At Wellgate Care the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and colleagues is always our top priority. We are therefore continuing to take comprehensive action to respond to the growing Coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
I am sure you will all be aware of the government guidance issued on 23rd March which made it clear that all of us are only to go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home). All of us now have to play our part in implementing the new guidance and for this reason, and for the health and safety of our residents and staff, we are limiting non-essential visitors to our homes until further notice.
We have made the decision to temporarily suspend visits from all relatives and friends unless there are exceptional circumstances. We have not taken this decision lightly, but feel that reducing all but vital visitors to our homes will help protect the health and safety of residents. We recognise that will concern some people, but we do ask for your support.
Requests for visits where exceptional circumstances arise will be considered. These can be only be arranged by contacting the Home Manager in advance. Please do not attempt to arrange a visit to any home for any reason if you feel unwell, particularly if you have a cough, a fever or high-temperature, or have shortness of breath, or if you have been in contact with someone who may have Coronavirus.
We have also stopped visits from individuals such as entertainers and from professionals and contractors who are carrying out non-essential work. All health-related visits will continue as required although some appointments are now being held through phone or video calls.
We intend to follow public health advice to determine when visits will return to normal, and, as things currently stand, our initial estimate is that these restrictions may need to be in place for up to 12 weeks.
We will continue to do our best to support residents to keep in touch with you and any other loved ones via other methods, such as phone or video calls, letters or emails in the short term. We will be supporting all of our residents to follow the latest guidance and will only be advising them to leave their home for health reasons. We will ensure that those residents who would like to go outside, get to spend time in the garden at their home. We know this is a challenging time for everyone and we will be doing our utmost to support all residents, staff, relatives and friends through this period.
Lastly, I think we should all congratulate and thank the fantastic employees that we have at Wellgate Care who are continuing to work each day in such difficult times.
Sharon Harrison joined the MNP group as the Registered Manager of Millfield House in September 2019. She has worked in care for over 25 years in a variety of roles, including working with people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.
Millfield is a 24 hour residential home for eight people with residents of varying needs including sensory impairments, cerebral palsy and people who have had strokes.
Since starting at Millfield Sharon has arranged for physiotherapists to come to the home and set up personal physio programmes for each individual, which promotes independence that is so important for the residents at Millfield.
The residents have also recently enjoyed parties, trips out and about locally via public transport and trips to the theatre. She says she is very proud to be the manager of Millfield and enjoys working alongside an amazing team of staff. Sharon said she instantly felt that Millfield House was a welcoming family orientated home with excellent staff committed to the residents wellbeing and individual needs.
When she is not managing the home her hobbies include spending quality time with her family, taking her dog for walks and watching her brother car racing. She has visited most of the race tracks in England and one in France and whilst car racing she always tries to raise money for the Royal Marsden in Sutton as they treated her son successfully when he had Leukemia.
Three of the Care homes have had CQC inspections. We are delighted to announce that Sandgate Manor and Burnham both got upgraded from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’.
Tristford maintained its ‘Good’ rating but was upgraded in the area of ‘Responsive’ from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’. A huge thank you to all the Manager and their teams involved.
We have purchased two new cars for the homes, one is a spacious blue Fiat Diablo. It has a winch to enable people to access it more easily rather than with the ramps which staff have to use to push people in to the buildings (not always good for peoples backs).
They have been purchased to help get some of the residents out and about doing anything from shopping to days out, theatre, pantomime etc. The main advantage with the cars are that anyone (with a licence) can drive it so it gives people the ability to go out at any time providing there is a driver.
All the homes have also had a makeover and some redecoration over the past few months. Whether it be new carpets, a repaint or the addition of some new furniture to modernise some of the communal areas.
On Friday 4th October MNP and local group ‘Go Folkestone’ proudly invited The Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL to unveil at Millfield a Blue Plaque commemorating Reverend David Railton who lived at Millfield from 1914 to 1920.
A small service was held in the front garden with attendees including Christophe and Paul from Millfield, the Lady Mayoress, the Royal British Legion, Ghurkhas, Reverend Preece and Councillor Ann Berry. The service closed with a lone bagpipe player.
Reverend Railton conceived the idea of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior which is at Westminster Abbey and commemorates those soldiers who died in World War 1 but have no graves. The war memorial was created to honour those who died and to give their families somewhere to grieve.
The idea of a Tomb of the Unknown Warrior has now been adopted by 84 countries throughout the world.
WELLGATE CARE LTD TEAM WINS THE CHANNEL TRI 2019 AND RAISE OVER £4,600 FOR LOCAL CHARITY
Last Sunday 8th September, Wellgate Care Ltd entered the team relay event of the 2019 Channel Triathlon in Folkestone, raising money for Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent. The team ‘Pilgrims Progress’ consisted of members Richard, Jack and Henry who each took on one leg of the Olympic distance triathlon, and were delighted to finish winners of the team event!
In perfect conditions, the event began with a 1.5km sea swim from Folkestone Harbour, followed by the 40km bike leg around Hawkinge, Densole and Paddlesworth before heading back to Folkestone for the 10km run along the waterfront towards Sandgate.
Fundraising for Pilgrims Hospices, Wellgate Care Ltd were delighted with the level of support received and have raised £4,610 at the last check, with donations continuing to come in after the event. The money raised will go towards the provision of care and support for those with life limiting illnesses across East Kent, both at home and at Pilgrims’ three therapy centres in Ashton, Canterbury and Thanet.
Special thanks from our generous supporters:
Burgess Hodgson LLP
Goodman Derrick LLP
Herald Architecture Studio
John Vokins Chartered Surveyors
Juliette Moon Interiors
Debbie Smith, Director of Care at Wellgate Care, a group specialising in supporting adults with learning difficulties and disabilities in the South East, explores the importance of investment in your staff when running a successful care home.
The care sector is changing rapidly. A recent study by Skills for Care projected that by 2035, the UK will need an additional 950,000 jobs to support the adult social care sector, a 59% increase from 2018.i To put this into perspective, the number of jobs in care home services increased by just 4% between 2012-2017. With an ageing population and 110,000 vacancies in adult social care, the need for these jobs is greater than ever.
In addition, staff turnover rates stood at 30.7%, meaning there were approximately 390,000 leavers in 2017. Employers in the care sector need to nurture their staff which in turn will provide support for the homes, teams and most importantly, the residents.
High-end care provider Wellgate Care, which specialises in care for young people and adults with learning and physical disabilities, is creating 15 jobs in Folkestone after acquiring MNP Complete Care in May.
Wellgate is recruiting for both full and part-time staff as well as a selection of volunteers to support and spend time with residents at its four homes across the Folkestone area.
The care provider is investing heavily in the homes to support residents and staff and said the local community is instrumental in driving Wellgate’s growth.
High-end care provider Wellgate Care, which specialises in support for young people and adults with learning disabilities and physical disabilities, has appointed a new Director of Care after acquiring Folkestone-based MNP Group in May.
The Group appointed Debbie Smith, who has more than 20 years of experience in health and social care, to drive forward the quality of the services and ensure the providers’ expansion. Her role will involve growing the business, identifying new opportunities and developing relationships with local authorities. Debbie’s career spans roles with a number of leading care and support providers including Avenues Group, CMG, and Craegmoor as well as serving as a Senior Manager within three housing associations.
Wellgate Care, the provider of high-end residential care services to young people and adults with special needs, has acquired Folkstone-based MNP Complete Care Group. The purchase, which will see it cement its plans to expand its network of purpose-built and adapted homes across the South East, will deliver major improvements for residents whilst retaining the current outstanding care.
MNP Complete Care, which runs four specialist care homes in Kent for adults with learning and physical disabilities, will retain its brand whilst becoming part of the Wellgate Care Group. All 120 MNP staff join the new business with a recruitment drive now underway to support the growth of the group and build on the excellent standards of care and support provided by the existing, long-serving team. Wellgate Care has already recruited Debbie Smith, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector, as Director of Care and Andy Denness as Compliance Director, to help lead the growth.