Home page for a care home

 

Hooray!

We’re extremely pleased to report that our residents and staff have

now received the second stage of CoVid vaccination!

(Above) We’re now even more happy to be VAP: Vaccinated and Proud.

 

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Happy Easter everybody!

 

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(Above) As from 8th March 2021 Fairlawn is happy to be able to relax its policy for visiting a little. In compliance with regulations we’re now able to have visitors enjoy a visit with their loved ones without being separated by a dividing screen (following a successful test for Covid).

The first family to enjoy such a visit have very kindly granted us permission to post a couple of photos of their visit and also include the following statement:

“It was so wonderful to hold my special Mum’s hands, to squeeze them and stroke them, to sit right next to each other and close so she can hear me super-clearly (even when we talked quietly together the way we always did on her sofa) and to even do a “Say say my playmate” clap song together and crack up like we did when I was little!! We were both overjoyed to be safely close together again… thank you so much for making it possible!

It’s been nearly 5 months and my hands had really missed holding hers, so today felt like a really special day for both my Mum and me. I am certain there are many other residents and families who will have been apart longer and will be over the moon soon too!

Thank you for allowing and encouraging all the visits in the Summer House (today and ever since my Mum moved to Fairlawn). I am very lucky to know my Mum is so happy, safe, so well cared for by kind people and fortunate to be able to keep our close relationship strong despite me being unable to care for her myself anymore. Please give all the people who look after my Mum my warmest thanks – during each visit she tells me, without being asked, how cheery, kind and good hearted everyone she sees is and how happy she is.”

 

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Hello and welcome to this home page

Home page for a care home, isn’t meant to be a play on words!

Fairlawn is a residential/dementia care home in Maidstone. If you are looking at websites for a care home, you will by now understand the difference between residential homes, nursing homes and an EMI home. We started here in September just after the summer of 1999.

On the other hand, call me and I will go over it for you.
 

 

First of all…

Let’s start by saying that finding suitable care accommodation for yourself, or your relative, is never going to be easy. Take a long deep breath and start slowly. Put the kettle on, or open a bottle of wine! Get the brochure from Social Services, or the hospital team who want to move your relative out of the hospital.

An excerpt from our latest Inspection Report:

People who lived in the home understood the care and treatment choices available to them. We spoke with three people who lived in the home and one said, “I am very comfortable here. The staff look after us well. We are probably not an easy lot to deal with because we get frustrated about what we cannot do any longer, like going for a nice long walk.” This person went on to say, “They respect you as a person here and make you as comfortable as possible. It is a nice setting and I have a good view and I can watch the squirrels in the garden from my window.”

 

From our recent Resident’s Families Survey (August 2020):

“During this period of COVID-19 are you satisfied with how the home has performed (keeping everyone safe/managing visits/keeping everyone informed of updates etc) and is there anything we could have done better?”

Extremely happy and impressed at the consistent approach. All staff seemed equally strict with sticking to restrictions.

My mother-in-law moved in during COVID lockdown and I was particularly grateful for the sensible and pragmatic way the staff adapted the situation on the day of her arrival to allow for her Alzheimers, adhering to COVID precautions but easing her anxiety by allowing a brief visit to acclimatise her to her room by providing PPE.

I’m also grateful for the safe use of the garden to have individual visits during COVID time too. Thank you so much!

From the moment I rang and spoke to Nicole, the manager at Fairlawn, I have been extremely impressed. ALL the staff I have met since have seemed genuinely caring and knowledgeable about my mother-in-law and I couldn’t be more grateful.

I have been a nurse for 25 years and I like to think I can spot good care and I have seen it consistently at Fairlawn.

(Reproduced with the permission of the author).

In conclusion

Let agree that this isn’t going to be easy, but with our help it can be easier than you think. Because you are looking, there is a need. Its probably best to talk over that need with an expert in the field. Come and meet us as soon as you can so that we can resolve any current issues. At least then you will have some answers to work with.

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We provide the following services:

– Activities five days per week

Respite care or permanent residency

– Hairdressing visits every Wednesday afternoon

– Chiropody visits every six weeks

– A four weekly rotation of menus, with at least two options every day and different menus for the summer and winter months. We have recently received a five star rating from the Food Standards Agency for hygiene.

– At least one outside entertainment act booked each month

– Motivation classes every four weeks

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We would be happy to show you around the home at any time, although meal times are quite busy so if you could avoid them it would be very kind.

Try to look at as many care homes as possible. Not just the ones with vacancies at the time.

Ask for a cup of tea, sit down and watch what happens while you drink your tea.

Nothing feels more like home than a nice cup of tea

We look forward to seeing you.

Nicole Kelly: Registered Manager
Owner: Ms Mary Lawrence