Guysfield opens the discussion about dying matters

Colleagues at Guysfield Care Home in Letchworth have completed an end of life care programme in conjunction with Garden House Hospice Care.

The ABC End of Life programme is a two-day course designed to increase the confidence and ability of nursing and care home colleagues to support residents who require end of their life care.

Jane Landon and Caroline Smith, End of Life Care Educators were invited to speak by Guysfield Care Home manager Pawel Michalewicz at the Journey to Outstanding meeting forum at the home – an opportunity where family members could discuss any concerns with the management.

Caroline Smith and Jane Landon said “We were pleased to be asked as guest speakers to educate family members about End of Life Care. We sensitively talked about Advanced Care Planning, the last year of life, signs of dying and other related topics. This lead to a very encouraging open discussion and people came away feeling very positive.”

The aim of the talk was to inform family members what to expect, and to make them feel comfortable about having difficult conversations about dying matters. Participants particularly, found the aspect about ‘eating and drinking at end of life’ informative. The End of Life education sessions have been delivered to nursing and care homes across North and East Herts.

Guysfield Care Home manager Pawel Michalewicz said “We received very positive feedback from colleagues as well as relatives after meeting Caroline and Jane. It gave all of us extra confidence to discuss such sensitive subjects as End Of Life care.

“This also provided relatives with an additional form of support. I truly believe that this is a great project and we will continue to work together to support families and residents in Guysfield Care Home”

Guysfield provides residential care in a beautifully converted Country House  for up to 49 elderly people in the conservation village of Willian.

If you would like to find out more about life at Guysfield and the care we offer, or to request a meeting with our Home Manager, please contact us on 0808 223 5509 or guysfield@CaringHomes.org

Guysfield Residential Home

Home Manager

Regina Mparutsa

Address

Willian Road,
Willian,
Letchworth,
Hertfordshire,
SG6 2AB

Contact
0808 223 5509
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely