Leading improving standards in care home leadership and dementia care

My approach to leadership in the care sector is based on the conviction that the elderly and people with dementia deserve to enjoy the best possible care, and to remain part of their communities.

  • My main concern is for the wellbeing and quality of life of the elderly people who depend on our staff for their care.
  • To achieve the best possible levels of care, I prioritise the recruitment, support and training of dedicated, skilled staff members.
  • I’m committed to developing and leading change in the wider community, both locally and in a wider context.
  • I believe that greater continuity of care for the elderly – in their own homes, in the community and in care and nursing homes - is crucial for their well-being and quality of life.

Enabling this is at the heart of the care all organisations within the Bluefinch Group.

Driving improved dementia home care services in Kent

Through my work at Pelham House Care Home, I identified a need for dementia home care services within the Shepway District to be improved. I developed a comprehensive Business Plan, acclaimed by Kent Chamber of Commerce and Lloyds Bank, which presented a better and different approach to home care.

As a result, following a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch, I successfully secured over £4,000 in local government funding to establish the infrastructure to operate a successful business from a standing start.

This was the beginning of Aspire Home carers, which in April 2017 was awarded 10/10 following customer reviews on homecare.co.uk, and gained a ‘Good’ CQC rating in 2018.

Dementia is a progressive disease, and the quality of life of people affected by it can be enhanced by greater continuity of care.

Enabling people to remain in their own homes for longer, whilst providing the necessary care for them, and support for their family, can help people to remain active within their communities and vastly improve their quality of life.

If and when they do need to make the move into a care home, maintaining continuity, within an organisation which knows them, their preferences and their family well, can help to make the transition easier and less stressful for everyone.

This is just one of the reasons why Aspire Home Carers and Pelham House Care Home work so well together in our community.