Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Care and Support, visited an award-winning Salvation Army older people’s home (Friday 21 June) in Norfolk, which is helping residents lead fulfilling lives and ensuring they are treated with dignity and care in their final years.
Furze Hill Salvation Army Care Home, in North Walsham, currently cares for 40 residents who can no longer live independently. Staff work closely with residents and their families to ensure they are upported and to tend to their spiritual, emotional and physical needs.
Norman Lamb MP meets the residents and staff at Furze Hill House in North Walsham
The home was recently awarded Beacon Status in the Gold Standard Framework for its high standard of palliative care in the community.
Residents can take part in many fulfilling daily activities, such as arts and crafts, events, days out, games and can relax in the communal garden or enjoy panoramic views of the Norfolk countryside.
Norman Lamb toured the care home and chatted with staff and families of the residents about care provision. The Minister of State for Care and Support and Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk said: “I’m impressed with the level of care on offer here, especially the high standard of palliative, or end-of-life, care to those in their final days. The Salvation Army has been giving practical support to those who are most vulnerable for many years. I have been struck today by the focus that is placed on making the residents feel at home and encouraging them to do what they want, when they want.’
Home Manager Ellie Cant said: “We are honoured that the Minister for Care and Support has visited us today to meet our residents and staff and unveil a plaque which confirms our Beacon Status award.
“The Salvation Army wants older people to feel valued and safe in their later life. Our staff work hard to ensure residents feel ‘at home’ here at Furze Hill. Our homely atmosphere as well as our engaging staff, ensures older people are treated with dignity and respect.
“We encourage residents and families to make choices which enhance and enrich their life, to participate in activities which bring them fulfilment and to share fellowship which eases possible isolation."