NICE chooses Thornbank as a ‘beacon of excellence’
Caring Times, March 2014
Thornbank care home in Ipswich, owned by Greensleeves Homes Trust, has been selected by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as a beacon of excellence in tackling health and mental wellbeing.
NICE is publishing new standards to help address loneliness, depression and low self-esteem in older people. It filmed activities at Thornbank to show meaningful and uplifting activities that can be adopted to improve the quality and experience of care.
In a film to accompany the launch of the new standards, NICE shows residents at Thornbank hooking up with American friends in Washington DC. This activity has also been picked up by the media in the USA. Homes in New York and in Wales are also contacted in this way. Lyn Andrews, activities co-ordinator, Thornbank, said: “Skypeing is great as the residents talk with people they would never meet in everyday life, exchange ideas and keep up to date on what they have been doing.”
Skypeing is only part of the engaging and stimulating activities carried out by the dedicated team at Thornbank. The home focuses on the needs and wishes of individuals to enable a positive impact on their sense of identity and to help to make them happy.
Ever wanted to drive a steam train? Well resident Joyce did, so the home arranged for her to have a go along the track. Other incredible feats include a tour of the Houses of Parliament with local MP Ben Gummer, teaching a resident to drive, visits to the Speedway and arranging for a 94 year old to attend her first ever football match.
Paul Newman, chief executive, Greensleeves Homes Trust, said: “We are delighted that NICE selected Thornbank to highlight its new Standard and show what can be achieved to improve health and mental wellbeing in older people.
“At Greensleeves we work tirelessly to ensure that our residents do not feel lonely or have low self-esteem. I would like to thank all the team at Thornbank for their thoughtfulness and for their great ability to raise people’s enjoyment of life.”
Thornbank was recommended to NICE by Stephen Goulder, Social Care Institute of Excellence, following a visit to the home’s open day in the summer. Other activities throughout Greensleeves Homes include gardening, visits to swimming pools and their own version of the marathon – walking a mile.