Nursing home is ‘best of the best’

A Cumbrian care home that encourages residents to control their own care has been recognised with a national award.

Silloth Nursing Home has been named Care Home of the Year by the National Gold Standards Framework Centre (GSF).

Linda Faulder, senior nurse at Silloth, said that providing 38 residents with a home away from home was central to everything she and her 70 staff members strived for.

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She added: “They are right at the centre of everything we do. Care is delivered how they want it, where they want it. We have given them control of their care and they own it. We sometimes joke about how we just work in their home. But it’s true.

“We talk to our residents about their wishes right from when they arrive in the home. This includes everything from the meals they like, family visiting times and how they want their room. This is their home not a last chance hotel and we want all of our residents to have a good life right up until the end of their life.”

The CQC recognises the achievements of GSF accredited care homes and the awards are endorsed by all major care homes’ organisations and Skills Academy for Social Care.

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