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Care Concern Homecare are London’s first independent homecare company with an overall Outstanding CQC rating

21st November 2016 The Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced today that it has awarded us an overall Outstanding rating. We are the first independent homecare company in London to achieve this rare feat. We were awarded Outstanding for the Caring …

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21st November 2016

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced today that it has awarded us an overall Outstanding rating. We are the first independent homecare company in London to achieve this rare feat.

We were awarded Outstanding for the Caring and Well-led categories; Good for the Safe, Responsive and Effective categories; and our overall rating was Outstanding.

Less than 1% of homecare agencies achieve the overall Outstanding rating, which is the highest award available in the CQC’s inspection programme.

The CQC described us as being exceptionally caring and well led, with strong person-centred values. They found that our care workers regularly went the extra mile to make clients feel valued. Our clients and their families said that they were treated with dignity, felt safe, and had control of their care.

We were also praised for providing excellent training and for making care workers feel valued and supported.

Clare Drewell, our Owner and Director, said:

“We are standing tall following our Outstanding rating. This is an accurate reflection of the way we have consistently worked for 23 years.

“We are pleased that the CQC’s system was reformed in 2013 to rate performance on a scale. We have always provided excellent care and passed CQC inspections, but having our performance rated in this way provides additional reassurance for clients and recognition for our dedicated care workers on the front line.

“The advantage of being an independent company is that we are able to uphold our values and we never compromise on the level of care that we provide. Our clients are supported to live their lives exactly how they prefer to, as individuals with dignity. Clients can contact us around the clock, and their voices are heard and responded to without fail.

“Our key strength is how we train and support our care workers. There is always someone at the end of the phone for them. We choose our staff carefully, and they are proud to work for us, which results in better care for our clients.”

This is a fantastic achievement for all of our staff and we are very proud of the service we provide to our clients.

Click here to read our inspection report.

  Posted by Administrator on November 21, 2016  /  Tags: , , , , , ,

Inside the Industry: Communication

Here is the second film in the Dignity in Care series focusing on communication. Our clip starts at 4 minutes and 7 seconds. This film looks at the importance of communication through a variety of methods with clients, care workers …

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Here is the second film in the Dignity in Care series focusing on communication. Our clip starts at 4 minutes and 7 seconds.

This film looks at the importance of communication through a variety of methods with clients, care workers and families. Good communication ensures our clients get to make choices about how they live, even if it is as simple as the jumper they prefer to wear on a particular day.

Catherine describes how to avoid overwhelming people,  “A lot of our people have got dementia…. so sometimes what’s quite nice is to bring two or three things out and show it… and they will be able to point to what they like.”

People respond in different ways. As our care workers get to know their clients, they discover the best ways to communicate.

When someone is not cooperating, Catherine explains how “they sometimes respond to mirroring… you could actually start doing the movement [brushing their teeth] and they could pick up on that movement and start doing that themselves. There is no right or wrong way. It is about getting to know that person and what they respond to.”

 We work closely with our care workers and keep in regular contact with the families of our service users. John explains, “From time to time you get new situations and you have really quite important judgement calls. Particularly when to call in other people’s help. But there is a lot of support and… if in doubt, pass the decision up [to care managers].”

Jean mentions visit record sheets in the film which our care workers use to write notes in about their visits. This allows us to keep track of the well-being of our clients and allows their families to stay up to date.

Good communication is key to providing the best care possible to our clients.

 

 

  Posted by Administrator on November 24, 2014  /  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Inside the Industry: Choice and Control

In February of this year, we were approached by Media 19 working on behalf of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to feature in four films about Dignity in Care. After months of keeping it a secret, the films …

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In February of this year, we were approached by Media 19 working on behalf of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to feature in four films about Dignity in Care. After months of keeping it a secret, the films have finally been made public this week on SCIE’s website and we are very excited to share them!

Catherine worked very hard to coordinate our care workers and service users to feature in the films. It was no mean feat!

We’re going to do a blog series over the next four weeks focusing on each of the films individually. The first one is about Choice and Control:

When someone is receiving care, it is important to understand their capabilities and limitations. What are they able to do on their own? What do they need support with? Finding this balance allows the service user to make independent choices and feel in control of their lives.

As Emma says in the video, “You need to get to know the person quite well to understand their needs. Listen to what they want and their needs. Follow their lead.”

Gaenor describes how she retains choice and control, “One can still decide what you want to do such as when you want new clothes or new shoes. It just ensures that you don’t lose all control of your life.”

Catherine explains how we “enable them [our service users] to do things for themselves.”

What do Choice and Control mean to you? How do you ensure that people you care for have choice and control in their lives?

  Posted by Administrator on November 18, 2014  /  Tags: , , , , , , ,