Elderly Retirement

The Old Vicarage aims to provide a high standard of care, supported by a quality service. Our emphasis is geared to flexibility, which allows our residents to plan their activities and maintain control and independence in a secure and happy environment. With the support of our staff we encourage the residents to live as normal lifestyle as possible, trying to make them feel that the Old Vicarage is their home and encouraging them to join in as many activities as they wish to.

There is the ability to have a personalised care plan and, if residents are local, they can keep their own GP which offers peace of mind and continuity of care.

Respite Care

If you care for a relative on an informal basis, or even if you are a full-time professional carer, taking a break from your usual routine can be difficult to arrange.

Your priority will be the well being of the relative or friend that you care for whilst you have, perhaps, a short holiday. The Old Vicarage Retirement Home can provide a welcoming environment and in conjunction with you, a personalised care plan can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual which will enable you to relax in the peace of mind that your loved one is being well looked after.

6 Steps to palliative care

At The Old vicarage we aim to bring the highest levels of care an support to those approaching the end of life.

As part of this aim the team at The Old Vicarage are trained in and follow the six steps palliative care pathway set out by the NHS National End of Life Care Programme. The emphasis of the pathway is to promote quality of life for older people living and dying in care homes and to provide support for those visiting and working with them, through relationship-centred care and evidence-based practice.

Whether our residents are at the end of life or not, our staff, residents and relatives together, create an environment full of positive relationships. We believe this is at the heart of quality of life and key to a quality of end of life.

The six steps create a clear structure to allow us to ensure that our residents, relatives and staff are part of an open discussion about appropriate care and most importantly our residents wishes during their journey to end of life.

Step 1

Discussions as the End of Life approaches

We will facilitate a discussion between our staff, residents and, where appropriate, family members and relevant professionals to discuss the provision of a care pathway to ensure pain free, dignified and compassionate care.

Step 2

Assessment, Care Planning and Review

We will provide an opportunity to discuss the specific details of an individual’s wishes, needs and preferences for their end of life care. This discussion can encompass legal, medical and spiritual preferences.

Step 3

Co-ordination of Care

During the pathway we will provide opportunities to review the provision and range of symptom relief, the monitoring of symptoms and to identify the key relationships which are essential to effective end of life care.

Step 4

Delivery of high-Quality Care

The team at The Old Vicarage are comprehensively trained in providing end of life care. To maintain our high standards, we carry out regular reviews and work collaboratively with external professionals. We are constantly working to provide our residents and their families with the very highest levels of care at all times, but particularly during the provision of end of life care, and within our dignified environment.

Step 5

Care in the last days of life

We work closely with individuals, families and professionals to ensure that our residents wishes and preferences are carried out. Aspects such as palliative care, comfort measures, spiritual matters and plans for after death will be sensitively discussed and respected.

Step 6

Care after death

We will implement all actions immediately after a death that respect the individual’s preferences and wishes. This can include matters such as, timely verification and certification of death, informing family members, contacting a specified funeral director, supporting the family to ensure the respectful and dignified transferral of the deceased and more.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our end of life care provision please don’t hesitate to contact us or to speak to a member of our team.

Testimonials

Happy Residents

“I would like to thank you and all of your dedicated staff for all of their kind and excellent care. When my mother arrived, she was not happy due to the effects of her condition and had lost a lot of confidence and mobility. The transformation since living with you at The Old Vicarage is incredible. The whole family have noted her happiness and contentment. The peace of mind we all now enjoy is much appreciated.”

Mrs B

“Over the years I have visited a few care homes and I can honestly say the Old vicarage has been the most homely and caring I have come across…Whenever I have visited all the staff have been very friendly and have shown genuine care for all the guests.”

Mr H

“Thank you so much for the amazing care that my Granny received with you. You run such a lovely home. I am always telling my Health and Social Care students about you all and hoping they turn out as caring and competent as all of you.”

Miss A

“Thank you so much for all your wonderful care of Mum over the last 3 years. Words cannot really express how grateful we have been to have Mum looked after in such a lovely place. As you can imagine it’s never easy to have to have a parent ‘looked after’ in care, but The Old vicarage has been the next best thing to having Mum at home. You have all been so attentive and caring, nothing has ever been too much trouble, and we will always be grateful for this.”

Mrs I

“Thank you for all the kindness, attention and love you gave to M. She could not have had a better place to be in her last 3 years. Also, I would like to say how welcome you always made me feel when visiting. Always a cuppa. It was much appreciated.”

Mrs A