Hello from David Cargill House! There have been a lot of things happening already this year and we thought we would write to you to bring you up to date on life at the House.
May we take this opportunity to thank you all for the very kind gifts given to the staff team over the Festive Period. They were very gratefully received and it is nice to know you were thinking of us!
On the 1st April 2018, the new Health and Social Care Standards come into force. We have been proactive in this regard and have been anticipating the new standards for quite some time; we have been focussing on positive outcomes and person-centred care for quite some time. We have now changed some documentation to reflect the new standards and the Human Rights legislation in which they are grounded. Relatives and friends of the House have been involved in this process alongside staff and residents and we hope that our self-assessment and resulting development plan stand us in good stead for the changes in the sector. We are also prepared for the new Data Protection legislation coming into effect on 28th May 2018.
It is anticipated that out unannounced inspection is imminent as we have received the pre-inspection questionnaires that have gone out to staff, relatives and residents. The questionnaires also indicate that we have a new Inspector, Colin McCracken. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Colin and welcome our first inspection under the new standards with bated breath.
We are hoping to hold our Development Day in early summer. I will write to you nearer the time to confirm the date and the guest speakers attending.
Residents are greatly enjoying weekly entertainment provided by a friend of the House, Dougie. In addition to this, we have arranged a disco party night once a month where our residents sing and dance the night away. Our next disco will take place in the week commencing 16th April 2018 and we are looking forward to it.
Charles Murphy, our Head Chef, has recently updated all of the menus. They have been very well received by residents, staff and visitors alike.
As mentioned in our last newsletter, we are looking to refurbish the basement area to create six new suites. The D. W. T Cargill Trust has very kindly pledged £500,000 towards the cost of the refurbishment work. This equates to 50% of the overall projected cost of the work, and we are looking to raise the remaining funds by applying for grants from Charitable Trusts and organisations that specialise in the health and social wellbeing of adults. We will keep you posted with our progress as the renovations are subject to planning permission being agreed and funding being secured.
On a smaller scale, we are also fund raising for our residents again this year and some of our staff team will once again be taking part in the Kiltwalk on 29th April 2018. We raised over £1800 last year and we hope to do the same again this year. Donations to the residents’ funds enable us to buy wee luxuries throughout the year. Anyone wishing to donate can do so via the online fundraising page, https://glasgowkiltwalk2018.everydayhero.com/uk/dch-princess-s, or via donations made directly to the House.
We are still looking to facilitate a relative’s support group. For many relatives, we see the mixed emotions that caring for somebody can create, and this can be further compounded when entering a residential care setting like our own. At times this can result in real distress and can affect how relatives are able to manage their own lives. We propose that these meetings are held in the conservatory and reckon that they should last no longer than an hour or two at a time. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in taking part, please contact us on 0141 339 4733, or drop us an email at [email protected].
Finally, we wanted to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of our staff team. During the adverse weather conditions, it was business as usual at the House with staff going to amazing lengths to make sure they could get to and from work. The team never cease to make us all feel so proud of their dedication to our residents and their colleagues. We have recently taken on some relatively young staff members who are all evolving into brilliant care staff, their training and mentoring remains ongoing and we are once again proud of their achievements so far and the unique skills they bring to our team.
We will write to you as the year progresses and keep you up to date with life the David Cargill Way!
Wishing you all a pleasant (and hopefully warm!) Summer,
From all at David Cargill House.