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Gold standard care in homes.

FOUR local care homes are among the first in the country to receive a gold standard of care accreditation.

The Gold Standards Framework was originally created for palliative care for cancer patients. It has since been extended to address the needs of older people with other life-limiting conditions and developed for a care home setting.

Cleveland House in Edgerton and Southfield Court in Almondbury both received the new gold standard.

Fieldhead Park in Mirfield has been named as a beacon home and White Rose House in Holmfirth has been highly commended.

Joanne Hempstock, manager of White Rose House at Huddersfield Road, said: "We are delighted with the gold award.

"It's a great sense of achievement and a recognition of all the hard work that we do here." White Rose House is a dual home with a nursing unit and a residential unit caring for 62 residents.

Staff there had to show they provided the highest standard of care to residents and worked well with associated agencies such as GPs.

Rosaleen Bawn, local Macmillan Clinical Nurse specialist, who helped to judge the care homes, said: "We are delighted with the success of these homes.

"It has been a privilege working with and enabling the key staff to develop and improve care for residents with palliative care needs."

The gold standard programme is backed by NHS Kirklees, formerly the Kirklees Primary Care Trust, which is responsible for all health services delivered in the local community.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2008
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