they have a disability who meets the minimum criteria for the post advertised.
  1. Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
    • As an employer we have a duty under he Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ in the workplace where a disabled person would otherwise be put at a substantial disadvantage compared with their colleagues.
  1. Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work.

Disability Confident Certificate - 08.07.21-04.07.24


Activities - Week Commencing 5 July 2021

6 JULY

Fun was had playing your cards right whilst listening to nostalgic music.

 

7 JULY

So many smiley faces around the living room, listening to music whilst completing jigsaws and scratch art.

 

8 JULY

An armchair exercises class facilitated by our fully qualified Activities Coordinator was enjoyed by all.  Exercise is key for helping to boost mood, improve strength and generally make residents happier.  Some time spent reminiscing, particularly about what it was like growing up on a farm and the chickens’ antics!  The completion of craft boxes were also enjoyed.

 

9 JULY

Back by popular demand was Play Your Cards Right!  Again, lots of smiley faces and competitive residents!!

10 JULY

Walks outside in our local community, a visit to see the ducks and chickens down the road is always a popular route and enjoyed by many.  We are lucky to live in such a rural environment where nature can be enjoyed in the peace and quiet.