The Care Home Management Podcast #6

Music festival boosts dementia care, home manager tells CHM podcast

In an exclusive interview for the May Care Home Management magazine podcast, Ashley Gardens Care Centre in Maidstone explains how it launched a music festival so support residents with dementia.

It teamed up with The Purple Angel Dementia Awareness Campaign which had organised The World Rocks Against Dementia event in March.

“I’d heard of Purple Angel at an awards event, got in touch and our festival concept was born,” says Ashley Gardens’ home manager Jo Mazza. “We invited residents from other local care homes as well as friends and family. We used social media to ask local musicians if they would help us and even one of our own members of staff performed.”

Our latest podcast also includes an interview with Leah Cooke, resident lead at Quality Compliance Systems. She explains how care home managers need to balance compliance with good decision making when it comes to the NHS’s Accessible Information Standard.

“It is important to break down information to make good decisions. This requires a consistent approach to sharing information so people can make their own decisions. This is key to personalisation,” she says.

The third interview on the May podcast is with Jim Ward, UK managing director of Finnish care management systems company Fastroi.

“The health and social care systems in Finland and the UK are very similar in the way they are funded,” he says.  “But the UK can learn a lot from the Finland when it comes to digital transformation because they have more experience in getting different health IT systems to inter-connect.”

He adds that integration is about sharing health records to improve care but involving residents by using permission-based principles when it comes to personal data.


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