STAFF at a care home have been recognised for their work.
Workers at Highroyd Care Home in Moldgreen were presented with the Gold Standard Framework (GSF) to honour the end-of-life care they provide.
They are among just 37 providers nationally to receive the recognition and Highroyd is the first residential home in Kirklees to be accredited.
Kim Hirst, manager of Highroyd Care Home, said: “GSF has given our staff the confidence to tackle conversations around death and dying where previously people skirted round this taboo subject.
“We now ensure that residents’ wishes are met and most of our residents now die where they’d like to – in the home.
“I also can’t praise our GP and nursing teams enough for the support they have given us.”
GSF is helping homes like Highroyd increase the number of residents approaching the end of their lives receive the care they want where they want it, protecting them from inappropriate hospital admissions and giving them more choice in their care.
To achieve the award they demonstrated a halving of hospital deaths and crisis admissions, leading to greater satisfaction for families, residents and staff and significant cost savings for the NHS.
The Gold Standards Framework started in 2004 and is the biggest programme to improve care at the end of life and is backed by Age UK.