Fifty care homes from across England have been honoured for delivering quality end of life care.
The homes were presented with the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Quality Hallmark during a ceremony in London.
Whiteley Village Care Centre (pictured) was amongst those recognised.
Presenting the awards, Vic Rayner, Executive Director of National Care Forum, one of the four major care home bodies to endorse the GSF programme, said: “Residents in Gold Standards Framework accredited care homes are receiving the personalised, proactive care people want and deserve as they approach the end of their life.
“These homes should be congratulated for being frontrunners by embedding the principles of the newly published NHS Long Term Plan ahead of time, helping more people die where and how they would choose as well as reducing avoidable hospital admissions.”
More than 3,000 homes have now completed the GSF Care Homes Programme since it was launched 15 years ago, raising levels of staff confidence and competence in thousands of care home staff, thereby improving care for residents.
Homes must achieve a range of quality standards, evaluated with key outcomes measures, as well as submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating that the changes they’ve undertaken are truly embedded in the care they provide residents and their families. Typically, GSF halve crisis hospital admissions and deaths and increase the number of residents dying in the care homes, in line with their wishes, leading to greater satisfaction for residents, their families and staff as well as significant cost savings for the NHS.