Abbeyfield Kent to install defibrillators
Caring Times, June 2013
The Abbeyfield Kent Society has been working with the South East Coast Ambulance Service to place 9 Automated External Defibrillators in the residential homes across Kent and the head office.
Public Access Defibrillators are put out to help survivability from Sudden Onset Cardiac Arrest (SOCA), where defibrillation in the first few minutes can increase the chance of survival from 7-10% up to 75%. The Abbeyfield Kent Society has recognised this and taken action, allowing their residents and the local community the best possible outcome should they suffer from a SOCA.
Tim Gosden, from South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust commented: “It has been great to work with Abbeyfield Kent to help support the care available to the residents on their sites, and also those communities directly surrounding them. This shows real commitment to support their residents and local communities in which they are placed and should be praised for proactive approach to patient care.”
The Abbeyfield Kent Society is one of the largest providers of residential care and housing with support in the South East of England, looking after over 500 older people throughout Kent. As a registered charity, all the profits the organisation makes go to ensuring a higher standard of living for residents.
Julie Jones, Director of Care at The Abbeyfield Kent Society commented: “We feel it is so important to support the ambulance service and their staff in providing the best care possible to not only our own residents, but also the local community. As one of the largest care providers in Kent it is wonderful that we can offer this service and be a key source for the community should they ever find themselves needing the equipment.”