Care England CEO Praises Orchard Care Homes' Reconnect Communities

01 July 2024 News

Professor Martin Green, the Chief Executive of Care England recently visited two of our Reconnect Communities and he had glowing things to say!

Professor Green OBE, who also serves as the Independent Sector Dementia Champion for the Department of Health and Social Care, toured Middleton Park Lodge and Paisley Lodge Care Home in Leeds.

The visit kicked off with an extensive tour of both homes, where he was impressed by our amenities. These included familiar spaces like laundry rooms, kitchens, living rooms, and communal areas, as well as garden rooms and workshop spaces that our people can use anytime they wish.

He enjoyed meeting several of our people  living with dementia at the homes and praised our colleagues for their exceptional efforts in providing meaningful, personalised activities based on the residents' hobbies and passions from before their dementia diagnosis.

He met Tim, a car enthusiast from Middleton, who spent time with his carer, washing a car in the sunshine. Residents from Paisley proudly displayed some of the woodwork they had been crafting in the home's workshop, as well as admiring some of the cake decorating happening at Middleton Lodge by resident bakers.

He said: “Orchard Care Homes has a clear focus on specialisation and is not averse to taking positive risks. This is what makes Orchard such a stand-out care provider. The services Orchard provides are so individual, it really shows how far ahead it is in the industry’.

Professor Green was particularly impressed with our dedication to dementia care. He noted that we are leading the way with our evidence-based Reconnect model. “Orchard focuses on the person, not just the dementia diagnosis. They work closely with the individual, their family, and friends, which is quite rare,” he said.

Hayden Knight, our CEO expressed his delight at hosting Professor Green. “We were thrilled to have him visit, and it was encouraging to hear his recognition of our team’s efforts to provide the best possible care for people living with dementia. We’re continually pushing boundaries to improve their lives.

Thank you to Professor Martin Green for visiting us and having such kind words to say.

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