Holistic care is a high priority at Birtley House, enabling the multi-disciplinary team to work together to facilitate the best possible care for our Residents. The multi-disciplinary team includes: our house Manager, Directors, Staff Nurses, Care Assistants, Pastoral Team, Housekeeping, Complementary Therapy, the Activities Team, Physiotherapy and Maintenance.
We offer a counselling service, please contact the Nursing Team for further information.
Befrienders are members of the community who offer a few hours a week/fortnight of their time to visit Residents and spend some time with them, in addition to our staff of course.These volunteers provide an invaluable additional service, especially to any Residents whose family can't visit as often as they'd wish. Befrienders are carefully selected by our Counsellor and House Manager and are subject to the usual security screening.
Our Pastoral Team is built from members of staff that engage with Residents on all levels to provide emotional and spiritual support. The team includes a Wellbeing Mentor, Companions, Volunteers and Birtley Befrienders, all of whom will work amongst our Chaplain, a position which we're currently recruiting.
The role of Companion, as the name suggests, encompasses travelling with Residents to hospital appointments, in cases where an accompanying nurse or carer is not essential.
A companion would add value to peoples days by talking with them, taking them out either in the grounds or into the wider community, working closely with the nurses and House Manager in addition to identifying Residents who would benefit from extra company and support.
Our Foot Health practitioner, Kim O'Sullivan from Feet First, has much experience working with older people and the limb and foot problems which can be associated with getting older.
Touch has a very therapeutic effect, especially for older people whose sight and hearing may be deteriorating. Massage stimulates blood flow, improving circulation and bringing vital oxygen to all parts of the body. This is particularly important for a lot of our Residents who are less mobile now than they used to be. Loosening stiff joints, easing aching muscles, reducing leg swelling, calming anxious people is all part of the role of Val Hutton, our Massage Therapist.
Care Assistant, Charlotte McNamara, who is a qualified beautician, offers a manicure & polish service for Residents.