March 4, 2020 News

Specialist care group shortlisted for five industry awards

Specialist care provider, Cornerstone Healthcare Group, has been shortlisted for five care industry awards.
Cornerstone Healthcare nursing homes in Hampshire, South Africa Lodge in Waterlooville and Kitnocks House in Curdridge, care for people with challenging behaviours associated with complex neurological, physical and mental health needs.
The group is a finalist in three categories of the Care Home Awards; best specialist care, smaller care group and best training initiative. It is also in the running for two HealthInvestor awards, for best complex care and best specialist care.
“We are thrilled to be a finalist in each of the categories we entered,” said CEO, Johann van Zyl.
“It’s a testament to the dedication and innovation of our staff here. We have a 360 degree approach which means every member of our team is involved in residents’ care. The training staff receive, together with input from management, means our residents receive the highest standard of personalised choices and dignified care.
“Few providers can offer a home to people with such complex needs but we have made it our sole focus as they deserve the best quality of life possible.”
Quality Audit Lead, Aaron Ballinger, is a finalist for developing a dementia training kit for just £60. The home-made kit gives staff chance to experience sensory deprivation similar to that of the majority of Cornerstone residents, so staff can better understand their anxieties. It includes swimming goggles with blurred lenses to limit people’s vision and headphones to muffle sounds.
“There are commercially available dementia experiences but Aaron’s kit is extremely effective and we can use it at any time,” said Johann.
“Staff now know not to approach someone with dementia from a blind spot and understand why residents might feel anxious when they’re lifted in a hoist. Because of the kit they have felt how unsettling it is and they can change their care approach accordingly. It’s a brilliant and effective part of the specialist skills training we run for our staff who are caring for people with a high level of need.”
The company recently announced its commitment to funding their nursing CPD award in full as part of the continuous improvement of its level of care.
Cornerstone Healthcare is the only operator in the south east of England focused solely on caring for people with challenging behaviours as a result of dementia or mental health needs.
In response to growing demand for the type of care it provides, the group will open a new home in Surrey in autumn this year as part of a five year expansion programme.
Cornerstone will know if it is a winner when the Care Awards are announced on May 15th. The HealthInvestor awards will be decided in June.

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