We’ve just received our CQC report following a very in depth 2 day inspection on 08/08 March 2017. I am pleased to announce that we have been rated OUTSTANDING for Care and received a GOOD rating in all other fields. Overall we keep our GOOD rating for another 2 years, having made significant improvement increasing our rating in 2 areas!
I would like to take this time to sincerely thank all the team, every single one! Your hard work and efforts have been recognised, the love and compassion with which you work on a daily basis have been noted and we all have been rewarded with another great rating! Some might even say outstanding! Your dedication to your work and respect and dignity with which you treat the residents is evident and I am so pleased that it was seen.
We have had a very turbulent few years at The Close, since I started full time on-site in April 2015, I couldn’t have imagined that in exactly 2 years we would have gone from an inadequate rating to our current rating of 1 OUTSTANDING and 4 GOODS! Since the introduction of our new management team, who lead from the front, we have seen an amazing change in the soul of the home! We are a small family run business and outstanding care is really at the centre of everything that we do. It fills me with absolute pride to call The Close our family business, mainly because I think the place is exactly that, one big family.
We are privileged to be able to care for our residents and thank them, their families and other stakeholders and visiting healthcare professionals, in allowing us to do this and supporting us in the process.
My personal commitment to you all, is that we won’t use this rating to rest on our laurels, or become complacent. Next time I want to see a few sweep of stars! A full outstanding report, a real one off! We will use the learnings from this experience to further improve our quality and practise, to innovate further, to break boundaries and to reinvent the way things work! The door is always open, we are only going to achieve our goal if it is shared and with your help! Ideas, opportunities and experiences are always appreciated. Come on in – lets have a chat and see where it goes!
Once again to all – Thank you!
Home managers update
just to keep you all posted we have now gained planning permission to tarmac the inside of the bin area, this will start on the 24th July, there will be disruption to the car park area so please bear with us and we will be finished soon!
More AMAZING news!
well this year just keeps getting better and better, we are proud to announce that the catering team at the Close have won the prestigious CARE HOME AWARD for best nutrition, food and dining experience! well done team ! Sanjay , Charlotte, Fillip and Dominick had a great day out at the awards on 25/05/2017at the garden hotel in Kensington with a lavish lunch.
Care Workers Charity - There are nearly 2 million care workers in the UK, contributing to one of Britain’s largest workforces, and caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. For Britain’s care workers, early starts, long hours and mentally draining work are part and parcel of the job. As a result, it’s all too easy for illness, or other unforeseen circumstances, to push them beyond their financial limits. We are proud to say that for another year we have been able to give all our care workers a pay rise, keeping them the some of the highest paid care home workers in the region.
In recognition of this dedicated and selfless workforce, The Care Workers Charity was founded in 2009 with the promise to provide support to those who find themselves facing the burden of economic hardship. As a country, we depend on our care workers to be there for us on our rainy day. The Care Workers Charity is there for them on theirs. In the next few weeks our programme of events with CWC should commence when they will visit the home to run talks with the team about the Charity and how they can access it should they need help. We are hoping that someone from the charity will be available from August 19th at our Summer Fete, feel free to stop by their stand and ask them questions, of what they do and where they maybe able to help.
We know how hard our team members work taking care of our residents and the home-at-large. We set upon the idea of renovating the dull and uninspiring staffroom. Dominik led the team, and now we can say the space is truly a place that the team can have a good and well earned break. state of art Fridge, new cupboards and counter tops, breakfast bar, stylish furniture and a TV, make the space, warm, inviting and comfortable!
The Close Summer Fete has been announced for August 19th 2017. Everyone is welcome and the whole day is free as we are sponsoring the entire event, though we would suggest donations to our charities for the year for all the activities. We have entertainment throughout the day provided by the Sugar Sisters. A dedication of our Remembrance Tree as well as a dog show, WI style baking competition and much much more! Please see the poster below for information or call into the home.
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Hi everyone again!
Where has this year flown too!? I am very excited at the moment because next month on the 30th I will be whisking off to the Bognor Regis Butlin’s for a week’s holiday! I told Steve (one of the clinical managers) that I wanted to go away and he and the activity girls organised it for me! Two of my favourite carers Johnnie and Dawn are coming with me and will be taking turns driving me up there! I am really looking forward to it because I hadn’t been on holiday in twelve years. That was when I was at home with my mum. We went to Amouthy in Italy, we had a lovely time!
I’ve also been very busy over the last few weeks as usual. I’ve been sat in the sun a lot trying to build up my tan and I have gone very brown! Haven’t we been lucky with the weather!
Last Friday Andrea, Tabbi and Tina took me and some of my friends from the close, on a boat ride from Eynesham lock. It was a beautiful hot sunny day! We saw sheep, ducks, swans and other animals. We enjoyed a cup of tea and some of my friends brought their family members with them. It was a very long journey we left at 12.30 and didn’t get back until 18.05! The lovely kitchen made us some delicious packed lunches. I really enjoyed myself.
I also had a lovely treat last week! My favourite guitarist/singer, Cody, came in to perform for us. He’s great when he comes I sang along to a lot of the songs and had a dance! I’ve also had my nails painted and trimmed again by Tabbi, while I was sat in the garden sunbathing. I chose a lovely bright colour and we had a nice chat.
I also went out to the Didcot wave café. I sat with Andrea and one of my friends while Tabbi went in and swam with two of my other friends. That was really nice. Andrea always makes me laugh!
We have also had a few cooking and baking activities, although I’ve been so busy enjoying the lovely weather in the gardens that I only went to one of them. We made fairy cakes and then decorated them, they weren’t burnt and no eggs got broken this time wehay! I enjoy the baking because I get to have a go at everything myself. They tasted delicious and the spare ones got shared with some of my friends that lived here and the carers.
Finally, another highlight of my month is that I decided I wanted a new look last Thursday. So, I went to our in-house hair salon. They very quickly gave me a new makeover and I’ve got this really cool red streak in my hair! I love it and I feel really trendy!
That’s all for now folks, lots of love!
Three big smackeroos!!!!!!!!
The Close Care Home, Abingdon Road, Burcot, Oxon, OX14 3DP 01865407343