The Devon Care Kite Mark
In 2012 a group of care home Providers, two of which are part of Southern Healthcare, (Margot and Geoffrey) formed a supportive and sharing group along with another five proactive Providers to meet monthly, to pool ideas of how excellence should look like within the groups Homes. This grew, and became a Provider led initiative, co-chaired by the proprietor of Southern Healthcare,(Geoffrey) which offered support and information to those Providers who looked at the whole care provision being given to residents, including those with dementia, and which ultimately formed the Devon Care Kite Mark or DCKM as we now know it. Visit Official Site
The DCKM is now a member organisation of independent providers of care, private or voluntary, domiciliary or residential, caring for people with a wide variety of requirements. This includes care of those elderly needing care and support, those with a dementia, and people with physical and/or mental health concerns. The aim is to support Providers to deliver the highest possible quality of care and well-being, along with the managers and employees of care organisations within Devon and the surrounding areas including Torbay and Plymouth.
The DCKM embraces and explores ways of achieving quality and meaning in care, addressing a host of issues facing care providers, managers, commissioners of care and the entire Health and Social care sector. The honest and supportive environment provides the opportunity to exchange and share information and ideas, promoting best practice, peer review and most importantly to be supportive of other Providers in times of need.
The DCKM also acts on behalf of its members, representing views, raising and addressing concerns, challenging local authorities, commissioners, regulatory bodies and Central Government, where the issues of the elderly requiring care are blighted by cuts, politics or simply side-lined. The group is the ultimate advocate for residential Care in Devon Care Homes.