St Mary’s Court in Braintree, Essex has been shortlisted for national Care Home of the Year after receiving top marks in its Gold Standard Framework (GSF) accreditation.
One of six homes shortlisted for the award, St Mary’s Court achieved Platinum Accreditation from the GSF, which recognises quality of end-of-life care, leadership quality, and the dignity and respect afforded to residents.
Sonnet Care’s 90-bed home provides specialist residential care for people with dementia and those who require nursing and end-of-life care. To qualify for the GSF Quality Hallmark Award, the home undertook an extensive six month GSF training programme, followed by a rigorous accreditation process called 'Going for Gold’.
The GSF scheme is proven to significantly reduce avoidable hospital admissions and ensures quality improvement, quality assurance, and quality recognition for the homes involved. The team at St Mary’s Court will find out if they have won the award in October, following the presentation of the GSF awards.
Joan Sirett, matron and clinical lead at Sonnet Care, said: “I am so proud that all of the hard work the team puts into providing dignified end-of-life care for our residents has been recognised by this latest accreditation. We do all we can to ensure the family is looked after as well as their loved one who is receiving end-of-life care.”
Sue Richards, GSF CIC, said: “St Mary’s Court has demonstrated not only a commitment to care for its residents according to their wishes right up until the end of their lives, but also put in place all of the measures required to ensure that it can actually provide that personalised, compassionate care.
“St Mary’s Court should be congratulated for putting platinum quality care at the heart of what it does for all its residents.”
The accreditation scheme is recognised by the Care Quality Commission, Care England, National Care Forum, National Care Association, Registered Nursing Home Association, and Skills for Care as an Excellent Provider.