In the coming weeks Willan House will be preparing the portfolio of evidence to submit to the assessors of the ‘Gold Standard Framework’. This is an accreditation awarded to Care Homes for the standard of their End of Life Care. Willan House and 5 other residential homes in Lincolnshire were offered the opportunity to work towards that standard and we are now reaching the end of the training. The aim is to ensure residents are cared for at Willan House in their last weeks, days, hours of life. There are 20 components to the Standard and they cover a range of detail including communication with GP and district nursing teams as well as provision of activity for those with dementia. We plan and assess needs to ensure that we have equipment to care for residents safely – the District Nurses monitor pressure areas and manage any pain to ensure that the person is comfortable. The Marie Curie teams are available overnight for advice or support. An individual may have specific wishes which we hope to meet, and those with Dementia may need specific care that we are able to provide because we know that person well. We have received feedback from families of residents we cared for and it has all been very positive. There are homes in Lincolnshire with the Gold Standard Framework Award but they are Nursing Homes or Dual registered by being part of a nursing home. We hope to be one of the very few Independent Residential Homes to acheive the Standard.