Yorkare Homes provides Residential, Nursing and Dementia care within its Homes. We provide separate units for Dementia care. Within each home we also provide Day Care places and Respite bedrooms where people can come in for a short period of time ranging from a week upwards, usually to give a home carer a break, for an extended rest period after a spell in hospital or simply to treat themselves to a short holiday. Each Home has Premium Suites which are specially designed for couples/siblings with their own kitchenettes, bathrooms and lounge areas. We also specialise in post-operative and palliative/end-of-life care.
Yes, we provide either a separate, solely dementia, care home or a dementia unit at each site. Within these units all care staff are trained on specific dementia awareness and activity courses. At each home we will also have two members of staff that have completed Dementia Care Mapping training, either at Bradford University or in house.
This is a new innovative way of evaluating the quality of care from the perspective of the person with dementia. The mappers observe a resident or group of residents over time in different care situations, recording at five minute intervals every detail about their care, about what each individual does and how engaged he or she is with their environment. They also record when a person shows negative, neutral or positive emotions, such as frustration or joy, and why. The results can then be analysed, implemented into the care plans and reported to the care team. This will result in a better understanding of how each individual acts and reacts in different circumstances, making the care team better placed to deal with the situation and make the whole environment a more enjoyable and safe one for the residents.
It is important that you choose a home that will be able to provide the right type of care as well as accommodating individual lifestyle needs and preferences. Before visiting make sure you review the Homes websites and their Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports (www.cqc.org.uk) to be certain the Home is complying with the Essential Standards of Quality and Safety.
You can visit our Homes unannounced or make an appointment. An appointment will ensure that you can speak to the Manager directly (this is important if you wish to discuss fees and funding). The home should have a copy of the CQC inspection report available as well as a Statement of Purpose, Service Users Guide and a copy of a resident’s contract. Do not hesitate to ask for copies of these documents to take home and read at your leisure. Make a list of questions, an example of some important ones should include staff ratios, training, activities and especially excursions out of the Home and it is beneficial to know how the Home will communicate with yourself or family members, does the Home hold regular resident meetings or family forums. A lot of these questions, if you are visiting a Yorkare Homes owned Home, will be answered in this section but also on each Homes website.
If it is likely that you have insufficient capital to pay for our care homes fees, a financial assessment will be undertaken by your Local Authority before you enter a care home to see if you should receive help in paying for your care fees. The boundaries for this are listed below:
If your capital exceeds £ 23,250 (England) then you will not be entitled to any funding at all and you will have to pay your own costs as a private resident.
If your capital is between £14,250 - £23,250 (England), the local authority may pay for some of the Care Home costs. For every £250 that you have over the lower amount, the local authority will deduct £1 per week from their contribution.
If your capital is less than £14,250 (England) the local authority will pay for Residential or Nursing Home costs to a certain level. This varies for each Local Authority.
If your Care Home of choice charges more than what the Local Authority is willing to pay you may have to contribute towards the fees in order to stay there. These are called 3rd Party Contributions, (or more commonly Top-Ups) and have to be paid for by a relative or friend and not by the resident themselves for legal reasons. It is important that you keep the care home Manager informed if your capital falls below the upper limit whilst you are in a care home so that they can help you arrange assessment for the appropriate funding.
If you need nursing care then the NHS will contribute a nursing fee, either towards your private fees or on top of the funding provided by your Local Authority, to help contribute to the costs of your specialist nursing care. Where someone needs continuing specialist medical treatment, the state will pay for the full cost of care; this is called ‘Continuing Health Funding’. If you think that yourself or a relative might be entitled to Continuing Health Funding you should discuss this with your GP or care home Manager. A referral for Continuing Health may be made by the Care Home on behalf of a resident if they feel that the resident’s needs have increased. An assessment of care needs will be carried out to decide whether someone is entitled to nursing fees or continuing care and if an application is turned down an appeal process is available.
If you are paying the fees privately you may keep your pensions and some benefits. If you are funded by the local authority you will be expected to use all of your income, including your pension and benefits to help fund your care except for a Personal Allowance of £21.90 (England) per week for your day to day spending money. However, if you are paid the Mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance you will continue to get this. If you are over 65 you will also be entitled to up to £5.25 per week of any savings credit.
When the Local Authority completes their financial assessment they will look at all of your assets including your home and pensions. They will only include your home if you live alone, if you have another relative that relies on the property then it will not be included in the assessment. There are specific rules regarding whether certain close relatives are able to continue to live at the home and if this is the case then please seek further advice from your Local Authority.
Additionally the Local Authority will disregard the value of your property from your financial assessment for the 12 weeks after your admission to a Care Home, as long as your stay is permanent. This is called a ‘12 week disregard’ and after this the property will be taken into consideration.
We provide monthly newsletters which will update families and friends of what the residents get up to. This is put on each homes website, hard copies available in the home and emailed out to families and friends if they wish. We also hold quarterly family forums in each home which will keep families up to date with any changes with the running of the home and provides an opportunity to ask questions to the management team. We also try to hold presentations with outside professionals at these, about areas which families have indicated they are interested in our 6 monthly questionnaires. These have included dementia awareness question and answer sessions and advocacy advice in the past and are all free to attend. Of course if a resident, family member or friend wished to speak to a member of the management team then that can be arranged at any time.
Yorkare Homes have always provided higher staff levels than is mandatory to be certain we always provide high standards of care alongside individual satisfaction. We adopt this philosophy not only with the care team but throughout with support to management, admin, activity, cleaning, kitchen and laundry teams. This will be noticeable if you visit our Homes or speak to any of our residents or staff.
Both care and ancillary staff are given mandatory training which includes moving and handling, infection control and COSHH, fire safety, health and safety, safeguarding adults and dementia care. We also source additional specialised training such as 'Dementia Care Mapping' at Bradford University and most staff are working towards a vocational qualification. All registered nurses maintain their registration through both mandatory and other specialised courses such as palliative care, diabetes and stroke training.
Yorkare Homes believe that our residents should have the options to lead a varied and enjoyable lifestyle. We employ Social Events and Activity Coordinators who not only promote varied activities but also encourage as many of the residents as possible to go on numerous trips out.
We have planned activities for mornings, afternoons and evenings that can be enjoyed by the residents and friends who wish to come in. These include group and one on one activities, incorporating reminiscent or physical exercises to keep the mind and body stimulated alongside having some fun. Our trips out aim not only to go to the local restaurant and shopping areas but we aim to help stimulate different interests such as gardening and history as well. Our website and monthly newsletters produced by each home let friends and relatives know what the residents have got up to and what is planned for the upcoming months. To see this please go to the links in the ‘Our Homes’ section.
After deciding that one of our Homes is the place you would like to stay and funding is agreed, whether it is for respite or permanent residence, a member of the management team from that home will come and do a pre-assessment to make sure we can fully match your needs. We take the pre-assessment in great detail to get to know you as well as possible, once this is completed and everyone is happy it is fed back to the care team so they can understand your needs from day one. If you would like a trial day/period within the home to make sure you are 100% happy before moving in, that is fine and can be arranged also. If necessary this process can be carried out in a short period of time subject to suitable vacancies.
We are involved members of NASHICS , the National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services, which promotes safety and health in care by providing forums to encourage the development and adoption of the highest professional standards. These forums highlight important areas we should be focusing on to help us make sure that the residents environment is as safe as possible for them to lead a comfortable and enjoyable life.
We strongly believe that those living in our Homes should lead an active and varied lifestyle and this is shown by viewing the news sections of our Care Home websites (please go to the ‘Our Homes’ section for links to these). Our membership with NAPA (National Association of Provision of Activities for the elderly) provides forums and advice on making sure activity is at the heart of the residents’ daily lifestyles.
Following a 'Fit as a Fiddle' training day, at one of our Homes, by NAPA on the daily activities that can be enjoyed by residents here is a summary report written by the trainer Julia Burton-Jones:
Residents chosen to participate in the day took part enthusiastically and expressed their views clearly. They set goals for themselves, with the help of their buddies, which can be added to their care plans and monitored. They readily endorsed the importance of activity and described the benefits they had drawn from taking part in the varied programme of activities offered. Julia encouraged them to support new residents, who may be reticent to join in. Positive examples were given, illustrating how the culture of care at the Home supports health and independence:
A resident who had lost confidence living in her own home spoke of how encouragement received from the care staff and activities organiser had enabled her to regain motivation and enjoyment in life. Others agreed;
Residents spoke warmly about the meals at the home, one commenting on how he had regained his appetite because the food was so good;
With the range of opportunities provided by the home, residents said there was little risk of them leading a sedentary lifestyle. They were encouraged to be active in the home and enjoyed helping staff and other residents, for example lending ahand at mealtimes or keeping their room clean and tidy.
Staff also reported positively on the home’s ethos. They found the team dynamic friendly and positive and felt this gave shared goals and constructive energy in achieving the best for residents. They were proud of accomplishments with residents who came to the home very poorly and had been nurtured back to health.
Go to the ‘Our Homes’ section and click on the Care Home you are interested in applying to, through that link you will see a section entitled jobs. In this section there will be a list of current vacancies with job descriptions if there are any currently being advertised. If there is a job you are interested in applying for, please download the application form, fill it in and send it back to us via the website or by post. If there aren’t any vacancies at that time please feel free to send us your application, which we will then keep on file and relook at them if a place becomes available to join our staff team. If you are not great with technology alternatively give us a call and we can send an application form out to you.