Ascot Care support the Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to proudly support those who have served in the forces, along with their families and to ensure they are treated fairly.

Ascot Care have been involved in many ways to support the Armed Forces Covenant, such as our involvement with ‘Hire a Hero’, which helps veterans to have the opportunity and support they need to make the transition back into civilian work life.

The Ministry of Defence's National Employer Recognition Awards scheme, launched in 2014 by the Prime Minister, recognises employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Ascot Care attended the Armed Forces Covenant awards ceremony earlier this month which was a fantastic event held at Jesmond Dene house.  At this event, Ascot Care were proud to officially receive our Silver Award in recognition of our ongoing contribution to the Armed Forces Community. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community. This includes the Reserves, Service leavers, Armed Forces veterans, the wounded, injured and sick, Cadets, military spouses or partners and their families.

Ascot Care are delighted to have received the Silver award.  We will continue to help the Armed Forces in any way we can,  supporting those who have served to have the opportunities as everyone else in day to day life.

Councillor Ken Stephenson, South Tyneside Mayor, who is actively involved in supporting the Armed Forces Covenant and who holds the Gold Award, congratulated Ascot Care for our work and contributions.

Ascot Care’s final fundraiser of 2018 (for Hire a Hero) is planned in December and we have already begun planning our full 2019 schedule that will underpin our support to the Armed Forces. The full schedule will be announced early in 2019.

Care Quality Commission ratings

The Care Quality Commission is an independent regulator of health and social care in England. They are there to ensure that the care services provided to residents are safe, caring, effective, of high quality, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. Also guidance is given to the care sector on how they can improve in any way possible.

The CQC is an organisation which is there to protect people who use and are in need of specialist services, giving them all the information they require, concerning whichever sector of care they are in.

The CQC monitor, inspect and regulate the services within hospitals, GPs and Doctors, and care homes. Ensuring fundamental standards of quality and safety are upheld. The findings of the CQC are publish so reports are readily available for inspection.

Care homes are given a performance rating to help people make an informed decision as to where they want to be cared for. Care homes must maintain their level of care in order to keep the rating they have been awarded.

There are 4 categories of ratings, from the highest being “Outstanding”, to “Good”, to “Requires Improvement” or “Inadequate”.

Ascot Care are proud to say that all seven of our care home services across the North East of England have received a rating of “Good”.

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This information shows that at Ascot Care we are continually maintaining our high level of professionalism to make the facilities, safety and caring nature of our staff, a place for any resident to feel happy and safe.

Great British Care Awards 2018

The Great British Care Awards is a collection of regional events within the UK, which acknowledge and celebrates excellence within the care sector.

The Awards are aimed to give thanks to individuals who have shown exceptional excellence and contribution within this field of work. The Awards are focused on front line staff, such as care workers and care managers, to people who have helped with specialist training, in multiple areas of care from residential to home care.

The Great British Care Awards held the finals of their annual Great North East Care Awards ceremony on 1st December 2018 at the Hilton Hotel, Gateshead, where over 200 attendees awaited the winning results.

Ascot Care for the second year running were nominated in multiple categories in the finals of the Great British Care Awards. We were both honoured and excited to attend the prestigious event once again this year.

Company Director, Gareth Nesbit said:

“To be nominated in multiple categories is extremely satisfying. As a company we strive to improve our care and our level of service on a continued basis.

Attending the Great British Care Awards as finalists again this year, shows our pursuit of improvement is working and is an uplifting reward to our staff for all their efforts”

Christmas Night Out

As another year draws to an end and the festive time is upon us, the management and head office staff of Ascot Care enjoyed their well-earned Christmas Night Out on Friday 7th December.

After a year of hard work keeping the care homes running smoothly, the staff were treated to a night at Sunderland Dogs for a 3 course meal, entertainment and the chance to win on the races.

Adding to the excitement, every member of the Ascot Care staff had at least one winner on the night, but sadly their accumulator on the last race was not to be, but this did not spoil the night (better luck next year!).

The Ascot team wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year!

Elf for Alzheimer's Day at Castle View

Residents and Staff raised £151.00 at castle view dressing up to support Elf for Alzheimer’s Day

Christmas Competition winners

Congratulations to Springfield Lodge and Westoe Grange who are the winners of our Christmas competitions

Springfield won the best Christmas Competition

Westoe Grange won the Best Christmas Scene

Prizes will be with you shortly well done to all the homes who made a great effort participating in these Competitions to win prizes for their Residents

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