Trips to the beach, therapy pets and visits from nursery children gives lease of life to care home

By April 23, 2019 No Comments

As Jesmond Care Home in Aberdeen nears full capacity, new home manager Dawn Gardiner puts family first for the residents’ future.

A child friendly area for grandchildren and nursery pupils to play outside is on the cards for the 65-bed home as part of improvements that will focus on spending time with loved ones.

There is only one bedroom left at the care home, with weekly visits from local nursery pupils, frequent cuddles from a therapy dog, and trips to the beach in the home’s own mini bus on offer to the 64 residents.

Personalised care packages designed based on the individual’s needs and interests will now be created working closely with each of the residents’ relatives.

Communication will also feature in Dawn’s plans with the relaunch of the home’s newsletter and Facebook page allowing families to keep up to date with residents out with visits.

Dawn joins Renaissance Care with a wealth of nursing experience. She studied nursing at Robert Gordon University and took on a role in Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin before going on to work in a minor injuries department. She joined Balhousie Care Homes in 2017 as deputy manager before quickly being promoted to manager in 2018.

Dawn said: “Jesmond is already a great care home, and as we get close to reaching capacity, I’m keen to develop the relationship we have with the residents as well as their relatives to create a really personalised service.

“The residents thoroughly enjoy the trips to the beach for an ice cream on sunny days, welcomed visits from the children at the local nursery and the therapy dog that spends the day on Mondays. What we want to do now, is maintain these types of activities while look at what else we can offer to ensure a diverse and engaging range of activities to keep the residents mentally and physically healthy.

“As Renaissance Care continues to grow, it’s the perfect time to join the company and I look forward to working with the team.”

Louise Barnett, managing director of Renaissance Care, said: “Dawn is a welcomed addition to our ever-expanding team and her plans for Jesmond Care Home truly compliment Renaissance Care’s plans for growth.”