About Southern Healthcare

Southern Healthcare was established in 2001 by Geoffrey Cox, with a clear vision of enhancing the quality of life people experience in Residential homes to one that is more evidently holistic, individually focussed and most of all, built on a sense of family, working in partnership and building meaningful relationships between staff, residents and relatives.

There are a number of new and innovative models of care which have been developed to surpass historical expectations, often citing a long established medically focussed approach to care, as distinct from focussing on what people individually and subjectively seek. Modern regulation has been effective and takes a robust approach to monitoring high standards of care, safety and innovation.

Beyond that, the ‘Butterfly model’ of care as developed by Dr David Sheard, takes a robust ‘feelings based approach’ to supporting people, and this requires a clearly shared vision, strong commitment and a determined approach to continuing cultural innovation. This has been an exciting journey and the dementia community at Sefton Hall has been the first of the four Homes to attain their Kitemark. This journey is progressing solidly across all the four Homes in a phased approach.

The Eden Alternative, developed by Dr Bill Thomas of the U.S.A. is another global initiative introduced into the Homes, and all four Homes are validated as Eden Alternative registered Homes, committed to building environments of loving companionship, meaningful and spontaneous activity and environments where everyone is mutually caring in a genuine sense of partnership.The Homes have also been drawing upon on the works principles and thinking of a range of key eminent writers, which led to the development of the Chrysalis programme to implement those ideas.

All these initiatives underpin the ethos of the company. This, together with the huge expertise and experience of a number of key staff, make a significant contribution towards building a sense of fulfillment in the life of the people who have made their home within the Southern Healthcare environments.

Recent Awards and Nominations

Sefton Hall has had an extraordinary year. Not only have they achieved ‘Overall Outstanding ‘ from CQC, but have then gone on to win the ’Caring’ UK Awards for Best Care Team in the UK in York! They have also achieved the Butterfly Kite Mark National Award (Dementia Care Matters philosophy) accreditation this year. This Butterfly Model is based on how ‘feelings matter most’ in dementia care. We are very proud of this award and the team has worked very hard to achieve this, along with being nominated the Best Care Team at the South West Great British Care Awards. This together with yet another achievement of becoming a Registered Eden Alternative Home, makes the Home a very special place indeed.

The Old Rectory has also achieved similar success this year which has also been well deserved. They also achieved an ‘Overall Outstanding’ from CQC this year, and then went on to win The Best Care Team award in the South West British Care Awards in Bristol. They were also nominated for Best Manager and Best Activities Co-Ordinator in the South West Great British Awards, as well as being nominated in the National Dementia Care Awards. The Old Rectory too has achieved becoming an  Eden Alternative Registered Home which the whole team are delighted about.

Parkwood House were also delighted to receive the Celebrating Excellence in Care in Plymouth Awards for Best Activities Co-Ordinator Team this year, having already achieved the The Eden Alternative Registration Certificate. This adds to previous coveted awards by the Home and shows what a ‘Good’ Home Parkwood is!

The Seaton is currently working hard, along with Parkwood House to achieve the ‘Butterfly’ whole Home Kite Mark Award within the coming year, thus making them both  not only be Registered Eden Alternative Homes too, but also highly thought of in care circles as delivering an extremely superb service in ensuring a high quality of life for its residents.


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