EVERMORE ART COMPETITION – TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Important terms and conditions about this competition

This bit may look a bit long and less interesting, but it’s really important to make sure you know all the rules, so you know what to expect. Ask an adult (your parent/guardian, teacher etc.) to explain anything you’re not sure about.

Make sure you tell your parents/guardians that you are joining in our art competition, show them this information and ask them to submit your entry on your behalf.

  1. Entry form must be submitted to cumming@active-pathways.com before 28/02/2023
  2. A photo of your completed artwork submitted by 03/03/2023
  3. Submitted artwork must be signed off by parent/guardian in order to ensure authenticity.
  4. No incomplete or late entries or those not in accordance with the entry instructions will be accepted. No responsibility can be taken for entries lost, damaged or delayed either by post or computer transmission error.
  5. Entrants must have the permission of their parent or guardian to enter. Evermore Care Homes requires the consent in writing of the parent or guardian of the author of a winning entry to publish that winning entry and the author’s name, age and town or city of residence. If Evermore does not receive written consent from the parent or guardian of the author of a winning entry Evermore reserves the right to select an alternative winner, as a result of reasonable efforts to contact the original winner being unsuccessful.
  6. The prize will include the winning artwork to be displayed in new luxury care home Astley View with first place receiving an Amazon voucher with the value of £100, second place receiving an Amazon voucher with the value of £50 and third place receiving an Amazon voucher with the value of £25.
  7. The winning entrant must be willing and able to assist with promotion of the care home including appearing on television and other media, social media and websites, including through video and image.
  8. The name, county and photograph of the winners may be used by Evermore its associated companies for publicity purposes. The winner agrees to comply with a reasonable request to provide a photo of themselves with their prize and to allow Evermore to use their name and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes without additional remuneration.
  9. Only one picture per entrant will be permitted. Designs will be considered by a judging panel. No entries submitted on behalf of a club can be accepted.
  10. Entries must be original and not a copied design.
  11. In consideration of our agreeing to allow you to enter the competition (the receipt and sufficiency of which is acknowledged by you) the piece of artwork remains the property of the care home, however the artwork can be requested back after a minimum period of 6 months and the author is responsible for collecting the piece in agreement with the care home manager.
  12. Shortlisted pieces of artwork will be displayed in the one of the new wings at Astley View for families and friends to view.
  13. Prize winners will be invited to a prize giving ceremony.
  14. The decision of Evermore in all matters shall be final and binding and no correspondence shall be entered into.
  15. Entry implies acceptance of every one of these terms and conditions.

EVERMORE ART COMPETITION

To celebrate the opening of our new, state-of-the-art care home, Astley View, in Chorley in spring 2023, we are on the hunt for the perfect pieces of art to take pride of place in the home. We know that Lancashire’s got talent and so we wanted to give budding artists a chance to create a piece of artwork that reflects our favourite county.

Are you up to the challenge? We’re tasking you with creating a piece that represents Chorley or Lancashire. You can use any medium you like from watercolours to charcoal; it just needs to be on a A3 landscape canvas. Let your inspiration run wild!

The winning pieces will be displayed at the new Astley View site in January where family and friends can view the shortlisted entries. A first, second and third place will be selected for both primary and secondary school entrants.

Notes for teachers:

This artwork can be completed in or outside of school. It could be a great focus for an art lesson or a creative project, but it can of course be completed by students independently at home. We’d love it if you could encourage as many of your students as possible to get involved in showcasing their talents and celebrating the county. If you have any questions at all, from yourself or on behalf of your students, please get in touch. We’re really looking forward to seeing what your students can do!

Prizes

1st place: £100 Amazon voucher

2nd place: £50 Amazon voucher

3rd place: £25 Amazon voucher

Entry requirements

  • You must be in primary school years 3-6, or secondary school years 7-11.
  • Your artwork should represent Chorley/Lancashire
  • A landscape canvas using tools of your choice

 

How to enter

Judging

  • The judging panel will review the photo’s of the pieces of art and shortlist entries after the closing date.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be sent an email inviting them to exhibit their artwork at Astley View, (date in March to be confirmed) and family and friends will be invited to view the artwork
  • Following the exhibition, the judging panel will select the winners

Notifying winners

  • Winners will be notified by email and will be invited to a prize giving event with their families
  • The winner and their family will be invited at a later date to a special event when their artwork will be mounted on the wall.

You can send your artwork and completed forms below to: Evermore Art Competition, Strawberry Fields Digital Hub, Euxton Ln, Chorley PR7 1PS

Questions

If you have any questions about our art competition, please contact us at: stuart.cumming@active-pathways.com

 

 

 

In spring next year, we will be opening the doors of our brand new £15m state-of-the-art care home in Chorley, Lancashire. Astley View has been a real labour of love for everyone at Evermore and has been specifically designed with our residents, our team and our environment in mind. From our use of durable materials to encouraging biodiversity in our green spaces and recycling, we have worked hard to ensure our home is sustainable and designed to give our residents and team the best quality of life possible.

In the design and construction phases we worked closely to BREEAM (the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) specifications in order to build a home that was as sustainable and environmentally conscious as modern materials and construction economics would allow. We’re sure our future residents, team members and local community care about their impact on the planet as much as we do and hope that achieving a Very Good BREEAM accreditation will go some way to demonstrating that care and places us in the Top 25% of non-domestic building in the UK. Lastly and definitely not least, we wanted to create a comfortable and vibrant working and living environment for our residents and team – a place they are happy to call home!

What elements did we focus on?

Selecting the Right Materials

When building Astley View, we wanted to maximise material efficiency and minimise environmental impact where we could. We used resilient and durable materials to reduce the need for replacement and therefore limit waste. From the structure itself right down to the flooring and doors the entire site has been made to last. This durability makes life easier for everyone. Our team know they can put their all into providing our residents with the care and quality time they deserve, and our residents can sleep easy knowing the home is sturdy and will be for years to come.

It was important for us to take the carbon footprint of the entire site into consideration when building Astley View which means we had to consider where energy was consumed at every stage right down to production of the materials that we sourced and used. Every material has what is known in the trade as ‘embodied energy’ which in a nutshell is the amount of energy it takes to produce that material. So, for example concrete has high embodied energy so we wanted to reduce the use of it at the site which is why we opted for a steel structure which in itself is recyclable when the building is replaced in 50 years time. Selecting and sourcing materials considered by BREEAM to be environmentally conscious meant that we were able to create a home whose very foundation is considerate of not only our team and residents but of the planet as well.

Energy

Part of the accreditation involves assessing energy usage throughout the home from the use of energy saving lightbulbs to slightly more complex systems such as solar shading. This innovation allows us to absorb as much light and heat from the sun as possible during the dark and cold winter months and then come those rarer sunny days it provides the home with some much-needed shade. This makes for a cosy and comfortable home for our residents and a cool working environment for our team. It also means we can cut down on our energy consumption and costs so everyone’s a winner!

Waste

In order to give ourselves the best chance of acing the BREEAM accreditation we needed to make sure that we were considering waste at every stage of the home. Aside from limiting waste at the actual construction phase and during the maintenance of the home we also wanted to provide ways residents and the team could help us by doing their bit. We have therefore included full recycling stations in all dining and kitchen areas and there is an external refuse area to allow the separation of waste material.

Transport

It was important for us to choose a location for Astley View that had good connections to public transport and cycle routes so that it was easy and accessible for staff and visitors. You will find us a short walk from Chorley train station, there is a bus stop directly outside the home and there are traffic-free cycle lanes enroute. At the home itself we have built in storage areas for bikes, electric vehicle charging points and car sharing spaces. We hope that this encourages both our team and visitors to use more environmentally friendly transportation and reduces heavy congestion around the home which is more pleasant for our residents.

Land use and ecology

The outside space and gardens have been a real focus and giving our residents and team easy access to beautiful green spaces was a priority. We know the benefits to mental and physical wellbeing of spending time outdoors and so creating various spaces for staff and residents to enjoy was a must. Our galleried café opens up onto a magnificent corridor of trees and our landscaped gardens provide a serene oasis for a breath of fresh air. For our residents who are keen gardeners there is also the opportunity to get involved in the maintenance of the garden which can work wonders on the mind and body. The inclusion of these green spaces also encourages biodiversity in our local environment and of course helps to reduce CO2 levels.

Health & Wellbeing

Even during the design and construction processes we have been considering the health and wellbeing of our team and residents. For our team we wanted to ensure that we made their job as easy as possible by providing them with innovative solutions and by creating a comfortable environment for them to work in. The team have a dedicated team area that covers three levels and to make it easy for them to move around the home with bulky trolleys. ‘Views out’ assessments are also carried out in areas where team members may be working for longer than 30 minutes to ensure we are making bright rooms with views of the outdoors for them to work in. Glare control assessments have also been conducted to highlight any rooms where there is a potential for glare on computer screens or TVs. Blinds can then be fitted and allows our team to crack on with their desk duties and residents to enjoy an afternoon film!

Why is a good BREEAM rating important?

BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method and is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. The aim of the programme is to minimise the environmental impact of buildings by ensuring sustainability best practices are put in place. A good BREEAM rating was so important to us when building Astley View because we want to support our planet, our local community, our team and our residents in every way. Constructing a home in a more environmentally conscious way has also allowed us to create a space that is fit for purpose and comfortable for the team and residents. At Evermore we take our corporate social responsibility very seriously and achieving a good BREEAM rating is just the icing on the cake.

In the case of Astley View, Chorley council set us the challenge of achieving a ‘very good’ rating for the home and we feel we have gone above and beyond to do just that.

At Evermore we firmly believe that what’s good for the planet is good for our team and our residents which is why we were really keen to get Astley View BREEAM accredited. By working with a specialist team of designers and architects we have managed to create an environmentally conscious and green home that is also comfortable and welcoming for our residents. Somewhere that they can truly call home!

 

 

 

We are proud to announce that our Ashton Manor care home in Lancaster has been recognised as one of the top-rated care homes in the North West, having been named in the Carehome.co.uk Top 20 Care Home Awards for 2021.

carehome.co.uk Top 20 Care Home Award

The annual awards, run by the UK’s most popular care home listings website, names the top 20 most recommended care homes in each region across the UK. Just under a year since opening, our state-of-the-art home, Ashton Manor, has been recognised based on reviews from residents, and their families and friends, ahead of over 1,800 homes in the region and is the only care home in Lancaster to feature (there is no ranking within each region). Carehome.co.uk reviewers have rated homes based on a range of criteria including care and support, facilities, cleanliness, activities, food and drink, safety and security and value for money.

Reacting to the exciting news, Evermore Care Director Syd Coombes said:

“We are delighted to be recognised as one of the top-rated care homes in the North West. Our ethos at Evermore is to deliver the highest standards of care, while providing a lively and stimulating place for our residents to call home. To be recognised by our residents’ families and friends as doing just that is a proud moment for everyone at Ashton Manor.

Opening a new care home during a global pandemic is no mean feat, and I’m personally extremely proud of the hard work and expertise shown by our dedicated care team as they have navigated ever-changing and challenging circumstances while providing the best quality care and environment for our residents.

I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to write a review of Ashton Manor on carehome.co.uk – not only do your reviews help loved ones to find the perfect home for their relatives, but it’s also so rewarding for our team to read what a positive difference they are making to our residents’ lives.”

What our residents’ families have said about us

Here are just some of the wonderful reviews our residents’ families have left for Ashton Manor. You can see all our reviews on our carehome.co.uk page.

“After reading so many positive reviews we visited Ashton Manor to check it out for ourselves. We were not disappointed. From entering the newly built home, meeting the manager, and being shown around we soon realised we had found the right care home for Mum. All rooms are modern and of high specification, the staff are very friendly and caring, the food is excellent, the daily activities varied and interesting, and the lovely, enclosed garden is a very pleasant outside space for residents and visitors to enjoy. Mum is happy and well looked after at Ashton Manor.”

SC (resident’s daughter)

“When it came to that time, looking for care for Mum was a daunting prospect. As soon as I spoke with the manager from Ashton Manor I just knew it was going to be right. I was welcomed to view the home at my convenience and as soon as I walked through the door it confirmed my feelings that this was the perfect place for Mum. Modern, clean, beautiful decor, and a warm welcoming ambience. This home takes a person-centred approach to caring. Each resident is treated as an individual with specific likes and needs. Nothing is too much trouble. I am kept informed and up to date regularly by committed and caring staff. I and the rest of the family feel so relieved that Mum is safe and cared for in such a lovely, environment.”

Julia F (resident’s daughter)

“Ashton Manor is like a 5-star hotel with the best technology. The carers and staff are absolutely fabulous and dedicated to the care of the residents, whilst keeping relatives fully informed. I cannot praise my dad’s carers enough, they bring the best out in him and make him very happy. There are excellent daily activities to suit all residents and their needs. I would definitely recommend Ashton Manor to anyone requiring respite or permanent care.”

Julie S (resident’s daughter)

Book a visit to Ashton Manor today

If you’d like to see Ashton Manor for yourself, one of our team would love to show you round so please get in touch with us on 01524 566 007 or enquiries@evermorecare.com to find out more and arrange a visit.

Covid-19 Important Information

At Evermore care homes we want to ensure that we are following the appropriate guidance issued by the relevant Government bodies in relation to Covid-19 and in doing so ensure we take the necessary measures to protect our residents, team members and visitors to our care home. We also want to provide assurance to yourselves in relation to the steps we are taking to maintain our care and treatment programmes as much as possible during this unprecedented time.

In line with Government guidance, our care homes continue to implement a number of measures to maintain the safety of our staff, residents, visitors and our local community. We are pleased to share that newly admitted residents will no longer need to self-isolate upon arrival if the home manager is satisfied local guidance from the Director of Public Health about community transmission of variants of concern has been followed.

In order to maintain, review and progress resident care and treatment programmes, we will facilitate meetings required remotely where possible. We do however facilitate face to face meetings and support contact with external professionals when required to support our residents physical and mental health needs. To do this we follow the required COVID-19 testing guidance and have implemented a number of additional measures to enable us to do this safely.

Business Continuity Plans

We have robust business continuity plans which identify all potential aspects of the business that may be affected during this time and we continue to update this in line with new guidance and on-going developments. These include reviewing and monitoring our teams and staffing levels and having a clear plan in place for worse care scenario situations.

Visitors

Maintaining contact between our residents and their family remains an on-going priority for us as we recognise the importance and positive impact that family contact has for those we support. We have therefore developed flexible visiting procedures which may vary depending on guidance and other internal and external factors; our aim remains to keep our care homes accessible but also safe.

Our care homes continue to follow the relevant testing and PPE procedures for both our team members, visitors and those we support. Infection Control and thorough risk assessment remains an integral part of our current procedures in order to keep those we support and the wider community safe.

Please be assured that our aim is to continue to provide a safe and caring environment for our residents and one that maintains our high-quality standards in relation to care and treatment

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us on (T) 01524 566 007

Keep safe and thank you for your on-going support.

Our state-of the-art care home in Lancaster offers the highest quality residential and dementia respite care, and is the perfect choice for families looking for temporary care for their loved ones over the summer holiday period.

After an extremely challenging year, many families are looking to get away for a well-deserved break over the next few months. But for those caring for their elderly relatives, getting some time away to relax and recuperate can seem like an impossible dream.

Helping families plan ahead, our respite care package caters both for individual residents, as well as couples, and offers short-term residents the same high standard of 24-hour care and attention-to-detail our long-term residents enjoy.

Our respite service has been designed to give families peace-of-mind that their loved ones will be cared for in a comfortable and stimulating environment while they are on holiday.

With bedrooms over three floors and features such as specially designed day rooms and lounge areas, a tearoom, hairdressing salon, library and cinema room, residents will be truly at home. And on those lovely warmer summer days, the beautifully landscaped internal courtyard and upper-floor terraces will provide the perfect environment for residents to enjoy a relaxing break of their own.

Our Carers and Lifestyle teams are passionate about making our residents’ time at Ashton Manor a happy experience, with restaurant-quality food and engaging activities to support mental and physical wellbeing. In fact, many of our short-term residents enjoy their time at Ashton Manor so much, they choose to return or stay permanently!

While families are away, it’s easy to stay in touch too – internet access and video calling help our residents stay in touch with their loved ones remotely.

If you would like to find out more or book a tour of our luxury Lancaster care home, please call us on 01524 566 007 or email us at enquiries@evermorecare.com.

Want to understand more about respite care? Evermore Care’s commissioning director, Gaye Clark has answered one family’s questions. Have a read here.

There are already over 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK. Though this figure may rise in the future, the good news is that the approach to caring for these people has changed. Gone are the days when carers would try and ‘jolt’ them back into the present by asking question after question, as we now know it’s better to leave the person in in their memory banks, where they feel happy or proud.

It’s important for families to understand that a diagnosis doesn’t mean all is lost and that there are still plenty of things you can do to create happy memories with you loved one. Here are some ideas…

Look through photographs together

But don’t expect the person to remember everything. Instead of asking them for specific facts like “how old were you here?” opt for adding your own commentary, such as “look how young you look here”. Particular pictures may spark memories for your loved one, keep these safe for future revisits.

Tap into old favourites

It’s surprising how well a song or movie can spur memories. In fact, music has been shown to unlock different areas of a person’s brain which may mean that music is key when it comes to communicating with someone living with dementia. At Ashton Manor, we’re big fans of a sing-a-long, toe-tapping and even the occasional dance! Our Lifestyle Team puts together activities that allow everyone to get involved and have a good time.

Focus on memories and emotions

It will minimise frustration if you hone in on what your loved one can remember, not specific facts. The goal here is to help them share special memories, rather than recalling tiny details. Our senses play a huge role in memory, so focus your conversation on aspects that jog memories, ask questions like “did you enjoy going to the seaside when you were younger?” or bring them a bouquet of their favourite flowers as the scent might trigger something.

Reminiscence

As people living with dementia are better able to recall memories from previous years rather than more recently, reminiscence fills the gap between the past and present by sharing life experiences and stories. Dementia can take away a person’s confidence, as those living with the condition often find themselves having things done for them. Reminiscence provides an opportunity for people to feel like they are giving something to someone else, rather than the one doing the listening. Talking about the past can also evoke happy feelings, which is wonderful for those struggling to adapt to life with dementia.

Create a memory box

We already create memory boxes at Ashton Manor and display them outside our residents’ rooms as a talking point. However, there’s nothing stopping you from making one with your loved one to keep at home.

Each trinket, memento and photograph tells a story, helping you preserve precious memories. It might be fun to record videos or audio of your family member when they are recounting stories to add to the box.

Your loved one can help you assemble the memory box as fun task to do together. Creating the memory box can become a memory.

A dementia diagnosis for yourself or a loved one can be a difficult pill to swallow, however it doesn’t mean your world is about to come crashing down. There are plenty of ways to manage life with the condition, the ideas we’ve mentioned here are just a few of the many options for creating happy memories.

 

Find out more by making an enquiry, and our friendly team can help you with any further questions.

Making the decision to move into care, or to move a loved one into care, is never easy.

After research, visits and potentially some short stays you might have found the home that just feels right. And for many, Ashton Manor is the perfect fit.

Here’s what to expect during your first month staying with us.

Week 1 – Settling in

You’ll be warmly greeted on your moving day by key care providers from the Ashton Manor team. You might even recognise some of their friendly faces from visits to the home prior to moving in.

We’ll spend a few hours helping you move into your room and explain the safety features, such as how to call for assistance. After the ‘formalities’, you’re free to relax with a drink of whatever you fancy and some snacks, which will make you feel instantly at home.

Your first week is the perfect time to get settled and make your room feel more homely. We love to get to know our residents, so to help us get to you know better we’ve started a memory box project on the Dementia floor. The memory boxes are filled with small personal tokens from your life, a brilliant conversation starter to help you get to know other residents and the care team.

Our Registered Manager, Graham, explains how the boxes help build relationships…

“It’s lovely when you watch people learning new things about each other. You can watch new relationships unfold because of a shared interest or life experience.”

Week 2 – Meeting other residents

Though the memory boxes make great talking pieces, we want to help you form lasting bonds with other residents and the staff. The pandemic has made things a little trickier, as it’s still required under current guidelines for new residents to isolate for 14 days. However, we never confine anyone to their rooms. Isolating residents can visit the garden on warmer days and we’ll always ensure they are socially distanced from others.

“We want everyone to feel like they have freedom, so can also offer one on one walks outside of the home should this be requested, while following social distancing rules,” explains Graham.

Once the isolation time has come to an end, there’s plenty of quiet spaces to meet others. Ashton Manor has been designed to have small communal spots, which invite cosy conversations and can be less intimidating than heading into large spaces as a new resident.

Week 3 – Discovering activities

After your second week, you’ll be familiar with all the team and have a better understanding about what life is like here at Ashton Manor, and there’s rarely a dull moment! We have a Lifestyle Coordinator on hand with daily activities, films and even Sunday service. There really is something for everyone, whether it’s a games afternoon, armchair dancing or bingo, you’ll find something you love taking parting in.

And if you don’t fancy the activity that’s on offer that day, there’s always tea and cake available – which suits everyone!

We’ve got a library, cinema room, a hairdresser and nail bar on site, so you’re free to pick and choose what you want to do and when.

The same goes for what you eat. Our Head Chef, Paul, develops his menu around our residents’ tastes and mixes it up so the menu never gets boring. We listen to everyone, find out what they’re after and make it happen.

Week 4 – In the swing of things

After living here for a month, our residents are settled and enjoying everything that Ashton Manor has to offer. Those living with Dementia may talk about “going home” in the early days, however this gets mentioned less as they get used to their new surroundings.

You will have formed relationships with other residents and bonds with the care team, it’s a truly lovely environment! As Graham puts it…

“It’s easy to quickly build relationships here, the teams and residents are brilliant at making everyone feel welcome.”

We’re also here to help you stay connected with your loved ones, we can set up video calls, telephone chats and window visits through the pandemic. Under the new government guidelines, we are allowing 2 named visitors into the home for family visits, while ensuring measures are in place to make sure those coming into the home are healthy.

Many of our short-stay respite residents love staying here so much, they often end up moving in full time. We carefully consider everyone’s individual needs and, in the process, provide person-centered care to the highest level.

 

You can find out more by making an enquiry, and our friendly team can help you with any further questions.

If your loved ones have reached a point where they are struggling to look after themselves, you may have asked yourself: “should I move mum/dad into a care home?” countless times, and have immediately been hit with pangs of guilt about even considering making the move.

Recognising that professional care is a valid and empowering next step, certainly doesn’t negate the wonderful care you have provided so far.

It is important to remember this is your life, and it’s okay to admit that you have other commitments, whilst needing to feel confident your loved one is receiving the best care possible. There should be no feelings of inadequacy or guilt when the time finally comes to seriously consider moving a loved one into a care home.

Living in an environment created for memory loss helps residents living with Dementia to thrive

We know you have done all you can for you loved one. Think of memory care as the next step to help them live a fuller life. Here at Ashton Manor, we have the perfect environment for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia. To ensure we are providing the best possible care, every resident has a personalised care plan created when they arrive, which takes into account their individual needs.

The whole first floor is home to residents living with the condition, and as a dedicated Dementia support space, it is thoughtfully designed with features that help trigger memories, whilst safely supporting residents who may feel confused.  Special areas include a train station ‘staged’ outside the lift, which helps give residents a sense of place and acts as a way-finder. We’ve also created a train carriage sun room, where images that may help trigger happy memories are projected onto the train ‘windows’, helping conversation to flow.

Your loved one will benefit from meeting others in the community and have access to top-quality care without relying solely on you and your family.

Focus on quality time with Mum and Dad

There is no shame in admitting that you are exhausted. Caring for someone is demanding and can cause a strain on your mental, social and physical wellbeing.

By moving your loved one into care, it can actually open the relationship. You can focus on spending quality time with them rather than taking on the stressful aspects of providing care.

Plus, you can still be a member of the caregiving team. You are not giving up or abandoning them, your extensive knowledge about your family member helps us build their care plan, and you will be kept up to date with their activity via social media and newsletters.

Making the move can help decelerate decline

No one can predict or control health, let alone the future.

But you can put the steps in place so your family member is in the best possible place should their condition deteriorate.

At the moment, you might be solely responsible for late night toilet trips, providing healthy meals and making sure they are taking the right medication. And these are just some of the responsibilities that occur around their day-to-day activities like exercise, doctors’ appointments and haircuts.

We are able to offer round-the-clock care with innovative technology that causes less disruption to everyday living, and Paul­ – our Head Chef is on hand to whip up nutritious meals which can be tailored to individual tastes. Meanwhile, our brilliant care team look after loved ones like their own family, and treat everyone with respect and dignity.

Respite care can make the transition easier

If the time still doesn’t feel right, or you would prefer a ‘step-by-step’ transition, respite care is a great way to cross that bridge. Shorter stays can assist when you want to take a holiday, experience the facilities or just have a well-deserved rest. Our respite care package offers the same high standard of care and attention to detail that long term residents enjoy. Everything in their routine will be taken care of and they will always be made to feel at home. The majority of our short-term residents enjoy their time here so much they want to stay longer!

 

Hear more about what we have to offer by making an enquiry, and our friendly team can help you with any further questions.

It’s easy to spot Conner, he’s the one walking around Ashton Manor with a huge smile on his face!

He’s a hit with residents and staff alike, Conner’s role as Senior Carer is vital here and he settles for nothing less than top quality care.

Talk us through you background in care, was it always something you wanted to do?

A career in care interested me from a young age, both my Nan and Grandad had carers and I loved to see the smiles on their faces after the care team had visited. From then on, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

So, I started the day after my 18th birthday! 10 years down the line and I’ve covered every aspect of care, it’s so rewarding. It’s been tough through lockdown as many residents couldn’t see their families for months, having a strong relationship with those who work at Ashton Manor has really helped them through. I see the residents as my second family, and we are theirs.

What attracted you to working at Ashton Manor, how does it differ from other care homes you’ve worked in?

I’ve worked here since it was scaffolding, I’ve literally seen it develop from the ground up! But, I don’t see it as a care home, it’s a manor, the features here go miles beyond standard homes. We’ve been involved in some incredible on-the-job training to help us get to grips with the high-tech aspect of providing care.

We have QR readers on each bedroom, the staff scan it as they enter the room so we always know exactly who has been seen to and when. Our residents still want to be independent – and the technology here aids that – we’re able to offer independence, with a safety net!

The residents agree that it feels more like a hotel. Because Ashton Manor is brand new, it has bespoke design running through it everywhere, which really makes a difference to how we manage things.

Out of all the care homes I’ve worked in, it’s top of the list!

What does a standard day look like for you?

There’s no such thing as a typical day at Ashton Manor, every day is different, which is part of the reason why I love working here.

Some aspects roll over day to day, such as checking the handover sheets, speaking with the Chefs, the medication round, and checking in with the Doctor or District Nurses.

After we’ve completed all the formal parts of our shift, we’ll tend to the residents to make sure they have everything they need, even if it’s just a chat.

Of course, there’s daily activities going on all the time, so we all get involved in those. Our new lifestyle coordinator has been brilliant and hosted a range of fun things for everyone to take part in.

What is the most rewarding part of your role at Ashton Manor?

Because I’ve been here since the start, I’ve watched the residents build relationships with each other and it’s wonderful to see. Trust also quickly builds between carers and residents and that’s so important to our role. ‘Trust’ is a big word in care, and it must be respected.

It’s been great working with all the different teams here as well. We’re running a huge operation, and everyone has a part to play. I personally love being hands on, I like being out on the floor and interacting with others. Working at Ashton Manor has made all that possible, they’ve given me a clear route for progression and provided specialist knowledge training so I can continue building my skills.

How do you help new residents settle at Ashton Manor and why is it important for you to get to know them individually?

We greet everyone with a happy smiley face. It’s vital that we make sure they feel comfortable coming into the home for the first time, so we give them lots of reassurance. We know the world outside is a bit doom and gloom, but we do everything we can to create a positive atmosphere in the home.

Getting to know the residents on an individual level helps us understand their needs and wants more. It’s called person-centred care and I’m all for it! They have their own routines and care plans, and no one is forced to do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.

Respite care is becoming increasingly popular, why do you think this is?

Respite care can be a lifeline for some families. They just need a break from being a carer and that’s where we step in. Given the current situation we’re offering respite on a 4-week minimum, but that may change in the future. The respite residents get involved in all the activities, mealtimes and meeting new people, which is always lovely.

It’s a great stepping stone for some residents, they treat it like a holiday! We find that most people that come for respite want to stay longer and will eventually move in. Offering these short stays helps the residents overcome apprehension about moving out of their house.

The family looking after them get to focus on other things as well, so they appreciate these interval stays as well.

 

If you would like to find out more about respite care or to book a tour, call us on 01524 566 007 or email us at enquiries@evermorecare.com.