Care home achieves ‘gold’ award

A Shrewsbury care home has won a key award in recognition for its commitment to providing outstanding end of life care for residents.

Sharron Courtney, Denise Morris and Claire Rowley.Briarfields, a 42-bed home in Belle Vue run by Shropshire’s largest independent care provider, Coverage Care, has been awarded the National Gold Standards Framework. The accolade is only given to homes that can illustrate an high standard of care for people who are in the last years of their life.

Briarfields underwent a rigorous inspection procedure to ensure it met the high standard of care required to meet the framework, with inspectors saying: “This home has embraced the Gold Standards Framework and integrated it into its ethos and practical life.”

The home was officially commended by the inspection team that also commented on the attention to individual needs and the team approach towards end of life care.

The report said: “There is a strong sense of team in this home and a very positive and caring rapport between staff and residents. Residents are respected and given high level of independence and involvement in the life of the home according to their capabilities.

“Those with less capacity remain integrated as long as possible. The care of bereaved and support to relatives is sensitive and positive.”

Briarfields joins Coverage Care’s Oswestry facility Fairholme as the second Coverage Care home with the accreditation.

Coverage Care Operations Director Debbie Price said the award was a great achievement for the 55-strong team at Briarfields.

“Everyone at the home has worked very hard to meet the Gold Standards Framework, building on the very positive work that was already being done to meet residents’ needs towards the end of their life.

“This is independent verification of the high standard of care we are delivering at Briarfields and is testament to the great team that work there.”

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