Newsletter Autumn/Winter 2017

We have had a great Autumn and winter so far at Rowan House.

We introduced a new computerised ‘Person Centred Software’ at Rowan House in November. ‘Person Centred Software’ is a computerised Care Planning and monitoring system. We researched numerous different systems and feel confident that ‘Person Centred Software’ is the best on the market. Staff now use handsets, much like a smart phone, to log care notes as they go. Carers will no longer need to spend time writing pages and pages of daily record notes; meaning that they will have more time to interact with the residents. As admin within care is increasing, we aim to make the admin fit in with the care rather than the other way around. The system allows for more information to be recorded more quickly and for data to be easily analysed. There is an interactive gateway for families, whereby, information and photographs of residents and family members can be shared.

We had a fabulous Christmas! The Christmas party was great. Lots of staff and families and friends were able to attend, which was great. There was festive music, courtesy of our regular entertainers, Pam and Dave. Lots of people had a dance. Everyone enjoyed the lovely buffet and raffle which had lots of great prizes. Staff all worked really hard over the festive period to ensure that everyone felt special and had a nice time.

Michelle has settled in very well to her permanent position as a Duty Manager.

We are pleased to announce that Karen has officially completed her registration with CQQ, so is now our ‘Registered Manager’.

We are pleased to welcome 2 new staff members into the Domiciliary team; Georgia and Maria. They are both settling well.

We are also delighted to welcome Pat, who is new permanent resident at Rowan House. Pat has been coming to us for Day Care and has now decided to stay on a permanent basis.

We have continued to be able to accommodate a number of different people into Rowan House for respite care throughout the Autumn and over the Christmas period.

Sadly, we have to say goodbye to Alma, Sheila, Alfrey and Gwen. Our thoughts go to their families.

The residents have been enjoying lots of music and singing from 3 different entertainers; Pat and Dave, Peter Scott and Johnny. Beth does armchair aerobics with the residents every week, as well as lots of art and craft activities. Our volunteer, Mathew, plays Domino’s and bingo with the residents each week. We have regular visits from the Home Minister and Chaplaincy who sit and talk to residents and arrange quizzes.