Campaign launch to improve family access to care homes
A campaign supporting the rights of families to visit at any time and help with care to those living with dementia in care homes is to be launched on Tuesday, October 24th.
Originally introduced to hospitals, John’s Campaign was set up by Nicci Gerrard and her friend Julia Jones, after the death of Nicci’s father John following a catastrophic hospital stay.
The campaign upholds family values and expects dignity in care and is fully supported by Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society and many other organisations.
This project now welcomes care homes to join – supported by Care England and the Care Quality Commission. Maggie Candy, regional manager for Guide Total Care Group, which has taken up John’s Campaign, said it was particularly applicable to care homes.
“This ethos fits in with all personalisation including ‘End of Care’ and Gold Standards thinking,” said Ms Candy.
Guide at Sandon, a 64-bed nursing and dementia home in Chelmsford, Essex, signed-up to the campaign earlier this year. The home, which is where the campaign launch is being held, currently holds ‘ambassador’ status. A relative’s room and a reclining chair with footstool are provided so families may stay overnight, beside the person living with dementia. This brings great comfort and makes a difference in attitudes about families being involved within homes.
“We embrace this idea,” said manager Rhonda Ware.
“Its benefits to any home and families are clear. I strongly recommend that others join in to help welcome both clients and families.”