MP joins Clifden House to celebrate achievements

May 1, 2018

Local MP Maria Caulfield joined staff at Seaford’s Clifden House Dementia Care Centre to congratulate the team on the home’s recent CQC ‘good’ rating.

Established almost 50 years ago, Clifden House Dementia Care Centre has the capacity for 59 residents. For the last 20 years, it has purely focused on delivering specialised care for dementia sufferers.

At the forefront of this dementia care are 54 staff whose commitment to providing exceptional care was commented in by the inspectors.  To celebrate these achievements, Clifden House has been given a new look with new branding, new uniforms and a lovely new bus.

Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, said: “This is a great achievement for all the staff at Clifden House and I congratulate them on their ‘good’ CQC rating. Working in nursing myself, I fully appreciate the level of care required to achieve this.”

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Nial Joyce of Clifden House said: “We are very lucky to have the staff we have at Clifden House. The team provides kind, compassionate and dignified care to everyone in the home.  It means so much that Maria came out to support and recognises the work we do for our residents here. So many thanks to her for making the effort.”

Local man Barry, whose wife is cared for at Clifden House said: “As soon as I walked into the dementia care centre in Seaford, I had a really good feeling about the place. As a specialist in dementia care it is totally geared up for Alison’s condition. For the first time in a long time, I had a sense of calm. I just knew that Alison would be happy here – I even got to choose her room.”

Nial said: “We understand that it is never easy making the decision for a loved one to go into care. There are very often mixed feelings of guilt and relief, worry and peace. Whatever care home people chose, it is very important that residents treat it as their own home.

“Nevertheless, it is important to monitor and chat to the staff, look at the care they provide and their interaction with those in their care. A visible positive interaction between staff and residents should be just as uppermost in your mind as taking in the furnishings, decor and gardens.”

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Clifden House provides specialist and individually tailored care and support to over 50 people living with dementia, all with varying levels of need.