Care South’s St Martins care home in Gillingham has been awarded commend status by the National Gold Standards Framework, which aims to ensure a ‘gold standard’ of care for all people near the end of life.
The accreditation process involved over two years years of training, including four best practice workshops, and focused on helping staff to identify the needs of residents at each stage of their life and plan dignified care plans on that basis.
Mary Blundy, Home Manager at Care South’s St Martins, said: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded commend status by the Gold Standards Framework. At Care South, we strive to provide the highest standard of care and ensure that we’re constantly challenging ourselves to provide better care. The Gold Standards Framework has allowed us to formalise and consolidate the values we were already working to and to ensure we are being consistently open with our residents and their families.
“Achieving this status in the framework is testament to the hard work that every member of the team has put into demonstrating the requirements outlined by the framework, and the passion with which they deliver dignified care to our residents.”
To gain accreditation by the Gold Standards Framework, care providers are required to undertake self assessment against 20 key standards, to develop a portfolio of evidence demonstrating best practice and are visited by an approved Gold Standards Framework assessor.