Exemplar care home becomes first in England to be quality assured by the Huntington’s Disease Association

23 September 2019

Fairburn Mews

An Exemplar Health Care home has become the first in England to be quality assured by the Huntington’s Disease Association (HDA).

Fairburn Mews, home to 20 adults with complex needs, including Huntington’s disease, this week received the very first certificate of quality assurance by the HDA.

The certification comes after a rigorous accreditation pilot scheme from the HDA, a Liverpool-based charity that operates across the UK.

The scheme saw HDA officials and an independent assessor spend time at the home. Colleagues at the home, families and service users were also interviewed.

‘Delighted and honoured’

Karen Neal, Home Manager of Fairburn Mews, said: “We’re delighted and honoured to be the first care home in England to be Quality Assured by the Huntington’s Disease Association. Huntington’s disease is a complex illness requiring specialist care  – and there is currently no cure.

“At Fairburn Mews, we are passionate about providing the best quality of care for our service users who are living with Huntington’s disease – and supporting their families.

“We started seeking accreditation in 2017. Working in close collaboration with the HDA, we’ve been very involved from the beginning in helping to create what I believe are world-class standards of care for people diagnosed with Huntington’s disease living in social care settings.”

High standards

Bill Crowder, Head of the Advisory Service at the HDA said: “The Huntington’s Disease Association is thrilled that Fairburn Mews has become the first care home in England to be awarded the HDA Quality Assured Accreditation.

“This has been achieved through a rigorous assessment process which has included family members, staff and managers. Fairburn Mews has met all nine quality standards in addition to the ‘Good’ CQC rating which is a testament to the care and support provided to residents and families.”

“The accreditation will run for two years until 2021 and we hope that Fairburn Mews will reapply in the future in order to reassure potential customers that the service continues to the high standards that are currently provided.

“The Huntington’s Disease Association would like to congratulate Fairburn Mews on their success.”

What is Huntington’s disease?

Huntington’s disease is a hereditary condition that stops parts of the brain working properly over time. While little-known, around 8,000 people in the UK have the disease – that’s 1 in 10,000 people.

At Exemplar, people living with Huntington’s disease are supported to live a fulfilling life with regular social activities and hobbies, which make a real difference to life. Our teams are trained to know when a person’s concentration span and tendency to fatigue can set in.

We focus on giving people as much independence as possible, ensuring those living with Huntington’s disease have the highest quality of life.

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Find out more about the Huntington’s Disease Association’s Quality Assured accreditation scheme, or read the news on the Huntington’s Disease Association’s website.