A Cumbrian care home where the residents control their own care and the staff describe themselves as working in their residents’ home, has been named Care Home of the Year by the National Gold Standards Framework Centre (GSF).
Silloth Nursing Home beat off stiff opposition from the six other homes on the shortlist to win the award that is presented to the care home judged by an expert panel to be delivering the best end of life care.
The judges, who included national independent experts from the care homes sector, assessed all seven finalists against 20 standards and Silloth scored full marks in all of the categories.
The judges considered the short listed homes represented ‘the best of the best’.
Linda Faulder, senior nurse at Silloth, said that providing their 38 residents with a home away from home was central to everything she and all 70 staff members strived for. She added: “They are right at the centre of everything we do. Care is delivered how they want it, where they want it. We have given them control of their care and they own it. We sometimes joke about how we just work in their home. But it’s true.
“We talk to our residents about their wishes right from when they arrive in the home. This includes everything from the meals they like, family visiting times and how they want their room. This is their home not a last chance hotel and we want all of our residents to have a good life right up until the end of their life.”
The Care Quality Commission recognises the achievements of GSF accredited care homes and the awards are endorsed by all major care homes’ organisations and Skills Academy for Social Care.