The Hollies Care Home has been working towards the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) programme for nearly a year and is hoping to achieve accreditation soon. The GSF is a new national standard designed to ensure the best possible standards for those in the later stages of care. The framework aims to achieve a ‘gold standard’ for end of life care for everybody whether they are looked after at home, in hospital, in a hospice or care home. People are encouraged to plan how and where they would like to be looked after and who they would like to be with.
Admission into hospital for residents who are extremely frail can be very traumatic. Part of the GSF includes an advanced care plan with the resident and their families on the procedure that should be adopted in the event of a sudden decline in health, this agreement will include the expression of their wishes regarding a hospital admission.
Implementing this wish can be difficult for a care home team who often have to challenge the Paramedics and GP’s insistence on a hospital admission.
Part of the work that we have been doing includes regular visits by Trish and Valerie to our GP surgeries, Ambulance and Paramedic teams who now have a better understanding of the GSF. We have also commissioned a pilot scheme with Gloucestershire NHS and the Rapid Response Team. The Rapid Response Team now keep all their essential equipment at The Hollies to ensure residents can be attended to quickly and safely without the need for hospital admission – this scheme is due to roll out across the county.
The GSF ensures that the wishes of our residents and their families are met wherever possible. The Hollies aims to be one of the first care homes in the county to achieve accreditation and we hope that we will be awarded ‘Beacon’ status in the New Year.
If you have not done so already and would like to discuss an advanced care plan, then please contact either Trish or Valerie who will be able to help.